'Incendies' Takes Top Prize at Canadian Film Awards

Incendies Film Still Explosion 2011
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"Barney's Version" actors Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver and Dustin Hoffman also feted at Genies.

TORONTO --  Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies took home top honors at the Genies, Canada’s film awards, on Thursday night. The Quebec drama about a mother who hides tragic secrets that her two children must uncover in the Middle East earned best motion picture, the top directors’ prize and best adapted screenplay for Villeneuve.

Sony Pictures Classics will release the film stateside April 22, beginning with engagements in New York and Los Angeles.

The acting categories were dominated by foreign actors that starred in Barney’s Version, with Paul Giamatti winning for best actor, Dustin Hoffman for best supporting actor, and Minnie Driver winning for best supporting actress. Incendie’s female lead, Lubna Azabal, also won for best actress.

The same two films divided most of the craft categories, with Incendies taking the best cinematography, best editing, and best sound Genies. Barney’s Version came away with the best make-up prize for Adrien Morot that eluded him at the Oscars, as well as the best original score and best costume design trophies.

Other Genie winners: Jacob Tierney earned the trophy for best original screenplay for The Trotsky, which starred Jay Baruchel, while the best documentary prize went to Last Train Home, by Lixin Fan, Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross.

The Genies were telecast from Ottawa on the CBC Thursday night, hosted by William Shatner. “They wanted a host that appealed to a younger, hipper demographic. Then they watched the Oscars,” the iconic Canadian actor jested.

The Genies, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, also named Resident Evil: Afterlife, from the popular video game to movie franchise, as its Golden Reel Award winner in 2011 for the top-grossing Canadian film at the nationwide box office.