'Passchendaele' tops Canada's Genies

Winner Kristin Booth slips one past Global TV censors

TORONTO -- Canadian actress Kristin Booth on Saturday night managed to bypass efforts by the Genies, Canada's film awards, to bleep out the infamous homegrown film title "Young People Fucking" from the nationwide telecast.
 
"I'm so fucking excited," Booth blurted out as she accepted the Genie trophy for best supporting actress for her role in the indie comedy after Global Television edited the swear word when listing the nominees, and presenter Jayne Eastwood only said "Young People ..." when announcing Booth as the winner.

Martin Gero's "Young People Fucking" last year led Canada's Conservative government to introduce a film censorship bill that it later withdrew after a public backlash.

Also on Saturday night, Paul Gross' war epic "Passchendaele" picked up six Genies, including best film and a slew of craft awards.

"Passchendaele" also earned the Golden Reel Award as Canadian film's top boxoffice earner in 2008.

And Quebec director Benoit Pilon picked up four Genies for "Ce qu'il faut pour vivre" (The Necessities of Life), which was Canada's Oscar selection for best foreign film.

In the acting categories, Ellen Burstyn won for best actress for her role in Kari Skogland's "The Stone Angel," and Natar Ungalaaq won for best actor for his star turn in Pilon's "Ce qu'il faut pour vivre."
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