Newfoundland and Labrador was well represented at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards this past weekend in Toronto, with locally shot production Maudie banking the highest amount of wins with seven.
Maudie, starring Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke and based on the life of beloved painter Maud Lewis, won the coveted Best Motion Picture Award, earning a win for local producer Mary Sexton. Aisling Walsh won Best Direction, Hawkins herself won Actress in a leading role, with Hawke mirroring the feet for Actor in a supporting role, while Newfoundland’s own Sherry White was honoured with Best Original Screenplay.
Newfoundland comedian and satirist Rick Mercer was presented the Icon Award for The Rick Mercer Report, with Mercer also winning Host in a live program or series for his Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast hosting duties. Jonny Harris, who doubled down as event winner and co-host of the event, earned Best Factual program or series for Still Standing.
Other Newfoundland nominees included the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Dani Bailey for her song Rid the Dark in Hunting Pignut, and actor Shawn Doyle for his work on Bellevue.
A full list of nominees and winners and more information on the Canadian Screen Awards can be found here.