Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Orphan Black' Collects Leading Eight Wins at Early Canadian Screen Awards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Orphan Black' Collects Leading Eight Wins at Early Canadian Screen Awards

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'Orphan Black' leads early Screen Awards


TORONTO - The sci-fi clone saga "Orphan Black" heads into this weekend's Canadian Screen Awards with a leading eight wins under its belt.

The Space TV series collected the trophies at an early awards ceremony Wednesday, which handed out hardware in most of the television categories.

MuchMusic and MTV's "Degrassi" also scored big with four wins, while CBC-TV's "The Rick Mercer Report" and HBO Canada's "Sensitive Skin" each collected three.

"Orphan Black" entered the race with a leading 13 nominations, tied with the Xavier Dolan film "Mommy."

Dolan and his fellow film nominees won't learn their fates until Sunday, when a non-televised ceremony will hand out most of the film awards.

A star-studded televised bash on Sunday night, hosted by comedy star Andrea Martin, will feature the marquee TV and film awards. The show airs on CBC-TV.

Early wins for "Orphan Black" included best casting, directing and writing as well as a supporting actor trophy for Jordan Gavaris for his turn as the flamboyant Felix. Gavaris won the same category last year.

Series star Tatiana Maslany -- who has wowed critics for deftly tackling a slew of disparate cloned characters -- will seek a repeat win for best actress on Sunday's televised ceremony, while the show competes for best dramatic series against Bravo's "19-2," Showcase's "Continuum," CTV's "Motive," and Global's "Remedy."

Meanwhile, critically acclaimed cop drama "19-2" came up empty-handed Wednesday, despite entering the race with 10 nominations overall. It's up for two final trophies Sunday, including best drama and best actor for Jared Keeso.

East coast comic Jonathan Torrens claimed the sole win Wednesday for CBC-TV's sitcom "Mr. D," which also had 10 nominations overall. Torrens earned the trophy for his featured supporting role as kooky vice principal Cheeley. …

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