Well, the envelopes were opened tonight at the 30th Annual Genie Awards ceremony in Toronto. And as though the picture choice in my post announcing the nominees was some kind of indicator of future events, Polytechnique led the awards, winning 9 out of the 11 it was up for.
Quite the haul for Polytechnique , essentially shutting out its competition. I have to admit, it’s one of the few 2010 nominees that I’ve actually watched. I made a point of seeing it because I can vividly recall the 1989 Montreal events. And though it was a difficult film to watch, I found Villeneuve’s treatment to be stark, brutal, and lacking in sentimentality – just exactly what it should have been on such a subject.
Polytechnique took away Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Achievement in Direction, Cinematography, and Sound Editing. It also picked up Best Actress for Karine Vanasse, and Best Supporting Actor for Maxim Gaudette. Other notable acting Genies were awarded to Joshua Jackson for Best Actor in One Week and Best Supporting Actress to Martha Burns for Love & Savagery . Xavier Dolan’s hit film J’ai tueÌ ma meÌ€re , though shut out of any nominations, was awarded the Claude Jutra Award (for the best feature film by a first time director).
You can read a big list of the Genie winners at the official website of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.