Grim reaper stalks Genies

4:00 AM PST 01/29/2008 by Etan Vlessing, AP

12 noms each to 'Promises,' 'Devil'

TORONTO -- The Genies, Canada's film awards, on Monday turned into a shootout between a movie about Russian mobsters in London and another that chronicles the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises," a portrait of a ruthless killer tied to an organized crime family, and Roger Spottiswoode's "Shake Hands With the Devil," a biopic of former Canadian Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire and his ill-fated U.N. mission in Rwanda, each snagged 12 nominations to lead the field.

Cronenberg and Spottiswoode will see their dramas compete in the best film and director competitions, as well as in a host of craft categories.

"Devil" lead Roy Dupuis will go up against Viggo Mortensen of "Promises" for best actor.

In the best actress competition, Julie Christie continues her awards-season success with a Genie nomination for "Away From Her," in which she plays a woman with Alzheimer's disease.

"Away From Her" earned seven Genie noms, including for one for best film and a director nomination for Sarah Polley.

Contending with Christie for best actress will be two indie darlings: Ellen Page, for Bruce McDonald's "The Tracey Fragments," and Molly Parker, for "Who Loves the Sun," directed by her husband Matt Bissonnette.

Danny Glover, German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl and British playwright Steve Knight also were named Monday in the list of Genie nominees, as organizers encourage interest in Canadian films that often go unnoticed at the domestic boxoffice.

Other multiple nominees in the Genie competition include Stephane Lafleur's "Continental, un film sans fusil" (Continental, A Film Without Guns), which earned five noms, and Denys Arcand's "L'Age des tenebres" (Days of Darkness), with four.

Both Quebec-made movies will compete in the best film category.

In contrast with recent years, English-language Canadian films will grab the limelight at this year's Genies.

"We do like to see the pendulum swinging back, with greater profile going to English Canadian films, while recognizing a number of strong French films," Sara Morton, CEO of Genies organizer the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, said Monday.

Another Quebec movie likely to figure in the Genie competition is Patrick Huard's "Les 3 petits cochons" (The 3 Little Pigs), which earned Claude Legault a best actor nom and Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge a supporting actor berth.

The 2008 Genies will be handed out March 3 in Toronto and will air nationwide on the E! network.

A complete list of Genie noms follows.

MOTION PICTURE
L'age Des Tenebres (Days of Darkness) -- Denise Robert, Daniel Louis
Away From Her -- Daniel Iron, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil (Continental, A Film Without Guns) -- Luc Dery, Kim Mccraw
Eastern Promises -- Robert Lantos, Paul Webster
Shake Hands With the Devil -- Laszlo Barna, Michael Donovan

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
Andre Line Beauparlant -- Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil (Continental, A Film Without Guns)
Lindsey Hermer-Bell, Justin S.B. Craig -- Shake Hands With the Devil
Rob Gray, James Willcock -- Fido
Francois Seguin -- Silk
Carol Spier -- Eastern Promises

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Dolly Ahluwallia -- Partition
Denise Cronenberg -- Eastern Promises
Carlo Poggioli, Kazuko Kurosawa -- Silk
Mary E. Mcleod -- Fido
Joyce Schure -- Shake Hands With the Devil

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Miroslaw Baszak -- Shake Hands With the Devil
Bruce Chun -- Nitro
Alain Dostie -- Silk
Vic Sarin -- Partition
Peter Suschitzky -- Eastern Promises

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
Denys Arcand -- L'age Des Tenebres (Days of Darkness)
Sarah Polley -- Away From Her
David Cronenberg -- Eastern Promises
Roger Spottiswoode -- Shake Hands With the Devil
Bruce Mcdonald -- The Tracey Fragments

ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
Jean-Francois Bergeron -- Les 3 P'tits Cochons (The 3 Little Pigs)
Susan Maggi -- Poor Boy's Game
Jeremiah Munce, Gareth C. Scales -- The Tracey Fragments
Ronald Sanders -- Eastern Promises
David Wharnsby -- Away From Her

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC -- ORIGINAL SCORE
David Hirschfelder -- Shake Hands With the Devil
Steve London -- That Beautiful Somewhere
Don Macdonald -- Fido
Ryuichi Sakamoto -- Silk
Howard Shore -- Eastern Promises

