The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the Oscars this morning. Canada done good.
Torontoist fave Sarah Polley landed a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay for Away From Her, based on the Alice Munro story “The Bear Came Over The Mountain.” The film, which Polley also directed, was also nominated for Best Actress, Julie Christie.
Canuck-fest Juno also scored a bellyful of nominations. The film landed four nominations: Best Director for Montreal-born Jason Reitman, Best Motion Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actress for Haligonian Ellen Page. Bupkis for Page’s co-star, Brampton-native Michael Cera, but let’s hope he has enough Superbad money to keep himself happy.
Eastern Promises, the latest film by Canadian director David Cronenberg, got a single nomination: Best Lead Actor for Viggo Mortensen. Cronenberg wasn’t nominated for A History of Violence, his previous collaboration with Mortensen, either.
For Best Animated Short Film, two of the five nominees were Canadian productions. Montreal filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski were nominated for Madame Tutli-Putli, about a woman who boards a night train and is confronted by her past, and Torontonian Josh Raskin was nominated for I Met the Walrus, which layers animation over a John Lennon interview.
Winners will be announced on February 24. Whether anyone shows up will depend on the current writer’s strike situation. No word yet if the eventual winners intend to melt down their statues and sell the gold on the market.
Photo of Page as Kitty Pryde via X-Men: The Last Stand website.