Manitoba Wins Big at Canadian Screen Awards
Posted on March 6, 2013
Manitoba projects shone brightly at the Canadian Screen Awards last week, taking home seven awards including Best Comedy Program or Series and Best Direction in a Documentary Feature.
The home-grown comedy Less Than Kind took home two major awards Sunday; The Bell Media Award for Best Comedy Program or Series and Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role for Wendel Meldrum. Earlier in the week the series was also awarded Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series for Mark McKinney and Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series for Craig Webster, C.C.E. Less Than Kind is co-produced by Winnipeg’s Buffalo Gal Pictures and Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment.
The Manitoba-produced documentary Smarty Plants: Uncovering the Secret World of Plant Behavior, produced by Merit Motion Pictures for CBC’s The Nature of Things, won for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature. Winnipeg’s Erna Buffie directed the film, which was also nominated for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series.
The locally-shot cult comedy Todd and the Book of Pure Evil also took home some hardware. Best Achievement in Casting was given to Sara Kay, Jenny Lewis and Winnipeg’s own Jim Heber for their work on the show. Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series was given to Mark Gingras, Elma Bello, Katie Halliday, Stan Mak, Rudy Michael, Brad Thornton, Marilee Yorston. Winnipeg’s Frantic Films produces the show.
Manitoba Film & Music and On Screen Manitoba congratulate all of Manitoba’s 36 nominees.
Manitoba’s Big Winners
The Bell Media Award for Best Comedy Program or Series
Less Than Kind (Breakthrough Entertainment, Buffalo Gal Pictures) Ira Levy, Garry Campbell, Marvin Kaye, Phyllis Laing, Mark McKinney, Chris Sheasgreen, Paula Smith, Peter Williamson
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Wendel Meldrum – Less Than Kind – The Fwomp
Best Direction in Documentary Feature
Erna Buffie – Smarty Plants: Uncovering the Secret World of Plant Behavior
Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series Craig Webster, C.C.E. - Less Than Kind - Fugue State
Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series
Mark Gingras, Elma Bello, Katie Halliday, Stan Mak, Rudy Michael, Brad Thornton, Marilee Yorston - Todd and the Book of Pure Evil - Black Tie Showdown
Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series
Mark McKinney - Less Than Kind - Play it Again, Sam
Best Achievement in Casting
Sara Kay, Jim Heber, Jenny Lewis - Todd and the Book of Pure Evil – BYOBOPE
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