TORONTO — Helmer-scribe Kim Nguyen’s “War Witch” may have lost the foreign-language film Oscar to “Amour” but it found big love at the Canadian Screen Awards gala Sunday, nabbing 10 trophies including picture, director, original screenplay and actress for Rachel Mwanza.
The pic — about a woman who tells her unborn child the story of her life as a child soldier in Sub-Saharan Africa — also won supporting actor (Serge Kanyinda), cinematography, editing, art direction, overall sound and sound editing awards.
The wins cap a triumphant run for “Witch,” which world-preemed in competition in Berlin last year and has gathered kudos around the world. It opened in the U.S. this weekend.
Canuck pics had a notable year at fests, and three of those were double winners: David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” won for Howard Shore’s original score and original song; Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways” nabbed best costume design and make-up; and Deepa Mehta’s “Midnight’s Children” won for Salman Rushdie’s adapted screenplay of his bestseller and Seema Biswas’ supporting actress turn. James Cromwell won best actor for his perf in Michael McGowan’s “Still Mine.”
The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s inaugural CSAs replace the Geminis (TV) and Genies (film). Acad also handed out a whopping 92 CSAs in TV and digital programming over two nights last week.