The Amazing Race Canada and Murdoch Mysteries are repeat Golden Screen Award winners

Whether it takes home gold at Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards, The Amazing Race Canada has already won the popular vote.

The reality TV series has taken the Golden Screen Award in its category for the fourth year in a row.

It’s a two-peat, meanwhile, in the drama category for Murdoch Mysteries.

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There is also a Golden Screen Award for feature films, which goes to the movie with the highest domestic box office. This year’s winner is De père en flic 2, which premiered in July 2017 in Montreal.

All three awards will be presented Sunday during the pre-show gala, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television said in a news release, with a montage of the winners seen during the televised gala.

The Amazing Race Canada has been a ratings champ for CTV since its debut in 2013. Hosted by Olympian Jon Montgomery, the series is made by Insight Productions.

Likewise, Murdoch Mysteries – a turn-of-the-20th century detective drama set in Toronto – has been a boon for the CBC since it moved to the network from City TV in 2012. The show, produced by Shaftesbury, stars Yannick Bisson and Hélène Joy.

De père en flic 2 is a Quebec-made comedy about a father son police duo, starring Michel Côté, Louis-José Houde and Karine Vanasse (Cardinal), and directed by Émile Gaudreault.

Other Canadian Screen Awards were handed out in Toronto on Thursday night at a third non-televised gala, this one honouring digital and immersive storytelling.

Miyubi, by Quebec’s Felix & Paul Studios, won Best Immersive Experience. The virtual reality comedy film, in which the viewer inhabits a Japanese toy robot given to a young boy on his birthday, stars Jeff Goldblum.

Other winners included the documentary Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley, about one of the first all-Black settlements in Canada, for Best Nonfiction Web Program.

Best Fictional Web Program went to peopleWatching, which features animated adult characters in scenarios including speed dating.

An interactive digital campaign for the supernatural Western horror series Wynonna Earp took the trophy for Best Fictional Cross-Platform Project. Getting the non-fiction version of that award was a group of 360-degree videos created from the CBC docudrama Canada: The Story of Us.

Odd Squad 1.5, an extension of the children’s educational series that airs on TVO, won Best Cross-Platform Project in the children’s and youth category.

The Space We Hold, based on Tiffany Hsiung’s documentary The Apology, landed the award for Best Original Interactive Production.

And Emma Hunter, who will co-host Sunday’s TV gala, won Best Actress in a Web Program for Save Me.

Sunday’s awards show will air from Toronto’s Sony Centre for Performing Arts on CBC at 8 p.m.

With files from The Canadian Press

TORONTO STAR

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