'Barney's Version' and 'Incendies' Lead Genies Field

Canada's two Oscar contenders lead the field of nominees for the country's film awards in March.

TORONTO -- ­Look for a smackdown between French- and English-Canadian directors at next month's Genies, Canada's film awards. 

The made-in-Montreal Barney¹s Version, with 11 nominations in all, will face off against Incendies, Canada's Oscar contender in the best foreign language category, after it grabbed 10 nominations. 

Besides Barney's Version, by Richard J. Lewis, and Denis Villeneuve's Incendies, the Genies¹ best film competition includes Podz's 10 1/2, Xavier Dolan's rom-com Les Amours Imaginaires and Vincenzo Natali's sci-fi flick Splice.

Villeneuve dominated last year's Genies with Polytechnique, his drama about a real-life colleague massacre in Montreal. 

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television unveiled nominations Wednesday for next month's film awards at press conferences in Toronto and Montreal. 

The acting categories also pit Canada's two main cultures against one another. In the best actor competition, Jay Baruchel (The Trotsky) and Paul Giamatti (Barney's Version) go up against Robert Naylor in 10 1/2, Francois Papineau for Route 132 and Timothy Olyphant in High Life

And the best actress field includes Incendies lead Lubna Azabal up against Tatiana Maslany in Grown Up Movie Star, Molly Parker and Tracey Wright with separate peformances in Trigger and Rosamund Pike for Barney's Version

The Genies will also see producer Don Carmody's Resident Evil: Afterlife honored with the Golden Reel Award for the top-grossing Canadian movie of 2010, with just over $7 million in nationwide ticket receipts. Genie judges tend to favor dark and eclectic Canadian indie movies in their main competition at the Canuck kudosfest, and leave it to the Golden Reel trophy to honor box office. The Genies are to air live on the CBC network on March 10 from Ottawa.

A complete list of Genie nominations is available at www.genieawards.ca.