Quebecois cinema dominated the evening, with several English-language nominees shut out entirely, including Terry Gilliam's UK-Canada coproduction Tideland and the Ivan Reitman-executive produced Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. Another UK-Canada coproduction, Marc Evan's Snow Cake, took a Best Supporting Actress prize for Carrie-Anne Moss.
Leading the charge for The Rocket was lead actor Roy Dupuis, who took Best Actor for his portrayl of Maurice 'Rocket' Richard, a personality best compared with George Best or Rod Laver for his import to a national sport. His costar, Julie LeBreton, was named Best Actress as Richard's wife. Biname was named Best Director. The film also won prizes for cinematography, editing, art direction, costume design and sound editing.
Quebec films owned the screenplay category, with Philippe Falardeau winning for Best Original Screenplay for Congorama, and Robert Favreau and Gil Courtemanche winning the Adapted Screenplay Award for A Sunday In Kigali.
Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes continued to dominate its run as the nation's leading documentary, winning the prize in its category.
The Danish Poet, directed by Torril Kove and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, won the Genie for Best Animated Short; it is nominated in the same category at the upcoming Academy Awards to be presented February 25.