Article | Thoughts on the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards

The 2015 Canadian Screen Awards nominations can be found at As I mainly follow Canadian television, most of my comments are related to that medium. As long as I don’t type “chicken dinner” or “pathetic circle-jerk” in a petulant capacity, Gloryosky should be fine. Also, I’ve given up and accepted the term “Screenie” as Canadian Screen Award shorthand.

  • The Best Drama Series nominees are 19-2, Motive, Continuum, Orphan Black, and Remedy. Canadian television drama is in a high period right now, so this is the category I care about the most. I would short Orphan Black to win, yet it’s going up against 19-2. It’s hard to say who will win Best Drama Series this year; it’s a solid shortlist. This is the extent of Continuum’s involvement in the 2015 Screenies, unless Continuum fans keep calm and nominate Rachel Nichols for the Fan Choice Award.
  • I don’t have a problem with Best Comedy Series, though I should. The nominees this year are Spun Out (ecch), Tiny Plastic Men, Call Me Fitz, Mr. D, and Seed. It’s a relatively weak lineup, and I’m genuinely surprised to see Super Channel’s Tiny Plastic Men earn its second nomination in the category. Last year saw CBC’s Gavin Crawford’s Wild West busted pilot earn several nominations, so I’m glad no busted pilots appear this year.
  • I would complain about Blackstone not being nominated for a Screenie this year, except that it was nominated last year, despite the fact that Blackstone’s third season aired on APTN from September to October 2013. Blackstone should have been eligible for this year’s Screenies, not last year’s. I assume the nomination screeners for Blackstone’s third season were sent before APTN scheduled the season. In any case, Blackstone’s fourth season will likely be nominated in 2016, as it falls squarely in the September 1, 2014-August 31, 2015 eligibility period.
  • Republic of Doyle has no nominations this year. The Globe and Mail’s John Doyle will write a piece about how much this perceived snub sucks. There is no question about whether he’ll write the piece or not. He will – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of his life.
  • I’m surprised Super Channel’s half-hour Catholic confessional drama Forgive Me has five nominations. Super Channel original programs are fairly obscure to begin with; said baggage comes with being a premium cable package that isn’t The Movie Network. 24 Hour Rental has a nomination in Best Original Music Score for a Series, while Tiny Plastic Men has three nominations in total. Super Channel does fairly well for itself this year, given its relatively recent forays into original programming.
  • On the whole, I can’t complain about the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards nominations. I wish the digital media side was beefed up. Digital media are going to be more important in the future. Darknet fans should know that its one Screenie nomination this year is in Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction (i.e., the Darknet website). Luckily, Netflix carries Darknet, so the show isn’t as obscure as it could be. I bet you’re shocked Darknet is on Super Channel.
  • I should note that twenty-five years ago, Material World and Mosquito Lake duked it out for Gemini Awards comedy supremacy (such as it was), when the real fight was between Kids in the Hall and CODCO in the variety category. Why do I bring this up? The Canadian Screen Awards used to be far worse in its previous forms.
C. Archer
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