Incendies wins big at the Genies

Canadian Oscars hail Denis Villeneuve’s film

Congratulations to Denis Villeneuve for his film Incendies (which showed first in Halifax at the Atlantic Film Festival back in September) having won eight awards last night at the 31st Annual Genie Awards, which took place in Ottawa. A lot of the attention around the awards this year was about how no one watches them, but having Bill Shatner host must have garnered some attention. Can you believe that guy is almost 80? Where does he get the energy?

Also big props to legendary Canadian producer Robert Lantos and director Richard J. Lewis for their excellent film, Barney's Version, (also an AFF screening) which took home seven awards.

If you haven't yet seen these movies, Haligonians, Incendies has moved out of the Oxford to the Park Lane cinemas, while Barney's Version is still showing at Bayers Lake.

Other notable awards: The Golden Reel, awarded to the Canadian film that had the highest box office in 2010. That went to Resident Evil: Afterlife, believe it or not, for having raked in $7,026,559 at the Canadian box office. And get this:

"The fourth installment of the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Afterlife is the most successful production in Canadian feature film history, surpassing the $280 million worldwide box office mark this past November," according to the Genie's website. Whoa.

You can find the complete list of award recipients here.

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