Ongwehowe talent nominated for Canadian Screen Awards

Six Nations very own Cheri Maracle got some great news this week; the talented actress is nominated by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series’ for her role as Sarah Bull in the APTN series “Blackstone”.

In a resounding success for Ongwehowe everywhere, two of the five nominees for ‘Best Actress in a Leading role’ are indigenous talent. Kahnawake actress Kawennahere Devery Jacobs is nominated for her role as Aila in “Rhymes for Young Ghouls”.

The critically acclaimed film “Empire of Dirt” was nominated for four awards. Lead actress Cara Gee is also nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ and Jennifer Podemski is nominated for the ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’. The film is also nominated for ‘Best Motion Picture’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’.

The awards gave a huge nod to indigenous talent across the board this year. Another Six Nations woman, Roberta Jamieson, is nominated alongside Podemski for ‘Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series’ for the “20th Annual Indspire Awards”.

APTN clearly got a lot of love from the Academy. “Blackstone” has three nominations for ‘Best Dramatic Series’, ‘Best Writing in a Dramatic Series’ and ‘Best Actress’ nods for both Cheri Maracle and Michelle Thrush. The haunting documentary “We Were Children” gets a nomination for ‘Best Documentary Series’, “The Candy Show” is nominated for ‘Best Direction in a Sketch Series’ and the “20th Annual Indspire Awards” are nominated for three awards including one for an exciting performance that brought together Wambdi Dance and A Tribe Called Red.

Alanis Obomsawin will receive the ‘Humanitarian Award’ for exceptional contributions to community and public service. Obomsawin is also nominated for her work on both “Hi Ho Mistahey” and “The People of Kattawapiskak River”.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television will host the 65th Annual Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto. Canadian comedian Martin Short will host the awards and it will be air live on CBC March 9th.

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