April 06, 2009 03:58:57 GMT
World War I epic romance 'Passchendaele' is the big winner at Canada's Genie Awards with six Genies, while 'The Necessities of Life', which dominated the awards' nominations, grabs only four nods.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television had announced the winners of the 2009 Genie Awards on Saturday night, April 4, and "Passchendaele" came up victorious. On the awards ceremony held at Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa, the World War I drama was announced this year's Best Motion Picture in addition to receiving five other nods.
Being the one which collected the most prizes on the special night, this Paul Gross-directed war movie also won kudos for Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Costume Design, Achievement in Overall Sound and Achievement in Sound Editing. It brought home the Golden Reel Award as well for being the biggest box office gross of the year.
"The Necessities of Life" was another big winner as the movie about an Inuit hunter stranded in a Quebec hospital grabbed four kudos at the awards. It collected Best Director title for Benoit Pilon and Best Leading Actor for Natar Ungalaaq. It also nabbed Best Original Screenplay for Bernard Emond and Best Editing for Richard Comeau.
In the meantime, Ellen Burstyn was hailed Best Leading Actress for her role in "The Stone Angel", Callum Keith Rennie was named Best Supporting Actor for "Normal" and Kristin Booth nailed Best Supporting Actress for "Young People Fucking". The Best Documentary went to Montreal helmer Yung Chang's "Up the Yangtze", while "Fugitive Pieces" was given the Best Cinematography award.
List of winners at the 29th Annual Genie Awards: