TORONTO – A made-in-Montreal drama about a single mother raising her violent son and a Toronto-shot epic about the destruction of an ancient Roman city were big winners Sunday night at the Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs) in Toronto.
Mommy won nine awards, including Best Film. Xavier Dolan picked up CSAs for Direction, Original Screenplay and Editing. The movie also earned awards for Make-Up and Cinematography.
Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clement of Mommy were named winners in acting categories.
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Nicolas Billon won the award for Adapted Screenplay for Dolan’s first English feature, Elephant Song.
Pompeii won six awards, including five during the non-televised portion of the CSAs: Costume Design, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Overall Sound and Visual Effects.
Pompeii producer Don Carmody accepted the Golden Screen Award for a Feature Film, which is given to the top-grossing theatrical release in Canada.
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Global’s Rookie Blue was named winner of the Golden Screen Award for Best Drama Series — an award given to the top-rated series.
Star Missy Peregrym was emotional while accepting the award. Backstage, she explained why. “We worked really hard. This is just icing on the cake and it means so much.”
Peregrym praised loyal fans of the show.
Earlier, during the pre-broadcast portion, Global’s Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy was named Best Dramatic TV Movie. Facing the Enemy also earned Jodi Balfour an award as Best Actress in a Dramatic Program.
The History hit series Vikings won Best International Drama.
Anna Silk of the Showcase series Lost Girl was named the recipient of the Fans’ Choice award.
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The third annual CSAs kicked off with host Andrea Martin tumbling out of an SUV and flashing her (pixelated) crotch at the cameras.
“How’s that for an opening?,” she asked the audience inside the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. “Talk about Fifty Shades of Grey.
“Now there’s your mystery tunnel.”
Martin also joked that the red carpet at the CSAs is the only one “where they ask you to wipe your boots.”
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Manjeet Ral and Parmjit Sarai picked up the CSA for Original Song in recognition of “Dal Makhani” for the Toronto-shot comedy Dr. Cabbie.
Original Score winner was Howard Shore for Maps to the Stars.
Other winners include Orphan Black and its star Tatiana Maslany as well as the documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper.
The Canadian Screen Awards recognize the best in homegrown movies, television and digital production. In all, 128 awards were given out, as well as 14 Academy Special Awards.