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 РMaxime R̩millard, 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, ANDRÉ 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

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
JACQUES DAVIDTS – Polytechnique

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
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-Josée 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

SPECIAL AWARDS

ACADEMY SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Mel Hoppenheim

CLAUDE JUTRA AWARD I Killed My Mother

GOLDEN REEL AWARD
Father and Guns – Denise Robert, Daniel Louis (Distributor: Alliance Vivafilm)


Mike Morrison