MONTREAL — French-Canadian pics look like they will again dominate the Genie Awards, Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars. “The Rocket,” a French-language biopic about Montreal Canadiens hockey icon Maurice Richard, is the leading contender, with 13 noms including best picture. Nominees were announced Tuesday.
“The Rocket” is followed by Montreal-made bilingual action-comedy “Bon Cop, Bad Cop,” Canada’s top-grossing homegrown pic, with 10 noms.
“A Sunday in Kigali,” a French-Quebec production shot in Rwanda and set during that country’s bloody conflict, landed seven nominations.
Genies will be doled out at a ceremony Feb. 13 in Toronto and broadcast on a host of Chum-owned specialty channels.
The leading English-language nominees are helmer Terry Gilliam’s critically panned “Tideland,” with six noms, and tyro helmer Julia Kwan’s “Eve and the Fire Horse,” which garnered five noms. Deepa Mehta’s “Water,” Canada’s Oscar foreign-language submission this year, is not in contention because it was eligible for last year’s Genies.
In the director category, contenders are Erik Canuel (“Bon Cop”), Jean-Francois Pouliot (“The Little Book of Revenge”), Charles Biname (“The Rocket”), Robert Favreau (“Kigali”) and Stephane Lapointe (“The Secret Life of Happy People”).
Roy Dupuis (“The Rocket”), Colm Feore (“Bon Cop”), Belgian thesp Olivier Gourmet (Canadian-Belgian co-prod “Congorama”), Patrick Huard (“Bon Cop”) and Luc Picard (“Kigali”) are competing for the actor honors.
Screenplay nominees are “Congorama” (writer-helmer Philippe Falardeau), “My Mother’s Secret” (Martin Girard and writer-helmer Ghyslaine Cote), and “The Secret Life of Happy People” (writer-helmer Lapointe). Montreal screenwriter Ken Scott has two of his films in the running, “The Rocket” and “Revenge.”
Nominations for the Jutra Awards, the prizes for Quebec film only, will be announced Jan. 23, with that ceremony set for Feb. 18.