Itmay not have landed a foreign-language Oscar nomination but Quebecois title C.R.A.Z.Y.has more than compensated at home.
TheFrench-language drama, the story of a young man's acceptance of hishomosexuality in a loving if oppressively heterosexual family, swept Canada'sGenie Awards on Monday, winning ten prizes out of 12 nominations, includingbest motion picture for Pierre Even and Jean-Marc Vallee, best director forVallee, best original screenplay for Vallee and collaborator Francois Boulay,whose life inspired the story, and best actor - a category for which the filmhad two nominations.
Theprize went not to the star of the film, newcomer Marc Andre Grondin, who playedthe young man, but veteran Michel Cote in what many consider a supporting roleas the patriarch.
DeepaMehta's Water, the nextmost-nominated title, managed to eke three prizes out of its nine nominations:the actress prize for young lead Seema Biswas, cinematography for GilesNuttgens and original score for Mychael Danna.
AtomEgoyan won the Genie for Best Adapted Screenplay for Where The Truth Lies, adapted from the novel by Rupert Holmes. DenisBernard won best supporting actor for his role in L'Audition. Best Documentary kudos went to Scaredsacred by Velcrow Ripper.
Thebalance of C.R.A.Z.Y.'s prizeswere best supporting actress for Danielle Proulx, art direction for PatriceVermette, editing for Paul Jutras, costume design for Ginette Magny and overallsound and sound editing. As previously announced, C.R.A.Z.Y. producers Even and Vallee were presented with theGolden Reel Award for the highest-grossing Canadian film of 2005.
The26th Genie Award winners are:
Best Motion Picture C.R.A.Z.Y. Pierre Even, Jean-Marc Vallee, producers
Best Director Jean-Marc Vallee C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Actor Michel Cote C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Actress Seema Biswas Water
Best Supporting Actor Denis Bernard L'Audition
Best Supporting Actress DanielleProulx C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Original Screenplay Jean-Marc Vallee, Francois Boulay C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Adapted Screenplay Atom Egoyan Where The Truth Lies
Best Cinematography Giles Nuttgens Water
Best Art direction/Production designPatrice Vermette C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Costume design Ginette Magny C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Editing Paul Jutras C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Original Score Mychael Danna Water
Best Original Song Glenn Buhr,Margaret Sweatman "When Wintertime" from Seven Times Lucky
Best Overall Sound Yvon Benoit, Daniel Bisson, Luc Boudrias, Bernard GariepyStrobl C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Sound editing Martin Pinsonnault, Mira Mailhot, Simon Meilleur, MireilleMorin, Jean-Francois Sauve C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Documentary Scaredsacred,Velcrow Ripper, Tracey Friesen, Cari Green, Harry Sutherland
Best Live Action Short Drama Milo 55160, David Ostry, Matthew Cervi
Best Animated Short Cnote, ChrisHinton, Michael Fukushima
Golden Reel Award C.R.A.Z.Y.Pierre Even, Jean-Marc Vallee
Claude Jutra Award Louise Archambault Familia