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Schitt's Creek had a well-deserved moment in the spotlight (virtually, at least) at last night's Canadian Screen Awards, the Canadian version of the Emmys.
The beloved comedy, which ended its sixth and final season on CBC and Pop TV in April, won Best Comedy Series for the second year in a row, as well as Best Acting wins for stars Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy. Schitt's Creek took home a total of six awards out of a record-breaking 26 nominations.
The annual awards show had to be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but the winners were available online to share a few words.
"We are so grateful for the recognition, and I want to dedicate this award to our incredible team of over 145 beautiful Canadians that came to work every day and gave it their all, and pushed themselves, and got this show to where it is," said showrunner and star Dan Levy.
"Well, this is definitely one of the brighter days I've had in isolation," co-creator Eugene Levy said, thanking executives at CBC in Canada and Pop TV in the United States for their support of the show. "I'd like to thank my magnificent partner Daniel Levy, who has done such a great job in getting this show to where it currently is, which is an exceedingly good place."
\u201cand now a few words from @danjlevy and @Realeugenelevy.\n\n@TheCdnAcademy #CdnScreenAwardWinner\u201d— Schitt's Creek (@Schitt's Creek) 1590626115
It was also a big night for stars Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy, who won Best Actress and Best Actor in a Comedy Series. It was Levy's second win in this category and O'Hara's fifth -- and her acceptance speech didn't disappoint.
\u201cno one does acceptance speeches like Catherine O'Hara\u201d— Schitt's Creek (@Schitt's Creek) 1590625651
Emily Hampshire won twice, landing Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for the fifth year in a row for Schitt's Creek, as well as Best Lead Performance, Web Program or Series for her role in iThentic's Save Me.
Annastasia Cucullo and Ana Sorys, the team behind Moira Rose's iconic wig collection, won for Best Achievement in Hair, while Lisa Parasyn and Jon Comerford won for Best Achievement in Casting.
One small letdown for LGBTQ+ viewers was the writing nomination for Schitt's Creek's "Meet the Parents," a heartwarming coming out episode featuring Noah Reid's character Patrick. While the episode didn't take home any awards last night, Dan Levy took a moment to celebrate its importance. "Noah, the work you did in 'Meet the Parents' literally changed people's lives and writing that episode for us meant the world to me," he tweeted.
Levy's mother Deborah Divine also weighed in on Twitter, saying, "When I sent my regrets to @danjlevy over losing the Canadian Screen Award for writing the Meet the Parents episode - he texted: 'We changed lives with Meet the Parents. I don't need an award for it. That is the award.'"
Fans online were quick to join in and share what that episode means to them.
\u201c@tingtime @danjlevy All that your son set out to do, and successfully accomplished, with Schitt\u2019s Creek has profoundly changed the lives of so many, including this mama bear. Thanks to both of you \u2764\ufe0f#SchittsCreek\u201d— Jennifer Taggart (@Jennifer Taggart) 1590633198
\u201c@tingtime @danjlevy They changed my life for the better and helped me come out as my true self. Thanks to @danjlevy @olreid and the entire SC team. Also, thank you and Eugene for being amazing and loving parents and advocates.\u201d— rachel \u26a2 (@rachel \u26a2) 1590639097
\u201c@tingtime @danjlevy I re-watch that episode any time I need to feel good about humanity. It does the trick every single time. It\u2019s not just amazing (though it is that), it\u2019s important. Very important.\u201d— A rabbit Bunnicula fan (@A rabbit Bunnicula fan) 1590642588
Schitt's Creek's nominations this year included lead actor nods for Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, and Annie Murphy, and supporting actor nominations for Emily Hampshire, Noah Reid, Sarah Levy, Jennifer Robinson, Chris Elliott and Dustin Milligan. Other nominations included best writing, direction, photography, picture editing, and costume design.