'The Candy' gains traction as nickname for the Canadian Screen Awards
Norm Macdonald hosts the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on March 13, 2016. (Peter Power / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, March 14, 2016 7:21AM EDT
TORONTO - It seems the Canadian Screen Awards has a new name: the Candy.
Show host Norm Macdonald suggested it during his monologue at last night's bash as a tribute to late comic John Candy and presenters and winners embraced it.
Best TV comic actress winner Catherine O'Hara said backstage "they can't turn back now" after a slew of winners and presenters used the nickname for the televised awards gala.
Best TV comic actor winner Eugene Levy also said it was a good name as he saluted his friend as "an iconic Canadian" who was "a darling guy to work with."
O'Hara, Levy and Candy worked together on the sketch comedy series "SCTV."
O'Hara and Levy's current CBC sitcom "Schitt's Creek" won nine awards, including best TV comedy. The drama "Room" dominated the film categories with nine wins.