Tu dors Nicole and Mommy top Canadian winners at Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards

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      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:

      CANADIAN AWARDS

      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
      Violent
      ($250 cash prize sponsored by Telefilm Canada)

      BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
      Violent
      (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
      Warren Carr

      INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

      BEST FILM
      Boyhood

      BEST ACTOR
      Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

      BEST ACTRESS
      Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
      J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
      Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

      BEST DIRECTOR
      Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

      BEST SCREENPLAY
      Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

      BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
      Force Majeure

      BEST DOCUMENTARY
      The Overnighters

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