TORONTO (CP) _ David Cronenberg’s gritty crime drama "A History of Violence" is the big winner at the Director’s Guild of Canada Awards. The critically acclaimed movie snagged four of the five feature film awards it was up for, including best film, best director, best sound editing and best picture editing.
The only award it missed out on was best production design, which went to Atom Egoyan’s showbiz thriller, "Where the Truth Lies." Cronenberg’s bloody drama, a critical hit when it arrived in theatres last year, stars Viggo Mortensen as small-town family man Tom Stall and Ed Harris as the big-city gangster who uncovers Stall’s dark past. Egoyan’s film, which won a Genie award earlier this year for best adapted screenplay, stars Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon as a 1950s song-and-comedy duo whose careers fizzle after a sex-and-murder scandal.
Television’s big winner proved to be the film "Human Trafficking," a feature starring Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland that takes an unflinching look at sex slave labour. The raw drama took home three awards in the television movie/mini-series category for best film, best director and best production design.
Meanwhile, the defunct television series "Slings and Arrows," starring Paul Gross as a brilliant but emotionally unhinged theatre artistic director, came away with two prizes _ for best TV drama series and best picture editing in a TV series. The show’s final six episodes aired this summer after an acclaimed three-year run that earned raves from both sides of the Canada/U.S. border.
Other winners included:
_ Best Documentary: "Hitler’s Children"
_ Best Family Television Movie/Mini-Series: "Spirit Bear"
_ Best Comedy Television Series: "Northern Town" – Ep. 1 _ "Brian"
_ Best Family Television Series: "renegadepress.com" – Ep. 304 _ "The Rez"
_ Best Direction – Television Series: Kari Skogland, "Terminal City" _ Ep. 5
_ Best Production Design – Television Series: Sandra Kybartas, "ReGenesis" _ Ep. 209 _ "Genie In A Bottle"
_ Best Picture Editing – Television Movie/Mini-Series: Dean Soltys, "Canada Vs. Russia 1972"
_ Best Sound Editing – Television Movie/Mini-Series: "Shania _ A Life In Eight Albums"
_ Best Sound Editing – Television Series: "Puppets Who Kill" _ "Dan & the Garden Shears"