Room And Schitt’s Creek Big Winners At The 2016 Canadian Screen Awards


Room might not have won a lot of awards at the Oscars earlier this year (it was nominated for 4, and only Brie Larson picked up a trophy for Best Actress), but it completely dominated the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. On the TV side of things it was Schitt’s Creek taking home multiple trophies.  Both shows led the way coming into the awards program with the most nominations, and both took home the most trophies. How fitting is that?

The Canada-Ireland co-production Room has been having an amazing run. Not only did it win an Oscar, but it also picked up Tiff’s People Choice Award last year as well. And after last night it now has nine Candy’s (Norm MacDonald decided to nickname the awards statue the Candy’s after late great Canadian actor John Candy) to add to it’s total, including Best Picture and Best Director for Dublin’s Lenny Abrahamson. Writer Emma Donoghue won Best Adapted Screen Play, Brie Larson added to her impressive haul by winning Best Actress and nine-year-old Vancouverite Jacob Tremblay now has a trophy to display beside his Millenium Falcon back home after winning Best Actor.

“This is amazing. I can’t believe a kid like me won against a bunch of amazing talent. Christopher Plummer, you’re a legend,” Tremblay said during his acceptance speech. Plummer was of course up for the same award for his role in Remember. “I’m not the best at sports,” Tremblay continued. “I’m never going to win the Stanley Cup or a gold medal but I love acting and to win an award for something that I love is super special to me.”

Schitt’s Creek completely dominated the Television awards, which saw series stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara beat out their television children (and in Eugene’s case his real life son) in the best Comedic Acting categories. All in all the CBC show picked up 9 awards, including the top TV Comedy. While claiming his award, Eugene Levy said “The design of this whole thing was for me to be the straight man on the show, working with funny people and being the guy to carry the story I was really excited about the prospect of playing a character that is probably the straightest thing I’ve done in my career. This award only means to me that I failed miserably at that.”

For TV Drama, once again Orphan Black was the top winning show, claiming 7 statues. Tatiana Maslany won for Best Actress once again, while her co-star Air Millen picked up the Best Actor award. Surprisingly it wasn’t nominated for Best TV Drama, which Bravo’s 19-2 won.

CBC’s miniseries The Book of Negroes was also a bit winner, collecting 9 trophies over the course of the week, including wins for actress Aunjanue Ellis, actor Lyriq Bent and supporting actress Shailyn Pierre-Dixon.


With each year’s awards’ show getting bigger and bigger, we can’t help but wonder what the next year will bring.

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