Genies a f***ing blast

Booth bests censors; 'Passchendaele' best film

Kristin Booth managed to bypass efforts by the Genies, Canada's film awards, to bleep out the infamous homegrown title "Young People F***ing" from the nationwide telecast.

"I'm so f***ing excited," Booth blurted out Saturday while accepting the best supporting actress statuette for her role in the indie comedy, after Global Television had edited the swear word when listing the nominees and presenter Jayne Eastwood had said only "Young People …" when announcing Booth as the winner.

The Martin Gero-helmed film led Canada's Conservative government last year to introduce a censorship bill, which it later withdrew because of public backlash.

Paul Gross' war epic "Passchendaele" picked up six Genies, including best film and a slew of crafts awards.

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

Quebec director Benoit Pilon picked up four Genies for "The Necessities of Life," Canada's Oscar selection for best foreign-language film.

In the acting categories, Ellen Burstyn won the actress trophy for her role in Kari Skogland's "The Stone Angel," and Natar Ungalaaq was named best actor for "Necessities." (partialdiff)