Academy Special Awards
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is proud to announce its Academy Special Awards for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.
“The Academy is proud to celebrate these exceptionally talented Canadians, and to recognize their successes at home and on the world stage,” says Academy Chair Martin Katz.
Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1931 of Bulgarian-Macedonian descent and graduate of University of Toronto, Ted Kotcheff worked for the CBC and at 24 became the youngest drama director in the country. His illustrious directing career goes from stage to screen, from Canada to England to the U.S. and back garnering dozens of prestigious awards including Canada’s only Golden Bear win from the Berlin film festival for the now digitally restored Canadian classic, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1973), penned by his former roommate, the incomparable Mordecai Richler. Duddy won the Best Canadian Film Award (now Canadian Screen Awards) and in 2013 was declared a Cannes Classic. He directed Edna, the Inebriate Woman, which swept all the British Emmys in 1970 and was voted one of the BFI’s Best 100 Greatest British Television Programs of the 20th Century. His Australian film, Wake in Fright, received extraordinary critical acclaim at the 1971 Cannes festival and was declared a Cannes Classic in 2009. His many notable pictures include: First Blood, North Dallas Forty, Joshua Then and Now and the cult classic Weekend at Bernie’s. For 12 seasons Kotcheff was Executive Producer on the top-rated series LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit.
Duddy photo gallery - Duddy at Cannes
Duddy photo gallery - Books on Film
Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute (Posthumously)
Inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1997, Marjorie (Marge) Anthony Linden could be called the first lady of Canadian broadcasting. She was the first female all-night disc jockey in Montreal, the first woman to appear in regular programming at CFCF-TV, also in Montreal, the first female vice-president in Canadian television and the first woman president of the Broadcast Executive Society. Born in Mill Village, Nova Scotia, on October 30, 1935, Marge Anthony made her entry into broadcasting 13 years later, singing and tap-dancing on radio station CKBW Bridgewater. In 1959, Marge joined the staff of CKGM in Montreal as a commercial writer. She also lived and worked in California and New York before returning to Canada in 1978, and during her 10 years with CTV in Toronto, Marge became deeply involved in the Canadian TV industry.
sponsored by Telefilm Canada
Filmmaker Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais has won the 2014 Claude Jutra Award for his first feature film, Whitewash, it was announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. The Claude Jutra Award is sponsored by Telefilm Canada.
“The Academy is honoured to present filmmaker Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais with the Claude Jutra Award for his darkly comedic drama Whitewash, a story about a snow plow operator who must deal with the aftermath of a terrible accident ,” said Richard Speer, the Academy’s Quebec chair. “Whitewash is a remarkable debut film which does a lot with a little to create a unique story with highly compelling performances. Whitewash is sure to establish Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais as an upcoming Canadian filmmaker of note.”
“I’m extremely grateful to receive the Academy’s Claude Jutra Award,” says filmmaker Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais. “We were elated to have won the Best New Narrative Director prize at 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York but this incredible honour to be recognized by one’s own peers at home is deeply touching.”
In addition to the Claude Jutra Award win, Whitewash has also received two Canadian Screen Awards’ nominations: Marc Labrèche for Best Supporting Actor, and Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais and Marc Tulin for Original Screenplay.
Co-written by Hoss-Desmarais with Marc Tulin, Whitewash tells the tale of Bruce Landry (Thomas Haden Church), who, on a drunken night, runs over a man (Marc Labrèche) with a yellow snowplow and buries the body before collapsing. When he awakes, he’s deep in a snow-covered forest unaware of his surroundings, and the ensuing story, set in a snowy Northern Quebec winter, is of a man imprisoned in the forest and his quest for survival, redemption and sanity.
Prior to filming Whitewash, Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais was a successful commercial director, winning CREA – Quebec’s major advertising award – for best director in 2004, 2007 and 2008. His short film Marius Borodine was the Jury’s Pick at the 2010 Fantasia Festival, was nominated for a Genie Award in 2011 and made the list of TIFF’s Top Ten Best Short Films. As an actor, he appeared in 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow.
Established in 1993 in honour of the late Quebec filmmaker Claude Jutra who directed the landmark Canadian classic Mon Oncle Antoine, his namesake award celebrates the outstanding debut of a first-time filmmaker. The Academy’s Claude Jutra Award winner is selected by a jury of Canadian filmmakers.
Whitewash is produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw, who have a remarkable Academy track record, having twice garnered our Best Motion Picture award for Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar.
Whitewash premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan where Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired U.S. rights. The film is distributed internationally by eOne Entertainment. Whitewash is distributed in Canada by Les Films Christal and will open theatrically in Quebec and Ontario (Toronto and Ottawa) on January 24, 2014.
Digital Media Trailblazing Award
Sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
Emmy-Award winning trans-media storytelling consultant and interactive content creator Alan Sawyer is this year’s Digital Media Trailblazing Award recipient for his efforts in advancing the development of and interaction between digital platforms and more traditional media. Sawyer was interested in the policy implications of changing media and media consumption and worked with the CRTC and other organizations to improve our understanding. Sawyer was also a matchmaking liaison between producers, broadcasters and emerging digital media companies, and a teacher, mentor and friend to many who worked in this still emerging field.
