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31st Annual Genie Awards: Incendies Sets Genies Ablaze

While Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies lost out in its Best Foreign Picture bid, but in what constitutes a nice consolation prize, the film picked up a total of eight awards, including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Direction, Adapted Screenplay (both going to Villeneuve), and Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role which goes to versatile thesp Lubna Azabal at the Canadian Oscars otherwise known as The Genie Awards.

While Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies lost out in its Best Foreign Picture bid, but in what constitutes a nice consolation prize, the film picked up a total of eight awards, including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Direction, Adapted Screenplay
(both going to Villeneuve), and Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role which goes to versatile thesp Lubna Azabal at the Canadian Oscars otherwise known as The Genie Awards. 

The other big winner of the evening was Barney’s Version — it picked up seven awards (three in the acting departments and costume and make-up kudos). Xavier Dolan’s sophomore film Heartbeats went zero for four – but that was to be expected when you measure it up to Incendies. This sunday are French Canada’s Oscars (the Jutra awards) – and Villeneuve should will undoubtedly continue his winning streak. Here are all the winners/categories.

BEST MOTION PICTURE: INCENDIES – Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN: CLAUDE PARÉ, ELISE DE BLOIS – Barney’s Version
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN: NICOLETTA MASSONE – Barney’s Version
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY: ANDRÉ TURPIN – Incendies
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION: DENIS VILLENEUVE – Incendies
ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING: MONIQUE DARTONNE – Incendies
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP: ADRIEN MOROT, RÉJEAN GODERRE, VALLI O’REILLY, MICHELINE TRÉPANIER –
Barney’s Version
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SCORE: PASQUALE CATALANO – Barney’s Version
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC – ORIGINAL SONG: MARY MILNE – THE TROTSKY – “Already Gone”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: PAUL GIAMATTI – Barney’s Version
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: DUSTIN HOFFMAN – Barney’s Version
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: LUBNA AZABAL – Incendies
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: MINNIE DRIVER – Barney’s Version
ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND: JEAN UMANSKY, JOCELYN CARON, JEAN-PIERRE LAFORCE, BENOIT LEDUC – Incendies
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING: SYLVAIN BELLEMARE, SIMON MEILLEUR, CLAIRE POCHON – Incendies
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: JACOB TIERNEY – The Trotsky
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: DENIS VILLENEUVE – Incendies
BEST DOCUMENTARY: LAST TRAIN HOME – Lixin Fan, Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA: SAVAGE – Lisa Jackson, Lauren Grant, Lori Lozinski
BEST ANIMATED SHORT: LIPSETT DIARIES / LES JOURNAUX DE LIPSETT – Theodore Ushev, Marc Bertrand
SPECIAL AWARDS: CLAUDE JUTRA AWARD/ PRIX CLAUDE-JUTRA: JEPHTÉ BASTIEN, Sortie 67
Honourable Mention: PETER STEBBINGS, Defendor
GOLDEN REEL AWARD: Resident Evil: Afterlife – Don Carmody, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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