Montreal, January 13 2015
The nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards were unveiled at press conferences in Montreal and Toronto Tuesday morning. Organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the Canadian Screen Awards gala will be broadcast live on CBC-TV March 1. The awards are given for the best in Canadian film and English-Canadian TV production.
Stéphane Lafleur’s Tu dors Nicole, in contrast, might well benefit more from its nominations given that it was seen by far fewer people during its theatrical run ici. Tu dors Nicole received six nominations, all in major categories.
The film – a dreamy poetic drama about a young woman floating through a summer at her suburban home without her parents – is up for best film, direction and screenplay (both Lafleur), best actress (Julianne Côté), supporting actor (Marc-André Grondin) and supporting actress (Catherine St-Laurent).
“It’s all about pride in the film,” said St-Laurent. “It’s all about helping the film get out there and there’s still life in that film. Maybe Tu dors Nicole was a little in the shadow of Mommy.”
“It’s really surreal especially with the actresses in my category,” said Côté. “They are actresses with lots of talent that I really admire, like Julianne Moore and Anne Dorval.”
Lafleur was happy with the nominations but remained philosophical.
“It’s always flattering to receive these nominations,” said Lafleur. “But you have to take it as it comes. I can’t believe those filmmakers who’re unhappy every time they don’t get nominated. You should find another job because you have more chances of being unhappy than of being happy. You never know. I’ve been on awards committees and I know how subjective it is. It depends on what side of the bed you got up on that day. You should just take advantage of it when it happens and that’s it.”
Tu dors Nicole is set to be released on DVD on Jan. 27.
The leading TV nominee is the top-rated science fiction series Orphan Black, which landed 13 nominations.
Mommy is in the running as best film, Dolan is nominated for both direction and his screenplay, Antoine Olivier Pilon is on the short list as best actor, Anne Dorval is up for best actress and Suzanne Clément is one of the contenders for best supporting actress. Mommy is a drama about a single mother (Dorval), her troubled teen son (Pilon) and a close friend who lives across the street (Clément).
Other Quebec films with multiple nominations include Henri Henri, with six; and Meetings with a Young Poet, with five. The English-Canadian films with the most nominations are director David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars (11) and Albert Shin’s In Her Place (seven).
Orphan Black is nominated as best dramatic series, best lead actress in a drama (Tatiana Maslany) and best supporting actor (Jordan Gavaris).
The second-most nominated series is 19-2, the English-language adaptation of the hit francophone Québécois cop drama 19-2. Call Me Fitz and Mr. D also received ten nominations each.
19-2, which debuted on Bravo last year, is nominated for, amongst others, best dramatic series, best direction of a dramatic series (Érik Canuel), best writing in a dramatic series (Bruce M. Smith, Esta Spalding), best lead actor (Jared Keeso), best supporting actor (Benz Antoine, Dan Petronijevic) and best supporting actress (Maxim Roy, Laurence Leboeuf).
“The show is like a good song,” said Luc Chatelain, one of the executive producers of 19-2. “There can be different versions and adaptations. It’s really great to have had success with the show in French and be able to repeat that success in English. I think these nominations can help the sale of the show internationally.”