Xavier Dolan, the Québec director, writer, and star of “J’ai tué ma mère” (I Killed My Mother), has been announced as the first winner of the Toronto Film Critics Associations’ new Jay Scott Prize for emerging talent. This inaugural award, which carries a $5,000 cash prize, will be presented to Xavier Dolan by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) at the TFCA gala dinner, hosted by Cameron Bailey, to be held January 12, 2010 at Toronto’s Nota Bene restaurant.
The prize is named for the legendary Globe and Mail writer who became Canada’s most influential film critic before his death in 1993.
“J’ai tué ma mère,” which has charmed Québec audiences to the tune of $975,000 at the box office (2 screens in Montreal) to date, and is Canada’s submission for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination, is Dolan’s first film as director after many credits as an actor in television and film. indieWIRE profiled Dolan during the Toronto International Film Festival.
The January 12 dinner will also see the highly anticipated winner of this year’s Rogers Best Canadian Feature Award announced. David Cronenberg, a previous TFCA winner for A History of Violence, will present the winning filmmaker with a $10,000 cheque. Previously announced, the three nominees for the Rogers Best Canadian Feature Award are: The Necessities of Life, directed by Benoît Pilon; Polytechnique, directed by Denis Villeneuve; and Pontypool, directed by Bruce McDonald.