'Room' Dominates Canadian Screen Awards, Oscar-Winner Brie Larson Named Best Actress

The Brie Larson-starring hostage drama Room gave the Canadian Screen Awards a post-Oscars glow Sunday night as it nabbbed nine prizes, including best film and best director for Lenny Abrahamson.

The Canada-Ireland co-production blitzed the film categories as Larson, who plays a woman held captive with her young son in the harrowing drama, picked up the best film actress prize after her Academy Awards triumph. Jacob Tremblay got love from the Canadian bash by winning for best film actor crown and Joan Allen took the best film supporting actress honors.

"Wow, this is amazing. I can't believe a little kid won against all these talented adults," nine-year-old Tremblay said when accepting his trophy after competing against Oscar winner Christopher Plummer in the category. Room, which was shot mostly in Toronto, also dominated technical fields as it picked up trophies for art direction, editing, makeup and adapted screenplay for Emma Donoghue.

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Donoghue wrote the Room screenplay before her novel of the same name was published in 2010. Elsewhere, Nick Serino won the best film supporting actor crown for his role in the coming-of-age drama Sleeping Giant, and Brooklyn, a Canada-UK-Ireland co-production, had to make do with two craft awards for best film cinematography and best original score.

The Canadian war drama Hyena Road also nabbed its trophies in technical categories — best film overall sound, best sound editing and best visual effects. On the TV side, the chuckler Schitt's Creek grabbed the best comedy prize, while Eugene Levy won the best comedic actor trophy and co-lead Catherine O'Hara won for best comedic actress.

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“Thank you for making everyday of shooting the Schitt's a great day," O'Hara said when accepting her Screenie. Another multiple winner was Orphan Black, which earned Tatiana Maslany the best dramatic actress and Ari Millen the best dramatic actor crowns.

"I want to dedicate this award to the incredible actors I get to work with on Orphan Black," Maslany said via videotape when picking up her Screenie. The evening also had a feel of a Second City TV reunion as Eugene Levy gave fellow Canadian funnyman Martin Short a lifetime achievement award.

"I didn't even know I was ill," Short said wryly when accepting the tribute. Elsewhere, the cop drama 19-2 won for best dramatic series and The Book of Negroes won for best limited TV series.

The Book of Negroes, which aired on BET stateside, last Wednesday night won nine other trophies in pre-telecast prize-giving. The Canadian Screen Awards, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, aired on the CBC network.

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