Cardinal, The Handmaid’s Tale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina lead DGC Award wins

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) handed out its 18th annual DGC Awards Oct. 26 in Toronto. (DGC)

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) handed out its 18th annual DGC Awards Saturday night in Toronto.

Hungarian-Canadian filmmaker George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, La Florida) was this year’s recipient of the DGC Lifetime Achievement Award. Carole Vivier, longtime CEO of Manitoba Film & Music and Manitoba Film Commissioner, was honoured with the DGC Honourary Life Member Award. Vivier retired in June after 26 years in the role.

While Jasmin Mozaffari’s Firecrackers went into the awards with a leading three nominations in the Feature Film category, its team came away empty-handed. Toronto director Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece and Robert Budreau’s Stockholm ended up tying for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Mouthpiece also claimed the award for Best Picture Editing for Lara Johnston.

In the Television category, CTV’s Cardinal claimed three awards including Best Production Design (Rory Cheyne), Best Picture Editing – Movies for Television and Mini-Series (Hugh Elchuk), and Best Sound Editing (David McCallum, Jane Tattersall, Barry Gilmore, Claire Dobson, Paul Germann, Christopher King) in the same category.

The Handmaid’s Tale picked up two awards for both Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series (Jeremy Podeswa) and Best Picture Editing (Wendy Hallam Martin). Vancouver-shot Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and CBC family drama Northern Rescue also took home two awards apiece.

Find the full list of winners here:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
Robert Budreau – Stockholm
Patricia Rozema – Mouthpiece

ALLAN KING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

BEST PICTURE EDITING – DOCUMENTARY
Shelley Therrien – Queering the Script

BEST SHORT FILM
Katrina Saville – I Beat Up My Rapist

DISCOVERY AWARD
Tasha Hubbard – nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – FEATURE FILM
Emmanuel Fréchette – The Hummingbird Project

BEST PICTURE EDITING – FEATURE FILM
Lara Johnston – Mouthpiece

BEST SOUND EDITING – FEATURE FILM
J.R. Fountain, Jill Purdy, Steve Medeiros, Tyler Whitham, Claudia Pinto, Kevin Banks – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES
Jeremy Podeswa – The Handmaid’s Tale, Episode 210, The Last Ceremony

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES
Jordan Canning/Jeremy Lalonde – Baroness von Sketch Show, Episode 301, Is That You Karen?

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FAMILY SERIES
Rachel Talalay – The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Episode 106, Chapter Six: An Exorcism in Greendale

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
Norma Bailey – Mary Kills People, Episode 301, The Key to Faith

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – DRAMATIC SERIES
Tamara Deverell – Star Trek Discovery, Episode 214, Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
Rory Cheyne – Cardinal, Episode 301, Sam

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – COMEDY OR FAMILY SERIES
Lisa Soper – The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina , Chapter Seventeen: The Missionaries

BEST PICTURE EDITING – DRAMATIC SERIES
Wendy Hallam Martin – The Handmaid’s Tale, Episode 201, June

BEST PICTURE EDITING – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
Hugh Elchuk – Cardinal: By The Time Your Read This, Episode 302, Roman & Irena

BEST PICTURE EDITING – COMEDY OR FAMILY SERIES
Michelle Szemberg – Northern Rescue, Episode 101, Qué Sera

BEST SOUND EDITING – DRAMATIC SERIES
Joe Bracciale, Tyler Whitham, Alex Bullick, Jill Purdy, Kevin Banks, Craig MacLellan – American Gods, Episode 202, The Beguiling Man

BEST SOUND EDITING – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
David McCallum, Jane Tattersall, Barry Gilmore, Claire Dobson, Paul Germann, Christopher King – Cardinal: By The Time You Read This, Episode 301, Sam

BEST SOUND EDITING – COMEDY OR FAMILY SERIES
Janice Ierulli, Mark Shnuriwsky, Cailey Milito, Clive Turner, Alastair Gray, Susan Fawcett, Gren-Eric Zwicker, Simon Minimus – Northern Rescue, Episode 109, Wake Up

Find the full list of 2019 DGC Award nominees, here.


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