Thursday, March 10, 2011
The night was largely dominated by Barney's Version and Incendies with Incendies coming out ahead. It won eight awards including Best Picture and Best Director and Adapted Screenplay for Denis Villeneuve. It also won for Best Actress (Lubna Azabal), Cinematography, Editing, Sound and Sound Editing. The Oscar-nominated Incendies is a worthy winner and was my top film of 2010, Canadian or otherwise.
Barney's Version was not far behind with seven wins. It had led with eleven nominations to ten for Incendies. It won three acting awards for Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver. It also took Art Direction, Makeup, Costume Design and Music.
The other multiple winner tonight was The Trotsky which won for Best Original Screenplay (Jacob Tierney) and Original Song ("Already Gone"). Lead actor Jay Baruchel also picked up an audience-voted User's Choice Award.
The winner of Best Documentary was the very deserving Last Train Home by Lixin Fan.
All of the above major winners are Montreal-based films. Although Incendies and Last Train Home are set overseas, their filmmakers have Montreal as their home base.
The short film winners were Lisa Jackson's Savage and Theodore Ushev's Lipsett Diaries.
Complete list of winners for the 31st Genie Awards
Best Motion Picture
Incendies - Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Dustin Hoffman - Barney's Version
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Lubna Azabal - Incendies
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Minnie Driver - Barney's Version
Achievement in Direction
Denis Villeneuve - Incendies
Denis Villeneuve - Incendies
Jacob Tierney - The Trotsky
Last Train Home - Lixin Fan, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross
Achievement in Art Direction
Claude Paré, Elise de Blois - Barney's Version
Achievement in Cinematography
André Turpin - Incendies
Achievement in Costume Design
Nicoletta Massone - Barney's Version
Achievement in Editing
Monique Dartonne - Incendies
Achievement in Make-up
Adrien Morot, Micheline Trépanier - Barney's Version
Achievement in Music - Original Score
Pasquale Catalano - Barney's Version
Achievement in Music - Original Song
Mary Milne - The Trotsky - "Already Gone"
Achievement in Overall Sound
Jean Umansky, Jean-Pierre Laforce - Incendies
Achievement in Sound Editing
Sylvain Bellemare, Simon Meilleur, Claire Pochon - Incendies
Best Live Action Short Drama
Savage - Lisa Jackson, Lauren Grant, Lori Lozinski
Best Animated Short
Lipsett Diaries - Theodore Ushev, Marc Bertrand
User's Choice Award
Claude Jutra Award
Jephté Bastien - Sortie 67
Honourable mention: Peter Stebbings - Defendor
Golden Reel Award
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Producers: Don Carmody, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer,
Distributor: Alliance Films
Total Canadian box office in 2010 – $7,026,559