February 2, 2011 / 11:31 PM / 7 years ago

"Barney's Version" leads Canada film awards

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Look for a smackdown between French- and English-Canadian directors at next month’s Genies, Canada’s film awards.

Paul Giamatti poses backstage with his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical for 'Barney's Version' at the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“Barney’s Version,” with 11 nominations, will face off against “Incendies,” an Oscar contender for foreign-language film, which picked up 10 nods, organizers said Wednesday.

Besides Richard J. Lewis’ misanthropic comedy-drama “Barney’s Version” and Denis Villeneuve’s Middle East-oriented family drama “Incendies,” the Genies’ best film competition includes Daniel Grou-Podz’s story of a troubled child, “10 1/2,” Xavier Dolan’s romantic comedy “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 acting categories also pit Canada’s two main cultures against one another. In the best actor competition, Jay Baruchel (“The Trotsky”) and PaulGiamatti, a recent Golden Globe winner for “Barney’s Version,” go up against Robert Naylor in “10 1/2,” Francois Papineau for “Route 132” and Timothy Olyphant in “High Life.”

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 performances in “Trigger,” and Rosamund Pike for “Barney’s Version.”

The Genies will air live from Ottawa on March 10 on the CBC network.

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