Inaugural Edition of Canadian Screen Awards Celebrate TV and Film

By Szklarski, Cassandra | The Canadian Press, February 27, 2013 | Go to article overview

Inaugural Edition of Canadian Screen Awards Celebrate TV and Film


Szklarski, Cassandra, The Canadian Press


Canadian Screen Awards meld best of TV and film

--

TORONTO - The inaugural Canadian Screen Awards combine the previous Gemini and Genie Awards into one joint TV and film celebration, but that's not enough for comic Naomi Snieckus.

In the name of efficiency, she suggests throwing in the theatre world's Dora Awards -- as well as a miming competition for good measure -- to create an all-encompassing prize.

"It's going to be called the Mime-sies. Or the Dora-ginies," says Snieckus, best known as smart-aleck gym teacher Bobbi on CBC-TV's "Mr. D."

For those still wrapping their heads around Canada's newest entertainment prize, the Canadian Screen Awards honour the best in homegrown film, television and digital projects and will be broadcast Sunday on CBC-TV.

It replaces the previous Gemini Awards, which saluted Canuck-made TV, and the Genie Awards, which celebrated Canuck-made movies.

"We are in a time when no one has time for two awards nights. We have to put them together -- we get it down, we party hard for one night. Compact," explains Snieckus, who will co-host CBC's online live stream from the red carpet.

"You know, I think it could be done in 10 minutes," adds fellow comic Matt Baram, from the City sitcom "Seed."

"We don't need a long awards show just because we've combined all the awards. In fact, why don't they just make one award and give it to the best Canadian?"

"Flashpoint" star Enrico Colantoni suggests we're already inching down that road, lamenting that past bashes haven't been loose enough, fun enough or offered enough of a spotlight on homegrown talent.

"As long as CBC doesn't do it in a half-hour special because there are a lot of categories to cover in a half hour. Maybe the winners could just walk by the stage and wave as opposed to actually taking 20 seconds to say thank you," says Colantoni, a best actor contender in the TV drama race.

"It's incredibly uncomfortable when you've won something and aren't allowed to thank anybody in your own way. To be rushed like that and make it all about, 'OK, this is a show.' I think the Golden Globes do it the best."

The revamped bash is part of sweeping changes the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television brought in to draw bigger audiences to "a bigger show with bigger impact."

When the merged bash was announced last year, Academy chair Martin Katz pointed to the Golden Globes and British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards as worthy role models. He suggested that combining the power of Canadian A-listers for one big event would elevate the industry as a whole.

It's no surprise then that homegrown star power is a key part of this weekend's broadcast.

Martin Short adds Hollywood heft as show host and a slew of cross-border stars have been recruited to present trophies: Sandra Oh, Genevieve Bujold, Jay Baruchel, Adam Beach, James Cromwell and Catherine O'Hara among them.

Short, who hosted the Geminis in 1989, says he's intent on making the inaugural gala entertaining, noting that he might unleash "a song or two."

And he approves of the combined format, admitting that he's fed up with the seemingly endless parade of award shows in the United States.

"Why not put it under one umbrella," Short says in a recent phone interview from Los Angeles, where he is based.

"Down here there are too many award shows. I mean, when I was a kid there were the Oscars and the Emmys. And now there are five examples of the Oscars before the Oscars. So it does kind of upstage a little bit and make it a little less special than it used to be. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Inaugural Edition of Canadian Screen Awards Celebrate TV and Film
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.