"Incendies" wins top prizes at Canada film awards

Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:57pm EST
 
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Writer/director Denis Villeneuve's foreign-language Oscar nominee "Incendies" took home top honors at the Genies, Canada's film awards, on Thursday.

The Quebec drama about a mother who hides tragic secrets that her two children must uncover in the Middle East was honored for motion picture, director and adapted screenplay.

The acting categories were dominated by the foreign actors who starred in Golden Globe-winning comedy "Barney's Version," with Paul Giamatti winning for best actor, Dustin Hoffman for supporting actor, and Minnie Driver for supporting actress. The female lead in "Incendies," Lubna Azabal, won the best actress prize.

The same two films divided most of the craft categories, with "Incendies" taking the cinematography, editing, and sound Genies. "Barney's Version" won the awards for make-up, original score and costume design.

The Genies were telecast from Ottawa and 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.