CSAs ’21: Best comedy, drama nominees lauded on night three

Schitt's Creek, Baroness von Sketch Show, Cardinal and Kim's Convenience each picked up multiple Canadian Screen Awards in creative arts and performance categories.

Schitt’s Creek, Baroness von Sketch Show, Cardinal and Kim’s Convenience emerged as the frontrunners on night three of the Canadian Screen Awards.

The creative arts and performance categories were handed out tonight (May 19) in a virtual ceremony narrated by eTalk co-host Tyrone Edwards.

CBC’s Schitt’s Creek (Not a Real Company Productions) picked up the most awards of the evening with six, including Best Supporting Actress, Comedy for Emily Hampshire. Series co-creator Dan Levy won Best Writing, Comedy and Best Direction, Comedy, for the final season, sharing the directing award with Andrew Cividino. The series also picked up awards Best Achievement in Casting, Best Achievement in Hair and Best Costume Design.

Fellow CBC comedy Baroness von Sketch Show (Frantic Films) earned four awards, including Best Performance; Sketch Comedy for its lead ensemble; Best Writing, Variety or Sketch Comedy; Best Direction, Variety or Sketch Comedy; and Best Picture Editing, Comedy.

CTV’s Cardinal (Sienna Films, eOne) earned three awards, the most of any of the Best Drama Series nominees on night three, including Best Guest Performance, Drama for Shawn Doyle, as well as Best Picture Editing, Drama and Best Photography, Drama.

Also earning three awards for the night was Best Comedy Series nominee Kim’s Convenience (Thunderbird Entertainment), with Andrew Phung winning Best Supporting Actor, Comedy, for the fourth time and Amanda Brugel winning Best Guest Performance, Comedy. The CBC sitcom also won Best Photography, Comedy.

Best Drama Series nominees Transplant (Sphere Media) and Vikings (Take 5 Productions) picked up two awards each. Transplant showrunner Joseph Kay won Best Writing, Drama Series and Holly Dale won Best Direction, Drama Series, while Vikings won Best Visual Effects and Best Sound, Fiction.

CBC drama Trickster (Sienna Films, Streel Films) also earned two wins with Best Achievement in Makeup and Best Production Design or Art Direction, Fiction, while Crave’s Glass Houses (Incendo) won Best Direction and Best Writing in the TV Movie category.

Other notable winners of the evening include a posthumous award to Christopher Plummer, winning Best Supporting Actor, Drama, for Global’s Departure (Shaftesbury); Tamara Podemski won Best Supporting Actress, Drama for CBC drama Coroner (Cineflix Studios, Back Alley Films, Muse Entertainment); Citytv’s Christmas Jars (Muse Entertainment) won Best TV Movie; and the Jeff Barnaby-directed horror Blood Quantum won Best Stunt Coordination.

The final two Canadian Screen Award ceremonies will stream live tomorrow (May 20), revealing the film category winners, as well as who will walk away with Best Motion Picture, Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series.