You probably didn’t know that on Monday night, the Genies were handed out in Toronto.
Let’s back up for a second, the Genies are the awards that celebrate the best in Canadian film.
Okay fine, the Genies are the Canadian Oscars. (I was hoping I would have to dumb it down.)
The night’s big winner was a movie you’ve probably never seen, but you definitely should.
Polytechnique did what Avatar couldn’t at the Oscars, it won the awards it was nominated for. The gripping movie (that I’m too scared to watch), actually picked up a total of 9 awards. Not bad since it was nominated for 11!
Among the awards it won, the Quebec produced movie picked up: Best Actress (Karine Vanasse), Best Director (Denis Villeneuve), Best Original Screenplay (Jacques Davidts), and best supporting actor (Maxim Gaudette)
The other big winner (and the night’s most notable star) was Joshua Jackson. The Fringe star won Best Actor for the film One Week. I’m also scared to watch this movie, because I’m terrified of any cross-country film that starts in Quebec and heads west.
Now before you go back to ignoring Canadian film, here is a list of all the winners!
Congrats to all the winners, here’s hoping you get at least the day off from your full-time jobs tomorrow.
BEST MOTION PICTURE
POLYTECHNIQUE – Maxime RÃ©millard, Don Carmody
ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
EVE STEWART – Fifty Dead Men Walking
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
ATUAT AKITTIRQ – Before Tomorrow
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
PIERRE GILL – Polytechnique
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
DENIS VILLENEUVE – Polytechnique
ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
RICHARD COMEAU – Polytechnique
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
DJINA CARON, ANDRÃ‰ DUVAL – The Master Key
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE
NORMAND CORBEIL – Grande ourse: The Master Key
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG
JOHN WELSMAN, CHERIE CAMP NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY – “Oh Love”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
JOSHUA JACKSON – One Week
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MAXIM GAUDETTE – Polytechnique
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
KARINE VANASSE Polytechnique
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
MARTHA BURNS – Love & Savagery
ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND BERGERON, PIERRE BLAIN, JO CARON, BENOIT LEDUC – Polytechnique
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
CLAUDE BEAUGRAND, GUY FRANCOEUR, CAROLE GAGNON, CHRISTIAN RIVEST – Polytechnique
JACQUES DAVIDTS – Polytechnique
KARI SKOGLAND – Fifty Dead Men Walking
BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
A HARD NAME – Alan Zweig, Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
“THE DELIAN MODE” – Kara Blake, Marie-JosÃ©e Saint-Pierre
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA
“DANSE MACABRE” – Pedro Pires, Catherine Chagnon
BEST ANIMATED SHORT “RUNAWAY / TRAIN EN FOLIE” – Cordell Barker, Derek Mazur, Michael Scott
ACADEMY SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Mel Hoppenheim
CLAUDE JUTRA AWARD I Killed My Mother
GOLDEN REEL AWARD
Father and Guns â€“ Denise Robert, Daniel Louis (Distributor: Alliance Vivafilm)