Room cleans up at final night of 2016 Screenies

The Ireland/Canada copro took home nine awards Sunday evening, with Schitt's Creek and Hyena Road winning three prizes each.

The Ireland/Canada copro Room took home nine Canadian Screen Awards Sunday evening, including best picture and best performance by an actor in a leading role for Canadian Jacob Tremblay.

However, it was foreigners that picked up the film’s three other talent prizes, with American actress Brie Larson taking home the best actress prize and fellow American Joan Allen honoured in the best supporting actress category. Irish director Lenny Abrahamson won the achievement in direction prize for Room, with Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue picking up a Screenie in the best adapted screenplay category.

Canadians Ethan Tomban and Mark Kirkland won the Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design for their work on Room while fellow Canucks Sid Armour and Jennifer Gould also won the Achievement in Make-Up prize for their work on the film. Irish editor Nathan Nugent picked up the Achievement in Editing prize for his work on Room.  

When accepting his award, nine-year-old Tremblay expressed his surprise at winning the best actor award when he was up against several other experienced adult actors, including Christopher Plummer, who he called a “legend.”

“I’m not the best at sports, I’m never going to win a Stanley Cup or a gold medal, but I love acting. To win an award for something that I love is super special to me,” Tremblay said.

Other multiple award-winners on the film side were Hyena Road and the U.K./Canada/Ireland copro Brooklyn. Hyena Road won prizes for Achievement in Best Overall Sound, Achievement in Sound Editing and Achievement in Visual Effects (Tattersall Sound and Picture worked on Hyena Road, with VFX done by Toronto-based Intelligent Creatures and Dynamic Effects Canada.) Brooklyn won two prizes,both for the work for Canadian talent connected to the film. Michael Brook won Brooklyn the prize for best original score,with best cinematography going to Yves Belanger.

Benjamin August won the best original screenplay prize for the Christopher Plummer-starrer Remember, with  Nick Serino winning a Screenie for his performance in a supporting role in Sleeping Giant. The best feature documentary prize, meanwhile, was awarded to Alan Zweig’s Hurt.

On the TV side, Schitt’s Creek continued to pull in the prizes on Sunday, winning three awards including Best Comedy Series and acting prizes for Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. The cop drama 19-2 took home the Best Dramatic Series prize – the only award the program won on Sunday – while Orphan Black won two awards for Ari Millen and Tatiana Maslany’s lead performances in the series. The Book of Negroes won the Best TV Movie or Limited Series award, while copro Vikings won the Best International Drama prize. The ensemble cast of Sunnyside, meanwhile, won the Screenie for Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series.

When accepting the best limited series prize, Damon D’Oliveira, producer on The Book of Negroes, thanked Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC English Television, and the pubcaster for backing the miniseries , which he said took five years in coming together. “Nothing ventured nothing gained – and they took a risk,” he said.

Following her win for best adapted screenplay, Donoghue told media backstage that as soon as she started on the screenplay for Room, she felt Canada would be the perfect filming location for the feature.

“Every time I met the filmmakers, every conversation I had I said ‘make this film in Toronto, make it in Toronto.’ I’m so happy that they set it up as an Irish/Canadian coproduction,” she said.

The night also saw the presentation of two television-focused Golden Screen Awards, meant to recognize the most-watched Canadian comedy/drama and the highest-rated reality series. Corner Gas: The Movie won the prize in the Canadian Drama/Comedy category, while The Amazing Race Canada won the award in the Reality Program category.

As well, Norm Macdonald suggested a change of name for the CSA statuettes from “Screenies” to “Candies,” in memory of Canadian actor John Candy who passed away in 1994. “So what I’m asking you to do is, if you’re a presenter, ignore the teleprompter and say ‘the Candy goes to…’ and if you’re lucky enough to win one, go ‘I’ve won a Candy!’” Macdonald told the audience. The idea was met with approval from the crowd, and the presenters and winners adopted the name in many of the evening’s subsequent introductions and acceptance speeches.

