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Quebec kudos just ‘C.R.A.Z.Y.’ for pic

Vallee's pic nabs 15 Jutras

Helmer Jean-Marc Vallee’s “C.R.A.Z.Y.” continued its winning ways Sunday, nabbing 15 Jutras, including film and helmer, at the Quebec film awards in Montreal.

Pic, about a boy with sexual identity issues growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, won in almost all the major categories. Vallee and co-writer Francois Boulay nabbed screenplay honors, Marc-Andre Grondin drew the actor nod for his portrayal of the angst-ridden boy, Michel Cote won as supporting actor and Danielle Proulx garnered supporting actress.

Pic also took the hardware as the Quebec film with the most success outside its home turf — it has been sold in more than 40 territories — and nabbed the Billet d’Or as top local box office performer of the year.

“C.R.A.Z.Y.” was the top-grossing Canadian film of 2005, with ticket sales of more than C$6 million ($5.2 million), almost all in the province of Quebec.

The Montreal-shot French-language drama also cleaned up in Toronto at the Canadian Genie Awards, winning 11 statuettes March 13, and won for Canadian feature at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Pic’s latest sweep left many in the Quebec film community grumbling as other critically acclaimed films were locked out of awards.

The biggest loser was “Maurice Richard,” the hit biopic about the Montreal Canadiens hockey star of the 1940s and ’50s, which came away empty-handed despite 14 nominations.

Helmer Bernard Emond’s spiritual drama “The Novena,” which had received eight noms, took actress honors for Elise Guilbault. Thesp Luc Picard’s directorial debut “The Audition,” in the running in 10 categories, won the Jutra for Daniel Belanger’s music.

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