Canadian Screen Awards: Netflix's 'Anne With an E' Leads Nominations

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'Ava' and 'Never Steady, Never Still' nabbed the most nominations in film categories.

Netflix's Anne With an E, the adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, grabbed a field-leading 13 nominations for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards on Tuesday.

And Sadaf Foroughi's Ava, a coming-of-age drama set in Iran, and Kathleen Hepburn's Never Steady, Never Still, which stars Happy Valley star Shirley Henderson, lead all-comers in the film field, with eight nominations each. The contenders for Canada's national media awards were unveiled at a press conference in Toronto.

Anne With an E, which is produced out of Canada as a co-production with the CBC, will compete for best TV drama against Lifetime's Mary Kills People, History's Vikings, from showrunner and creator Michael Hirst, and WGN America's Pure. Anne With an E hails from Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and is based on the famed book by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

The Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse-starring Cardinal, a Hulu murder mystery drama, grabbed 12 nominations in the TV competition, as did the CBC comedy Kim's Convenience. Cardinal, which airs on CTV in Canada, will compete in the best limited TV series category against contenders like Netflix's Alias Grace, Reelz's The Kennedys: After Camelot and the CTV mystery drama The Disappearance.

Elsewhere, the Pop network and CBC comedy Schitt's Creek, co-created by father and son Eugene and Daniel Levy, nabbed 11 nominations, as did Alias Grace. The CraveTV streaming comedy Letterkenny earned nine nominations.

Canada's national awards will also see two debut features lead all-comers in the film competitions. Foroughi's Ava, about an Iranian teenager rebelling against her claustrophobic society, and Hepburn's Never Steady, Never Still, a family drama set against the bleak Alberta oil fields, will both contend in the best film, cinematography and original screenplay categories.

The best director competition will pit Foroughi and Aisling Walsh for Maudie against Ian Lagarde for All You Can Eat Buddha, Robin Aubert for The Ravenous and Alexis Durand Brault for It's the Heart that Dies Last. On the performance front, Ethan Hawke nabbed a nomination for best supporting actor for his role in Maudie, while the best actress category includes Never Steady, Never Still star Henderson, Sally Hawkins for Maudie and Mahour Jabbari for Ava.

The Canadian Screen Awards will be handed out March 11 in Toronto, and will be broadcast on the CBC.