While Jason Reitman was somewhere in California prepping for his next film with fellow “Canadian” Jim Carrey, Sandra Oh hosted the 28th annual Genie Awards in Toronto. Rightfully, the very Canadian and very good “Away From Her” swept the major categories, including best picture, director, screenplay acting awards for Gordon Pinset, Julie Christie and Kristen Thomson. Winning 7 awards overall, the film tied David Cronenberg‘s “Eastern Promises in its haul. “Promises” won a slew of technical awards as well as best original screenplay and best supporting actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. Francophone films were almost entirely left out of the winners for the first time pretty much ever.
And while the Genies are generally a bit of a snooze fest that obviously fail largely in comparison to American counterpart Oscar’s production or entertainment values… We have officially kicked Oscar’s ass in one regard: When did a female-directed picture ever sweep your awards?