Polley dominates Canadian Directors Guild awards


TORONTO -- Canadian actress-turned-director Sarah Polley dominated the Directors Guild of Canada Awards on Saturday night  with her debut feature "Away From Her."

The drama about an aged couple (Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie) grappling with the effects of Alzheimer's disease earned the best picture trophy and best director prize Saturday night for Polley ("Dawn of the Dead").

Polley's husband, David Wharnsby, won for picture editing.

Other winners at the awards ceremony in Toronto included the CBC drama "Dragon Boys," taking the best TV movie or miniseries prize, and CTV's sitcom "Corner Gas" winning for best TV comedy.

The best TV series director award went to Stephen Surjik for the CBC drama "Intelligence," while Sturla Gunnarsson won for best TV movie/miniseries direction on "Above and Beyond."

The DGC also said that career bureaucrat Brian Anthony will be its next executive director and CEO beginning Nov. 12. Anthony has served as executive director at the Heritage Canada Foundation and chief of staff to the minister of communications in Ottawa.