The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television will also highlights the best in television at its Red Carpet Gala, next Sunday March 1, and I will be there to support and join in the celebration.
Here are five of the television shows which have garnered several Canadian Screen Awards nominations, as well as, a great fan-base in Canada and beyond.
Orphan Black (Bell Media)
This excellent science-fiction show has 13 nominations including, Award for Best Dramatic Series, Best Direction in a Dramatic Series, Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series, and Best Writing in a Dramatic Series. As well, Tatiana Maslany has also been shortlisted for the Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. There is no doubt Orphan Black has established itself as a favourite.
Canada has great talent when it comes to comedy. There is no surprsise Mr. D has 10 Nominations, as it also did great at last year’s Canadian Screen Awards. This year, its nominations include Bell Media Award for Best Comedy Series, Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series. Creator, writer, executive producer and star Gerry Dee is also up for the Bell Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role.
This crime drama, now on its second season, has also built a committed fan-base. With 8 Nominations, Motive may give other shows a run for their money… The nominations include Shaw Media Award for Best Dramatic Series, Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series, Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series, and Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series.
The Ghosts in Our Machine (CBC)
Always a fan of documentary programs, I am glad to see this one receive 4 Nominations, which include the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program, Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Factual Series, and Best Sound in a Documentary, Factual or Lifestyle Program or Series. I did an interview with director Liz Marshall a while back, which I encourage you to read here.
Vikings (Shaw Media)
This historical-drama series, an Irish-Canadian co-production, has also been doing very well. Now in its third season, the fan-base continues to expand. The show has garnered 4 Nominations including,
Best International Drama, Best Direction in a Dramatic Series, Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series, and Best Visual Effects.
As some of the awards were handed out early this week, I can share with you that Orphan Black has won for Best Direction in a Dramatic Series, Best Original Music Score for a Series, Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series, and Best Writing in a Dramatic Series. Also Vikings has won for Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series. But there will be more awards handed out on Sunday night. Do come back to this page, or follow me via Facebook and Twitter for updates the night of.