The Russian mobsters' film "Eastern Promises" shared the lead position of 28th Annual Genie Awards' nominations with the Rwandan genocide's "Shake Hands With the Devil". On Monday, January 28, the two movies have been announced to be the nomination leaders as they nabbed 12 nods each from the Canada's film awards.
The two films will battle each other for the honor of Best Motion Picture contending also with "L'age Des Tenebres" (Days of Darkness), "Away From Her" and "Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil" (Continental, A Film Without Guns). The David Cronenberg's crime family drama "Promises" also has to face the Roger Spottiswoode's biopic "Devil" in the best director prize. Aside from facing "Devil", it will contest against Sarah Polley's "Away From Her", Bruce Mcdonald's "The Tracey Fragments" and Denys Arcand's "Tenebres".
However, the two films won't be a rival in the screenplay category. "Promises" is nominated for Best Original Screenplay, while "Devil" gathers nod for Best Adapted Screenplay. For the original screenplay prize, "Promises" will be up against "Les 3 P'tits Cochons" (The 3 Little Pigs), "Tenebres", "Bluff" and "Everything's Gone Green", whereas in the adapted screenplay category, "Devil" will be running against "Away" and "Fragments".
In the race of the leading actor kudo, Viggo Mortensen of "Promises" will be challenging Roy Dupuis of "Devil", Marc Labreche of "Tenebres", Claude Legault of "Cochons" and Gordon Pinsent of "Away". Further, contending for the best actress prize are Anne-Marie Cadieux for "Toi", Julie Christie for "Away", Ellen Page for "Fragments", Molly Parker for "Who Loves The Sun" and Beatrice Picard for "Ma Tante Aline" (My Aunt Aline).
Following the success of "Promises" and "Devil" in snagging multiple counts are "Away" with seven gongs, "Continental" with five nods and "Tenebres" with four. The award ceremony of 2008 Genies will be held on March 3 in Toronto and broadcast live on the E! Television Network in Canada and also on Canada's version of IFC. The full list of 2008 Genies can be seen at genieawards.ca, whereas the partial list can be read below.
The partial list of the 28th Annual Genie Awards' nominees: