Rob Stewart honored at Canadian Screen Awards

By Alexandra Heilbron on March 13, 2017 | 3 Comments

Canadian Screen Awards 2017The Canadian Screen Awards were held last night and broadcast live on CBC from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. As the host, comedian Howie Mandel was funny and inventive, and kept the show entertaining.

The most poignant portion of the evening was when George Stroumboulopoulos came on stage to give a tribute to Sharkwater filmmaker Rob Stewart. He announced that starting in 2018, the award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series will be in Rob Stewart’s name and will — in addition — include a gift of $25,000 each year for the next five years.

Other special awards included the Earle Grey Award, which went to Tantoo Cardinal, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, given to Christopher Plummer, 87, who entertained the audience with a very funny speech.

The night’s top winners were It’s Only the End of the World with six wins followed by Race with four wins. Tatiana Maslany took home two trophies for her lead performances in television (Orphan Black) and film (The Other Half).

It seemed the nominees were told they had limited time from the moment their names were announced to get to the stage and give their speech, so several of the winners (including Tatiana) sprinted the route onto the stage, proving Canadians are a fit bunch. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Full List of Winners

Best Motion Picture: It’s Only the End of the World

Adapted Screenplay: Xavier DolanIt’s Only the End of the World

Original Screenplay: Daniel MacIvor – Weirdos

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Stephan JamesRace

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Vincent CasselIt’s Only the End of the World

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Tatiana Maslany – The Other Half

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Molly Parker – Weirdos

Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design: Emmanuel Fréchette – Two Lovers and a Bear

Achievement in Cinematography: André Turpin – It’s Only the End of the World

Achievement in Costume Design:  Patricia McNeil – Nelly

Achievement in Direction: Xavier Dolan – It’s Only the End of the World

Achievement in Editing: Richard Comeau – Two Lovers and a Bear

Achievement in Make-Up:  It’s Only the End of the World

Achievement in Music – Original Score: Todor Kobakov, Steve London, David Braid – Born to be Blue

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary: I Am the Blues  

Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary: I Am the Blues

Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary: Giants of Africa

Achievement in Music – Original Song: David Braid – Born to be Blue “Could Have Been”

Achievement in Overall Sound: Claude La Haye, Luc Boudrias, Pierre-Jules Audet, Patrick Rioux, Nicolas Dallaire – Race

Achievement in Sound Editing: Race

Achievement in Visual Effects: Race

Best Short Documentary: This River

Best Live Action Short Drama: Mutants

Best Animated Short: Blind Vaysha


Best Dramatic Series: Orphan Black

Best Comedy Series: Letterkenny

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role: Orphan BlackTatiana Maslany

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role: Schitt’s Creek – Catherine O’Hara

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role: Kim’s Convenience – Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role: 19-2 – Adrian Holmes

Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series: The Tragically Hip – A National Celebration – Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair

Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program: Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series: Rio 2016 – Scott Russell

Best Host in a Variety or Reality/Competition Program or Series: 2016 Canadian Screen Awards – Norm Macdonald


Golden Screen Award for TV Drama or Comedy: Murdoch Mysteries

Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show: The Amazing Race Canada

Lifetime Achievement Award: Christopher Plummer

Earle Grey Award: Tantoo Cardinal

Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film: The 3 Little Pigs 2

Fan Choice Award: Natasha Negovanlis

Academy Icon Award: Just for Laughs

Best First Feature Award: Johnny Ma – Old Stone

Comments & Discussion

  1. Penguin • March 13, 2017 @ 1:03 PM

    Too bad I’ve never heard of almost all the shows or the people listed above.Never see them listed on Canadian tv out west and if they are they’re read-up in the tv guide is very boring so don’t watch.
    But at least Schitts Creek, Murdoch Mysteries and Just for Laugh I’ve heard of and watch 2 out of 3. Because of this I never watch the Canadian awards show. Just nothing of interest for me

  2. Samantha • March 13, 2017 @ 3:20 PM

    I watch almost only Canadian shows because I think the quality is much better compared to American TV, which is usually just trash. Flashpoint, Murdoch, Heartland, Orphan Black, The Listener – all high quality shows. But for some reason, they don’t tend to nominate any show if it’s popular. I’m amazed they let Murdoch win a few things – Heartland is kept out of the running because it’s a “family show” and therefore couldn’t possibly be good, could it? (That’s sarcasm.) But what the hell was that fan’s choice award about? That had to be rigged. Obviously only that girl’s friends voted. And I don’t watch Canadian movies. Unless they’re demented, boring or starring people who are related to the director, producer or casting director and therefore can’t act, the Canadian government won’t fund them so that’s pretty much all that gets produced. The film industry here is still sadly laughable.

  3. Liz • March 16, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

    Hey Samantha…. Try Googling the Fan’s choice winner. 55 Million views on her show, 2 million trackable votes for her, 100,000 followers on social media… and her second year being nominated for the award! Lol.

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