Excellence in both film and TV was recognized Tuesday as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced its nominees for the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.
The new honors combine the Genies (the Canadian version of the Oscars) and the Geminis (similar to the Emmys).
For Best Animated Short, the four nominees are Bydlo (Producer: Julie Roy; Director: Patrick Bouchard; Distributor: National Film Board of Canada), Demoni (Producer and Director: Theodore Ushev; Distributor: Mtd:films), Edmond Was a Donkey (Producers: Richard Van Den Boom, Franck Dion and Julie Roy; Director: Franck Dion; Distributor: NFB) and Paula (Producer: Julie Roy; Director: Dominic Étienne Simard; Distributor: NFB).
Almost Naked Animals (Vince Commisso, Tanya Green, Tristan Homer, Steven Jarosz and Noah Z. Jones; 9 Story Entertainment Inc.; YTV) is one of the four nominees for Best Animated Program or Series. In addition, the episode “The Green Banana” (Brad Ferguson) was nominated for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series. Another episode, “Horn Swoggled” (Seán Cullen), is up for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series.
Also nominated for Best Animated Program or Series is Producing Parker (Ira Levy, Jun Camerino, Laura Kosterski and Peter Williamson; Breakthrough Entertainment; TVTropolis). For the episode “How Green is my Parker?”, Robin Budd was nominated for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series, while Kim Cattrall is up for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series.
Besides its nomination for Best Animated Program or Series, Rated A for Awesome (Ace Fipke, Ken Faier and, Chuck Johnson; Nerd Corps Entertainment; YTV) gained a pair of nominations for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series in connection with its episode “Scary Go Round.” Two separate nominations went to Brian Drummond and Chiara Zanni.
Rounding out the Best Animated Program or Series nominees is Jack (Francois Trudel, Wong Kok Cheong, Vincent Leroux and Vic Pelletier; PVP Interactif/Productions Vic Pelleter, Spark Animation-Wong Kok Cheong; TVO).
Other nominees for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series are Mike The Knight: “The Knight Hider”/“Trollee’s Sleepover” (Neil Affleck; Treehouse) and Sidekick: “House of Helmut/Supermodels) (Joey So; YTV)
Patrick McKenna was nominated for Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series in connection with his work in the Crash Canyon episode “Poker Night” (Teletoon; Astral)
For Best Pre-School Program or Series, the nominees include the animated Franklin and Friends (Greg Chew, Jocelyn Hamilton, Pam Lehn, Doug Murphy, Derek Reeves and Mike Wiluan; Nelvana Limited/Infinite Frameworks Pte. Ltd.; Treehouse), My Big Big Friend (Ira Levy, Andre Breitman and Peter Williamson; Breakthrough Entertainment; Treehouse) and Stella & Sam (John Leitch, Michelle Melanson; Radical Sheep Productions; Disney Junior Canada).
Brian Roberts has been nominated for Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series for his work on the animated My Babysitter’s A Vampire episode “Three Geeks And A Demon” (Teletoon; Astral)
The five nominees for Best Original Music Score for a Series include the cartoon Scaredy Squirrel: “Perfect Pickle”/“Goat Police” (Paul Intson; YTV). Terry McGurrin is nominated for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series for another Scaredy Squirrel episode, “From Rodent with Love.”
Also up for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series are Dennis Jackson, Melanie Jackson for the animated Wapos Bay episode “Long Goodbyes” (APTN).
There are 120 categories for the Canadian Screen Awards, including 22 for film and over 85 for television.
The awards will be presented over three nights. Martin Short hosts the final awards gala, to be televised live at 8 p.m. (8:30 in Newfoundland) Sunday, March 3 on CBC.