'Room' Leads Canadian Screen Awards Film Nominations

Production Designers: Room - H 2015
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The Eugene Levy-starrer 'Schitt's Creek' leads the field in TV categories at Canada's national media awards.

Room, a Canada-Ireland co-production starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, has secured a field-leading 11 nominations in movie categories at the Canadian Screen Awards, which were unveiled Tuesday.

The Toronto-shot kidnapping drama from Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, which earlier earned four Oscar nominations, will contend in the best picture category while earning Larson a best actor nomination, Tremblay a best actor mention and Joan Allen a best supporting actress nom.

Room, which centers on a 5-year-old boy (Tremblay) and his mother (Larson), who are being held captive, earned the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival after debuting at Telluride. The movie categories at Canada's upcoming national awards also gave director Paul Gross' Hyena Road eight nominations in craft categories, while the French-language film Our Loved Ones from helmer Anne Emond netted seven noms, including best picture.

Other best picture contenders at Canada's Screenies include Brooklyn, the Canada-U.K.-Ireland co-production largely shot in Montreal; Maxime Giroux's Felix and Meira; and Atom Egoyan's Remember, which netted Christopher Plummer a best actor mention.

Elsewhere, the Eugene Levy-starring comedy Schitt's Creek, which netted 14 nominations, will battle it out in the TV categories at the Canadian Screen Awards with Orphan Black, the Tatiana Maslany-starring clone drama with 13 noms. Schitt's Creek airs on POP stateside, while Orphan Black is a hit for BBC America.

Other leading TV contenders include drama 19-2 and comedy Mr. D. with 12 nominations each, and The Book of Negroes, which aired on the BET network stateside, with 11. 19-2 will compete in the best TV drama category with Blackstone, X-Company, Motive (which also airs on ABC) and Saving Hope, broadcast by ION Television stateside.

The 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, are set to take place March 13 in Toronto and will air on the CBC network. A full list of nominations in the film, TV and digital categories is available at www.Academy.ca.