With eight awards, the series Transplant and its actors, including Laurence Lebœuf, are the big winners of the week of the Canadian Screen Awards, while Quebec cinema, whose works have often dominated this event in the past, is having a modest year.
Updated yesterday at 10:18 p.m.
Presented on Sunday evening at the end of a week dotted with ten galas, the last (virtual) evening of this 10and edition of the Canadian Screen Awards was also marked by the crowning achievement of the feature film Scarboroughby Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson, as best film of the year.
Toured in Montreal and produced at Sphère Média, Transplant won for the second year in a row the award for best drama series. Actor Hamza Haq (the Dr Bash Hamed) meanwhile won the best comedian award for the second year.
Also with this series, Laurence Lebœuf won the prize for best actress for her interpretation of the DD Magalie Leblanc, while Montreal actress Ayisha Issa won the trophy for best actress in a supporting role (the DD June Curtis). Note that Laurence Lebœuf also hosted the Cinematographic Arts gala presented on Friday evening.
“It’s screwed up. I’m still on a high! exclaimed the actress, joined by The Press at the end of the gala.
What drew me to this series is its unique point of view, that of following the Dr Bashir Hamed with all the past he faces. Plus, the characters are so rich. The production leaves us a lot of freedom to bring our own color. I can’t believe how much freedom we have to create.
For Laurence Lebœuf, this is her first Canadian Screen Award. It is added to a Jutra prize (My daughter, my angel) and three Gemini awards (The Lavigueurs, the real story, Eden Museum, Walk in the shade).
Camped in Toronto, Transplant follows the lives of several doctors and medical staff at York Memorial Trauma Center. A third season of this very popular series, which can be seen in French (Transplanted) on Noovo, is on track. “This series keeps me busy eight months a year,” says Laurence Lebœuf. We started filming the third season in March and we finish in October. It’s still a lot [rires]. »
Earlier this week, Transplant received four other awards: best cast in a work of fiction, best screenplay (Joseph Kay), best cinematography (Pierre Gill) and best editing (Annie Ilkow).
According to the Sphère Média website, the series has five directors, including Daniel Grou (Podz), Chloé Robichaud and Kim Nguyen.
Another Quebecer, Tim Rozon, won an acting award for best supporting actor in a drama series for his work on Wynonna Earp.
Quebec Film Awards
The Canadian Screen Awards, remember, reward the best in the country in film and television (English-language productions only). Earlier this week, Quebec cinema craftsmen won several awards without removing top honors.
Sara Mishara received the Best Cinematography award, here called Best Cinematography, for the film drunken birds which she co-wrote with director Ivan Grbovic. This film, which represented Canada in the most recent Oscar race for best international film (language other than English), was a finalist in six categories.
Arnaud Brisebois, Jean Babin and Ève Turcotte left with the statuette for best artistic direction for their work on The time grabberby Francis Leclerc, while Martin Lapointe won the trophy for best hairstyles for the film Maria Chapdelaineby Sebastien Pilote.
Five Quebec films competed for the prize for best short fiction film, leaving no room for those from other provinces. It is Girls don’t walk alone at nightby Katerine Martineau, who won the prize.
Julian Sher, Graeme Smith and Natalie Dubois share the prize for best documentary writing for Ghosts of Afghanistan. Marianne Ploska wins the prize for best cinematography for the documentary Prayer for a lost mittenby Jean-Francois Lesage. Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprenticeby Zacharias Kunuk, a film produced in Montreal, receives the award for best animated short.
As part of the gala dedicated to Digital and Immersive Programs, Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël received the award for Best Immersive Experience – Non-Fiction with Space Explorers: The ISS Experience–Episode Two: Advance. Finally, the Best Immersive Experience – Fiction award was given to the project The Passengersco-produced by Quebec-based Couzin Films.
Awarded best film, Scarborough also won Best Direction, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Liam Diaz), Best Adapted Screenplay (Catherine Hernandez), Best Supporting Actress (Cherish Violet Blood), Best Cast, Best sound editing and the John Dunning Award for Best First Feature.
This film, which was released briefly in Montreal a few weeks ago, tells the story of three children from a poor background who become friends and learn how to live together and be resilient during a school year. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Catherine Hernandez.
Outraged Scarboroughthe other shortlisted films for the Best Fiction Feature Film award were drunken birdsby Ivan Grbovic, Twelfth Nightby Philippe Lacôte, one of whose producers is Montrealer Yanick Létourneau, Night Raidersby Danis Goulet, and Wildhoodby Bretten Hannam.