Mommy, Xavier Dolan’s passionate exploration of a family in crisis, and TV’s complex clone drama Orphan Black lead the nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards, announced Tuesday at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The massive slate — 128 categories in all — recognize the best in Canadian film, television and digital. The awards will be handed out during a week of events beginning Feb. 23, culminating in a live telecast on CBC from the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on March 1.
Andrea Martin hosts the show. This is her first time helming the 3-year-old CSAs, which started in 2013, blending the Gemini and Genie awards.
The best motion picture race includes Dolan’s intense mother-son-friend drama Mommy, David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satirical thriller Maps to the Stars, Albert Shin’s South Korean surrogacy drama In Her Place and Christian Sparkes’s coming-of-age story Cast No Shadow. Also nominated is Tu dors Nicole, directed by Stéphane Lafleur, and writer-director Terrance Odette’s Fall.
Mommy has 13 nominations, followed by Maps to the Stars with 11 nominations, seven for In Her Place and six each for Henri Henri and Tu dors Nicole.
Orphan Black tops the TV side with 13 nominations, including Best Dramatic Series and Best Actress for Tatiana Maslany.
Montreal-based police drama 19-2 and comedies Call Me Fitz and Mr. D all had 10 TV nominations each, including best dramatic series and best direction (Erik Canuel) for 19-2, while Call Me Fitz and Mr. D are both up for best comedy series. Call Me Fitz star Jason Priestley landed a best director nomination for the series.
Helga Stephenson, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s CEO, said 2014 was “an exceptionally competitive year for Canadian film, television and digital media,” adding the Academy received “a record number” of award submissions.
It may be Canada’s big event but there are a number of Hollywood names among the acting nominees, including Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson for Maps to the Stars.
Canadians Evan Bird (Maps to the Stars), Bruce Greenwood (Elephant Song) and Ryan Reynolds (The Captive) are also nominated for film acting awards.
For a complete list of nominees got to the Academy’s FanZone site at fanzone.academy.ca.