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"Not so bad" day for Letterkenny at Canadian Screen Awards

Sudbury-filmed comedy series lands three awards, eight nominations
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The cast and crew of Sudbury shot comedy series Letterkenny walked away from the Canadian Screen Awards on March 12 with three awards in tow. Letterkenny won Best Comedy Program or Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Direction in a Comedy.

The cast and crew of Sudbury-shot comedy series Letterkenny walked away from the Canadian Screen Awards on March 12 with three awards in tow.

Letterkenny won Best Comedy Program or Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Direction in a Comedy.

With three wins in the comedy category, it's hard to argue that Letterkenny isn't one of the most popular shows in Canada right now. The show was also nominated in five other categories: Best Achievement in Casting, Best Picture Editing in a Comedy (2), Best Performance by and Actor in a Comedy (2).

Jared Keeso and Nathan Dales were both nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy for their roles as the show's lead characters Wayne and Daryl. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee of Kim’s Convenience was the eventual winner of the category.

On the whole, it was a strong showing for Northern Ontario and the awards, as a number of television series and movies that were shot in Northern Ontario received recognition.

Amazing Race Canada won Best Reality/Competition Program or Series, and the Sudbury-shot episode (season 3, episode 6, "Who is Alex Trebek?) was the most viewed episode in the show's history at the time it was aired.

Also shot in Sudbury, the Chet Baker biopic Born to Be Blue grabbed a pair of Achievement in Music awards for Original Score and Original Song. 

Slasher, a television series about a woman returning to the town where her parents were murdered, was filmed in Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Parry Sound was represented at the awards as well, with actress Wendy Crewson winning for Best Performance by an Actress in Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program.

Scenes from the 2016 romantic drama, Two Lovers and a Bear, were shot in Timmins, and the film won a pair of awards (Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Editing).

In total, Northern Ontario productions were named as winners in 10 of their 29 total nominations.