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‘Bon Cop, Bad Cop’ wins best picture Genie amid domination by ‘The Rocket’

TORONTO (CP) _ "Bon Cop, Bad Cop," a uniquely Canadian action movie about a pair of detectives who bicker in both official languages as they hunt a homicidal hockey fan, was named best picture Tuesday at the 27th annual Genie Awards.

But "Maurice Richard/The Rocket" was the night’s big winner _ taking home nine Genies, including best actor for Roy Dupuis _ even though the top prize went to "Bon Cop," one of the highest-grossing Canadian films of all time, earning more than $12 million last year in domestic box office receipts.

"The Rocket," about the Montreal Canadiens idol, dominated the Genie acting categories, with Julie Le Breton winning best actress and Stephen McHattie taking best supporting actor while the prolific Dupuis took home his second best actor Genie in as many years.

He won last year for his portrayal of an amnesiac in "Memoires affectives."

Only Carrie-Anne Moss broke the "Rocket" stranglehold with her supporting actress role in "Snow Cake."

"The Rocket"’s Charles Biname won the best director Genie, and the film also netted hardware for art direction, costume design, editing and cinematography, among others.

Also taking home a Genie was "Manufactured Landscapes," a look at the work of famed photographer Edward Burtynsky that has been sold to a U.S. distributor. It won best documentary.

"Bon Cop’s" only other Genie was achievement in overall sound, though it also won the Golden Reel Award, awarded to the Canadian film with the highest domestic box office earnings.

The other big box office hit of 2006, "Trailer Park Boys: The Movie," was shut out despite getting rave reviews and enjoying the biggest opening weekend in Canadian box office history.

Nonetheless, the producers of "Bon Cop" were delighted with the film’s success and pledged a sequel.

"Thank you, Toronto!" "Bon Cop" producer Kevin Tierney told the Genie crowd as he picked up the Golden Reel, acknowledging how well the film did in Canada’s largest city. "The rest of you missed a really good film."

Taking home acting Genies didn’t seem to matter too much to "Bon Cop" stars Patrick Huard and Colm Feore. The pair kissed for the cameras before the gala at Toronto’s downtown Carlu got underway, and Huard, up for a best actor Genie, expressed doubt he’d win.

"I’m just here to have fun," said Huard, who co-wrote "Bon Cop."

He added that a sequel to the film was in the works in "about five years or so; I have to write it."

After lip-locking his co-star, Huard said: "He’s a great kisser. I didn’t know that. So just for that, there will be a sequel."

This year’s Genies were handed out amid trying times for the Canadian film industry as ACTRA, the union representing Canadian performers, remains locked in a bitter dispute with producers about new rates and fair compensation for use of actors’ work on the Internet.

But there was, for a change, a genuine buzz surrounding the awards this year due to the financial and critical success of "Bon Cop," "Trailer Park Boys: The Movie" and "The Rocket." All three movies did well in English Canada, a notoriously difficult market to crack for Canadian filmmakers, resulting in domestic box office outside of Quebec that was double what it was in 2005.

The year ahead also promises to be a banner one for Canadian film, with movies including Sarah Polley’s "Away From Her," the zombie comedy "Fido" starring Moss and Scottish comic Billy Connolly, and a highly anticipated new Denys Arcand film scheduled for release.

Patrick Roy, executive producer of "Bon Cop," said the success of his film shows that English Canadians want to see good Canadian films.

He added he hoped "Bon Cop" would become a franchise, saying it would be a shame if the sparkling rapport between Feore and Huard was contained to just a single film.

"The successes that we’ve had in Quebec in the past were really because we were making films for Quebec people," he said. "The biggest mistake we can make is to try to do what Americans are doing. If we start making movies for Canadians, I think they’ll go see them, but it’s going to take a few successes in a row. People will realize that Canadian movies can be successful and they’ll go see them."

2007 Genie Award Nominees Unveiled

(Toronto) January 9, 2007 — The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced today the nominees for the 27th Annual Genie Awards. The 2007 presentation will take place Tuesday, February 13th at The Carlu atop Toronto’s College Park and will be broadcast on CHUM Television stations across Canada.

