Beans and Blood Quantum take home big at 4th night of Canadian Screen Awards – fr

Beans and Blood Quantum take home big at 4th night of Canadian Screen Awards – fr

A zombie horror film set on a First Nations reserve won the most trophies on the final night of the Canadian Screen Awards on Thursday, while the top prize went to an inspired coming-of-age movie of the Oka crisis.
Inspired by Oka by Tracey Deer Beans won both the John Dunning Award for Best Debut Feature and Best Picture – marking a triumphant arrival for the director who last year won the Toronto International Film Festival Emerging Talent Award.

Jeff Barnaby’s Horror Blood quantum, meanwhile, won six of his 10 nominations, including best visual effects, costume design and a performance as a lead actor for star Michael Greyeyes.

Akilla’s escape, meanwhile, came close Blood quantum with five wins including Best Original Screenplay and Cinematography.

Hollywood star Michelle Pfeiffer won the award for Best Leading Actress for her performance in French release – adapted from the novel by Patrick deWitt, who also wrote the screenplay.

LISTEN | Greyeyes on his prolific career:

Without reservation41:46From ballet dancer to zombie slayer: actor Michael Greyeyes shouts about his prolific career

The Plains Cree actor and performer of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan has appeared in more than 50 films and television shows, ranging from prominent Indigenous leaders like Sitting Bull to Gooch in Dance Me Outside, one of his most famous roles. 41:46

After a somewhat arduous awards season, Deepa Mehta took home the award for best director for Funny boy. The film was originally slated to be Canada’s Oscar submission for Best International Film, but was later rejected by the Academy for below its language requirements.

The film won Best Fit Screenplay – going to both Mehta and Shyam Selvadurai, who wrote the book – and music for composer Howard Shore.

Among the TV categories, Ruisseau Schitt, which aired its final season last year, has gone on to win big.

After six wins at the CSA on Wednesday, star Catherine O’Hara once again won Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series – her sixth in a row, one for each season of the series.

The CBC show also won Best Comedy Series for the third year in a row and the fourth time overall.

Actors Saul Williams and Donisha Prendergast are pictured in this scene from Akilla’s Escape. The film won five awards. (The Canadian Press)

Schitt’s wasn’t the only show to see gold. Paul Sun Hyung-Lee honored for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy for the third time for his portrayal of long suffering Kim’s convenience Patriarchs Appa.

In what turned out to be a surprise to its cast, the series aired its final season earlier this year after creator Ins Choi left. After three wins on Wednesday, the sitcom has won four CSAs this year in total, coming behind Canada Drag Race with five and tie with Baroness of Sketch Show.

Brandon Ingram, left, and Rehan Mudannayake appear in a scene from Funny Boy. The film won Best Screenplay, Music and Direction. (Vidur Bharatram)

Outside of comedy, the CSAs acknowledged another show that ended prematurely: CBC Filou, which was canceled earlier this year after one season. Crystle Lightning, who is also a professional DJ, won the award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series in turn as Maggie.

CTV Medical Series Transplantation landed both Best Actor in a Drama for Principal Hamza Haq and Best Drama Series.

The awards, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, recognize excellence in Canadian film, television and digital media. They were featured virtually for a second year in a row due to the pandemic on the academy’s website and social media pages.

The complete list of winners can be found on the Site Web des Canadian Screen Awards.

Crystle Lightning, left, appears alongside Joel Oulette in a scene from CBC’s Trickster. (CBC)


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