It should probably come as no surprise that Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, in which the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors to become NBA champions for the first time, won Best Live Sports Event for TSN at the Canadian Screen Awards.
In the first of four nights of virtual award presentations on Monday, winners were named in sports, news and information, and documentary and factual categories.
Two stories about tragedies involving young Indigenous males took documentary honours.
“Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up” won the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary prize. It’s Tasha Hubbard’s look at the case of Colten Boushie, the 22-year-old Cree man shot and killed in 2016 by white Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley, who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the case.
“Find the Secret Path” won Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program for the CBC and Mike and Patrick Downie, brothers of late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. The doc weaves the last year of Gord’s life — he died in October 2017 of brain cancer — with the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy who died trying to escape a residential school and whose tragedy was the subject of Gord’s “Secret Path” album.
The CBC also won the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program for “Mr. Jane and Finch”; Best Documentary Program for “To the Worlds”; Best History Documentary for “The Accountant of Auschwitz”; and Best Science or Nature Documentary for “A Day in the Life of Earth.”
Bell Media’s Discovery Channel won Best Factual Series for “Disasters at Sea.”
The CBC’s “The Fifth Estate” was named Best News or Information Series; “CTV National News With Lisa LaFlamme” won Best National Newscast and Citytv’s “CityNews” won Best Local Newscast.
See academy.ca for a full list of Night 1 winners.
More winners will be revealed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. The awards can be livestreamed at academy.ca or on the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.
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