A fitting end to Canadian Screen Week—seven straight days dedicated to honouring homegrown talent on the big and small screen—Sunday evening’s Canadian Screen Awards: Broadcast Gala saw Cardinal take home Best Lead Actor and Lead Actress (Drama Program or Limited Series) wins for its stars Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse.
Among the 20 awards handed out at the Sony Centre in downtown Toronto, comedic icons The Kids in the Hall (that is Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney) were fittingly honoured with the Academy Icon Award and stayed true to their absurdist roots by bringing a stand-in onstage in place of absent kid Mark McKinney and then revealing that (GASP) the elderly lady wasn’t actually Mark all along when he video-called from an improv class. If it sound complicated, weird and funny, they did their job.
Other big winners include Schitt’s Creek (Best Comedy Series) and Best Lead Actress, Comedy honours for Catherine O’Hara—her fourth consecutive win!—Best Lead Actor, Comedy and Best Writing, Comedy for Letterkenny‘s Jared Keeso.
Cardinal:Blackfly Season tied with Anne With an E for the most wins, with seven apiece, the legendary Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) was also honoured with the Earle Grey Award and renowned filmmaker Deepa Mehta was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Amazing Race Canada added to its list of accolades with a Best Reality/Competition Program or Series win.
Switching gears to the big screen, A Colony/Une colonie won Best Motion Picture and Scarborough’s own Stephan James was presented with the inaugural Radius Award, given to him by his brother Shamier Anderson in a moving speech where Shamier shared what it’s been like to see Stephan’s star rise at such an accelerated pace.
“These two mama’s boys from Scarborough sure have come a long way!”
— The Canadian Academy (@TheCdnAcademy) April 1, 2019
Last week, etalk‘s own Danielle Graham and Lainey Lui won for Best Host, Program or Series for their hilarious, candid and can’t-find-it-anywhere-else take on Tinseltown’s biggest night with etalk Live: The Oscars Balcony special that streamed live online during the 2018 Academy Awards red carpet.
The duo, perched high above the arrivals action and, with their bird’s eye view, didn’t miss a thing from gorgeous gown spilling out of limos, first-looks at some of the best dresses of the night, sneaky dashes past the interview line to certain celebs skipping to the front of the photo wall. (How dare they!)
Thank you to the Academy! I’ve always wanted to say that! https://t.co/BCnU3BKIi4
— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) March 29, 2019
It was a surprise win for the humble and self-deprecating duo, who jokingly sized up their competition on the way to the evening’s venue on Instagram stories by saying they would need a miracle to pull off a win! Congrats Danielle and Lainey.
Jann Arden spent her 57th birthday celebrating Canadian talent as 40 incredible storytellers took home CSAs on March 27. Her birthday didn’t go without recognition, however. Arden’s Jann co-star Elena Juatco surprised her onstage and had the whole room sing “Happy Birthday” to her.
We see your Oscars selfie, Ellen, and raise you a rousing “Happy Birthday.”
I hope everyone loved episode 2 of JANN! Can’t wait to watch when I get home! Update from this end: @jannarden is killing it and I just ambushed her and sang her happy bday on stage. Lucky me 😊😊 #JANNonCTV pic.twitter.com/WZzGab0kSh
— Elena Juatco (@ElenaJuatco) March 28, 2019
CTV’s Cardinal: Blackfly Season also had a big night with not one, not two, but FIVE wins in the Limited Series categories including Best Limited Series. In case you’re keeping track, that’s a clean sweep, people!
In other important moments: something we all might be meme-ing for the forseeable future is Dan Levy’s awkward run to the stage, then run back to his seat, then run back to the stage. He thought he was supposed to accept the Best Costume Design award for costume designer Debra Hanson (who works with Levy on Schitt’s Creek), but her win was actually for Frankie Drake Mysteries. Oops.
Don’t worry @danjlevy, we’re excited too!
— The Canadian Academy (@TheCdnAcademy) March 28, 2019
— dan levy (@danjlevy) March 28, 2019
The CTV gala celebrating non-fiction programming kicked off Canadian Screen Week on March 25 with wins for The Amazing Race Canada and You Are Here.
Hosted by The Beaverton‘s Aisha Alfa, who happens to be expecting her first child and was glowing in a metallic frock, the night saw over 40 awards get handed out to the best and brightest in non-fiction.
The Amazing Race Canada walked (ran!) away with the Golden Screen Award for Reality TV Show, You Are Here, the doc that follows what happened in a sleepy Newfoundland town when over 6,500 passengers ended up in the city after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, won Best Documentary Program.
Other notable winners included James Duthie (Best Sports Host, Free Agent Frenzy), CTV National News With Lisa LaFlamme (Best National Newscast) and Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott (Best Lifestyle Program or Series).
For the full list of winners, hit up academy.ca.