Newspaper article The Canadian Press

From Norm to the Kids Table: 5 Things about This Year's Canadian Screen Awards

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

From Norm to the Kids Table: 5 Things about This Year's Canadian Screen Awards

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5 things to know about this year's Canadian Screen Awards

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The Canadian Screen Awards have been positioned as this country's version of the Golden Globes -- albeit without quite the same level of Hollywood glitz and blinding star wattage.

But the annual bash does attract its fair share of Canadian luminaries, and this year even includes some Oscar contenders.

The Canada-Ireland co-production "Room" and Canada-UK-Ireland co-production "Brooklyn" are among the films seeking the best picture prize, while beloved comedy veterans Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara chase acting prizes for their sitcom "Schitt's Creek," the leading TV nominee.

Here's a look at five things to know about the Canadian Screen Awards, which celebrate the best in homegrown film, television and digital media on Sunday:

1. Oscar deja-vu.

Canadian Oscar nominees left the L.A. bash largely empty-handed, despite a slew of nominations for work on films including "The Revenant," "The Martian," "Spotlight" and "Room." But some talent involved with the Toronto-shot "Room" are well-positioned to triumph at the Canadian Screen Awards: London, Ont.-based novelist Emma Donoghue seems destined for a best adapted screenplay prize, and nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay -- who was a presenter at the Oscars -- could get the best actor nod.

American Oscar-winner Brie Larson also seems a lock for a best actress award, while Dublin-bred Lenny Abrahamson is a strong contender for best director.

The best picture category is a crowded race: the Oscar-nominated "Brooklyn," partly shot in Montreal and featuring several Canadian secondary players, battles "Room," "Corbo," "The Demons," "Felix and Meira," "The Forbidden Room," "My Internship in Canada," "Our Loved Ones," "Remember" and "Sleeping Giant."

2. A comic's comic takes the reins.

The bash has traditionally enlisted MCs who have made it big in the United States -- past hosts include William Shatner, Martin Short and honorary Canadian Andrea Martin. This year it's standup star Norm Macdonald, the former "Saturday Night Live" regular known largely for his Burt Reynolds impression on the "SNL" sketch "Celebrity Jeopardy!" and controversial O. …

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