Among the other titles nominated for best motion picture, Sarah Polley's Away From Her follows with seven nominations, Stephane Lafleur's Continental, A Film Without Guns has five and Denys Arcand's Days Of Darkness has four.
Arcand, Polley, Cronenberg and Spottiswoode are all tapped for direction along with Bruce McDonald for The Tracey Fragments, starring Ellen Page, the Academy Award nominated actress in Juno, who is also nominated for a best actress Genie. As with the Oscars, Page is pitted against Away From Her star Julie Christie. The other nominated actresses are Molly Parker for Who Loves The Sun, Beatrice Picard for My Aunt Aline and Anne-Marie Cadieux for You.
Lead actor nominations mirror those for best picture, with Eastern Promises' Viggo Mortenson lined up with Shake Hands' Roy Dupuis, Marc Labreche of Days Of Darkness and Gordon Pinsent from Away From Her. Odd man out is Claude Legault from the dark comedy The 3 Little Pigs.
The 3 Little Pigs screenwriters Pierre Lamothe and Claude Lalonde are nominated for best original screenplay along with Steve Knight for Eastern Promises, Arcand for Days Of Darkness, Douglas Coupland for Everything's Gone Green and the triple threat of Marc-Andre Lavoie, Simon Olivier Fecteau and David Gauthier for Bluff.
Best Documentary nominees are Antlers by Andre-Line Beauparlant and Danielle Leblanc, Radiant City from Gary Burns, Jim Brown, Bonnie Thompson and Shirley Vercruysse and Sharkwater from Robert Stewart.
Francois Girard's Silk has five nominations but was shut out in the major categories.
The Genies presentation will be held March 3 in Toronto.
Complete nominations can be found at www.genieawards.ca