The Canadian Screen Awards: The big winners

It was a night to remember at Canada’s biggest awards show, where the Academy honoured the country's top talent in film and television and stars like Jason Priestley, Tatiana Maslany (below) and Michael Buble were among the evening's big winners.

Actor Viggo Mortensen introduced the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Toronto-based director David Cronenberg (with whom he worked on A History of Violence, A Dangerous Method and Eastern Promises), and teased him with a Montreal Canadiens flag. After the two shared a kiss, the visionary director chose to kick off his acceptance speech with a joke.

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“A man visits his doctor. He says ‘Doctor. I can’t pee.’ The doctor says ‘How old are you?’ He says ‘I’m 93.’ The doctor says ‘You’ve peed enough.’ When I was asked if I would accept this lovely award, it did occur to me the Academy was sending a message that went: David, you’ve peed enough,” said David as the audience erupted into laughter.

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Host Martin Short kept the crowd entertained for the second year running as host, with skits, a musical number and the requisite Rob Ford jokes, but most impressive of all was the iconic comedian's ability for side-splitting ad-libbing (our position near the teleprompter came in handy!)

Sci-fi drama Orphan Black was the big winner of the night, taking home a whopping 10 awards, while the comedy category was dominated by Jason Priestley's Call Me Fitz. The French film Gabrielle, Canada's official Oscar selection, made its mark among the film categories.

There was also plenty of action behind-the-scenes at the HELLO! Canada portrait studio, where celebrity photographer George Pimentel snapped playful portraits of the night's biggest stars.

See the list of the nominees and winners in the biggest categories below.

BEST MOTION PICTURE
Le Démantèlement
Empire of Dirt
Enemy
The F-Word
Gabrielle
The Grand Seduction
Maïna
Tom at the Farm

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
WINNER: Gabriel Arcand – Le Démantèlement
Jake Gyllenhaal – Enemy
Daniel Radcliffe – The F-Word
Brendan Gleeson – The Grand Seduction
Rajesh Tailang – Siddharth

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Tatiana Maslany – Cas & Dylan
Cara Gee - Empire of Dirt
WINNER: Gabrielle Marion-Rivard – Gabrielle
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs – Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Isabelle Guérard – Rouge Sang

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jay Baruchel – The Art of the Steal
WINNER: Alexandre Landry – Gabrielle
Gordon Pinsent – The Grand Seduction
Pierre-Yves Cardinal – Tom at the Farm
Marc Labréche – Whitewash

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Florence Blain Mbaye – L’Autre Maison
Jennifer Podemski – Empire of Dirt
WINNER: Sarah Gadon – Enemy
Mackenzie Davis – The F-Word
Evelyne Brochu – Tom at the Farm

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
Sébastien Pilote – Le Démantèlement
WINNER: Denis Villeneuve – Enemy
Michael Dowse – The F-Word
Xavier Dolan – Tom at the Farm
Pedro Pires and Robert LePage – Triptyque

SHAW MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST DRAMATIC SERIES
Blackstone (APTN)
Bomb Girls (Shaw Media)
Flashpoint (Bell Media)
Motive (Bell Media)
WINNER: Orphan Black (Bell Media)

BELL MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY PROGRAM OR SERIES
WINNER: Call Me Fitz (Bell Media/Corus Entertainment)
Gavin Crawford’s Wild West (CBC)
Mr. D (CBC)
Seed (Rogers Media)
Tiny Plastic Men (Allarco)

SHAW MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A CONTINUING LEADING DRAMATIC ROLE
Sam Huntington – Being Human (Bell Media)
François Arnaud – The Borgias (Bell Media)
David Suttcliffe – Cracked (CBC)
WINNER: Hugh Dillon – Flashpoint (Bell Media)
Ben Bass – Rookie Blue (Shaw Media)

SHAW MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A CONTINUING LEADING DRAMATIC ROLE
Michelle Thrush – Blackstone (APTN)
Meg Tilly – Bomb Girls (Shaw Media)
Hélène Joy – Murdoch Mysteries (CBC)
WINNER: Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black (Bell Media)
Katheryn Winnick – Vikings (Shaw Media)

BELL MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A CONTINUING LEADING COMEDIC ROLE
WINNER: Jason Priestley – Call Me Fitz
Gavin Crawford – Favin Crawford’s Wild West
Jesse Camacho – Less Than Kind
Gerry Dee – Mr. D
Ron James – The Ron James Show

BELL MEDIA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A CONTINUING LEADING ROLE
WINNER: Tracy Dawson – Call Me Fitz
Nancy Sorel – Less Than Kind
Wendel Meldrum – Less Than Kind
Carrie-Lynn Neales – Seed

ALL PHOTOS: George Pimentel

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