2022 Canadian Screen Awards: Scarborough’s big win, Kim’s last’s queue and other gala best, worst and weirdest moments

Scarborough, a adaptation of Catherine Hernandez’s 2017 novel starring Liam Diaz, was the big winner at Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards, winning Best Actress for Diaz and Best Picture, among other awards.Courtesy of levelFILM

Well, that was a refreshingly lively affair, with no slaps. On Sunday night, the Canadian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted the 10th annual Canadian Screen Awards – a major pre-recorded event honoring the best of domestic cinema, television and digital media. Loaded with clips of nominees and celebrity guests, and pre-planned to avoid Oscar-like insults, the TV show, which aired on CBC and aired on CBC Gem, was short, sweet and extremely Canadian in its seriousness.

The good

The Scarborough world: If there is one more encouraging and inspiring Canadian film success story than production Scarborough, I would love to hear it. Produced under the Telefilm’s Talent to Watch micro-budget with a pandemic-interrupted filming schedule, the transfer of Catherine Hernandez’s novel by co-directors Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson outweighed any challenges the industry could face. . top with a wonderfully tender, beautiful drama that almost swept the 11 categories for which it was proposed. ScarboroughThe CSA Final Report: Eight awards, including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay for Hernandez, Best Actor for Young Liam Diaz, John Dunning Award for Best Feature Film and Best Picture.

In and out: One definite advantage of having largely pre-recorded prizes show: you can ruthlessly edit the thing in advance. Sunday night’s television broadcast lasted just one hour – although it helps that the Canadian Academy spent the week before awarding most of its 145 categories in five separate virtual ceremonies, saving the nominees (best film, best comedy series, best drama series, etc.). ) for Sunday. This year’s approach meant that there was no real sense of spontaneity – other than the extremely short live Zoom’d acceptance speeches, when the winners chose to tune in even live. The move meant that the audience, perhaps already exhausted at the end of the awards season, could tune in and go out with enough time before bed to watch the series finale. The abandonment. Hmmm, I mean, their favorite Canadian TV series, of course!

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Double threat: I will admit it: a major fool in the collection of the recent Globe and Mail movie “22 Most Influential People in Canadian Film” was the omission of the indomitable Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. The actress / director walked out of Sunday’s show with two high-profile wins (Performance by an actress starring in Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders and Ted Rogers’s best feature-length documentary for her film Kímmapiiyipitssini: The concept of empathy) talking about the range, the passion and, well, the influence of the artist.

Actress Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, who was photographed at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, left the CSA on Sunday with two victories.Chris Young / The Canadian Press

Closing sale: With Schitt’s Creek since it has since dried up, it was up Kim’s Convenience to bring blockbuster-sitcom demographics to CSAs this go-round. And I’m going to believe / hope that the series’ two major acting victories on Sunday (Best Supporting Actor for Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Best Supporting Actor for Jean Yoon) helped launch the groundbreaking comedy to a high note… and get rid of the bad taste that fans have felt since they discovered that the show ended rather abruptly.

The bad

Looks like you’re trying to include great clips – would you like help ?: Yes. But next time, there must be serious discipline as to which clips will be selected. They were the clips from Family Feud Canada and The Great Canadian Baking Show do you intend to highlight the comedy of the shows? And some of the shots from supposed dramas (Investigation judge, Family Law) unwittingly deserved to laugh.

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The weird

Too high an order: The era of the awards show host may be over, but there was still a sense that a virtual experiment like this year’s CSA could benefit from a unique voice that anchored the production. Instead, there were a number of celebrity presenters who caused lashes (I could only record Andrew Phung’s shtick before it reached a bad Domee Shi box). Technically, the TallBoyz sketch-comedy team were the “show hosts” of the night (ie the hosts), but their tracks were very rare and boring (despite the efforts of one literally calling Simu Liu) to the audience. .

Selection of Canadian Screen Awards Winners 2022


Best Actor (Comedy): Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kim’s Convenience

Best Actor (Comedy): Jean Yoon, Kim’s Convenience

Best Comedy Series: About

Best Actor (Drama): Laurence Leboeuf, Transplant

Best Actor (Drama): Hamza Haq, Transplant

Best Drama Series: Transplant

Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award: Wynonna Earp

Best host or presenter, real or reality / contest: Canada’s Drag Race

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Cole

Gordon Sinclair Award for TV Journalism: Rassi Nashalik

Changemaker Award: Kayla Gray, Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Amanda Parris


Performance by an actor in a leading role: Liam Diaz, Scarborough

Starring: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Night Raiders

Ted Rogers Best Feature Documentary: Kímmapiiyipitssini: The concept of empathy

Directed by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson, Scarborough

Best Movie: Scarborough

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