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC -- ORIGINAL SONG
Alan Doyle -- Young Triffie's Been Made Away With -- Young Triffie's Been Made Away With
Valanga Khoza, David Hirschfelder -- Shake Hands With The Devil -- Kaya
Byron Wong, Luke Nicholson -- Poor Boy's Game -- Breathe

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Roy Dupuis -- Shake Hands With the Devil
Marc Labreche -- L'age Des Tenebres (Days of Darkness)
Claude Legault -- Les 3 P'tits Cochons (The 3 Little Pigs)
Viggo Mortensen -- Eastern Promises
Gordon Pinsent -- Away From Her

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Danny Glover -- Poor Boy's Game
Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge -- Les 3 P'tits Cochons (The 3 Little Pigs)
Armin Mueller-Stahl -- Eastern Promises
Michel Ange Nzojibwami -- Shake Hands With the Devil
Gilbert Sicotte -- Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil (Continental, A Film Without Guns)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Anne-Marie Cadieux -- Toi (You)
Julie Christie -- Away From Her
Ellen Page -- The Tracey Fragments
Molly Parker -- Who Loves The Sun
Beatrice Picard -- Ma Tante Aline (My Aunt Aline)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Marie-Ginette Guay -- Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil (Continental, A Film Without Guns)
Veronique Le Flaguais -- Surviving My Mother (Comment Survivre A Sa Mere)
Laurence Leboeuf -- Ma Fille Mon Ange
Fanny Mallette -- Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil (Continental, A Film Without Guns)
Kristen Thompson -- Away From Her

ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND
Claude La Haye, Olivier Calvert, Hans Peter Strobl, Bernard Gariepy Strobl -- Silk
Eric Fitz, Jo Caron, Gavin Fernandes, Benoit Leduc -- Shake Hands With the Devil
John J. Thomson, Stephan Carrier, Martin Lee -- Citizen Duane
John Hazen, Matt Chan, Brad Dawe -- The Tracey Fragments
Stuart Wilson, Christian Cooke, Orest Sushko, Mark Zsifkovits -- Eastern Promises

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Martin Pinsonnault, Pierre-Jules Audet, Michelle Cloutier, Simon Meilleur, Louis Molinas -- Nitro
Wayne Griffin, Robert Bertola, Tony Currie, Andy Malcolm, Michael O'Farrell -- Eastern Promises
Marie-Claude Gagne, Diane Boucher, Guy Francoeur, Claire Pochon, Jean-Philippe Savard -- Romeo Et Juliette
Marcel Pothier, Guy Francoeur, Antoine Morin, Guy Pelletier, Francois Senneville -- Shake Hands With The Devil
Steven Munro, John Sievert, David Drainie Taylor -- The Tracey Fragments

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Pierre Lamothe, Claude Lalonde -- Les 3 P'tits Cochons (The 3 Little Pigs)
Denys Arcand -- L'age Des Tenebres (Days of Darkness)
Marc-Andre Lavoie, Simon Olivier Fecteau, David Gauthier -- Bluff
Steve Knight -- Eastern Promises
Douglas Coupland -- Everything's Gone Green

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Sarah Polley -- Away From Her
Michael Donovan -- Shake Hands With the Devil
Maureen Medved -- The Tracey Fragments

DOCUMENTARY
Panache / Antlers -- Andre-Line Beauparlant, Danielle Leblanc
Radiant City -- Gary Burns, Jim Brown, Bonnie Thompson, Shirley Vercruysse
Sharkwater -- Robert Stewart

LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA
Apres Tout -- Alexis Fortier Gauthier, Elaine Hebert
Faire Chaluim Mhic Leoid / The Wake of Calum Macleod -- Marc Almon, Nona Macdermid
Regarding Sarah -- Michelle Porter, Amy Belling
Screening -- Anthony Green, Philip Svoboda
The Tragic Story of Nling -- Jeffrey St. Jules, Larissa Giroux

ANIMATED SHORT
Here And There -- Diane Obomsawin, Marc Bertrand
Jeu -- Georges Schwizgebel, Michele Belanger, Marcel Jean
Madame Tutli-Putli -- Maciek Szczerbowski, Chris Lavis, Marcy Page
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