The Canadian and Other Notable Oscar Nominees

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning as the crème de la crème of Hollywood most definitely woke up early to either celebrate with a mimosa or to hop back in their 1000 thread-count sheets in defeat. Naturally, our focus was on the Canadian hits….

Dallas Buyers Club, a biographical drama directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée, is nominated for best picture. Other nominations for the film include best actor, best supporting actor and best editing for fellow Canadian Martin Pensa of Montreal.

Jean-Marc Vallée:
– Vallée’s debut feature, Black List (1995), was nominated for nine Genie Awards, including for his directing and editing.
– His fourth feature film, C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), won awards for Best Film and Best Director at both the Genie and Jutra Awards.
– Vallée’s follow up, The Young Victoria (2009), received three Academy Award nominations.
– His film Cafe de Flore (2011) was the most nominated film at the 32nd Genie Awards.

Martin Pensa:
– Martin Pensa first collaborated with Vallée on the filmmaker’s acclaimed Cafe de Flore, as first assistant editor.
– Pensa was also part of the visual effects team at Fake Studio for Cafe de Flore and shared a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

The talented Canadian team of Owen Pallett and Arcade Fire member Will Butler scored a nomination for best original score for their work on Her. Composer, musician and singer Pallett is a frequent collaborator with the Montreal-based band.

Will Butler:
– Thirty-one-year-old William Butler plays synthesizer, bass, guitar and percussion.
– Arcade Fire has won numerous awards, like the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year, and the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Album.
– In Arcade Fire’s earlier years, they won a 2008 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year for their second studio album, Neon Bible.

Owen Pallett:
– Owen Pallett is a violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist noted for his live performances, where he plays the violin into a loop pedal.
– Before 2010, Pallett performed under the name Final Fantasy. As Final Fantasy, he won the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the album He Poos Clouds.
– In his early Final Fantasy days, he began working on Funeral, the debut album by Arcade Fire. Pallet toured with the band, both as performing violinist and opening act.

Disappointingly, Toronto filmmaker and actress Sarah Polley had been in the running for her documentary feature Stories We Tell, but did not make the final list of nominees We are confident, however, that the former Road to Avenlea star we all grew up with will take home that coveted golden statue one day. Her feature film directorial debut with Away from Her won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

In case you missed it, here are the other Academy Award nominations…

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
The Wolf of Wall Street

With the exception of Gravity, the near-future tale Her and road trip drama Nebraska, the remaining best picture nominees are all based on true stories.

The Best Actress
Amy Adams  (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep:  August: Osage County

The Best Actor
Christian Bale  (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor  (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

David O Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Supporting actor:
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.

Supporting actress:
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)

Adapted screenplay:
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street.

Original screenplay:
American Hustle 
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

Animated feature:
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Documentary feature:
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Foreign-language film:
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture

Tune into the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2nd!

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Cover Image from: American Hustle

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