Etalk’s live Oscar balcony show scores Canadian Screen Award nom!

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Forget the Oscars for one second and put on your Hudson’s Bay mittens, because it’s time to celebrate Can-Con! The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television just announced the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards nominees in 135 film and television categories.

Okay, now you can remember the Oscars because etalk hosts Danielle Graham and Lainey Lui are nominated for Best Hosts of a Web Program or Series for their Academy Awards pre-show, Etalk Live: The Oscars Balcony (and we’re doing it all again this year).

And that’s not all. Lainey is also nominated along with The Social co-hosts for Best Hosts in a Program or Series AND Best Hosts in a Live Program or series. The show is also nominated for Best Talk or Entertainment Program but the ladies are up against some stiff competition in the form of live TV veteran Marilyn Denis.

As far as acting goes, the field is packed with talent, including Stephan James who will receive the inaugural Radius Award created this year “to honour a Canadian who is making waves globally.” Appearing in both If Beale Street Could Talk and Homecoming alongside the likes of Regina King and Julia Roberts, we’d say he’s making some tsunamis.

The acting CSAs are broken down into 15 categories in order to cover leads and supporting roles in comedy, drama, limited series and web series for both actors and actresses. Notable comedy nods go to Jared Keeso (Letterkenny), Gerry Dee (Mr. D), both Eugene and Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek) and Catherine O'Hara (Schitt’s Creek).

In the drama department, Jerry O'Connell (Carter), Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries), Aaron Ashmore (Killjoys), Daniel Petronijevic (Cardinal: Blackfly Season), Billy Campbell (Cardinal: Blackfly Season), Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E) and Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna Earp) all get nods.

By the numbers, Anne with an E and Schitt’s Creek lead the nominations with 15 and Cardinal: Blackfly Season comes in a close third with 14. As far as reality goes, Equus: Story of the Horse is the leading docu-series with eight nominations while The Amazing Race Canada is the leading competition program with six.

On the film side, this year’s offerings, Just a Breath Away and The Great Darkened Days lead the movie categories with eight noms each.

The high-concept French language film Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume) is nominated for Best Picture as well as for Best Direction by Daniel Roby and Best Supporting Actor for Michel Robin. The Great Darkened Days (La grande noirceur) was a great hit at the Toronto International Film Festival this year and earned nods for Best Picture, Best Direction for Maxime Giroux, Best Lead Actor for Martin Dubreuil and Best Supporting Actress for Sarah Gadon.

The Canadian Screen Awards will be presented over the course of six days during Canadian Screen Week, and culminate in the live Canadian Screen Awards: Broadcast Gala on March 31.