The Genie Awards — Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars — were handed out in Toronto last night, and the winners were a generally expected crop that saw the deserving “Monsieur Lazhar” win best picture (though I’m still reeling over the massive snubbing of “Take This Waltz” outside Michelle William’s acting nod — how this didn’t at least get a screenplay nom is a huge slap in the face to Ms. Sarah Polley).
But one exciting aside was the presence of Viggo Mortensen. Most non-Canadian actors that happen to get nominated rarely if ever attend the show (see Williams and Michael Fassbender this year), but Viggo indeed made the trip to pick up his prize for best supporting actor (oddly meaning that the Oscars gave their supporting actor prize to a Canadian, and the Genies gave theirs to an American).
On top of it, he did so with a Montreal Canadiens flag around his neck, despite the ceremony going down in an anti-Canadiens epicenter just blocks from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ arena and the fact that the Canadiens are basically the worst team in the Eastern Conference (though Viggo said at the ceremony he’s very confident they’ll bounce back).
It’s probably just the secret hockey fan in me, but it made me love him ever more (if that’s possible):