Nominations announced for the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards

From a media release:

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) announced today the nominees for the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards in 141 film, television, and digital media categories. The awards will be presented as a seven-part genre-based series of presentations streamed live on — as well as the Canadian Academy Twitter and YouTube channels — from Monday, May 17, 2021, through Thursday, May 20, 2021.

The sixth and final season of Schitt’s Creek leads both the television and overall Canadian Screen Award nominations with 21, followed by Cardinal: Until The Night and Trickster with 15 nominations each. In film, Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum tops nominations with 10, while Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy sees nine and Charles Officer’s Akilla’s Escape eight. Bit Playas leads digital media nominations with six, Hey Lady! with five, and both Avocado Toast the series and Ghost BFF with four.

The ninth annual Canadian Screen Awards will be a showcase of the Canadian content that got us through a very precarious year, and will honour the creators who brought unique stories to our screens and into our lives. Each presentation will be narrated by a notable Canadian and will focus heavily on the nominated works. The awards will culminate in the Canadian Screen Awards main event — featuring a curated selection of prominent awards — streaming live on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The presentations will also honour the 2020 Special Award recipients, a group of eleven esteemed Canadians including Earle Grey Award recipient Tina Keeper, Radius Award (presented by MADE | NOUS) recipient Dan Levy, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Suzuki, and Academy Icon Award recipient Alex Trebek. 

The schedule for the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards is as follows:

Monday, May 17
7:00 PM ET – Canadian Screen Awards – News & Documentary, Presented by CBC

8:00 PM ET – CTV presents the Canadian Screen Awards – Lifestyle & Reality

Tuesday, May 18
7:00 PM ET – Canadian Screen Awards – Children’s & Animation, Presented by Shaw Rocket Fund

8:00 PM ET – Canadian Screen Awards – Digital & Immersive, Presented with the participation of the Independent Production Fund 

Wednesday, May 19
7:00 PM ET – CTV presents the Canadian Screen Awards – Creative Arts & Performance

Thursday, May 20
7:00 PM ET – Canadian Screen Awards – Cinematic Arts, Presented by Telefilm Canada, Supported by Cineplex

8:00 PM ET – Canadian Screen Awards

The 2021 nominations were chosen by members of the Canadian Academy and by nominating juries, conducted virtually with representatives from the film, television, and digital media industries. The membership will now cast their votes between Tuesday, March 30, 2021 and Friday, April 16, 2021 to determine the winners. 

The 2021 Canadian Screen Awards for Sports will be handed out in July 2021, with nominees to be announced in June 2021.

For a full list of 2021 Canadian Screen Awards nominees, please visit