Academy Announces Special Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced three Special Award recipients for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. “Each year, the Academy recognizes a uniquely talented group of people for their indelible contributions to the Canadian media landscape,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “This year’s winners embody the spirit of Canadian artistry and we are honoured to celebrate their outstanding achievements, creativity and talent.”

The inaugural John Dunning Discovery Award will be given to artist and filmmaker Randall Okita for his film The Lockpicker. Tantoo Cardinal, pictured, will receive the Earle Grey Award, and award-winning filmmaker and journalist Simcha Jacobovici will be given the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.