The Oscar-nominated drama Rebelle scored the most nominations of any film when the nominees for the first Canadian Screen Awards were announced at simultaneous news conferences in Toronto and Montreal Tuesday morning.
The award honours achievement in both Canadian television and film, replacing the previously separate Gemini and Genie Awards.
Rebelle won 12 nominations, including best picture and best director in the new amalgamation of the former Genie and Gemini awards designed to honour Canadian TV and film in one swoop.
Locally produced film and TV made an impressive showing in the nominations. The film side was mostly represented by Michael Dowse's raucous hockey comedy Goon, which scored nominations in six categories including directing, cinematography, makeup, two supporting actor nods for Jay Baruchel and Kim Coates, and a best adapted screenplay nom for Baruchel and Evan Goldberg.
On the TV side, the third season of Less Than Kind scored an impressive 10 nominations (only one less than the CTV cop drama Flashpoint) including for best comedy program/series, supporting actor nominations for local actor Ross McMillan, Tyler Johnston and Benjamin Ayres, a lead actress nomination for Wendel Meldrum, and three different nominations for comedy writing in a field of five. (An additional nomination went to the locally shot Todd and the Book of Pure Evil in that category.)
Other locally produced films to score nominations included Indie Game: The Movie for best documentary feature, Deco Dawson's Keep a Modest Head for best documentary short, and Mad Ship, which scored a nomination for best achievement in costume design.
The Winnipeg-shot series Todd and the Book of Pure Evil won a total of six nominations in the comedy series categories including best direction, best writing, best photography, best achievement in casting, best sound and best costume design.
The TV mini-series The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II earned a few key nominations in the dramatic mini-series categories including best dramatic mini-series or TV movie, best performance by an actor in a leading role (Jared Keeso), best writing, and best photography.
Both series are produced by local production company Frantic Films, which also earned a nod in the best lifestyle program or series category for Pitchin In.
Martin Short will host the first awards gala on March 3, with the two-hour ceremony airing on CBC-TV.