'Orphan Black' collects eight wins on night two of the Canadian Screen Awards

By: Erica Cupido

Some of our favourite small-screen stars came together for night two of the Canadian Screen Awards on Wednesday evening (February 25) in downtown Toronto, where famous faces from Mr. D, Schitt’s Creek, Orphan Black and Degrassi mingled before taking their seats at the Sheraton Centre Hotel to cheer on their peers.

Rick Mercer took home the first award of the night for Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program. “This is fantastic,” he told the crowd, while giving his fellow writers from The Rick Mercer Report all the credit: "They make me look better and smarter every single week.”

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Between appearances by presenters like Schitt’s Creek actress Annie Murphy, ET Canada hosts Rick Campanelli and Cheryl Hickey, and Hello! Canada's own editor–in–chief, Alison Eastwood, the evening's host Darrin Rose kept the crowd laughing and entertained.

Paul Gross earned a special tribute and the Earle Grey Award for his list of theatre, film and TV credits. “I feel privileged to get to do this job,” said the humble actor. Other winners included the cast and crew of Degrassi, took home four trophies after 35 years on the air. Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program-winner Aislinn Paul called the show “much more than a job to me.”

However, the big winner of the night was homegrown TV series Orphan Black, which took home an astounding eight awards for casting, direction, writing, original music score, photography, picture editing, production design and for best supporting actor.

After being named Best Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series, Orphan Black’s Jordan Gavaris told Hello! there’s nothing like being applauded by actors that he’s a fan of. “They’re [part of] the industry that makes me feel as fulfilled as I do…So when they say, ‘Good job,’ that’s tops.”

Already hard at work on the upcoming season of the show, Jordan told us that he had no extravagant plans to celebrate his second consecutive win. “Maybe I’ll treat myself to a burrito,” he said. “I have to work tomorrow morning!”

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