David Cronenberg To Receive Canadian Screen Award For Lifetime Achievement

By DAVID HUMPHREYS
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Although he's five years older than the average age of retirement, David Cronenberg, 70, has been more prolific lately than at any point in his career. During the last four years, he's directed three movies (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, A Map To the Stars), and written one novel (to be released in 2014)—a level of productivity that suggests his career is just gearing up rather than winding down.

Nevertheless, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has decided to give Cronenberg the Canadian Screen Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award will be handed out March 9 at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Canadian Screen Awards combine film and TV, replacing the confusingly-named Genie and the Gemini awards.

Other recipients at this year's ceremony will include Semi Chellas, the Emmy-nominated screenwriter of episodes of Mad Men, Rookie Blue, and The Eleventh Hour, who will receive the Margaret Collier Award “for a writer’s exceptional contribution to Canadian television”, documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, who will receive the Humanitarian Award “for exceptional contributions to community and public service”, the late Alan Sawyer, who will posthumously receive the Digital Media Trailblazing Award “for his efforts in advancing the development of and interaction between digital platforms and more traditional media”, and the TV newsmagazine show W5, which will receive the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.