THE DEFECTOR: Escape from North Korea
THE DEFECTOR: Escape from North Korea tells the story of Dragon, a human smuggler who leads North Korean defectors across borders for a living. His latest undercover trip with Sook-Ja and Yong-hee takes an unexpected turn when they are left stranded in China, which throws their dramatic escape plan into chaos.
THE DEFECTOR: Escape from North Korea is written, produced, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ann Shin. Ann has produced and directed programs for multiple Canadian networks such as TVO and CBC, among others. She is also known for her work on lifestyle shows for HGTV, W Network and Food Network.
In addition to winning the Diversity Award, Ann Shin and THE DEFECTOR: Escape from North Korea have also been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards - Best Direction in a Documentary Program and Best Documentary Program. It had received numerous other award nominations, winning the Canadian Digi Awards and an FITC award.
Earle Grey Award
Although born in the States, Feore moved to Ottawa when he was three. Adopting Canada as his own, Feore attended Canada's National Theatre School and joined the prestigious Stratford Festival in 1981. During 16 seasons at Stratford, he achieved fame as one of Canada's premiere stage actors, playing virtually all of Shakespeare's leading men. Feore is also a screen actor, especially well-known for his film roles in Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, The Red Violin (which won him a Jutra Award), The Perfect Son (Best Actor Genie nomination), Chicago and The Changeling. More recently he has starred in Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and the upcoming The Amazing Spiderman 2. In television, Feore starred in the Stephen King mini-series Storm of the Century and has made guest appearances in Due South, The West Wing, Boston Public, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Flashpoint, The Listener and Saving Hope. He won a Gemini award for his lead role in the CBC mini-series Trudeau. He has starred in The Borgias and ABC’s Revolution, Kiefer Sutherland’s 24 and the upcoming Sensitive Skin with Kim Cattrall.
Cineplex Golden Reel Award
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,winner of the 2013 Cineplex Golden Reel Award, is the eagerly anticipated big-screen adaptation of the first book of Cassandra Clare’s blockbuster fantasy adventure series. The film is about Clary Fray, who learns When her mother disappears that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.
The Cineplex Golden Reel Award is presented annually to the Canadian film that earns the highest domestic box office in that year. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones grossed over $5.2 million in Canada in 2013. This award marks the eighth win for Don Carmody as a producer of the Golden Reel winner.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a Canadian co-production with Germany. The film is distributed by Entertainment One (eOne) in Canada, UK, Spain and the Netherlands, and stateside by Sony Pictures Releasing. It has been seen theatrically in over 20 countries and garnered approximately $100 million at the global box office, including $35 million in the US and Canada. It is now available on DVD.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has garnered six Canadian Screen Awards nominations.
Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism
W5, the longest-running newsmagazine/documentary program in North America, is the recipient of this year's Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. A forerunner and direct inspiration of CBS' acclaimed 60 Minutes, W5 was launched by CTV News in 1966 and has been hosted by a number of prominent journalists, including Michael Maclear, Henry Champ, Helen Hutchinson, Eric Malling and the current lineup of Lloyd Robertson, Sandie Rinaldo, Kevin Newman, Lisa LaFlamme, Victor Malarek and Tom Kennedy. W5 airs Saturday nights at 7 p.m. on CTV.
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Québec, Order of Canada Officer Alanis Obomsawin is an Abenaki-Canadian documentarian credited with chronicling First Nations culture and history for more than 40 years. This year’s Humanitarian Award winner has been previously honoured with The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Obomsawin’s latest documentary -- 2013’s Hi-Ho Mistahey! -- premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Innovative Toronto filmmaker, screenwriter and actor David Cronenberg has reimagined the cinematic landscape with such groundbreaking body horror and sci-fi films as Rabid, Videodrome, Dead Ringers and Crash. With his films tallying more than $230.7 million at the worldwide box office, Cronenberg, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has been rewarded for his unique, imaginative and progressive artistic vision with the Cannes Film Festival’s Carrosse d’Or; the Légion d’honneur in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. "David Cronenberg: Evolution" – a Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) exhibition honouring his work, opens October 30.
Margaret Collier Award
Sponsored by Halfire Entertainment
You’ve heard her words on Mad Men, Rookie Blue and The Eleventh Hour: three-time Gemini Award winner and Emmy-nominated writer and screenwriter Semi Chellas is the deserving recipient of this year’s Margaret Collier Award. Born in Palo Alto, raised in Calgary and based in Toronto, Chellas was co-creator of the critically acclaimed prime-time Gemini Award winning series The Eleventh Hour, recently wrote the TV movie Murder on Her Mind and also authored the Gemini/Emmy nominated Dead Aviators for Showtime/CBC, as well as directed a series of short films. She is Co-Executive Producer of Mad Men.
Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
CTV News’ iGATEWAY
Bell Media’s Engineering department revolutionized the way news is captured and delivered using iGateway, an internally developed app using iOS and original technology. CTV News is the first Canadian news broadcaster to create an app that is an HD end-to-end / accelerated file transfer solution, from the user capturing images in the field to the editor preparing that same material for air. The iGateway app provides the CTV News team an iOS device with the power of a mobile truck – a powerful alternative proving particularly useful for news gathering in smaller markets. Recognizing the breakthrough CTV News app, in Fall 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook featured CTV News and its use of iOS at the company’s iPad MINI release, and APPLE's 2012 earnings call.