While much critical acclaim has been heaped upon Xavier Dolan's tour-de-force Mommy, another Quebec film matched it with wins at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards on January 5.
Stéphane Lafleur's coming-of-age tale, Tu dors Nicole, won three VFCC awards, including best film, best actress (Julianne Côté), and best supporting actor (Marc-André Grondin) in the Canadian categories. (The film plays at Vancity Theatre on Thursday [January 8] and at the Cinematheque on Friday [January 9].)
Meanwhile, Mommy, which led the nominees with six nominations, collected awards for best actor (Antoine-Olivier Pilon), best supporting actress (Suzanne Clément), and best screenplay.
Both Dolan and Lafleur were beaten by Denis Villeneuve (Enemy) for best Canadian director.
Harold Crooks' The Price We Pay, about corporate tax-dodging, was named best Canadian documentary.
Andrew Huculiak's Violent, which won best B.C. film and best Canadian film awards at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival, was named best first film by a Canadian director and best B.C. film. The film plays on Saturday (January 10) as part of Canada's Top Ten Film Festival at the Cinematheque.
In international categories, Richard Linklater's Boyhood was crowned best film of the year while Alejandro González Iñárritu was named best director for Birdman.
Sweden's Force Majeure, a dark comedy about what happens when a family faces a close call with a controlled avalanche, was named best foreign-language film while The Overnighters, about an influx of transients drawn to a small town amid an oil boom, was named best documentary.
Here's a list of the winners:
BEST CANADIAN FILM
Tu dors Nicole
BEST ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Mommy
BEST ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Julianne Côté, Tu dors Nicole
($500 cash prize sponsored by the Union of BC Performers)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Marc-André Grondin, Tu dors Nicole
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Suzanne Clément, Mommy
BEST SCREENPLAY FOR A CANADIAN FILM
Xavier Dolan, Mommy
BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM
Denis Villeneuve, Enemy
BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY
The Price We Pay
BEST FIRST FILM BY A CANADIAN DIRECTOR
($250 cash prize sponsored by Telefilm Canada)
BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
(Two $500 cash prizes sponsored by the Canadian Media Production Association-BC Producers’ Branch and the Director’s Guild of Canada-BC Council)
IAN CADDELL AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM