Awards season is (finally) behind us: Howell

With the Oscars and Canadian Screen Awards behind us, movies awards season is finally over. But before the madness descends anew, here’s a final look at the awards season past, which was exhausting but also exhilarating.


Watching all the golden hardware being handed out last Sunday at the Canadian Screen Awards brought another image to mind.

It was of financial reports being distributed at a meeting of corporate shareholders — and not just because the Canuck film and TV event still uses the nickname “the CSAs,” which would be a great handle for accountancy prizes but not artistic ones.

The money image resonates because we’ve reached the end of the movie fiscal year, so to speak. All the major awards for the films of 2016 have now been handed out, unless I’ve overlooked some impending galas in Tasmania, say, or Kazakhstan.

We don’t have to argue about La La Land anymore, but hopefully we still have lots to discuss about Moonlight.

We’re done, finally, but only briefly. The next movie fiscal year commences on April 13, when Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux and his team unveil the official selection for their 70th edition, which will run May 17-28.