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‘Polytechnique’ goes to head of the class

Villeneuve's film earns the most Canuck Genie nominations

“Polytechnique,” helmer Denis Villeneuve’s account of the 1989 Montreal university massacre when a man killed 14 female students, nabbed 11 nominations Monday in the Canuck Genie film awards, including picture, director and screenplay.

First-time helmer Charles Officer’s “Nurse.Fighter.Boy,” a Canadian Film Center production, picked up 10 noms including pic, director, screenplay and leading actor (Clark Johnson of “The Wire”).

Kari Skogland’s Irish conflict thriller “Fifty Dead Men Walking” landed seven, including pic, director and adapted screenplay.

The trio will face off for best pic against co-helmers Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu’s “Before Tomorrow” and “3 Saisons,” directed by Jim Donovan.

Bruce McDonald received a best director nom for high-concept zombie chiller “Pontypool,” which missed the best pic list but earned noms for leading actor Stephen McHattie and screenwriter Tony Burgess, who adapted his novel.

French-language fantasy “The Master Key” picked up eight noms in craft categories.

The Golden Reel for top Canuck box office earner goes to father-son action-comedy “Father and Guns,” which took C$10.8 million ($10.4 million) last summer, making it the highest-grossing French-language pic ever released in Canada.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television also announced its special awards.

Montreal wunderkind helmer Xavier Dolan will receive the Claude Jutra Award for his 2009 Cannes fest hit, “I Killed My Mother,” and Mel Hoppenheim, CEO of Montreal production facility La Cite du Cinema, will receive the Academy Achievement award to honor his longstanding support of film education in Canada.

The 30th Genie Awards take place April 12 in Toronto. Broadcast details have not yet been announced.

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