Room Leads Canadian Screen Award Nominations

Here's a first: there are ten Best Picture nominees at this year's Canadian Screen Awards and I've already seen all of them! Room leads the film side of the Canadian Screen Award nominations with eleven nods, including Best Actress frontrunner Brie Larson and actors Jacob Tremblay and Joan Allen. Canada's Oscar submission Felix and Meira finds lots of love this morning too. Ditto Anne Émond's wonderful Les êtres chers and festival hit Sleeping Giant. Also among the Best Picture nominees are Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson's The Forbidden Room and Philippe Falardeau's My Internship in Canada, which missed some major nominations like Best Director, while Internship's Patrick Huard and Suzanne Clément both missed out on acting nods. (Huard should have won.) In fairness to the nominating committees, as mentioned in the CSA preview, The Forbidden Room isn't something for everyone, so it's Best Picture nomination is still pretty admirable. And a first for Maddin!

The huge snub of the morning (besides the flat-out crazy omission of The Forbidden Room for direction) is Patricia Rozema's Into the Forest. Arguably the director's strongest work in years and a powerful achievement in writing, acting, and directing, Into the Forest only got a nomination for sound. The screenplay snub comes in place of signficantly lesser films competing for the prize.

Doc categories are especially strong this year with The Amina Profile leading.

The film nominees for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards:
*Winners will be announced Sunday, March 13.

Best Picture

Best Director:
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Andrew Cividino, Sleeping Giant
Anne Émond, Les êtres chers
Maxime Giroux, Felix and Meira
Philippe Lesage, The Demons

Actor in a Leading Role:
Maxim Gaudette, Les êtres chers
Jasmin Geljo, Waiting Room
Christopher Plummer, Remember
Rossif Sutherland, River 
Jacob Tremblay, Room

Actress in a Leading Role:
Céline Bonnier, Passion of Augustine
Leah Goldstein, Diamond Tongues
Brie Larson, Room
Karelle Tremblay, Les êtres chers
Hadas Yaron, Felix and Meira

Actor in a Supporting Role
Wardis Aluwalia, Beeba Boys
Tony Nardi, Corbo
Irdens Exantus, My Internship in Canada
Nick Serrino, Sleeping Giant
Patrick Hivon, Ville-Marie

Actress in a Supporting Role:
Joan Allen, Room
Christine Beaulieu, Le Mirage
Cynthia Ashburger, Waiting Room
 Balinder Johal, Beeba Boys
Mylène Mackay, Endorphine 

Best Original Screenplay:
Les êtres chers

Adapted Screenplay:

Achievement in Costumes:
Hyena Road
Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

Achievement in Cinematography:

Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design:
Felix and Meira

Achievement in Film Editing:
Le garagiste
Les êtres chers

Achievement in Make-up:
Hyena Road

Achievement in Music – Original Score
Passion of Augustine
Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

Achievement in Music – Original Song
Scratch: A Hip Hop Opera
Songs She Wrote About People She Knows

Achievement in Overall Sound
Le garagiste
Into the Forest
My Internship in Canada

Achievement in Sound Editing
Le garagiste
The Forbidden Room

Achievement in Visual Effects:

Ted Rogers Award for Best Documentary Feature:
Last of the Elephant Men

Achievement in Cinematography – Documentary
Hadwin’s Judgement
The Last of the Elephant Men
The Messenger
Some Kind of Love

Achievement in Editing – Documentary
Welcome to FL

Best Documentary Short
Bacon and God's Wrath
The Little Deputy
Quiet Zone
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

Best Live Action Short
Blue Thunder
Mynarski Death Plummet
She Stoops to Conquer

Best Animated Short
Auto Portraits
Ballad of Immortal Joe
In Deep Waters 
The Sleepwalker      

Discovery Award
(Festival film with budget under $250 000)
Winner: Mina Walking