Genie awards held in Ottawa Saturday night

Paul Gross in PasschendaeleThe 29th Genie Awards are being held tomorrow night in Ottawa. Generally described as the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars, Genie awards are given out annually to our nation’s top filmmakers. This year’s nominees include null, which was last year’s highest-grossing domestic film at the Canadian box office. Starring and directed by Paul Gross (who’s also nominated for Leading Actor), the film is up for Best Motion Picture against Normal, which stars Supporting Actor nominee Callum Keith Rennie (ironically, Gross’s former Due South co-star) and Carrie-Anne Moss of The Matrix movies. Also up for Best Motion Picture is Tout est Parfait (Everything is Fine), The Necessities of Life (Ce qu’il faut pour vivre) and Amal. Two well-known American actresses are among those nominated for Leading Actress – Susan Sarandon and Ellen Burstyn, both of whom are rumored to be attending, while Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow also have acting nominations. Among the presenters are some familiar names, including Sarah Polley, Gordon Pinsent and Rossif Sutherland (Kiefer’s brother). The ceremonies will be shown on tape delay Saturday at 9 p.m. on Global. Click here to see the full list of nominees.

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  1. Barry Gibbs • April 4, 2009 @ 10:16 AM

    »Interesting,of course. I Love Awards Shows! Ah!… 🙂

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