Canada Sends 'Mommy' to the Oscars

L-r: Antoine Olivier-Pilon, Anne Dorval and Xavier Dolan on the set of Mommy.
Photo courtesy of Les Films Séville.
It's official! Mommy is Canada's submission for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards race. The announcement came today as Telefilm Canada’s Carolle Brabant gave the news in a presser that was streamed live over Facebook. 'It's an incredible showcase for our industry,' Brabant noted while introducing the choice. The decision comes from the Pan-Canadian selection committee comprised of twenty-three industry and goverment types, who continually pick the best films possible, nurturing new voices and proven talents alike. Mommy comes as no surprise for the selection, for this film from writer/director Xavier Dolan has been a favourite to represent Canada at the Oscars ever since it premiered to thunderous applause at Cannes and won the Jury Prize. (Although many felt it should have won the Palme d'Or.) The steam continued as Mommy hit the fall festival circuit with a standing ovation at TIFF and garnered more great reviews, including a five-star shout out from this blog, and special raves for star Anne Dorval, who could be a dark horse in the Best Actress race to come.

Mommy is an excellent choice for Canada in a year that has several worthy contenders. (Any other year I would’ve been rooting for Tu dors Nicole.) Mommy, bold and audacious, is the best offering we have this year. Mommy marks Dolan's second trip to the Oscar race, for he represented Canada previously in 2009 with his debut feature I Killed My Mother. Unlike Mother, though, Mommy has an American distributor (Roadside Attractions, who handled Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell last year) firmly behind it, which probably gave it an extra lead over Canuck competition. Mommy opens in Quebec theatres today and expands across Canada in the months to come, so everyone best get behind this one: We may have a strong chance of going all the way once again.