Canada’s Genie Awards announce their nominations

Barney's VersionBarney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti, has been nominated in 11 categories in Canada’s premiere film awards ceremony the Genie Awards. The tale of the unrestrained, precocious Barney also features Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike and Dustin Hoffman.

Among the eleven nominations, the film has receieved nods in the Best Motion Picture category with Giamatti up for the Best Leading Actor gong. Based upon Canadian novelist Mordecai Richler’s final novel of the same name, the film has been a praise magnet for critics and audiences in equal measures.

Barney’s Version is trailed by Incendies, which has picked up ten nominations. The intense drama follows twins Jean and Simon (Mélissa Désormeaux and Maxim Gaudette respectively), as their dying mother asks them to travel to her homeland in the middle-east so that they might better understand their heritage.

Highlights of the nominations for the 31st Genie Awards…

Motion Picture
10½ (dir. Martin Dubreuil)
Les Amours imaginaires (dir. Xavier Dolan)
Barney’s Version (dir. Richard J. Lewis)
Incendies (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
Splice (dir. Vincenzo Natali)

Actor in a leading role
Jay Baruchel (The Trotsky)
Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version)
Robert Naylor (10½)
Timothy Olyphant (High Life)
François Papineau (Route 132)

Actor in a supporting role
Martin Dubreuil (10½)
Dustin Hoffman (Barney’s Version)
Alexis Martin (Route 132)
Callum Keith Rennie (Gunless)
Rossif Sutherland (High Life)

Actress in a leading role
Lubna Azabal (Incendies)
Tatiana Maslany (Grown Up Movie Star)
Molly Parker (Trigger)
Rosamund Pike (Barney’s Version)
Tracy Wright (Trigger)

Actress in a supporting role
Sonja Bennett (Cole)
Anne-Elizabeth Bossé (Les Amours imaginaires)
Minnie Driver (Barney’s Version)
Terra Hazelton (FUBAR 2)
Mary Walsh (Crackie)

Direction
Xavier Dolan (Les Amours imaginaires)
Richard J. Lewis (Barney’s Version)
Vincenzo Natali (Splice)
Podz (10½)
Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)

Adapted Screenplay
Michael Konyves (Barney’s Version)
Lee MacDougall (High Life)
Vic Sarin, Dennis Foon and Catherine Spear (A Shine of Rainbows)
Patrick Senécal (Les 7 jours du Talion)
Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)

Original Screenplay
Louis Bélanger and Alexis Martin (Route 132)
Claude Lalonde (10½)
Adriana Maggs (Grown Up Movie Star)
Peter Stebbings (Defendor)
Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky)

Best Documentary
La Belle Visite (dir. Jean-François Caissy)
In the Name of the Family (dir.Shelley Saywell)
Last Train Home (dir. Lixin Fan)
Leave Them Laughing (dir. John Zaritsky)
You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo (dir. Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez)

Claude Jutra Award
Jephté Bastien (Sortie 67)

Golden Reel Award
Resident Evil: Afterlife (dir. Paul W. S. Anderson)

The 31st Genie Awards will be presented on March 10th.