Xavier Dolan’s film Mommy dominated this Sunday’s (March 1) Canadian Screen Awards winning best director and best film awards, along with seven other awards.
Mommy is about a widowed mother, Diane Després, struggling with the difficulty of raising her violent son. Both Anne Dorval, who plays Després, and Antoine Olivier Pilon, who plays her son Steve, took home awards for best actress and actor in a leading role.
The Canadian Screen Awards were launched in 2013 after Canada`s Genie film awards and the Gemini television awards merged. Canadian film awards first started in 1949 and the television awards started in 1980.
According to the Globe and Mail newspaper`s Simon Houpt the merger “is an attempt by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television to bring together the red carpet glamour of feature films and the populist appeal of TV: particularly important in a country where domestic films represent a tiny percentage of the overall box office and TV shows rarely make it into the weekly Top 30 viewing chart.`
CBC News – Canadian Screen Awards 2015: Mommy big film winner, Orphan Black takes top TV trophies – here
National Post – Xavier Dolan sweeps the Canadian Screen Awards as Mommy wins nine trophies – here
Toronto Star – Mommy, Orphan Black dominate Canadian Screen Awards – here
Globe and Mail/Simon Houpt – Mommy, Maps to the Stars set for showdown at Canadian Screen Awards – here
Academy of Canadian Television and Cinema website – www.academy.ca