CTV’s “Cardinal” and CBC’s “Schitt’s Creek” are gone, but the Canadian Screen Awards certainly haven’t forgotten them.
The shows, which ended with their fourth and sixth seasons respectively this spring, were the top winners during the third night of the virtual awards, which honoured scripted drama.
The two series — one a noirish detective drama set in northern Ontario; the other, a heartfelt comedy about a rich family that loses everything and moves to a small town — were named Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series.
“Cardinal” topped the overall awards haul with seven trophies, including repeat Best Actor and Actress wins for stars Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse, Best Supporting Actress for Kristen Thomson, and prizes for writing, picture editing and makeup.
“Schitt’s Creek” star Catherine O’Hara was crowned Best Lead Actress in a Comedy for the fifth year in a row, while her longtime TV and movie co-star Eugene Levy won Best Lead Actor and Emily Hampshire won Best Supporting Actress. The show also won prizes for casting and hair.
Two other CBC series — one ended prematurely after its third season, one beginning its fifth and final season this fall — scored five wins each.
“Anne of Green Gables” adaptation “Anne With an E,” whose devoted fans around the world are still campaigning for CBC and Netflix to bring it back for a fourth season, won Best Guest Performance for Dalmar Abuzeid as well as production design, costume design, photography and original music awards.
“Baroness von Sketch” won Best Sketch Comedy Show, Best Writing and Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy, as well as Best Picture Editing and Photography in a Comedy.
The Golden Screen Award for highest-rated TV comedy or drama had a tie: CBC period detective drama “Murdoch Mysteries” and Global dramedy “Private Eyes.”
There were a number of double winners as well:
- CBC comedy “Kim’s Convenience” won Best Supporting Actor for Andrew Phung and Best Guest Performance for Amanda Brugel (a star of “The Handmaid’s Tale”).
- Crave comedy “Letterkenny” won for direction and writing.
- Global’s “Mary Kills People” took prizes for direction and stunt co-ordination.
- History’s “Vikings” won for sound and visual effects.
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- Showcase’s “Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey” took Best TV Movie and Best Writing in a TV Movie.
- The web series “Save Me” brought Emily Hampshire her second prize of the night, for Best Lead Performance in a Web Series, and also won Best Fiction Web Program.
- The web series “How to Buy a Baby” won for writing and Best Supporting Performance for Emma Hunter.
For a complete list of night-three winners see academy.ca.
Night four of the awards, which honour Canadian cinema, can be streamed at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television website, or on its Twitter, Facebook or YouTube pages.
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