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The Canadian Screen Awards (CSA) are being presented virtually this week. This most prestigious award for Canadian entertainers, artists and filmmakers has long, historic roots that stem back to 1949. But did you know it took another 50 years before there was an annual award category for Makeup Artists?
Thanks to tireless efforts spearheaded by Donald Mowat (Montreal native and internationally renowned Makeup Artist) that began as far back as 1985, the first Annual Gemini Award Category (now CSA Award) for Makeup Artists was finally approved in 1999. Donald rallied support from peers, union officials, actors and other key allies from across Canada, including Marlene Aarons, Jo-Ann MacNeil, Linda Dowds, Jan Newman, Lynda McCormack, Deb Drennan, James D. Brown, Peggy Kyriakidou and Traci Loader to name but a few. These efforts continued for another 11 years to ultimately establish a Genie Award Category (now CSA Award) for Feature Film Makeup in 2010.
On this auspicious occasion, we would like to applaud everyone involved, and most especially CMU Honorary Board Member, Donald Mowat, for his unrelenting determination to get recognition for Makeup Artists in Canada.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2020 CSA awards!
For a full list of categories presented by presentation date & time, click HERE.