Biopic “Maudie” was the big winner at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday, taking home awards in several of the top categories including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
Based on the true story of Nova Scotia folk artist Maude Lewis, a woman crippled with arthritis who, after a rough upbringing, finds herself married to a surly fish peddler as her bright and quirky nature paintings gain in popularity.
The film’s British star Sally Hawkins, who earned and Oscar nomination for her role in the “The Shape Of Water”, won the CSA for Best Actress while co-star Ethan Hawke took home Best Supporting Actor. A co-production between Canada and Ireland, the film’s Irish director Aisling Walsh was crowned Best Director.
The Angelina Jolie-produced Oscar-nominated animated film “The Breadwinner” took home the awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Song and Best Score.
On the television side of the evening, awards went to “Anne” for Best Drama and “Kim’s Convenience” for Best Comedy. Miniseries “Alias Grace” nabbed two awards, winning Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Drama for Sarah Gadon.
History’s “Vikings” got some love with star Alexander Ludwig taking home the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor in a Drama, while Tatiana Maslany claimed the Best Actress in a Drama trophy for her performance in the final season of “Orphan Black”.
Comedy legend Catherine O’Hara won the award for Best Actress in a Comedy for “Schitt’s Creek” and “Kim’s Convenience” star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee was named Best Actor in a Comedy.
The late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie’s documentary “The Secret Path”, commemorating the life of 12-year-old Chenie Wenjack who died while while running away from a residential school in 1966, won the award for Best Social/Political Documentary.
Tonight’s winners join previously-announced Canadian Screen Award winners include “Property Brothers”, “Baroness von Sketch Show”, “Mary Kills People” and “Big Brother Canada”.
See the film and television winners below.
Best Motion Picture
Best Lead Actress, Film
Sally Hawkins, “Maudie”
Best Lead Actor, Film
Nabil Rajo, “Boost”
Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary
“Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World”
Achievement in Art Direction
“Hochelaga, Land of Souls”
Achievement in Cinematography
“Hochelaga, Land of Souls”
Achievement in Costume Design
Achievement in Direction” Aisling Walsh, “Maudie”
Achievement in Edting
“The Crown Sleeps” – “The Breadwinner”
Best feature Length Documentary
“Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World”
Best Short Documentary
“Take A Walk On The Wildside”
Best First Feature
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best Limited Series or Program
Best Sketch Comedy Program or Series
“Baroness von Sketch Show”
Best Lead Actress, Comedy
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
Best Lead Actor, Comedy
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, “Kim’s Convenience”
Best Lead Actress, Drama
Tatiana Malsany, “Orphan Black”
Best Lead Actor, Drama
Alexander Ludwig, “Vikings”
Best Lead Actress, Limited Series
Sarah Gadon, “Alias Grace”
Best Lead Actor, Limited Series
Billy Campbell, “Cardinal”
Best Social/Political Documentary
“The Secret Path”