Celebrating our ACTRA members’ recent achievements

ACTRA Montreal Award Winners
Julian Casey, Lucinda Davis, Michael Scherer, Katy Breier and Catherine Kidd. Ed Yao Photography
ACTRA Montreal’s performance awards celebration took place on May 4 at Le Gesù. The Award for Outstanding Performance Female was presented to Katy Breier for her role in FANatic and the Award for Outstanding Performance Male was presented to Neil Napier for his work in The Disappearance. Catherine Kidd picked up the Award for Outstanding Videogame Performance Female for her work in For Honor and Julian Casey the Outstanding Videogame Performance Male for his work in We Happy Few. Michael Scherer won the Outstanding Stunt Performance Award for his performance in XXX: Return of Xander Cage. Lucinda Davis won the Outstanding Voice Performance Female for her role in Racetime and Brian Froud the Outstanding Voice Performance Male Award for his work in Zafari. Eramelinda Boquer, ACTRA Montreal’s 2019 Woman of the Year, was recognized for her achievements in advocacy and the arts. Life Memberships were presented to past Councillors Dawn Ford and Bill Rowat. The Awards were presented at a live show hosted by comedian and actor, Chris Sandiford.
William Rowat and Dawn Ford.
ACTRA Maritimes Award Winners
Bailey Maughan, Shelley Thompson, Kathryn MacLellan
Jordan Poole
Jessica Brown and Jackie Torrens
Screen Nova Scotia hosted its annual awards show on May 3 at Casino Nova Scotia. Shelley Thompson picked up the ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Female Role for her role in Splinters and Bailey Maughan the ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Male Role for his work in Splinters. Kathryn MacLellan won the ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Female Role for her role in Hopeless Romantic and Jordan Poole won the ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Male Role for his work in Birthmarked. Jackie Torrens won the WIFT-AT Award for Best Director for Bernie Langille Wants To Know… Who Killed Bernie Langille.
ACTRA Awards in Toronto
Stephen McHattie, Amybeth McNulty, Mark Little, Jayne Eastwood, Bryn McAuley, Andrew Barnsley, Rick Parker (missing: Sue Parker). George Pimentel Photography
The 17th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto were presented on February 23. Pictured here are award winners: Stephen McHattie (Outstanding Performance – Male; Crown and Anchor); Amybeth McNulty (Outstanding Performance – Female; Anne with an E); Mark Little (Outstanding Performance – Male Voice; Cupcake & Dino: General Services); Jayne Eastwood (ACTRA Toronto’s 2019 Award of Excellence); Bryn McAuley (Outstanding Performance – Female Voice; Top Wing); Andrew Barnsley accepting on behalf of Schitt’s Creek (Members’ Choice Series Ensemble Award); and Rick Parker (ACTRA Toronto Stunt Award). Sue Parker, not pictured, also won an ACTRA Toronto Stunt Award.

Jay Baruchel honoured with 2019 ACTRA National Award of Excellence
Jay Baruchel. Eric Charbonneau Photography
Jay Baruchel was presented with the 2019 ACTRA National Award of Excellence on March 16 in Los Angeles. Jay co-wrote and starred in the film Goon for which he was nominated for two 2013 Canadian Screen Awards in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. He co-wrote and made his directorial debut with the Goon sequel, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, in which he also reprised his role as ‘Pat.’ Jay starred in Jacob Tierney’s comedy The Trotsky, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and earned him a Genie Award nomination. His many credits include Knocked Up, This Is The End, Tropic Thunder, Million Dollar Baby and the FXX comedy series Man Seeking Woman. Jay won the 2019 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his role as ‘Hiccup’ in the DreamWorks production Dragons: Race to the Edge.

Alberta’s ‘Rosie’ Award Winners
Amber Marshall and Greg Lawson
The Rosie Awards, presented annually by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association, celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta film, TV and new media. Amber Marshall won the award for Best Performance by an Alberta Actress for her role in Heartland and Greg Lawson the award for Best Performance by an Alberta Actor for his work in Wynonna Earp. The Alberta Film and Television Awards ceremony took place on April 27.

Canadian Screen Awards 2019 Winners
Mary Walsh. George Pimentel Photography
Anne with an E, based on the classic novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, won seven Canadian Screen Awards throughout the week, tying the crime drama series Cardinal for the most wins overall. Cardinal actors Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse won Best Lead Drama/Limited Series Actor and Actress awards for their roles in Cardinal. The Best Lead Comedy Actress award was presented toCatherine O’Hara for her performance in Schitt’s Creek. The Best Lead Comedy Actor award wentJared Keeso for his work in Letterkenny. Mary Walsh received the Earle Grey Award for her exceptional work and impact on our industry. Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson, whose CBC comedy series The Kids in the Hall aired from 1989 to 1995, received the Academy Icon Award for making waves globally. ACTRA is a proud sponsor of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Canadian Screen Awards.

2018 Sam Payne Awards
Danny Virtue and P. Lynn Johnson. Photo: Sue Brouse
Long careers were rewarded with big awards from UBCP/ACTRA on May 9, 2019. Danny Virtue was presented with the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award and P. Lynn Johnson with the Sam Payne Award. Danny Virtue has been a staple in the B.C. film and TV industry for over 40 years and has amassed a resume with more than 150 titles. He was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble for his work in War for thePlanet of the Apes. Danny has two Leo Award wins and one Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the feature Gunless. He also has two Gemini nominations for his work in Neon Rider. In 2002, Danny founded the Virtue Foundation, which raises awareness and helps kids who are physically, mentally or financially challenged. P. Lynn Johnson’s 100-plus credits include the series’ Blade: The Series, The L Word, The Outer Limits and The X Files. Her feature credits include Godzilla, The Invisible, An Unfinished Life and Final Destination. A drama teacher since the late 1980s, P. Lynn has tirelessly supported the development of Canadian talent. She has served as an acting instructor at Capilano University for the past 16 years. P. Lynn’s support and mentorship of alumni goes far beyond the classroom and includes her volunteer work in producing, coaching and acting in many independent and short features.

Governor General’s 2019 Performing Arts Awards Laureates
Don McKellar, Sandra Oh and Rick Mercer. George Pimentel Photography
Oh Canada! A boisterous crowd lined the red carpet waiting to catch a glimpse of the recipients of the 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) at Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) on April 27. ACTRA members Colm Feore and Rick Mercer were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards. With more than 140 film and TV credits, Colm has starred in The Red Violin and both Bon Cop Bad Cop movies as well as Netflix’s House of Cards and The Umbrella Academy. Rick is an ever-present force with the 15-season run of his half-hour satirical comedy series The Rick Mercer Report, which ended last spring. Sandra Oh was named as the recipient of the National Arts Centre Award, which recognizes work of an extraordinary nature by an artist in the past performance year. Sandra has garnered a number of accolades over the past year, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV drama for her performance in the BBC America series Killing Eve.

Michela Luci wins Daytime Emmy Award
Michela Luci
Michela Luci won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Family Viewing or Special Class Program for her starring role as “Dana” in Dino Dana on TVO Kids and Amazon Prime Video. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 3. Michela has been nominated twice for a Canadian Screen Award (2019, 2018) and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2018. Michela first gained recognition as a judge on YTV’s Cook’d and went on to book the recurring role of ‘Agent Orchid’ on the TVOKids and PBS hit series Odd Squad. She is the lead voice of ‘True’ in the Netflix animated series True and the Rainbow Kingdom. Michela also voices ‘Princess Flug’ in the animated TVOKids and Nickeldeon series Abby Hatcher.

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