Never Steady, Never Still takes the big prizes at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle awards

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      Kathleen Hepburn’s Never Steady, Never Still collected another major accolade when it was awarded the prize for best Canadian film at the 18th annual Vancouver Film Critics Circle awards, held last night (January 8) at the Hyatt Regency’s Grille and Bar.

      You can catch the northern B.C.-set drama—which also yielded awards for director Kathleen Hepburn and U.K. actor Shirley Henderson—when Never Steady, Never Still opens Canada's Top Ten Film Festival at the Cinematheque on Friday (January 12). It also received the award for best British Columbian film.

      Ronnie Rowe was named best actor in a Canadian film for his role as a very conflicted Black Cop, while Cody Bown's Gregoire picked up both Canadian supporting actor trophies (for Morgan Taylor Campbell and Ben Cotton)—along with the Telefilm-sponsored One to Watch award.

      Pascale Plante received the best Canadian screenplay nod for Fake Tattoos; Sofia Bohdanowicz’s sweet Maison du bonheur took the best Canadian documentary award.

      Finally, for a career stretching all the way back to the late '80s, Vancouver actor John Cassini was given a well-deserved Ian Caddell Award for Achievement—named in honour of the VFCC founder and legendary Georgia Straight contributor. 

      The VFCC divided its international awards, announced in late December, between Phantom Thread (best director, Paul Thomas Anderson); Get Out (best screenplay); The Florida Project (best supporting actor, Willem Dafoe); BPM (best foreign language film); and Lady Bird—which took best film, best actress (Saoirse Ronan), and best supporting actress (Laurie Metcalfe)

      Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: The New York Public Library was named best documentary.

      Never Steady, Never Still