Everything about Awards, eh?

Wynonna Earp, Letterkenny and X Company top WGC Screenwriting Awards

Writers for Wynonna Earp, Letterkenny, X Company and Degrassi: Next Class were among the winners at the 21st Annual Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards in Toronto on Monday night.

The event, held at the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall, celebrated the country’s screenwriting talent in television and film. Wynonna Earp writer Alexandra Zarowny (pictured above) won Best Script from a Rookie Series for her Season 1 script “Bury Me With My Guns On,” and thanked her fellow writers and fans for their support.

“There is an entire writing room behind this award,” she said. “This goes to James Hurst, Brendan Yorke, Caitlyn D. Fryers and Emily Andras. I love you, Em, and as the last five years have shown, I’ll follow you anywhere. And to all our social media fans, Wynonna Earp is the little engine that could and I’m so proud of this little demon-hunting show and the LGBTQ community was a huge, fierce, loud and proud part of that. They got a second season made.”

Letterkenny‘s Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney won the TV Comedy for their Season 1 script, “Super Soft Birthday,” while X Company‘s Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis took home a trophy for the Season 2 episode, “August 19th.”

Letterkenny’s Jacob Tierney and Jared Keeso

Comedian and writer Laurie Elliott hosted, getting the night off on the right foot. “To all the writers in the room, look at us in our outside clothes!” she began. “This is a fancy party to celebrate writers.”

Andrew Wreggitt was the recipient of The Denis McGrath Award for his service to the Writers Guild of Canada, Aaron Martin was given the Showrunner Award, Diana Frances the Sondra Kelly Award and Daniel Whidden the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize.

The television category winners are:

Odd Squad, Season 2 “Drop Gadget Repeat,” written by Tim McKeon

Movie of the Week & Miniseries
Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool, written by Adam Barken

Best Script from a Rookie Series
Wynonna Earp, Season 1 “Bury Me With My Guns On,” written by Alexandra Zarowny

TV Comedy
Letterkenny, Season 1 “Super Soft Birthday,” written by Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney

TV Drama
X Company, Season 2 “August 19th,” written by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern

Tweens & Teens
Degrassi: Next Class, Season 1 “#TeamFollowBack,” written by Ian MacIntyre

Images courtesy of Christina Gapic.


Link: Alberta-shot Heartland, Wynonna Earp and others up for Rosies nominations

From Eric Volmers of Postmedia:

Link: Alberta-shot Heartland, Wynonna Earp and others up for Rosies nominations
Alberta may have trouble competing with British Columbia and other jurisdictions when it comes to attracting higher-budget TV and film projects, but a roundup of nominees for this year’s film and television awards shows that our homegrown industry continues to soldier on, especially in Calgary. Continue reading.


Murdoch Mysteries, Letterkenny and Tatiana Maslany win big at Canadian Screen Awards gala

Murdoch Mysteries, Letterkenny, Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany and Kim’s Convenience‘s Paul Sun-Hyung Lee were among the winners at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards gala on Sunday night at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Murdoch Mysteries executive producer Christina Jennings made the fans’ night by revealing Season 11 has been ordered by CBC.

“The writing room started last week,” Jennings said in the media room following the show’s Golden Screen Award for highest-rated drama or comedy. “We’ve got 20 episodes, and that takes us to 170 hours of television.”

Host Howie Mandel kicked off the night with a funny skit where he inserted himself into nominees Vikings, Kim’s Convenience, Schitt’s Creek and Race. And, instead of asking the celebrities who they’re wearing, Mandel grabbed a camera guy and asked about his jeans and t-shirt.

The Academy Icon Award was delivered to Just for Laughs; comedian Dave Chapelle was there to deliver the statue to JFL founder Gilbert Rozon and chief operating officer Bruce Hills. Christopher Plummer was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tantoo Cardinal received the Earle Grey Award. Natasha Negovanlis of Carmilla captured the Fan’s Choice Award.

The pre-broadcast winners are:

Golden Screen Award for TV Drama or Comedy
Murdoch Mysteries, CBC

Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show
The Amazing Race Canada, CTV

Best Host in a Variety or Reality/Competition Program or Series
Norm Macdonald, 2016 Canadian Screen Awards


The main television category winners are:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Adrian Holmes, 19-2

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kim’s Convenience

Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)
The Tragically Hip

Fan’s Choice Award
Natasha Negovanlis, Carmilla

Best Dramatic Series
Orphan Black, Space

Best Comedy Series
Letterkenny, CraveTV

Here’s a list of the winners from TuesdayWednesday and Thursday’s industry awards.

What did you think of last night’s awards? Did your favourite television show, actor or actress win?

Images courtesy of Amy Wilson.


Link: The national embarrassment that is the Canadian Screen Awards

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: The national embarrassment that is the Canadian Screen Awards
A celebration of the best of Canadian film and TV, it’s a gala awards show in which the very best of our productions are honoured. Damn fine. Excellence celebrated and smiling, happy people.

On the other hand, the Canadian Screen Awards is a kind of alternative reality that trades in fake news and outlandish assertions. Howie Mandel is the host for the shindig. The idea that Mandel has any connection to current Canadian film and TV is patently absurd. Continue reading. 


Canadian Screen Award Winners in Digital and Immersive Storytelling

From a media release:

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is pleased to announce that 10 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS and 1 Social Innovator Award were presented tonight in digital & immersive storytelling categories. This Canadian Screen Awards Gala was hosted by Chris Robinson at The Great Hall, Toronto.

Yolanda Gampp is the recipient of the newly minted Canadian Social Innovator Award. This award is decided by fan votes. Voting closed on Tuesday, March 7 at 12 pm EST.

A complete list of the winners.