Asian Talent and Asian-Led Projects Nominated at the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards

The Canadian Screen Awards (a.k.a. Canada’s Oscars) one-hour special will air on April 16, 2023.

The Canadian Screen Awards (a.k.a. Canada’s Oscars) one-hour special will air on April 16, 2023.

by Sadaf Ahsan
February 24, 2023

With the Canadian Screen Award nominations having dropped earlier this week, it’s clear this year’s ceremony is set to be a star-studded year full of representation.

In the television category, the CBC comedy Sort Of starring, written, and created by Pakistani actor Bilal Baig, picked up a whopping 15 nominations, including best comedy series, writing, music, and acting (for Baig, and co-stars Amanda Cordner and Amanda Brugel). Meanwhile, fellow CBC sitcom Run the Burbs, created by and starring Andrew Phung, earned five nominations, with Phung and co-star Rakhee Morzaria competing for lead comedy performer.

It’s worth noting, too, after Baig and Cordner declined to submit themselves for acting consideration at last year’s awards due to the gender binary categories, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television has now installed gender-neutral categories for lead and supporting roles. 

In the film category, Anthony Shim’s Korean family drama Riceboy Sleeps shines with six nominations, including best picture, director, screenplay, and lead actor. Iranian director Sadaf Foroughi’s coming of age teen drama Summer with Hope follows with three nominations, including best picture, while the powerful and devastating Indian documentary To Kill a Tiger also earned three nods, including best documentary.

The star of the night, however, looks like it’s already set to be former Kim’s Convenience and current Marvel star Simu Liu, who picked up four nominations, including hosting and writing (along with Leonard Chan and Julie Kim) the 2022 Juno Awards and a Special Award nomination. 

The Canadian Screen Awards will be held off camera during Canadian Screen Week from April 11 to 14 in Toronto, while comedian Samantha Bee will host a Canadian Screen Awards one-hour special on CBC and CBC Gem on April 16.

Below is a list of some of this year’s Asian nominees and nominees of Asian-led projects:


Best Motion Picture
Riceboy Sleeps – Anthony Shim
Summer with Hope – Kiarash Anvari, Sadaf Foroughi

Achievement in Cinematography 
Christopher Lew – Riceboy Sleeps 

Achievement in Direction
Anthony Shim – Riceboy Sleeps

Achievement in Editing
Anthony Shim – Riceboy Sleeps 
Faran Moradi – Tehranto

Achievement in Sound Mixing 
Matthew Chan – Stay the Night 

Achievement in Visual Effects
Andrew Joe, Gabriel Chiang – Bones of Crows 

Original Screenplay
Anthony Shim – Riceboy Sleeps
Sadaf Foroughi – Summer with Hope

Performance in a Leading Role
Seung-Yoon Choi – Riceboy Sleeps

Performance in a Supporting Role
Leili Rashidi – Summer with Hope

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary
Nisha Pahuja, Anita Lee, Atul Gawande – To Kill a Tiger
Ryan Sidhoo, Mario Soriano – Handle with Care: The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew

Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary
To Kill a Tiger

Achievement in Costume Design

Best Original Music in a Feature Length Documentary
Ramachandra Borcar – Scrap
To Kill a Tiger

Best Short Documentary
The Goats of Monesiglio – Raj Dhillon

Best Animated Short 
Impossible Figures and other stories I – Maral Mohammadian
The Shadow Of My Life – Hajar Moradi

Best Original Music in a Feature Length Documentary
Ramachandra Borcar – Scrap
To Kill a Tiger


Best TV Movie
Saying Yes to Christmas

Best Drama Series
Departure – Vincent Shiao, Teresa M. Ho

Best Comedy Series
Children Ruin Everything – Meaghan Rath
Sort Of – Jennifer Kawaja, Bilal Baig

Best News or Information Series
The Fifth Estate

Best Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Roast Battle Canada – Russell Peters
TallBoyz – Franco Nguyen

Best Lifestyle Program or Series
The Big Sex Talk – Nabil Mehchi
Mary Makes It Easy – Michelle Li

Best Live Entertainment Special
The Junos 2022 – Simu Liu, Leonard Chan, Julie Kim

Best History Documentary Program or Series
Summit 72 – Naveen Prasad

Best Talk Program or Series
The Marilyn Denis Show – Sush Rao
The Social – Brian Lloyd

Best Documentary Program
A.rtificial I.mmortality – Ann Shin

Best Animated Program or Series
The Snoopy Show – Anne Loi

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
Malory Towers – Anne Loi
The Next StepRomeo Candido, Shaleen Sangha

Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series
Leo’s Pollinators – Raj Panikkar

Best Sports Program or Series
2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games – Sunil Thakolkaren

Best Variety or Entertainment Special
ET Canada Presents One on One with Trevor Noah – Fay Philavanh, Shreya Khanna

Best Entertainment News Program or Series
Entertainment Tonight Canada

Best Morning Show
Breakfast Television – Roshni Murthy

Best Direction, TV Movie
Love at Sky Gardens – Samantha Wan

Best Direction, Drama Series
Gloria Ui Young Kim – Heartland:”The Long Game”

Best Direction, Comedy
Aleysa Young – Run The Burbs: “Blockbuster”
Joyce Wong – Sort Of: “Sort Of I Love You”
Sort Of: “Sort Of Janazah”

Best Direction, Lifestyle or Information
Harbinder Singh – Raufikat’s Better Bake Along: “Toasty Pineapple Pastries”

