'Mommy' Leads 2015 Canadian Screen Award Nominations

Mommy leads the Canadian Screen Award nominations for film with 13, followed by Maps to the Stars with 11. Events will be celebrated with Canadian Screen Week, which runs in Toronto from Feb. 23 - Mar. 1 and the Academy invites fan to participate in the new Fanzone website. Nominations were deliberated by over 400 jurors in over 100 categories across film, TV, and digital media and announced by Cara Gee (Empire of Dirt) and Jared Keeso (Godzilla). The top nominated show (for the second year in a row) is "Orphan Black" with 13 nominations.

I'm quite happy with the nominations overall. The three best films--Mommy, Maps, and Tu Dors Nicole--came on very strong, while some worthwhile performances like Michael Murphy in Fall and Sandrine Bisson in 1987 got some love, although I am surprised that Miraculum received no acting nominations (but some of its cast is repped elsewhere) and that Felix and Meira and Corbo isn't present, although the latter must be waiting until next year. The shorts nominations are especially good, with films such as Day 40, Soif, and Migration among the animated nominees and with Jutra and Seth's Dominion repping the short docs. The feature documentary nominations have the curious absence of Monsoon--not even a cinematography nomination?--in favour of the crowdpleaser Marinoni. I'm happy to see a cinematography shout out for Everything Will Be and an editing nom for Super Duper Alice Cooper (both well deserved).

Oh, and that VFX nomination for Wet Bum? So random, but how fun would that be if it trumped Pompeii???

First nominees announced (arts/tech as they become available)

Best Film:
Cast No Shadow
In Her Place

Best Director:
David Cronenberg, Maps to the Stars
Xavier Dolan, Mommy
Stephane Lafleur, Tu Dors Nicole
Albert Shin, In Her Place
Atom Egoyan, The Captive

Best Actor in a Lead Role:
Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Mommy
Bruce Greenwood, Elephant Song
Michael Murphy, Fall
Evan Bird, Maps to the Stars
Ryan Reynolds, The Captive

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Julianne Côté, Tu Dors Nicole
Anne Dorval, Mommy
Yoon-Da Kyung, In Her Place
Ahn Ji Hye, In Her Place 
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars

Best Supporting Actor:
Justin Chatwin, Bang Bang Baby
John Cusack, Maps to the Stars
Robert Pattinson, Maps to the Stars
Kris Demenaor, The Valley Below 
Marc-André Grondin, Tu Dors Nicole

Best Supporting Actress :
Sandrine Bisson, 1987
Kil-Hae Yeon In Her Place
Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars
Suzanne Clément, Mommy
Catherine St. Laurent, Tu Dors Nicole

Best Original Screenplay:
The Captive, Atom Egoyan, David Fraser
In Her Place, Albert Shin, Pearl Ball-Harding
Maps to the Stars, Bruce Wagner
Mommy, Xavier Dolan
Tu Dors Nicole, Stephane Lafleur

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Calling
Cast No Shadow
Elephant Song, Nicholas Billon

Best Documentary Feature:
Guidelines / Le Marches a suivre
Super Duper Alice Cooper

Best Animated Short:
Day 40

Best Short Documentary:
The Chaperone 3D
Best Live Action Short:
The Cut
Petit Frere
Sleeping Giant 
Suivre la piste du renard
Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistique
Phillip Barker - The Captive
Xavier Georges - Cast No Shadow
William Layton - Fall
Colombe Raby - Mommy
Paul Austerberry, Nigel Churcher - Pompeii

Achievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumes
Valérie Levesque - 1987
Francesca Chamberland - Henri Henri
Xavier Dolan - Mommy
Wendy Partridge - Pompeii
Sarah Dunsworth - Trailer Park Boys - Don't Legalize It

Achievement in Cinematography | Meilleures images
Norayr Kasper - Fall
Mathieu Laverdière - Henri Henri
Luc Montpellier - It Was You Charlie
Michel La Veaux - Meetings with a Young Poet
André Turpin - Mommy

Achievement in Editing | Meilleur montage
Sponsor | Commanditaire | The PostMan Post-Production Studios
Greg Ng – Afflicted
Arthur Tarnowski - Henri Henri
Albert Shin - In Her Place
Ron Sanders - Maps To The Stars
Xavier Dolan - Mommy

Achievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillages
Sponsor | Commanditaire | M●A●C Cosmetics
Virginie Boudreau - 1987
Lizane Lasalle - Henri Henri
Colleen Quinton - Meetings with a Young Poet
Maina Militza - Mommy
Amanda O'Leary - Trailer Park Boys - Don't Legalize It

Achievement in Music - Original Score | Meilleure musique originale
Jeffrey Morrow - Cast No Shadow
Dan Mangan, Jesse Zubot - Hector and the Search for Happiness
Patrick Lavoie - Henri Henri
Howard Shore - Maps To The Stars
Patrice Dubuc, Gaetan Gravel - Meetings with a Young Poet

Achievement in Music - Original Song | Meilleure chanson originale
Sponsor | Commanditaire | Slaight Music
Ian LeFeuvre - Dirty Singles – “The Whisper in Me”
Manjeet Ral - Dr. Cabbie – “Dal Makhani”
Lewis Furey - Love Project – “Road to Rainbow’s End”
Patric Caird, Sonya Cote - Tru Love – “Danse Elegant”
Dan Mangan - The Valley Below – “Wants”

Achievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d'ensemble
Sponsor | Commanditaire | Deluxe Toronto
Christopher Guglick, Dave Mercel, Steve Moore, Justin Sawyer, Alex Turner - Bang Bang Baby
Christian Cooke, Michael O'Farrell, Orest Sushko - Maps To The Stars
Daniel Bisson, Gilles Corbeil, Bernard Gariépy Strobl - Meetings with a Young Poet
Sylvain Brassard, Jocelyn Caron, François Grenon, Luc Landry - Mommy
Greg Chapman, Peter Persaud, Andrew Stirk, Andrew Tay, Mark Zsifkovits - Pompeii

Achievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonore
Sponsor | Commanditaire | IMAX Corporation
Elma Bello - Fall
Christian Rivest - Henri Henri
Raymond Legault, Simon Meilleur, Martin Pinsonnault, Claire Pochon - Meetings with a Young Poet
Sylvain Brassard, Benoît Dame, Isabelle Favreau, Guy Francoeur - Mommy
Steve Baine, Kevin Banks, Stephen Barden, Fred Brennan, Alex Bullick, J.R. Fountain, Kevin Howard, Jill Purdy - Pompeii

Achievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuels
Jason Dowdeswell, Neil Eskuri, Patti Gannon, Ivan Hayden, Neil Impey, Zach Lipovsky, James Rorick, Adele Venables - Afflicted
Keith Acheson, Dennis Berardi, Ayo Burgess, Naomi Foakes, Jo Hughes, Chris MacLean, Mohsen Mousavi, Scott Riopelle, Andy Robinson, Eric Robinson – Pompeii
Ian Britton, Robert Crowther, Steve Elliott, Oleksiy Golovchenko, Matt Philip, Jiang Shuming, Jay Stanners, Rob Tasker, Perunika Yorgova, Lexi Young - Wet Bum

Achievement in Cinemtography for a Theatrical Documentary
Everything Will Be
The Sower

Achievement in Editing for a Feature Length Documentary:
Super Duper Alice Cooper