|Canada's Oscar nominee Rebelle is now being honoured in Quebec.|
Félicitations à Rebelle! Our Oscar nominee is being celebrated at home as well as abroad. Kim Nguyen’s powerful drama tied Xavier Dolan’s provocative epic Laurence Anyways for a total of nine nominations for Quebec’s highest film honour, Les Prix Jutras. The films, which faced off to be Canada’s submission to the Academy Awards, lead the nominations. Also nominated for Best Picture are back-to-back winners Luc Déry and Kim McCraw, who hope to follow up their wins for Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar with a win for Inch’Allah. Inch’Allah might be in a tough spot to triumph, though, since it missed two major nominations, Best Direct (Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette) and Best Lead Actress (Evelyne Brochu), the latter of which is an especially surprising omission. Also surprisingly absent is the leading man of Laurence Anyways, Melvin Poupaud. Thankfully, though, Les Jutras acknowledged the powerhouse performance of Poupard’s co-star Suzanne Clément and supporting players Nathalie Baye and Monia Chokri. I’m disappointed, too, that les Québécois didn’t have more love for All That You Possess, which gives one of the most poignant depictions of French Canadian life this year. Overall, though, the slate for the Jutras is strong and a reminder of why so many film buffs point to Quebec as proof of our robust national cinema.
Les nominations sont:
Camion – Stéphanie Morisette
Inch’Allah – Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Laurence Anyways –Charles Gillibert, Nathanaël Karmitz
Rebelle – Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin
Roméo Onze – Paul Barbeau