TORONTO — The whimsical, animated Canadian/French/Belgian co-production “The Triplets of Belleville,” nommed for two Oscars a year ago, took the top prize for film at the 25th Genie Awards, Canada’s salute to the indigenous film industry, held Monday in Toronto.
“Head in the Clouds,” a Canadian/British co-production starring Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz and Stuart Townsend, directed by John Duigan, racked up the most awards for the night, with four technical awards for editing, costume, score and cinematography.
As with the nominations, the majority of statuettes went to French-language films out of Quebec.
“Memoires affectives” (Looking for Alexander) nabbed helmer for Francis Leclerc, adapted screenplay for Leclerc and Marcel Beaulieu and actor for Roy Dupuis.
Pascale Bussieres took the Genie for actress for her role in “Ma vie en cinemascope” (My Life in CinemaScope), its only win out of seven noms.
Bank-heist pic “Le dernier tunnel” (The Last Tunnel), which had eight noms, had to make do with statuettes for Jean Lapointe for supporting actor and sound.
Daniel Roby won the Claude Jutra Award for first film for “Peau blanche” (White Skin).
Oscar winner “Ryan,” from Chris Landreth, took the award for animated short.
The Golden Reel statuette for biggest Canadian BO, at C$6 million ($5 million), went to “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” a horror-actioner produced by Don Carmody and starring Milla Jovovich.
“One man’s runaway production is another man’s excuse to visit relatives,” quipped presenter Alan Thicke, who appeared in Don McKellar’s “Childstar.” It won a supporting actress honor for Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Hosted by Andrea Martin, the award ceremony was broadcast on Chum Television’s CityTV, Bravo!, Star! and Access.