Let's give them their flowers and celebrate their brilliant work in television, film, and the web.
Our favourite shows, webisodes and movies made us cackle, fostered plenty of discussions, and evoked a spiral of emotions. We were elated to see them being deservingly honoured.
The monumental winner of the night was the seminal film, Brother, which captured the best picture award. The tale of two tightly-knit brothers of Caribbean lineage growing up in the fictional housing project ‘The Park’ captured a record-breaking 12 CSAs. Going into the night with 13 nominations, the film nearly swept all its respective categories. Lamar Johnson won for performance in a leading role, Aaron Pierre won for performance in a supporting role, and Clement Virgo acquired his statue for directing and adapted screenplay.
Another record-breaking winner was the CBC and BET+ collaboration, The Porter. The limited series won 12 out of its 19 nominations, including best drama series and best direction in a drama series. Everyone is still baffled as to why this series was not renewed for a second season.
Fan favourite Revenge of the Black Best Friend celebrated their wins with best web program or series, fiction, and actor Oluniké Adeliyi (who also stars in The Porter) picked up best lead performance, web program or series.
Jennifer Holness, Sudz Sutherland and their team won all five nominations for the documentary series BLK: An Origin Story, including best direction for a documentary series. Bilal Baig’s witty series Sort Of took home seven awards, including best comedy. Amanda Brugel won for best guest performer in a comedy for her role in Sort Of.
Black talent continued to pick up trophy after trophy, with Sedina Fiati winning best supportive performance, web program or series for Tokens, Traci Melchor and her co-hosts for best host or presenter, reality/competition for Canada’s Drag Race and Tyrone Edwards and his team for best entertainment or variety special for their work on the Impact & Influence: A Truth & Reconciliation Day Special.
Last but certainly not least, this year’s Changemaker Award was bestowed upon Black Canadian host and journalist Tracy Moore. Moore, a formidable presence on and off-screen, was honoured for her outstanding advocacy work to implement change in every landscape.
Moore continues to share herself, her family, lessons learned and even the difficult moments with everyone, so we can glean what we need from her experiences and insight. Her inspiring, engaging, candid, and essential teachable moments have left an indelible mark on so many of us. Not only on television but everywhere her messages land. And for that, we thank you and congratulate you, Tracy.
Congratulations to all the winners!
You can find a list of all the winners on the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television website.