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"Necessities of Life" Leads Genie Nods

The nominations for the 29th Annual Genie Awards, honoring the best in Canadian film, were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT). Leading the nominations was the country's Academy Award submission, "The Necessities of Life," with eight nominations including best picture. "Life" joins "Amal," "Normal," "Passchendaele" and "Everything is Fine" in that category.

"Canada's passion for provocative and insightful cinema resonates through many of this year's nominees," said Sara Morton, CEO of the ACCT, in a statement. "With the Genie Awards taking place in Ottawa for the first time, I think it's particularly appropriate that we have such a strong field of both French and English films."

The 2009 Genie Awards will take place Saturday, April 4th at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.

The complete list of nominations:

BEST MOTION PICTURE
"Amal"
"The Necessities of Life"
"Normal"
"Passchendaele"
"Everything Is Fine"

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION
Richie Mehta, "Amal"
Lyne Charlebois, "Borderline:
Benoit Pilon, "The Necessities of Life"
Carl Bessai, "Normal"
Yves-Christian Fournier, "Everything is Fine"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Blais, "Borderline"
Ellen Burstyn, "The Stone Angel"
Marianne Fortier, "Mommy is at the Hairdresser's"
Susan Sarandon, "Emotional Arithmetic"
Preity Zinta, "Heaven on Earth"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Paul Gross, "Passchendaele"
Rupinder Nagra, "Amal"
Christopher Plummer, "Emotional Arithmetic"
Aaron Poole, "This Beautiful City"
Natar Ungalaaq, "The Necessities of Life"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Celine Bonnier, "Mommy is at the Hairdresser's"
Kristin Booth, "Young People Fucking"
Eveline Gelinas, "The Necessities of Life"
Anie Pascale, "Everything is Fine"
Rosamund Pike, "Fugitive Pieces"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Normand D'Amour, "Everything is Fine"
Benoit McGinnis, "Le banquet"
Callum Keith Rennie, "Normal"
Rade Sherbedgia, "Fugitive Pieces"
Max Von Sydow, "Emotional Arithmetic"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bernard Emond, "The Necessities of Life"
Deepa Mehta, "Heaven on Earth"
Travis McDonald, "Normal"
Randall Cole, "Real Time:
Guillaume Vigneault, "Everything is Fine"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Richie Mehta and Shaun Mehta, "Amal"
Marie-Sissi LaBreche and Lyne Charlebois, "Borderline"
Jeremy Podeswa, "Fugitive Pieces"

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"Infiniment Quebec"
"My Winnipeg"
"Up The Yangtze"

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Mommy is at the Hairdresser's"
"Passchendaele"
"Fugitive Pieces"
"The Stone Angel"
"The American Trap"

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Le banquet"
"The Stone Angel"
"The American Trap"
"Fugitive Pieces"
"Everything is Fine"

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
The Necessities of Life"
"Who is KK Downey?"
"The American Trap"
"Mommy is at the Hairdresser's"
"Passchendaele"

ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
"Le banquet"
"It's Not Me, I Swear!"
"The Necessities of Life"
"Mommy is at the Hairdresser's"
Borderline"

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
"Emotional Arithmetic"
"Mommy is at the Hairdresser's"
"Fugitive Pieces"
"The Necessities of Life"
"The Stone Angel"

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG
"Batlam, Biz, Chaffik" ("Everything is Fine")
"Dr. Shiva" ("Amal")
"Bry Webb" ("This Beautiful City")

ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND
"Le banquet"
"The American Trap"
"Amal"
"Passchendaele"
"This Beautiful City"

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
"Passchendaele"
"The American Trap"
"This Beautiful City"
"The Broken Line"
"Le banquet"

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA
"The Answer Key"
"La Battue"
"Can You Wave Bye-Bye?"
"Mon Nom Est Victor Gazan"
"Next Floor"

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
"Drux Flux"
"The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow"
"Sleeping Betty"

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