TORONTO -- "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany, Denis Villeneuve's surreal mind-bender "Enemy" and the action adventure tale "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" were among the early winners at the Canadian Screen Awards, which host Martin Short launched with a slew of Rob Ford jokes, barbs at homegrown stars David Cronenberg and George Stroumboulopoulos and a saucy song in which he propositioned a slew of starlets in the audience.

An emotional Maslany was among the first to take the podium Sunday night to claim a trophy for best actress in a TV drama for her sci-fi cloning series.

The Regina-bred actress thanked the Space show's creators for giving her "this incredible opportunity" as well as her co-stars, producers, crew and family for "letting me do this weird job."

"Thank you so much, this is such an honour, thank you," said a breathless Maslany, dressed in a gold and black gown.

Momentum was strong for Maslany's sci-fi clone saga "Orphan Black," which entered the race already having won a leading eight trophies. It's also up for best TV drama against APTN's "Blackstone," Global's "Bomb Girls," and the two CTV series "Flashpoint" and "Motive."

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