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Canadian Screen Awards 2018 Featured Margaret Atwood, “Kim’s Convenience” & More

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Last night, the sixth annual Canadian Screen Awards took place at the Sony Centre in Toronto and recognized the best in local talent in film, television and media. Real Style was reporting live from the red carpet, and also present for the show which followed. Co-hosted by Canadian actors and comedians Emma Hunter and Jonny Harris, this year’s CSAs also honoured famed Toronto author Margaret Atwood for her special achievements. Other famous Canadians who were featured included Rick Mercer of the Rick Mercer Report and legendary journalist Peter Mansbridge.

Of course, the winners on the CSA stage ranged from comedic actors to directors. Korean Canadian actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee won for his portrayal of strict patriarch Mr. Kim on CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, which also won for Best Comedy Series. Director Aisling Walsh’s film Maudie cleaned house with seven Canadian Screen Awards, which included Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Meanwhile, star Sally Hawkins was awarded Best Actress for her role as titular character, Nova Scotia artist Maude Lewis.

Directed by Nora Twomey and produced by Angelina Jolie, animated film The Breadwinner also won a CSA for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film tells the story of Parvana (voiced by Saara Chaudry), a young girl in Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy to work and support her family. Once again, Regina-born Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany was awarded Best Lead Actress in a Drama for her role on the hit sci fi show.

Overall, this year’s Canadian Screen Awards were an evening of empowerment, with diverse stars, emerging stars and seasoned professionals all being recognized on the stage. However, the evening also carried a meaningful and somber message, with Canada’s #AfterMeToo movement being acknowledged. The initiative, founded by actress Mia Kirshner, producer Aisling Chin-Yee and actress Freya Ravensbergen, aims to assist sexual violence support services in Canada.

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Kristen Bell Confirms, Veronica Mars Is Back Again

Ever since Kristen Bell’s series Veronica Mars premiered in 2004 it’s had a cult following. Even horror master Stephen King expressed his love for the show, which only helped its audience grow. Unfortunately a cult following didn’t help it get extraordinary ratings, and the series was cancelled after just three seasons. Bell though never gave up on the show. She always claimed it would come back. In 2014 she was proven right, when the series got a theatrical release thanks to a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Even though it was popular among fans, the film didn’t make back its budget and once again the show looked like it was over. Bell however never thought so, and constantly said it would be back, and yesterday she once again proved that her determination had paid off.

Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning to make an announcement. “Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hulu to stream and re-watch, which is great because you’ll need to brush up since we’re making another one.” She went on to say that “Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think she’s exactly what the world needs right now.”

Hulu released their own statement as well, stating that the show would be an eight-episode limited series, and would focus on the murder of spring breakers in Neptune. Mars Investigations is then hired by one of the victim’s parents to find the killer.

While waiting for the series to return in 2019, Bell’s fans can continue to watch her in NBC’s comedy The Good Place. 

Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!! A new #veronicamars series is coming back, on @hulu !!!! Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think shes exactly what the world needs right now. Thank you to all my fellow marshmallows who stayed excited. Thank you to @hulu for the opportunity. I hope we’re still friends after I taser I you. 😍😍😍

A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Sep 20, 2018 at 8:51am PDT

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel And Game Of Thrones Top The Emmy Awards

Amazon has done what no streaming service has done before, win an Emmy award for Best Comedy for their show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. On the drama side of things it was a returning Game of Thrones that took the trophy once again, beating out last year’s winner The Handmaid’s Tale. All in all it was a night ruled by the two shows.

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a sitcom about a 1950s homemaker who decides to give stand-up comedy a try after her home life starts to make her unhappy. The series won eight trophies altogether, including the aforementioned Best Comedy trophy, best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan, best supporting actress for Alex Borstein, and writing and directing trophies for the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Game of Thrones on the other hand won the most trophies of the night. Of their nine statues, they won Best Drama, and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. The series wasn’t nominated last year because with the summer premiere it didn’t qualify, allowing The Handmaid’s Tale to take its place.

The bigger surprises of the evening including The Crown’s Claire Foy beating out The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh. Matthew Rhys finally took home an acting trophy for The Americans, a series that has largely been passed over by the Emmy’s throughout its six, critically acclaimed seasons.  And after four decades of being on television, Henry Winkler finally took home an acting trophy for his role in Barry. 

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Green Books Wins TIFF’s Top Award

The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close once more, and on Sunday the awards were handed out for the top films of the festival. While there were several films in the race for the People’s Choice Award, it was Peter Farrelly’s Green Book that came out on top.

Green Book is the true story of a white bouncer (played by Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver/bodyguard of an African-American classical pianist (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) who is on tour through the 1960s American South. They must rely on the “Green Book” in order to survive the dangers of the time, which was a book created to guide people to establishments that were safe for African-Americans during that time period. Part drama, and part comedy, this film drew rave reviews from crowds at the festival, which puts it in a good position come awards’ season. In the past, five audience awards winners won the Oscar’s Best Picture Trophy, including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and The King’s Speech. In the last two years La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the prize, and both were nominated for Best Picture. 

Perhaps the most shocking things about Green Book is that it was directed by Peter Farrelly, who is best known for his work alongside his brother Bobby. Together they directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.  

By Roderick Thedorff

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