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1/07/2016

'Room' Leads Vancouver Film Critics' Canadian Film Winners

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay star in Room.
Elevation Pictures.
Canuck co-pro Room tops the list of Canadian film winners at this year’s Vancouver Film Critics Circle prizes. The Vancouverites are the only critics’ group that hands out a full slate of awards to Canadian films in addition to gongs for international works. (Spotlight topped the previously announced VFCC international winners.) Room nabs four honours including Best Film and acting awards for Brie Larson and Canuck nine-year-old scene-stealer Jacob Tremblay. (The latter beat out octogenarian Christopher Plummer for the prize--and deservedly so!) Larson is a frontrunner for Best Actress leading up to next week’s Oscar nominations, while Tremblay’s a dark horse for Best Supporting Actor. (US distrib A24 is campaigning him as a supporting player even though he has more screen time than Larson.) Canuck critical darling Sleeping Giant also stands tall with VFCC with three wins while Charles Wilkinson’s documentary Haida Gwaii grabs two awards.

The full list of Canuck winners:


BEST CANADIAN FILM
Room

BEST ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Jacob Tremblay, Room

BEST ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Brie Larson, Room

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Nick Serino, Sleeping Giant

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Tara Pratt, No Men Beyond This Point

BEST SCREENPLAY FOR A CANADIAN FILM
Emma Donoghue, Room

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM
Andrew Cividino, Sleeping Giant

BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

BEST FIRST FILM BY A CANADIAN DIRECTOR
Sleeping Giant, Andrew Cividino

BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World