Canadian Screen Awards Unveil Nominations

'Mommy,' Xavier Dolan (Competition)
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Quebecois director Dolan has the strange distinction of being at once a wunderkind (he's still just 25) and a Cannes veteran. Mommy is his first competition entry but marks his fourth visit to Cannes, following the Critics' Week bow for his 2009 debut I Killed My Mother and Un Certain Regard entries Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways. The plotline of Mommy is pure Dolan, focusing on the mother-son relationship, in this case a widowed single mom raising her violent son alone who finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself between the two, resulting in unforeseen consequences. (Sales: eOne)

'Mommy' and 'Maps to the Stars' lead field in film awards, with 'Orphan Black' dominating TV competition.

Xavier Dolan's Mommy and David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars will face off in the best picture, best director and best film actor and actress competitions at this year's 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.

Mommy, which earlier shared the Cannes Jury Prize, grabbed a field-leading 13 nominations for Canada's film, TV and digital awards, which were unveiled on Tuesday. Maps to the Stars is close behind with 11 nominations.

That haul for Maps to the Stars includes a best leading film actor nomination for Evan Bird, and best supporting film actor noms for Robert Pattinson and John Cusack. Cronenberg's Hollywood satire also earned Julianne Moore a best leading film actress nomination and a best supporting film actress nom for Mia Wasikowska.

American sketch comedy legend Andrea Martin, who will host the Screenies, pointed to a vintage year for homegrown Canadian content. "It's an exciting year in Canadian film and TV and digital. I love to say that word. It sounds like we're doing porn — digital," Martin told a Toronto press conference at Bell Lightbox to unveil the nominations.

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On the TV front, Orphan Black, which airs on Space in Canada and BBC America stateside, earned 13 nominations, including one in the best lead TV actress category for Tatiana Maslany and a best TV supporting actor nom for Jordan Gavaris.

Orphan Black will contend in the best TV drama competition against three homegrown crime dramas — Bravo!'s 19-2, Showcase's Continuum and CTV's Motive, which also airs on ABC — and against Global Television's Remedy series. 19-2, an English-language reboot of a popular Quebec crime show, earned 10 nominations, including best direction for Erik Canuel . 

There are also 10 nominations for the Jason Priestley-starrer Call Me Fitz, which is up for best TV comedy and best comedy direction for Priestley and separate best comedy direction nominations for Sheri Elwood and Derek Filiatrault. The 2015 Canadian Screen Awards will be handed out on March 1, 2015 in Toronto, and will air live on the CBC network.

A full list of nominations in 128 film, TV and digital categories is available at