The 2019 Canadian Screen Awards Nominees Have Been Announced
Each year, the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA) commemorate the very best of Canadian film and television, and today the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the 2019 nominees. Coming-of-age drama Anne With An E and hysterical comedy Schitt’s Creek are in the lead, both having accumulated a total of 15 nominations each. Since they’re both distributed by Netflix, they’re not just gaining hype in Canada, but also across the globe.
Some other noteworthy nominations include the climate change documentary Anthropocene for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Crafted by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, the film uncovers the severe impact that humans continue to have on the planet.
Jazmin Mozaffari is up for Best Director for her drama Firecrackers, which was produced with a predominantly female cast. The film originated from a short that she produced as her thesis while attending Ryerson University. It stars award-winning actress Michaela Kurminsky and Karena Evans, who is known for directing the music videos for Drake hits God’s Plan, Nice For What and In My Feelings.
Sara Mishara scored two nominations in the Cinematography category for her work on the unsettling thriller Allure, which stars Evan Rachel Wood, and the French- and English-language drama The Great Darkened Days, which is also nominated for Best Motion Picture.
The Hummingbird Project, starring Salma Hayek, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard also garnered a few nominations. Emmanuel Fréchette is up for Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Arthur Tarnowski and Nicolas Chaudeurge are up for Achievement in Editing, and Yves Gourmeur is nominated for Achievement in Music – Original Score.
Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta, whose films have received numerous nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for her 2005 film Water, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is renowned for her artistic storytelling and carefully crafted work, through which she relentlessly pushes boundaries. As a Canadian making waves globally, Stephan James, star of If Beale Street Could Talk, will receive the inaugural Radius Award. He won the 2017 CSA award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his film Race and was a 2019 Golden Globe nominee for his performance in the HBO series Homecoming.
Here is the complete list of nominees:
Best Motion Picture
The Great Darkened Days
Just a Breath Away
Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design
Achievement in Cinematography
Achievement in Direction
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Drama Series
Frankie Drake Mysteries
Anne with an E
Blood and Water
Best Comedy Series
Best Reality/Competition Program or Series
Master Chef Canada
The Amazing Race Canada
Big Brother Canada
Knock Knock Ghost
Canada’s Smartest Person Junior
Best Direction, Drama Series
Best Direction, Comedy
Daniel Levy, Andrew Cividino
Best Lead Actress, Drama Series
Best Lead Actor, Drama Series
Kids In The Hall
For the full list of nominees, head to academy.ca.