Canada's Genie Awards wereevenly distributed across the nominees, with no film dominating the majorprizes which were handed out last night. Atom Egoyan's Ararat, nominated for nine awards, was the leader in thefinal tally, with five statuettes including Best Picture and Best Actress forArsinee Khanjian. Director Atom Egoyan was not nominated although as one of thefilm's producers he does receive a statuette. Egoyan was not there to accept itas he is presiding over the international jury at the Berlin Film Festival.
David Cronenberg won theaward for Best Direction for Spider but he was the only winner out of the film's six nominations. On thatscore, many observers are still scratching their heads over the Genies'nomination process given that Spider itself was not nominated nor were its two lead performances, those ofRalph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson, both widely regarded as superlative.
Quebecois film SavageMessiah, which has not been releasedtheatrically in English Canada but has screened on pay-TV in anEnglish-language format, won three prizes: Best Actor for Luc Picard, BestSupporting Actress for Pascale Montpetit and Best Adapted Screenplay for SharonRiis. Deepa Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood, which had five nominations, including Best Picture, received oneprize, Best Original Screenplay for Mehta.
Actress Sarah Polley won theprize for Best Live Action Short Drama for her short film I Shout Love.
The presentation wasunremarkable except for a brief interruption by a short filmmaker who leaptonstage and demanded, with inimitable Canadian politeness, that the otherlive-action short nominees be acknowledged.
Genie Award Winners
Best Motion Picture
Achievement in Direction
Performance by an Actor in aLeading Role
Performance by an Actress ina Leading Role
Performance by an Actor in aSupporting Role
Performance by an Actress ina Supporting Role
Best Original Screenplay - Bollywood/Hollywood,Deepa Mehta
Best Adapted Screenplay - SavageMessiah, Sharon Riis
Achievement in Editing - SuddenlyNaked , Lara Mazur
Achievement in ArtDirection/Production Design
Achievement in CostumeDesign
Achievement in Music -Original Score
Achievement in Music -Original Song - Saint Monica, "ComEstas Asas" Carlos Lopes
Achievement in Overall Sound- Between Strangers, Tom Hidderley,Todd Beckett, Keith Elliott, Mark Zsifkovitz
Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Live Action Short Drama
Best Animated Short
Claude Jutra Award
Golden Reel Award