Room sweeps at Vancouver Film Critics Circle awards

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      Lenny Abrahamson’s Room was the big winner at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle awards, held on Wednesday (January 6) at the Hyatt Regency.

      In the domestic portion of the awards, the Canadian-Irish coproduction was honoured for best film, best screenplay (Emma Donoghue, adapting her own book), best actor (Vancouver’s Jacob Tremblay), and best actress (Brie Larson).

      Coming-of-age drama Sleeping Giant took three awards, for best director (Andrew Cividino), best supporting actor (Nick Serino), and best first film by a Canadian director—which came with a $500 cash prize sponsored by Telefilm. Sleeping Giant screens at the Cinematheque on Saturday (January 9) as part of Canada's Top Ten Film Festival.

      Straight favourite No Men Beyond this Point bagged a best supporting actress trophy for Tara Pratt—who quite rightly pointed out that she beat Room's Joan Allen for the prize—while Charles Wilkinson’s sleeper Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World topped its continuing box office buzz with three prizes, for best Canadian documentary, best British Columbia film, and best director of a British Columbia film.

      Actor Gabrielle Rose was the recipient of this year’s Ian Caddell Award for Achievement, although she could probably win every year.

      Perhaps a little confusingly, Brie Larson also took the best actress honour in the international section of the VFCC awards, which were announced on December 21. Spotlight was named best film.

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