Performers heartened by diversity in Canadian Screen Award nominations

TORONTO -- While diversity woes plague the Oscars, Canadian performers are touting a much more diverse slate of nominees for this country's biggest film and television awards.

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Film actors nominated for Canadian Screen Awards include Waris Ahluwalia and Balinder Johal for "Beeba Boys," and Irdens Exantus for "My Internship in Canada."

On the TV side, acting nominations include Adrian Holmes for Bravo's "19-2;" Al Mukadam for "Spun Out;" Brittany LeBorgne for "Mohawk Girls;" and Lyriq Bent, Aunjanue Ellis and Shailyn Pierre-Dixon for "Book of Negroes."

The head of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television -- which administers the awards -- says members are generally younger and there are more women voting than within the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, which runs the Oscars.

The Oscars bash is facing calls for a boycott over its all-white acting nominees.

The academy's president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, has responded by promising "big changes."

Many observers expected nominations for Idris Elba of "Beasts of No Nation" and Benicio Del Toro for "Sicario." The N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" also failed to earn a best picture nomination, despite some predictions it would.


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