Canadian Screen Award Winners - Documentary Film
By Pat Mullen
The second wave of documentary film prizes for the Canadian Screen Awards were announced yesterday. Alan Zweig’s Hurt, as expected, was the top winner in the feature documentary category as it continued its strong run since topping the Toronto International Film Festival’s new Platform programme last year. Unfortunately, audiences for last night’s show hosted by Norm McDonald didn’t get to see much of Zweig’s doc about fallen Canadian hero Steve Fonyo since none of the documentary categories made the national broadcast. (The film did get a shout-out before a commercial break during frequent recaps of pre-show winners.) Docs shared the wealth in the technical categories with How to Change the World and The Last of the Elephant Men taking the prizes for editing and cinematography, respectively, and Bacon and God’s Wrath making the Canadian Screen Awards extra crispy in the shorts category. (Please see the winners in television and documentary in this previous post.)
Last night’s broadcast was overall a much lighter and smoother showcase for Canadian film even if the documentaries didn’t receive much exposure, which is perhaps an inevitable side effect of an omnibus show honouring the best in film, TV, and digital. Room led the overall list of film winners with nine honours including Best Film and Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, who was the first non-Canadian to take the prize since Bruce Beresford for 1991’s Black Robe.
Host Norm McDonald amicably encouraged the audience to embrace the new moniker of “The Candys” (or “The Candies”) for the Canadian Screen Awards in honour of late Canadian actor/comedian John Candy. The presenters largely ran with the new name, beginning with nine-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay (Room), who presented the first award by proclaiming, “And the Candy goes to…” However, maybe docs could find more airtime in the show if the Screenies took the name of one of Canada’s documentary icons, even in the non-fiction categories, since documentary is Canada’s national art form. After which documentary icon would you rename the awards?
Congrats to all the winners, especially the four worthy docs!
Ted Rogers Award for Best Documentary Feature
Hurt – Alan Zweig, Peter Gentile
Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary
The Last of the Elephant Men – Arnaud Bouquet
Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary
How to Change the World – James Scott
Best Documentary Short
Bacon and God’s Wrath – Sol Friedman
What did you think of The Candys last night? Here’s what Twitter was saying:
The great film #Hurt wins feature length documentary
academy_net</a> congrats Alan Zweig! <a href="https://t.co/tzqL7RYmNF">https://t.co/tzqL7RYmNF</a></p>— JAZZFM91 (JAZZFM91) March 13, 2016
Congratulations to you and Peter,
a_zweig</a>, on your <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CdnScreen16?src=hash">#CdnScreen16</a> award for Best Feature Documentary for "Hurt".</p>— Hadley Obodiac (hobodiac) March 14, 2016
Aw dang, 'Hurt' is an amazing documentary. Sad it didn't get more screen time but hopefully that'll help its wider release #CdnScreen16— cameron maitland (@camfess) March 14, 2016
The Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary award goes to HURT! Congrats
a_zweig</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CdnScreen16?src=hash">#CdnScreen16</a> <a href="https://t.co/VVXbIDg4cc">pic.twitter.com/VVXbIDg4cc</a></p>— Hot Docs (hotdocs) March 13, 2016
If you could rename the Screenie after any one Canadian documentary icon, who would it be? #cdnscreen16— Point of View (@POVmagazine) March 13, 2016
Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara give their blessing to calling the Canadian Screen Awards the "Candys"…Candies? #CdnScreen16— Jennifer Mair (@NFB_Jennifer) March 14, 2016
Congratulations James Scott on your award for BestEditing in aFeature Length Documentary— Vancouver Film Fest (@VIFFest) March 14, 2016
HowToChangeFilm</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/Greenpeace">Greenpeace #Vancouver
Congrats Jim on Canadian Screen Award for Best Editor— Jerry Rothwell (@jerry_rothwell) March 13, 2016
HowToChangeFilm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Academy_NET">Academy_NET https://t.co/lWg8N5FOqn
Congratulations to— ShrtsThatAreNotPants (@shortsnotpants) March 14, 2016
artbeast</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/SARAHC_R">sarahc_r for their well-deserved #CdnScreen16 award win! BACON AND GOD’S WRATH is lovely.
I have hope for Canadian cinema when
artbeast</a> Sol Friedman wins the Short Doc SCREENIE! Kudos!! <a href="https://t.co/ZvlTn4zdaL">https://t.co/ZvlTn4zdaL</a></p>— Michael Fukushima (NFBFukushima) March 13, 2016