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  • Dr. Cabbie scores with Manj Musik for Film Award

    The cheeky and charming Indo-Canadian drama film, Dr. Cabbie (2014), won Best Original Song at the third annual Canadian Screen Awards on March 1, 2015.

    Dr. Cabbie (2014), won Best Original Song at the third annual Canadian Screen Awards on March 1, 2015.

    The Punjabi song also stood out for being the only non-English language song nominated in the category.

    Dr. Cabbie (2014), produced by Salman Khan’s Being Human Productions (SKBH), has won the award for Best Original Song at the third annual Canadian Screen Awards on March 1, 2015.

    ‘Dal Makhani’, composed by Manj Musik (Manjeet Ral) and Parmjit Sarai, beat four other nominees at the major entertainment award held at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.

    The Punjabi song also stood out for being the only non-English language song nominated in the category of ‘Achievement in Music – Original Song’.

    Ian LeFeuvre, whose work have been heard in popular TV series Girl and Pretty Little Liars, was nominated for ‘The Whisper In Me from Dirty Singles (2014).

    Lewis Furey, a multi-talented musician, actor and director, also received a nomination for ‘Road to Rainbow’s End from the French drama film Love Project (2014).

    The other English language songs contending the award were ‘Danse Élégante by Patric Caird and Sonya Jezebel Côté taken from Tru Love (2013), and ‘Wants by Dan Mangan featured in The Valley Below (2014).

    British born, Canada-based Manj was incredibly excited upon his arrival on the red carpet, and was even more ecstatic when he won the award for Best Original Song with Parmjit.

    Manj was part of the fusion band RDB before being introduced to Bollywood by actor Akshay Kumar. Since then, he has produced one hit after another including ‘Whistle Baja’ and ‘Pappi’.

    Manj has also set his eyes on America by revealing in 2014 that he would be working with American rapper 50 Cent and Grammy-nominated singer Justin Timberlake.

    Other winners at the award include Mommy (2014), scoring nine wins out of a stunning 13 nominations. The story of a widow and his violent son had already impressed judges at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival by winning the Jury Prize.

    The award also celebrates achievement in Canadian television. Orphan Black, the critically-acclaimed sci-fi series, was the big winner in that category. It won 10 of its 13 nominations, including Best Dramatic Series.

    Hosted by Canadian comedian Andrea Martin, the award was attended by many famous Canadian actors, such as Kiefer Sutherland (24), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) and Eugene Levy (American Pie film series).

    But all eyes were on recent Oscar winner Julianne Moore, who was also up for Best Actress that night.

    The Canadian Screen Awards brought film and television together by merging the Genie (film) and Gemini (television) Awards in 2013. It expands to honour outstanding work in digital media and people who have made an impact or left a legacy for the industry.

    Though often overshadowed by America, Canada is not short of talented actors and filmmakers. Deepa Mehta, William Shatner and Jim Carrey and are among some of the most famous names from the territory.

    Here is the full list of winners at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards:

    For film:

    BEST FILM
    Mommy

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Xavier Dolan – Mommy

    BEST ACTOR
    Antoine Olivier Pilon – Mommy

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    John Cusack – Maps To The Stars

    BEST ACTRESS
    Anne Dorval – Mommy

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Suzanne Clément – Mommy

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Xavier Dolan – Mommy

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Nicolas Billon – The Elephant Song

    BEST EDITING
    Xavier Dolan – Mommy

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    André Turpin – Mommy

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    Wendy Partridge – Pompeii

    BEST ART DIRECTION OR PRODUCTION DESIGN
    Paul Austerberry and Nigel Churcher – Pompeii

    BEST MAKEUP
    Maïna Militza, Michelle Côté and Colette Martel – Mommy

    BEST SCORE
    Howard Shore – Maps To The Stars

    BEST SONG
    Manjeet Ral and Parmjit Sarai – Dal Makhani in Dr. Cabbie

    BEST SOUND
    Greg Chapman, Peter Persaud, Andrew Stirk, Andrew Tay and Mark Zsifkovits – Pompeii

    BEST SOUND EDITING
    Steve Baine, Kevin Banks, Stephen Barden, Fred Brennan, Alex Bullick, J.R. Fountain, Kevin Howard, Jon Mooney and Jill Purdy – Pompeii

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
    Keith Acheson, Dennis Berardi, Ayo Burgess, Naomi Foakes, Jo Hughes, Chris MacLean, Mohsen Mousavi, Scott Riopelle, Andy Robinson and Eric Robinson – Pompeii

    BEST ANIMATED SHORT
    Me and My Moulton

    BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA
    Hole

    BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
    Jutra

    BEST LONG DOCUMENTARY
    Super Duper Alice Cooper

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN LONG DOCUMENTARY
    Patrick McLaughlin – Everything Will Be

    BEST EDITING IN LONG DOCUMENTARY
    Reginald Harkema and Alex Shuper – Super Duper Alice Cooper

    For TV and digital media:

    BEST DRAMATIC SERIES
    Orphan Black

    BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMATIC PROGRAM OR MINI-SERIES
    Jonas Chernick – The Best Laid Plans

    BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMATIC PROGRAM OR MINI-SERIES
    Jodi Balfour – Bomb Girls

    BEST ACTOR IN A CONTINUING LEADING DRAMATIC ROLE
    Jared Keeso – 19-2

    BEST ACTRESS IN A CONTINUING LEADING DRAMATIC ROLE
    Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black

    BEST COMEDY SERIES
    Call Me Fitz

    BEST ACTOR IN A CONTINUING LEADING COMEDIC ROLE
    Don McKellar – Sensitive Skin

    BEST ACTRESS IN A CONTINUING LEADING COMEDIC ROLE
    Joanna Cassidy – Call Me Fitz

    BEST DRAMATIC MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
    Bomb Girls

    BEST INTERNATIONAL DRAMA
    Vikings

    BEST REALITY / COMPETITION PROGRAM OR SERIES
    The Amazing Race Canada

    BEST NEWS ANCHOR
    National CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme

    BEST SPORTS HOST
    Ron MacLean – Hockey Night in Canada

    For Special Awards:

    ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ TRIBUTE
    George Anthony

    ACADEMY ICON AWARD
    Insight Production Company Ltd.

    ACADEMY LEGACY AWARD
    Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

    CLAUDE JUTRA
    Jeffrey St. Kules

    DIGITAL MEDIA TRAILBLAZING AWARD
    Jeffrey Elliott

    DIVERSITY AWARD
    The Exhibition

    EARLE GREY AWARD
    Paul Gross

    CINEPLEX GOLDEN REEL AWARD
    Pompeii

    GORDON SINCLAIR AWARD FOR BROADCAST JOURNALISM
    Ric Esther Bienstock

    HUMANITARIAN AWARD
    Michael Landsberg

    MARGARET COLLIER AWARD
    Tassie Cameron

    DESIblitz congratulates all the winners at the Canadian Screen Awards!

    Scarlett is an avid writer and pianist. Originally from Hong Kong, egg tart is her cure for homesickness. She loves music and film, enjoys travelling and watching sports. Her motto is “Take a leap, chase your dream, eat more cream.”

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