N.L. well represented at Canadian Screen Awards

‘The Grand Seduction,’ ‘Rick Mercer Report,’ ‘22 Minutes’ receive multiple nominations

Published on January 14, 2014

While “Enemy” and “Orphan Black” dominate the Canadian Screen Awards nominations — with 10 and 14 nominations, respectively, local projects and professionals are well-represented again this year.

The nominations for the awards, which combine the former Genie Award for film and Gemini Awards for TV, with additional categories for digital media, were announced Monday morning at a news conference in Toronto.

“The Grand Seduction,” a film produced by Barbara Doran and Roger Frappier and filmed in Trinity Bight during the summer 2012, earned four nominations: Best Picture, Best Screenplay (writers Michael Dowse and Ken Scott), Best Leading Actor (Brendan Gleeson), and Best Supporting Actor (Gordon Pinsent).

The film also stars Taylor Kitsch, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and Mark Critch, who won the David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor for his role in the film at last fall’s Atlantic Film Festival.

CSA nominations for projects in which Critch has been involved span TV, film and digital, and include “22 Minutes” nominations for Variety/ Sketch Comedy Program/Series and Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series; “Just for Laughs All Access: The Muppets

All-Star Comedy Gala” (which Critch co-wrote) in the same category; and a number of nominations for “Satisfaction,” a short-lived CTV sitcom he also co-wrote. “Republic of Doyle,” on which Critch has a recurring role, was nominated for Cross-Platform Project, fiction, not for the show itself, but for the Ride-Along app.

“It’s the first time I’ve been associated with nominated projects in both film and TV, so it’s pretty exciting. I suppose phones, too, if I can claim a connection to the ‘Republic of Doyle’ app, and if they win, I sure as hell will try,” Critch told The Telegram.

“I’ve been blessed with a fantastic year filled with so many great opportunities to learn from amazing individuals on a variety of projects. It’s great to see so many of them be recognized as the best in their fields.”

CBC TV’s “Rick Mercer Report” is also vying for the award for Variety/ Sketch Comedy Program/Series and four others — Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Henry Sarwer-Foner), Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series and Best Photographer in a Variety or Performing Arts or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Don Spence) and Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Rick Mercer) — while “People of a Feather,” by St. John’s native Joel Heath, is up for Feature-Length Documentary. Local film producer Annette Clarke of the National Film Board, who co-produced “Impromptu,” is up for three awards: Best Animated Short, Best Short Documentary for "Mary + Myself" and Best Feature-Length Documentary for "Hi-Ho Mistahey!" Meanwhile “Steven and Chris,” hosted by Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, is vying for Best Lifestyle or Talk Program or Series.

Sherry White is nominated in the Best Writing in a Dramatic Series category for an episode of CTV’s “Saving Hope.”

The episode of Discovery World’s “The Chef’s Domain” featuring Raymonds’ owner/chef Jeremy Charles is nominated for Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series (Harvey Crossland).

CBC’s David Cochrane and Paul Pickett are nominated in the Best Reportage, local category.

Other nominees include news information series “Marketplace,” hosted by Newfoundlander Tom Harrington and “Don’t Drive Here,” hosted by Andrew Younghusband of St. John’s.

The CSAs will be awarded during a gala hosted by Martin Short at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Arts March 9, and broadcast on CBC TV.

This article has been updated