Comedian Dave Foley tapped as Genie Awards host
With less than a week to go, organizers of Canada’s annual celebration of homegrown cinema have announced comedian Dave Foley as host of this year’s Genie Awards.
The former Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio star will preside over a host of celebrity presenters on Saturday at the 29th Genie Awards gala, being held in Ottawa for the first time. The ceremony will take place at the Canada Aviation Museum.
BenÙit Pilon’s celebrated Ce qu’il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life), which was Canada’s 2009 submission for a best foreign film Oscar, leads the race to the Genies with eight nominations.
Tout est Parfait (Everything is Fine), Passchendaele, Fugitive Pieces, Amal and Maman est Chez le Coiffeur (Mama is at the Hairdresser’s) are also among the top condenders.
Special awards announced
Earlier this month, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, which organizes the annual celebration of film, revealed a trio of special honours.
Passchendaele, Paul Gross’ First World War epic and romance, was named the 2009 Golden Reel Award-winner for being the highest grossing domestic film ($4.4 million) at the Canadian box office over the past year.
Filmmaker Yves-Christian Fournier is this year’s winner of the Claude Jutra Award for Tout Est Parfait (Everything is Fine), his feature directorial debut. The critically lauded film centres on a suburban teen who is left adrift after several of his friends follow through on a suicide pact.
Saturday’s gala will also include the presentation of an outstanding achievement honour for makeup design to Adrien Morot, Bruno Gatien and Marie-France Guy for their work on Cruising Bar 2. Set nearly two decades after the original, the quirky Quebec comedy hit returns to the four male leads ó all portrayed by Michel CÙtÈ ó as they encounter various mid-life relationship crises.