In overall wins throughout the three nights of prize-giving, The Book of Negroes had the largest haul with 10 TV awards (plus one digital media prize), followed by Schitt’s Creek and Room with nine wins each. Orphan Black wrapped its 2016 Screenie season with seven wins, while The Amazing Race Canada won five prizes overall.

A full list of the winners from Sunday night’s gala can be found below.

Updated at 8:30 a.m. March 14


Best Comedy Series: Schitt’s Creek, CBC, Not A Real Company Productions Inc., Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, Ben Feigin, Mike Short, Kevin White, Colin Brunton

Best Dramatic Series: 19-2, Bravo! (Bell Media), Sphere Media Plus, Echo Media,  Jocelyn Deschenes, Virginia Rankin, Bruce M. Smith, Luc Chatelain, Greg Phillips, Saralo MacGregor, Jesse McKeown

Best International Drama: Vikings, History Channel Canada (Shaw Media), Take 5 Productions, Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn, Alan Gasmer, Sherry Marsh, Bill Goddard

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role: Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek – “Carl’s Funeral”, CBC

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role: Ari Millen, Orphan Black – “Newer Elements of Our Defence”, Space (Bell Media)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek – “Don’t Worry, It’s His Sister”, CBC

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black – “Certain Agony of the Battlefield,” Space (Bell Media)

Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble): Kathleen Phillips, Pat Thornton, Patrice Goodman, Kevin Vidal, Alice Moran, Rob Norman, Norm Macdonald, Sunnyside, “Top Hat,” City (Rogers Media)

Best TV Movie or Limited Series: The Book of Negroes, Entertainment One, Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, CBC, Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo, Margaret O’Brien, Carrie Stein, Lance Samuels, Bill Niven, Michael Levine


Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design: Ethan Tobman, Mary Kirkland, Room

Achievement in Cinematography: Yves Bélanger, Brooklyn

Achievement in Costume Design: Joanne Hansen, Beeba Boys

Achievement in Direction: Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Achievement in Editing: Nathan Nugent, Room

Achievement in Make-Up: Sid Armour, Jennifer Gould, Room

Achievement in Music – Original Score:  Michael Brook, Brooklyn

Achievement in Music – Original Song: Jenny Salgado, André Courcy, Scratch - A Hip-opera | Scratch – Un Hip-Opéra ,”C’est aujourd’hui que je sors”

Achievement in Overall Sound: Lou Solakofski, Ian Rankin, Joe Morrow, Russ Dyck, Graham Rogers, James Bastable, André Azoubel, Don White, Jack Hereen, Hyena Road

Achievement in Sound Editing: Jane Tattersall, David McCallum, Martin Gwynn Jones, Barry Gilmore, David Evans, Dave Rose, Brennan Mercer, Ed Douglas, Kevin Banks, Goro Koyama, Andy Malcolm, Hyena Road

Achievement in Visual Effects: Phil Jones, Sarah Wormsbecher, Eric Doiron, Anthony DeChellis, Lon Molnar, Geoff D.E. Scott, Nathan Larouche, Mark Fordham, Hyena Road

Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue, Room

Best Animated Short: The Ballad Of Immortal Joe, Hector Herrera, Pazit Cahlon

Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary: Arnaud Bouquet, Last of the Elephant Men

Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary:  James Scott, How to Change the World

Best Live Action Short Drama: She Stoops To Conquer, Zack Russell, Marianna Khoury

Best Motion Picture: Room, David Gross, Ed Guiney

Best Short Documentary: Bacon & God’s Wrath, Sol Friedman

Original Screenplay: Benjamin August, Remember

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Jacob Tremblay, Room

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:  Nick Serino, Sleeping Giant

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:  Brie Larson, Room

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:  Joan Allen, Room

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary:  Hurt, Peter Gentile, Alan Zweig