At Genies, the puck stops here
Empty"The Rocket," a made-in-Quebec biopic about Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard, swept through the Genies, Canada's film awards, winning Tuesday in nine of the 13 categories for which it was nominated.
In a snub to populist movie fare, the French-language drama last year did virtually all of its CAN$5 million ($4.2 million) boxoffice in Quebec.
In addition to winning in a string of craft categories, "Rocket" brought the best actor trophy for Roy Dupuis and the best actress prize to Julie LeBreton, the picture's lead performers.
"Bon Cop, Bad Cop," the Quebec buddy movie that last summer became the top-grossing Canadian movie of all time by earning CAN$12.2 million ($10.3 million) at the domestic boxoffice, won Genies for best movie and best overall sound. The film, a comedy about bickering policemen from Ontario and Quebec straddling Canada's language divide, entered the competition with 10 nominations.
The English-language crowd-pleaser "Trailer Park Boys: The Movie," a big-screen adaptation of the popular Canadian TV series produced by Ivan Reitman, came away from the Genies empty-handed after generating CAN$4 million ($3.4 million) in domestic ticket sales last year.
Also shut out was Terry Gilliam's "Tideland," a British-Canadian co-production that came into the Genies with five craft nominations and a best actress nom for Jodelle Ferland.
In the end, Quebec movies mostly shouldered English-Canadian movies aside.
Among the few standouts were Jennifer Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes," a documentary about a Canadian photographer in China, and Carrie-Anne Moss' win for best supporting actress for her star turn in "Snow Cake."
"Trailer Park Boys: The Movie" was the lone English-language Canadian entry in the best movie competition, battling four Quebecois movies: Erik Canuel's "Bon Cop," Charles Biname's "Rocket," Jean-Francois Pouliot's "Guide De La Petite Vengeance" and Robert Favreau's "Un Dimanche a Kigali."
"Rocket's" domination of the Genies was a repeat of last year's Canadian film awards when another Quebec movie, Jean-Marc Vallee's "C.R.A.Z.Y," grabbed 10 of the 12 Genies for which it had been nominated.
"Rocket" also appears headed toward more cheer on Sunday, when the Jutra Awards, a competition for made-in-Quebec movies, takes place in Montreal.
The Genies aired live on Chum Ltd. specialty channels.
A complete list of Genie award winners can be found at www.hollywoodreporter.com.