I am so thrilled that the Genie Awards returned to broadcasting the awards. Sandra Oh was a lovely host and being in proper Canadian fashion there was cheers for the Habs, speeches in English and in French, as well as political talk which including building awareness of and shunning Bill C-10 (for more see G&M article here).
One of the treats of the broadcast was the best director nominee's not only included clips from the films but also thoughts from the directors on the films and/or the process. In terms of speeches, both Sarah Polley and Gordon Pinsett had wonderful acceptance speeches and it was very \refreshing to see them with no anticipation of the orchestra quietly reminding them of time and being rushed off the stage?
Overall, Eastern Promises went home with the most wins with 7 * out of the 12 it was nominated for but it did feel like it was Away From Her's night, winning 6** of it's 7 nominations including film, director, actor, actress, supporting actress and adapted screenplay. Other wins are one of to each of the following: Shake Hands with the Devil, Silk, FIDO, Radiant City, Après Tout and Madame Tutli-Putli. How often does a zombie movie go home with and Art Direction award? I love Canadian film.
Congratulations to all the nominee's and winners it has been an excellent year for Canadian film.
*Eastern Promises was also awarded Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-Up, upping it's total to 8 awards.
**The Claude Jutra Award for first-time feature filmmakers went to Sarah Polley for Away From Her, therefore upping the total of it's awards to 7 Genies.
BEST MOTION PICTURE / MEILLEUR FILM
Away From Her - Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN / MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE
Rob Gray, James Willcock - FIDO
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN / MEILLEURS COSTUMES
Carlo Poggioli, Kazuko Kurosawa - Silk
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY / MEILLEURES IMAGES
Peter Suschitzky - Eastern Promises
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION / MEILLEURE RÉALISATION
Sarah Polly - Away From Her
ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING / MEILLEUR MONTAGE
Ronald Sanders - Eastern Promises
Original Score ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE / MEILLEURE MUSIQUE ORIGINALE
Howard Shore - Eastern Promises
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG/ MEILLEURE CHANSON ORIGINALE
Valanga Khoza, David Hirschfelder - Shake Hands With the Devil - Kaya
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE / INTERPRÉTATION MASCULINE DANS UN PREMIER RÔLE
Gordon Pinsent - Away From Her
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE / INTERPRÉTATION MASCULINE DANS UN RÔLE DE SOUTIEN
Armin Mueller Stahl - Eastern Promises
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE / INTERPRÉTATION FÉMININE DANS UN PREMIER RÔLE
Julie Christie - Away From Her
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE / INTERPRÉTATION FÉMININE DANS UN RÔLE DE SOUTIEN
Kristen Thompson - Away From Her
ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND / MEILLEUR SON D'ENSEMBLE
Stuart Wilson, Christian Cooke, Orest Sushko, Mark Zsifkovits - Eastern Promises
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING / MEILLEUR MONTAGE SONORE
Wayne Griffin, Robert Bertola, Tony Currie, Andy Malcolm, Michael O’Farrell - Eastern Promises
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY / MEILLEUR SCÉNARIO
Steve Knight - Eastern Promises
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY / MEILLEURE ADAPTATION
Sarah Polley - Away From Her
BEST DOCUMENTARY / MEILLEUR DOCUMENTAIRE
Radiant City - Gary Burns, Jim Brown, Bonnie Thompson, Shirley Vercruysse
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA / MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE DRAMATIQUE
Après Tout - Alexis Fortier Gauthier, Élaine Hébert
BEST ANIMATED SHORT / MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE D'ANIMATION
Madame Tutli-Putli - Maciek Szczerbowski, Chris Lavis, Marcy Page
CLAUDE JUTRA AWARD
Sarah Polley - Away From Her
Les 3 P'tits Cochons / The 3 Little Pigs
SPECIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP DESIGN
Stephan Dupuis - Eastern Promises