Canadian Screen Awards 2016: Our Favourite Boomer Moments
It’s the night where Canadians celebrate the best in homegrown television and film – the Canadian Screen Awards. From Emma Donoghue’s big win to Martin Short’s Lifetime Achievement Award to The Book of Negroes’ sweeping victory and the unlikely “feud” between Christopher Plummer and nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay, we’re counting down our favourite boomer moments.
The Host – Norm MacDonald
Canuck comedian Norm MacDonald, 52, and his sardonic sense of humour took up the hosting duties this year. His brand of comedy isn’t for everyone, so chances are you either enjoyed his quips or you couldn’t wait for him to shuffle off stage.
MacDonald started with a few pot shots at Canadian entertainment, including the introductory remark, “Today we’re here to celebrate Canadian talent in film and television, which is kind of like the Northern Lights – you probably haven’t seen them but you’ve heard they’re amazing.”
During his opening monologue he pointed out both Christopher Plummer and Room child star Jacob Tremblay in the crowd, noting “Jacob is only nine years old and Christopher Plummer is 86-years-old but they have a few things in common – both have a deep love for their craft and both are up way past their bed time.”
He joked about Martin Short’s upcoming Lifetime Achievement Award: “It’s the Academy’s way of saying ‘Thanks, but we’ve had enough’” but, best of all, he proposed a name for as-yet unnamed Canadian Screen Award trophy – the Candy, after Canadian comedy legend John Candy. He even implored the presenters and winners to call it that, which most did.
Sure, not every joke landed, but as hosts go he did a fine job keeping the show moving along at decent pace. A two-hour production compared to a four-hour marathon like the Oscars? We can get used to that.
Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy Both Win their First Candy
Emma Donoghue Gets Her Moment in the Spotlight
Her novel Room was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the screenplay she wrote based on the book was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe and tonight Irish-Canadian scribe Emma Donoghue, 46, finally got her moment in the spotlight – winning a Candy for her screenplay while also watching the stars of her film, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, the director Lenny Abrahamson and the film itself all winning Candy’s in their respective categories.
Christopher Plummer’s “Feud” with Jacob Tremblay
After being compared to Jacob Tremblay in Norm MacDonald’s opening monologue, Christopher Plummer found himself facing off against the nine-year-old for the award for Best Actor in a Film. Tremblay won and in his speech gave a shout out to Plummer, saying, “You are a legend.” When Plummer, then, took the stage to close out the show with the announcement of the winner for Best Film, the 86-year-old received a standing ovation from the Sony Centre crowd. When the applause calmed down Plummer took the microphone, glared right out into the crowd and, stone-faced, quipped, “Eat your heart out, Jacob.”
Of course, when Room won the award for Best Film – beating out Plummer’s Remember – Plummer graciously greeted Tremblay onstage as he came up to accept the honour with the cast.
The Academy Honours Martin Short
“How exciting is this – we’re going to witness Levy present a Candy to Short,” Norm MacDonald quipped while calling on Eugene Levy to introduce Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Martin Short.