Best Direction, Children’s or Youth
Romeo Candido – The Next Step: “One Song Glory”
Warren P. Sonoda – Odd Squad Mobile Unit: “Odd Together Now”

Best Direction, Animation
Wayne-Michael Lee – Pinecone & Pony: “What Would Freda Do? / A Token Of Toughness”

Best Direction, Factual
Michelle Mama – Lost Car Rescue: “Muscle Cars”

Best Writing, Drama Series 
Transplant: “Tariq”
Transplant: “Unstuck in Time”

Best Writing, Comedy
Sort Of: “Sort Of Broke”
Bilal Baig – Sort Of: “Sort Of I Love You”

Best Writing, Variety or Sketch Comedy
Simu Liu, Leonard Chan, Julie Kim – The Junos 2022
Franco Nguyen – TallBoyz: “Don’t swear in front of the song”

Best Photography, Comedy
Gayle Ye – Detention Adventure: “Singing in the Raign”
Iris Ng – Strays: “House Sitting”

Best Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition
Kevin C. W. Wong – Mary Makes It Easy: “BBQ’s and A’s”

Best Photography, Documentary or Factual
Iris Ng, Stephen Chung – A.rtificial I.mmortality
Lulu Wei – Sex with Sue
Ken Ng – The Talented Mr. Rosenberg

Best Photography, News or Information
John Minh Tran – Arctic Blue

Best Picture Editing, Drama
Dev Singh – The Porter: Episode 108

Best Picture Editing, Factual
Ken Yan – National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Best Picture Editing, Reality/Competition
Swapna Mella – The Great Canadian Baking Show: “Patisserie Week”

Best Picture Editing, Comedy
Sort Of: “Sort Of 2gethr”
Sort Of: “Sort Of Amsterdam”

Best Sound, Fiction
Goro Koyama – Sort Of: “Sort Of Future”
Transplant – Rumination

Best Sound, Animation
Todd Araki – The Snoopy Show: “Happiness Is Your Favourite Thing”
Ryan Araki – Super Wish: “Taste Buddies / Imagination Caboose”
Ryan Araki – Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go: “Music is Everywhere/Backwards Day”
Ryan Araki – Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go: “Race for the Sodor Cup”

Best Production Design or Art Direction, Fiction
Sort Of: “Sort Of Janazah”

Best Costume Design
Sort Of: “Sort Of 2gethr”

Best Visual Effects
Raymond Pang – Super Wish: “The Floor is Definitely Not Lava”

Best Original Music, Animation
Let’s Go Luna!: “Dig it Daddy-O” – Amin Bhatia
Pinecone & Pony: “Lance Or Not / Treat Your Creature” – Caleb Chan, Brian Chan
Team Zenko Go: “Harmony Harbor’s Holiday Surprise, Part 1 and 2” – Caleb Chan, Brian Chan

Best Original Music, Comedy
Detention Adventure: “Singing in the Raign” – Amin Bhatia
Sort Of: “Sort Of Who She Is” – Vivek Shraya

Best Original Music, Documentary
Dear Jackie – Ramachandra Borcar

Best Original Music – Original Song
Sort Of: “Sort Of Broke” (“Superpowers”)

Best Sports Feature Segment
Pivot – The Sheldon Guy Story – Farhan Lalji

Best Lead Performer, Drama Series
Mayko Nguyen – Hudson & Rex
Hamza Haq – Transplant

Best Performance, Sketch Comedy (Individual or Ensemble)
Russell Peters, Sabrina Jalees, Ron Josol – Roast Battle Canada
Franco Nguyen – TallBoyz

Best Performance, Children’s or Youth
Ali Prijono – Detention Adventure
Saara Chaudry – Holly Hobbie
Alyssa Hidalgo – Odd Squad Mobile Unit

Best Achievement in Casting, Fiction
Run The Burbs

Best News Anchor, National
Ian Hanomansing, Andrew Chang – The National

Best Host, Live Entertainment Special
Rupi Kaur, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee – 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Simu Liu – The Junos 2022

Best Host or Presenter, Factual or Reality/Competition
Lilly Singh – Canada’s Got Talent
Ann Pornel – The Great Canadian Baking Show

Best Performance, Animation
Julius Cho – Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe
Glee Dango – Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go

Best Lead Performer, Comedy
Rakhee Morzaria – Run The Burbs
Andrew Phung – Run The Burbs
Bilal Baig – Sort Of

Best Supporting Performer, Comedy
Al Mukadam – Pretty Hard Cases
Sort Of

Best Guest Performance, Comedy
Run The Burbs: “Blockbuster”
Sort Of: “Sort Of Amsterdam / Sort Of I Love You”

Digital Media

Best Web Program or Series, Fiction

Tokens – Winnifred Jong
Topline – Romeo Candid

Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction
Being Black in Canada: My Journey Here – Farhan Ahmad, Andree Lau

Best Direction, Web Program or Series
Winnifred Jong – Tokens: “The Goal”
Romeo Candido – Topline: “Sky Is Falling”

Best Writing, Web Program or Series
Romeo Candido, Marie Beath Badian – Topline: “Sky Is Falling”

Best Lead Performance, Web Program or Series
Connie Wang – Tokens

Best Supporting Performance, Web Program or Series
Nelu Handa – Avocado Toast The Series

Best Host, Web Program or Series
Sangita Patel, Carlos Bustamante – ET Canada Live

Best Immersive Experience – Non-Fiction
Partita for 8 Voices – Michel D.T. Lam

Best Immersive Experience – Fiction
The Orchid and the Bee – Michael Fukushima

Special Awards

Simu Liu