Cronenberg wins Canadian helmer’s nod

Vet helmer garners three awards from DGC

A correction was made to this article on Oct. 7, 2003.

TORONTO — David Cronenberg and his psychological thriller “Spider” squeezed out Atom Egoyan’s “Ararat” and Deepa Mehta’s “Bollywood/Hollywood” to take top honors Saturday at the second annual Directors Guild of Canada Awards in Toronto.

Cronenberg took the statuette for feature direction and “Spider” nabbed the top spot for feature and sound editing at the Canadian TV and film industry org’s nod to its own for DGC-signed productions completed in 2002.

TV miniseries “Trudeau” received kudos for mini, longform picture editing and director (Jerry Ciccoritti).

“Degrassi: The Next Generation” received awards for children’s TV series, picture editing (shortform) and TV series director (Bruce McDonald).

“Queer as Folk” snagged the TV drama spot, beating out multi-Gemini winner “Da Vinci’s Inquest” and “Eleventh Hour,” which has racked up the most Gemini noms for this year’s Canuck TV awards, to be given out over three nights wrapping Oct. 20.

Veteran film and TV director Daryl Duke (“Payday,” “The Thorn Birds,” “Tai-Pan”) received a lifetime achievement award.

Awards ceremony was hosted by “NewsRadio” and “Kids in the Hall” alum Dave Foley.

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