Gloryosky takes the most interest in television nominations. Personally, I know almost nothing about the Canadian film industry, and the digital media categories are partially tied to television-derived “second screen” projects. It’s the way the industry runs in Canada. Eventually, digital media needs an expansion – “television” and “digital media” already blur into each other at this point. Gloryosky typed this last year, and it bears repeating.
At this point, Gloryosky isn’t sure what reverting the Canadian Screen Awards to the Genies and Geminis would accomplish. If people don’t care about the awards, it doesn’t matter which form they’re in. The main objective is to promote the national industry, and of late, Canadian Screen Week does a better job of promotion than the Canadian Screen Awards. People are always going to be most loyal to their favourite shows and films. It’s harder to be loyal to an awards ceremony that has always struggled to hit that populist sweet spot. The main objective is not for people to equate the Canadian Screen Awards with “amateur hour”. At least the broadcast gala airs live in the Eastern Time zone this year, as it should have been from the start.
Best Dramatic Series is one of the Canadian Screen Awards’ most competitive categories. Perhaps Murdoch Mysteries and/or Orphan Black deserved a Best Dramatic Series nomination this year, yet there are no obvious filler choices. Best Dramatic Series rarely suffers from filler. Don’t cry for Orphan Black, in any case – it leads all Canadian dramatic shows with thirteen CSA nominations. Both Tatiana Maslany and Ari Millen have a nomination. Orphan Black is usually a heavyweight at the CSAs.
Corner Gas: The Movie has a digital media nomination for Best Class-Platform Project – Fiction. The film version of a television series has a nomination in digital media, such are the quirks of the Canadian entertainment industries.
As for the Canadian Screen Awards broadcast gala (CBC: March 13, 2016, 8:00 PM ET/PT; 9:00 PM AT; 9:30 PM NT), the above commercial promises “people will be offended”. This can only mean one thing – Norm Macdonald hosts the broadcast gala completely without incident, such are the quirks of a foil to Mike Tyson.
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