CSAs ’18: Cardinal, Alias Grace, Baroness win big in fiction gala

A fierce night of competition saw Canadian hits going head-to-head, with series across all major broadcasters taking home trophies.

CTV’s Cardinal was the biggest winner at the CSAs’ Creative Fiction Storytelling gala Wednesday, landing five awards across photography, editing, casting, music and acting categories.

The drama’s five-trophy haul was followed closely by two CBC series, Baroness von Sketch Show (Frantic Films) and Alias Grace (Halfire Entertainment), which both claimed four apiece.

Cardinal (Sienna Films) nabbed honours for Best Photography, Drama (Steve Cosens), Best Picture Editing, Drama (Teresa De Luca), Best Achievement in Casting (Jon Comerford, Lisa Parasyn), Best Original Music, Fiction (Todor Kobakov) and Best Supporting Actress, Drama (Allie MacDonald).

Baroness meanwhile won best sketch comedy, best direction in a variety or sketch comedy (for Yael Staav-directed episode “It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level”), best writing in a variety or sketch comedy (Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, Jennifer Goodhue, Monica Heisey, Mae Martin and Zoe Whittall) and best picture editing in a comedy (Mike Fly and Jeremy LaLonde).

Alias Grace‘s wins included best direction in a drama/limited series (Mary Harron) and best writing in a drama/limited series (Sarah Polley).

The final season of Orphan Black (Temple Street) also received a nod with Graeme Mason and Renee St. Cyr winning best writing in a drama series for the episode “To Right the Wrongs of Many.” The drama’s Stephen Lynch also picked up the best achievement in make-up for the same episode.

Also on the drama front, Global’s Mary Kills People (Cameron Pictures) won best direction in a drama series (Holly Dale, “The River Styx”) and best guest performance in a drama series (Steven McCarthy).

On the comedy front, CraveTV original Letterkenny (New Metric Media) won best writing in a comedy for the episode “Relationships” (Jacob Tierney and Jared Keeso), in addition to best direction in a comedy for the episode “The Election” (Tierney).

CBC comedies Schitt’s Creek (Not a Real Company Productions) and Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird), also nabbed acting awards, with Schitt‘s Emily Hampshire winning best supporting actress in a comedy and Kim‘s Andrew Phung claiming the award for best supporting actor in a comedy.

In the children’s series categories, TVO’s PAW Patrol (Spin Master Entertainment) came up trumps with a win for best pre-school program or series, best direction in animation (Charles E. Bastien) and best sound in an animation (Richard Spence-Thomas, Tim Muirhead, Kyle Peters, Patton Rodrigues and Ryan Ongaro).

As well, TVO’s Odd Squad (Sinking Ship Entertainment) picked up the award for best children’s or youth fiction program and best writing in the children’s and youth category for “Drop Gadget Repeat/20 Questions” (written by Adam Peltzman and Tim McKeon).

Other wins included YTV’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (DHX Media), which won best animated series and best original music in an animation (Steffan Andrews); Vikings (Take 5 Productions), winner of best VFX; and Mysticons (Nelvana), which won best writing in an animation.

The evening also saw the Academy posthumously pay tribute to Jay Switzer, who passed away in January. The former CEO of CHUM and co-founder of Hollywood Suite received the Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute.