Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara Win Big on Day 3 of the Canadian Screen Awards

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'Schitt's Creek' stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, seen here in 2015, won the Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress, Comedy honours respectively on day three of the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo: Chris Chapman

The hit comedy series Schitt’s Creek won big on the third night of the virtual Canadian Screen Awards, taking home six honours including Best Comedy Series. Stars Eugene Levy, 73, and Catherine O’Hara, 66, won for Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress, Comedy respectively.

 “This is definitely one of the brighter days I’ve had in isolation,” Levy quipped while co-accepting the award for Best Comedy Series with his son and co-star, Daniel Levy, in a video posted to Twitter.

When accepting his own win for Best Lead Actor, Comedy in a separate Twitter video, however, he acted less than enthused because he beat out the younger Levy for the award.

“This is not helping my relationship with my son, who’s been knocking it out of the park on this show since day one in terms of comedy performance,” he said. “So this is not a great moment for a dad.”

O’Hara also posted a video filmed from home, though her acceptance speech was hilariously cut off by music.

Other winners on the night include comedian Rick Mercer, 50, (Best Host, Live Entertainment Special, 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize), Evan Solomon, 52 (Best Host, Talk Show Or Entertainment News, Question Period) and former Dynasty actor Billy Campbell, 60 (Best Lead Actor, Drama Series, Cardinal).

And on Tuesday evening, comedian Brent Butt, 53, won the award for Best Performance, Animation, for Corner Gas Animated.

The week of virtual Canadian Screen Awards concludes on Thursday evening with the awards for Cinematic Arts. Click here for a full list of winners.

Canadian Screen Awards Day One (Monday)

 

A documentary about the final year in the life of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie won two Canadian Screen Awards in a virtual presentation on Monday night.

Finding the Secret Path, which chronicles Downie’s work in spotlighting the history of residential schools in Canada through the story of Chanie Wenjack, won the award for Best Biography Or Arts Documentary Program Or Series as well as the award for Best Direction, Documentary Program for Mike Downie, the singer’s brother. Gord Downie, Mike Downie and a third brother, Patrick Downie, co-produced the documentary.

The Secret Path, Downie’s 2016 multimedia project centering around the story of Chanie Wenjack — the Anishinaabe boy who died while trying to escape a residential school in 1966 — also won multiple Canadian Screen Awards for the television film and concert special portions of the project.

The 2020 Canadian Screen Awards were originally scheduled to take place on March 29 but the broadcast gala was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, which runs the awards, decided to hand out the honours through virtual presentations live-streamed on the Canadian Academy’s social media channels over four days beginning on May 25 beginning at 7pm each day.

On Monday, they handed out the honours for Broadcast News, Sports Programming as well as Documentary and Factual.

One of the big winners on the night was the Documentary Channel film The Accountant of Auschwitz, about the prosecution of former SS member Oskar Gröning seven decades after the Second World War, which took home the awards for Best History Documentary Program or Series, Best Original Music, Non-Fiction, the Barbara Sears Award For Best Editorial Research and the the Barbara Sears Award For Best Visual Research. Other winners include the CTV presentation of D-Day Remembered: The 75th Anniversary (Best Live News Special) and the Sportsnet production of sportscaster Bob Cole’s final game (Best Sports Opening). Click here for the full list of Monday’s winners.

The remaining 2020 Canadian Screen Awards schedule includes:

Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Awards for Children’s & Youth Programming and Lifestyle and Reality

Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Awards for Crafts in Scripted Programs and Scripted Programs & Performance

Thursday, May 28, 2020: Awards for Cinematic Arts

For more information and the full schedule, click here.

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