Nominations Announced for the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards

Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala to air live on
CBC and CBC Gem on Sunday, March 29, 2020

Toronto, February 18, 2020 – The nominees for the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards were announced today in 141 film, television, and digital media categories by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy). A celebration of Canadian visual storytelling and the people who bring these stories to life, the Canadian Screen Awards recognize and champion the authentic voices and universal themes that resonate in Canada and beyond.

The Awards will be presented in Toronto over five days during Canadian Screen Week, including the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala, which airs live on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service on Sunday, March 29 at 8:00 PM (9:00 PM AT/9:30 PM NT).

The CBC hit series Schitt’s Creek leads both television and overall Canadian Screen Award nominations with 26 in total. These include: Best Comedy Series; Best Writing, Comedy; and Best Direction, Comedy, as well as multiple acting nominations in Best Lead Actor, Comedy; Best Lead Actress, Comedy; Best Supporting Actress, Comedy; and Best Supporting Actor, Comedy. Leading the film categories, François Girard’s The Song of Names received nine nominations in total, including Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design, Achievement in Costume Design, and Achievement in Visual Effects.

“Whether our nominees are household names or not as well known, we are privileged to celebrate their achievements at the Canadian Screen Awards,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “Supporting these voices has never been more important, and we are proud to be at the heart of those efforts.”

“What was a moment is now a full-on movement, with Canadians and the content they create finally giving a voice to the vibrant communities they represent,” said John Young, Chair, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “We are honoured to bring well-deserved attention to these incredible creative works.”

The 2020 nominations were chosen by nominating juries and members of the Canadian Academy, with iconic Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta serving as chair of the film jury alongside representatives from production, acting, and media industries. The membership will place their votes between February 18 and March 6, 2020 to determine the winners.

For the list of 2020 Canadian Screen Awards nominees, please visit academy.ca/nominees.

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Canadian Screen Week – March 23 – 29, 2020
Canadian Screen Week brings together the screen-based industry to celebrate the country’s top talent in the film, television, and digital sectors with a multitude of events that culminate in the live broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service on March 29, 2020 at 8:00 PM (9:00 PM AT / 9:30 PM NT). The week as a whole engages, inspires, and educates Canadians in the media industry and beyond. In addition to five award galas, the fan-favourite Family Fan Day meet and greet event (presented by Shaw Rocket Fund, March 28, 2020) and the Members Lounge professional development conference and coworking hub (March 23 – March 27, 2020) offer both members and the general public the chance to enjoy Canadian Screen Week.

Canadian Screen Award winners and Special Award recipients will be honoured at one of the five gala events: The CTV Gala Honouring Non-Fiction Programming (March 23, 2020); The CTV Gala Honouring Creative Fiction Storytelling (March 24, 2020); The Gala Honouring Digital Storytelling (presented with the participation of the Independent Production Fund, March 28, 2020); The Cinematic Arts Gala (presented by CBC Films, March 29, 2020); and the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala (March 29, 2020).

About the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors. Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.

The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8:00 PM (9:00 PM AT / 9:30 PM NT).

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television proudly acknowledges the support of its Leading Media Partner, CBC; its Premier Partner, Telefilm Canada; Platinum Partner, CTV; Principal Partner, Netflix; and its Lead Partners, the Canada Media Fund, Cineplex, and the Cogeco Fund.

For information on membership and programming visit academy.ca.