Canadian Screen Awards noms both baffle and delight (but mostly baffle)

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      The nominations for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards were announced this morning, and true to form, a good number of the movies honoured have either played once or twice in Vancouver or not at all. Meanwhile, a bunch of other nominees—like Atom Egoyan's best director nod for The Captive (“a torturously misguided dud”, according to the Straight’s John Lekich)—are just plain screwy.

      In any event, here are the major categories. If you need to know who’s in the running for the sound editing, costume design, or drunken wrap party toilet quickie prizes, please feel free to spend two and a half hours like I did trying to make sense of the Academy of Canadian Film & Television’s cruel and unusual website.

      Worth noting: Dan Mangan and Jesse Zubot are nominated for their original score for the otherwise maligned Hector and the Search for Happiness, while Mangan received another solo nomination for the original song ”Wants”, from The Valley Below.

      Also nice to see Georgia Straight fave Afflicted receive two nominations: one for editing and the other for effects. Congratulations also to local boy Evan Bird, whose performance as the worst child star on Earth in Maps to the Stars deserves all the accolades it’s received.

      The Canadian Screen Awards take place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto on March 1. The Georgia Straight's movies section is scheduled to begin an evening of bitchy Tweets roughly ten minutes after it starts. 

      Best Motion Picture

      Cast No Shadow

      In Her Place

      Maps To The Stars

      Tu dors Nicole

      Achievement in Direction

      Atom Egoyan (The Captive)
      Albert Shin (In Her Place)
      David Cronenberg (Maps To The Stars)
      Xavier Dolan (Mommy)

      Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

      Ryan Reynolds (The Captive)
      Bruce Greenwood (Elephant Song)
      Michael Murphy (Fall)
      Evan Bird (Maps to the Stars)
      Antoine Olivier Pilon (Mommy)

      Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

      Justin Chatwin  (Bang Bang Baby)
      John Cusack (Maps to the Stars)
      Robert Pattinson  (Maps to the Stars)
      Marc-André Grondin  (Tu dors Nicole)
      Kris Demeanor (The Valley Below)

      Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

      Ahn Ji Hye  (In Her Place)
      Yoon Da Kyung (In Her Place)
      Julianne Côté  (Tu dors Nicole)
      Julianne Moore  (Maps to the Stars)
      Anne Dorval (Mommy)

      Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

      Sandrine Bisson (1987)
      Kil Hae Yeon (In Her Place)
      Mia Wasikowska (Maps to the Stars)
      Suzanne Clément (Mommy)
      Catherine St-Laurent (Tu dors Nicole)

      Original Screenplay

      Atom Egoyan, David Fraser (The Captive)
      Pearl Ball-Harding, Albert Shin (In Her Place)
      Bruce Wagner (Maps to the Stars)
      Xavier Dolan (Mommy)
      Stéphane Lafleur (Tu dors Nicole)

      Adapted Screenplay

      Scott Abramovitch (The Calling)
      Joel Thomas Hynes (Cast No Shadow)
      Nicolas Billon (Elephant Song)

      Achievement in Cinematography

      Norayr Kasper (Fall)
      Mathieu Laverdière (Henri Henri)
      Luc Montpellier (It Was You Charlie)
      Michel La Veaux (Meetings with a Young Poet)
      André Turpin (Mommy)
      Stéphane Lafleur (Tu dors Nicole)

      Achievement in Music - Original Score

      Jeffrey Morrow (Cast No Shadow)
      Dan Mangan, Jesse Zubot (Hector and the Search for Happiness)
      Patrick Lavoie (Henri Henri)
      Howard Shore (Maps to the Stars)
      Patrice Dubuc, Gaetan Gravel (Meetings with a Young Poet)

      Achievement in Music - Original Song

      Ian LeFeuvre, “The Whisper in Me” (Dirty Singles)
      Manjeet Ral, “Dal Makhani” (Dr. Cabbie)
      Lewis Furey, “Road to Rainbow’s End” (Love Project)
      Patric Caird, Sonya Cote, “Danse Elegant” (Tru Love)
      Dan Mangan, “Wants” (The Valley Below)