Vincent Schilling
Indian Country Today

Michael Greyeyes has just effectively been named the best actor in Canada in 2021 after taking home a Canadian Screen Award for his role in “Blood Quantum.”

Mohawk director Tracey Deer has just received a similar honor for two awards for her film “Beans” based on the Mohawk Oka crisis. And Jeff Barnaby has received seven Canadian Screen Awards for his movie “Blood Quantum” in production and art direction, make-up, costuming, direction and editing.

'Mohawk Girls' creator Tracey Deer in a 2016 interview (Courtesy image)

For those unfamiliar with the movie, and as previously reported in my #NativeNerd review, 'Blood Quantum' is the 'best zombie movie ever':

“Blood Quantum” stars Michael Greyeyes as the leader of sorts on the fictional Red Crow Rez, an arguable safe grounds sought by anyone not-yet-infected by zombies. The clincher of the films’ premise is that the local Native/First Nation’s population is immune to the zombie’s bite.

“Blood Quantum” stars Michael Greyeyes as the leader of sorts on the fictional Red Crow Rez, an arguable safe grounds sought by anyone not-yet-infected by zombies. The clincher of the films’ premise is that the local Native/First Nation’s population is immune to the zombie’s bite.

(Related: In this zombie apocalypse ... Indigenous people are immune)

The Canadian Screen Awards, considered widely to be Canada’s version of the Academy Awards saw major wins for Indigenous artists and filmmakers.

Other recipients of the awards included several for the hit comedy series “Schitt's Creek” and Michell Pfieffer for best actress for her role in “French Exit.”

On Thursday night, the Canadian Screen Awards posted a tweet of Greyeyes’ win. “Congratulations to @MichaelGreyeyes of #BloodQuantum on winning the award for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role! #CdnScreenAwards”

Greyeyes said he was “gobsmacked” by the win in a reply tweet.

“@TheCdnAcademy #CdnScreenAwardWinner Utterly gobsmacked by this honour. Thank you all the voters in the Academy and sincere congratulations to all the other nominees and to the winners from BLOOD QUANTUM by @tripgore @ProspectorFilms @Elevation_Pics”

Sierra Teller Ornelas, the showrunner for “Rutherford Falls” (in which Greyeyes plays Terry Thomas) also congratulated Greyeyes, “So freaking proud of @MichaelGreyeyes and @tripgore and the entire Blood Quantum Team for dominating the #CdnScreenAwards. Long time coming and SO HAPPY for them!!!

Shortly after Greyeyes’ win, the awards program announced Tracey Deer’s film Beans as the overall winner for best feature film.


For the complete list of nominees visit: https://www.academy.ca/nominees/

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