Xavier Dolan's Mommy leads film nominations for Canadian Screen Awards



There will be some pretty heavy competition at Canada’s annual film awards with nominations announced yesterday in Toronto. Wonder kid Xavier Dolan’s critical darling Mommy will face off against David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars.  Mommy, with 13 nominations, will go up against Maps to the Stars, with 11, for best motion picture (feature), as well as best direction, best screenplay, and honours in a host of other categories. 

Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan

Both films premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Dolan, 25, became Canada’s youngest filmmaker to compete in the main program, and Cronenberg, 71, became Canada’s oldest filmmaker to do so. Dolan won the Jury Prize at Cannes, sadly we will not see him at the Academy Awards as Mommy, which Canada tapped as its best hope for a foreign-language film Oscar, failed to make the short list. Dolan is personally up for five Canadian Screen Awards, including editing and costume design.                                                                          

The other films up for best feature are Albert Shin’s In Her Place, Stéphane Lafleur’s Tu dors Nicole, Terrance Odette’s Fall, and Christian Sparkes’s Cast No Shadow. Best documentary nominees are Marinoni: The Fire in the FrameSuper Duper Alice CooperLa marche à suivre, and Fermières.

The Canadian Screen Awards came to life in 2013 with the merger of the Genies, Canada’s film awards, and the English-language TV Gemini Awards. The CSAs also honour digital media.

Orphan Black starring Tatiana Maslany

Orphan Black starring Tatiana Maslany

On the TV side, Space’s sci-fi hit Orphan Black picked up 13 nominations, Bravo’s English-language adaptation of the Quebec police drama 19-2 collaring 10 nominations, and the Jason Priestley comedy Call Me Fitz, which airs on TMN and Movie Central, also snagging 10 nominations. CBC’s Mr. D also has 10 nominations.

Orphan Black and 19-2 will go up against Continuum (Showcase), Motive(CTV) and Remedy (Global) for best dramatic series. Best comedy series will pit Mr. D against CTV’s Spun Out and Seed, which City cancelled last summer after only two seasons. The category also features Tiny Plastic Men, a sketch comedy show on Super Channel.

No surprise here. The reality-show contest features three Canadian versions of American hits – The Amazing Race Canada (CTV), Big Brother Canada (Global) andMasterChef Canada (CTV) – going up against Unusually Thicke, a so-called “reality-sitcom hybrid” starring Alan Thicke, and Sportsnet 360’s The Ultimate Fighter Nations – Canada vs. Australia.

CBC’s flagship newscast The National has nine nominations with CTV National News and Global National each have two.

Nominations for the CSAs were announced in 128 categories – 24 film, 97 TV, and seven digital media – during simultaneous news conferences held in Montreal and Toronto.

Actress Andrea Martin will host the Canadian Screen Awards on CBC, airing live from Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on March 1.

Full List of Nominees:


Best Dramatic Series
"19-2" - Bravo! (Bell Media)
"Continuum" - Showcase (Shaw Media)
"Motive" - CTV (Bell Media)
"Orphan Black" - Space (Bell Media)
"Remedy" - Global (Shaw Media)

Best Comedy Series
"Call Me Fitz" - TMN / Movie Central (Bell Media / Corus Entertainment)
"Mr. D" - CBC (CBC)
"Seed" - City (Rogers Media)
"Spun Out" - CTV (Bell Media)
"Tiny Plastic Men" - Super Channel (Allarco)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Gerry Dee, "Mr. D"
Adam Korson, "Seed"
Don McKellar, "Sensitive Skin"
Dave Foley, "Spun Out"
Mark Meer, "Tiny Plastic Men"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Joanna Cassidy, "Call Me Fitz"
Julia Voth, "Package Deal"
Carrie-Lynn Neales, "Seed"
Kacey Rohl, "Working The Engels"
Andrea Martin, "Working The Engels"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Adam Beach, "Arctic Air"
Jared Keeso, "19-2"
David Sutcliffe, "Cracked"
Michael McLeod, "Forgive Me"
Dillon Casey, "Remedy"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Meaghan Rath, "Being Human"
Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"
Megan Follows, "Reign"
Jennie Raymond, "Sex&Violence"
Jackie Torrens, "Sex&Violence"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Benz Antoine, "19-2"
Dan Petronijevic, "19-2"
Hugh Thompson, "Forgive Me"
Paul Amos, "Lost Girl"
Jordan Gavaris, "Orphan Black"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Maxim Roy, "19-2"
Laurence Leboeuf, "19-2"
Ali Liebert, "Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy"
Jane Alexander, "Forgive Me"
Olympia Dukakis, "Sex&Violence"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Peter Macneil, "Call Me Fitz"
Jonathan Torrens, "Mr. D"
Jay Malone, "Package Deal"
Elliott Gould, "Sensitive Skin"
Marty Adams, "Spun Out"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
Annie Openshaw, "Call Me Fitz"
Lauren Hammersley, "Mr. D"
Naomi Snieckus, "Mr. D"
Lauren Ash, "Spun Out"
Azura Skye, "Working The Engels"

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series
"The Amazing Race Canada" - CTV (Bell Media)
"Big Brother Canada" - Slice (Shaw Media)
"MasterChef Canada" - CTV (Bell Media)
"Unusually Thicke" - Slice (Shaw Media)
"The Ultimate Fighter Nations - Canada vs Australia" - Sportsnet 360 (Rogers Media)

Best Animated Program or Series
"Fangbone!" - Family Channel (DHX Media)
"Grojband" - Teletoon (Corus Entertainment)
"Justin Time" - Family Channel / Disney Jr (DHX Media)
"Numb Chucks" - YTV (Corus Entertainment)
"Rocket Monkeys" - Teletoon (Corus Entertainment)


Best Motion Picture
"Cast No Shadow" 
"In Her Place" 
"Maps To The Stars" 
"Tu dors Nicole"

Achievement In Direction
Atom Egoyan - "The Captive"
Albert Shin - "In Her Place"
David Cronenberg - "Maps To The Stars"
Xavier Dolan - "Mommy"
Stéphane Lafleur - "Tu dors Nicole"

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Ryan Reynolds - "The Captive"
Bruce Greenwood - "Elephant Song"
Michael Murphy – "Fall"
Evan Bird - "Maps To The Stars"
Antoine Olivier Pilon – "Mommy"

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Justin Chatwin – "Bang Bang Baby"
John Cusack - "Maps To The Stars"
Robert Pattinson - "Maps To The Stars"
Marc-André Grondin - "Tu dors Nicole"
Kris Demeanor - "The Valley Below"

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Ahn Ji Hye - "In Her Place"
Yoon Da Kyung - "In Her Place"
Julianne Côté - "Tu dors Nicole"
Julianne Moore - "Maps To The Stars"
Anne Dorval – "Mommy"

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 
Sandrine Bisson - "1987"
Kil Hae Yeon - "In Her Place"
Mia Wasikowska - "Maps To The Stars"
Suzanne Clément - "Mommy"
Catherine St-Laurent - "Tu dors Nicole"