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Black productions 'The Porter,' Clement Virgo film 'Brother' lead 2023 Canadian Screen Award nominations

The Porter received 19 nominations, while Brother received 14 for the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards, which take place Sunday, April 16.

Black productions 'The Porter,' Clement Virgo film 'Brother' lead 2023 Canadian Screen Award nominations
Lamar Johnson, left, has been nominated for a 2023 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Leading Role for his work in Clement Virgo's "Brother". The film is also nominated for 13 other CSAs. JORDAN MAXWELL SCREENSHOT

Black film and TV directors have topped the list of Canadian Screen Award nominees for 2023.

With 19 nominations going into this year's Oscars, including best drama series, best writing in a drama, and best costume design, the first season of the Black-led CBC and BET Plus series "The Porter" is the most nominated.

Meanwhile, Toronto-based filmmaker Clement Virgo's feature film "Brother," which is based on the David Chariandy novel of the same name, is the most nominated movie.

The film, which was shot in Scarborough, received 14 nominations, including best performance by an actor in a leading role for Lamar Johnson, best motion picture, and director accomplishment.

"From legendary directors like David Cronenberg to new voices like Bilal Baig, the 2023 Canadian Screen Award nominees reaffirm that our country has an immensely talented industry, and we are lucky to call them Canadian," Tammy Frick, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, said in a statement. "Supporting these artists has never been more important, and we are proud to be at the centre of those efforts. I'm thrilled to share my heartfelt congratulations with all of the nominees and look forward to raising a glass to them in person this April."

Amanda Parris’ “Revenge of the Black Best Friend” leads digital media nominations with nine. For the complete list of 2023 Canadian Screen Award nominees, check it out here. To view the full schedule for Canadian Screen Week 2023, visit here.

The 2023 Canadian Screen Awards will be presented in a series of seven intimate genre-based awards presentations. The event will feature celebrity appearances and the presentation of the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award.

Additionally, Ryan Reynolds will get the Humanitarian Award, presented by Paramount+. Catherine O'Hara will receive the Academy Icon Award, presented by CBC. And, Simu Liu will accept the Radius Award, presented by MADE | NOUS.

The Canadian Screen Awards with Samantha Bee will broadcast on Sunday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC and CBC Gem.