Each year, the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA) commemorate the very best of Canadian film and television. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the 2019 nominees. The 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. Since they’re both distributed by Netflix, they’re not just gaining hype in Canada, but also across the globe.
Some other note-worthy nominations include the climate change documentary, Anthropocene, for Best Feature-Length Documentary, which was crafted by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. The film uncovers the severe impact that humans have had on the planet.
Jazmin Mozaffari is up for Best Director for her drama, Firecrackers, which was produced with a predominantly female cast. The film originates 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 Drake’s music videos for chart-toppers God’s Plan, Nice For What and In My Feelings.
Sara Mishara managed to get two nominations in one category for Achievement in Cinematography for her work on cinematography 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 feature film, The Hummingbird Project, which stars Salma Hayek, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard also racked in 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 Gourmet is nominated for Achievement in Music – Original Score.
The Indo-Canadian director Deepha Mehta, whose films have received numerous nominations and awards, including an Oscar-nomination for her 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. Stephen James will receive the Radius Award for making waves globally. He has won the 2017 CSA award for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and was a 2019 Golden Globe nominee for his performance in Homecoming.
Here are the 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.