2007 Nominees include:

BEST MOTION PICTURE

MEILLEUR FILM

BON COP, BAD COP – Kevin Tierney

GUIDE DE LA PETITE VENGEANCE / THE LITTLE BOOK OF REVENGE – Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal

MAURICE RICHARD / THE ROCKET – Denise Robert, Daniel Louis

TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE – Barrie Dunn, Mike Clattenburg, Michael Volpe

UN DIMANCHE À KIGALI / A SUNDAY IN KIGALI – Lyse Lafontaine, Michael Mosca

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN

MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE

JEAN BÉCOTTE – Bon Cop, Bad Cop

MARY-ANN LIU, ATHENA WONG – Eve and the Fire Horse

MICHEL PROULX – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

FRANÇOIS SÉGUIN – La Rage de l’ange / Angel’s Rage

JASNA STEFANOVIC – Tideland

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

MEILLEURS COSTUMES

MICHELLINE AMAAQ – The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

SANDY BUCK – Eve and the Fire Horse

FRANCESCA CHAMBERLAND – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

MARIO DAVIGNON – Tideland

ANNIE DUFORT РLa Vie secr̬te des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

MEILLEURES IMAGES

BRUCE CHUN – Bon Cop, Bad Cop

STEVE COSENS – Snow Cake

PIERRE GILL – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

JAN KIESSER – Beowulf & Grendel

NICOLA PECORINI – Tideland

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION

MEILLEURE RÉALISATION
ÉRIK CANUEL – Bon Cop, Bad Cop

JEAN-FRANÇOIS POULIOT – Guide de la Petite Vengeance / The Little Book of Revenge

CHARLES BINAMÉ – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

ROBERT FAVREAU – Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

STÉPHANE LAPOINTE – La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People

ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

MEILLEUR MONTAGE

MICHEL ARCAND – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BERGERON – Bon Cop, Bad Cop

FRÉDÉRIQUE BROOS – Congorama

MICHEL GROU – Cheech

LESLEY WALKER – Tideland

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC ORIGINAL SCORE

MEILLEURE MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

NORMAND CORBEIL – Cheech

MICHEL CUSSON – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

PIERRE DESROCHERS РLa Vie secr̬te des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People

HILMAR ORN HILMARSSON – Beowulf & Grendel

JEAN ROBITAILLE – Sans elle / Without Her

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG

MEILLEURE CHANSON ORIGINALE

BRAMWELL TOVEY, RICHARD BELL – Eighteen – In a Heartbeat

DAN BIGRAS – La Rage de l’ange / Angel’s Rage – L’Astronaute

PATRICK WATSON, CAROLINE DHAVERNAS РLa belle b̻te / The Beautiful Beast РTrace-Moi

ERIC LAPOINTE, STÉPHANE DUFOUR, JAMIL – Bon Cop, Bad Cop – Tattoo

JENNIFER KREISBERG – Unnatural & Accidental – Have Hope

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

INTERPRÉTATION MASCULINE DANS UN PREMIER RÔLE

ROY DUPUIS – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

COLM FEORE – Bon Cop, Bad Cop

OLIVIER GOURMET – Congorama

PATRICK HUARD – Bon Cop, Bad Cop

LUC PICARD – Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

INTERPRÉTATION MASCULINE DANS UN RÔLE DE SOUTIEN

HUGH DILLON – Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

ROBERT JOY – Whole New Thing

CHAN CHIT MAN LESTER – Eve and the Fire Horse

STEPHEN MCHATTIE – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

MICHEL MULLER – Guide de la Petite Vengeance / The Little Book of Revenge

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

INTERPRÉTATION FÉMININE DANS UN PREMIER RÔLE

JODELLE FERLAND – Tideland

JULIE LE BRETON – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

FATOU N’DIAYE – Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

GINETTE RENO РLe secret de ma m̬re

SIGOURNEY WEAVER – Snow Cake

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

INTERPRÉTATION FÉMININE DANS UN RÔLE DE SOUTIEN

CAROLINE DHAVERNAS – Niagara Motel

MARIE GIGNAC РLa Vie secr̬te des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People

EMILY HAMPSHIRE – Snow Cake

CARRIE ANNE MOSS – Snow Cake

VIVIAN WU – Eve and the Fire Horse

ACHIEVEMENT IN OVERALL SOUND

MEILLEUR SON D’ENSEMBLE

DANIEL PELLERIN, GASHTASEB ARIANA, JEFF CARTER – Eve and the Fire Horse

CLAUDE HAZANAVICIUS, CLAUDE BEAUGRAND, LUC BOUDRIAS, BERNARD GARIÉPY STROBL – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

DOMINIQUE CHARTRAND, GAVIN FERNANDES, NATHALIE MORIN, PIERRE PAQUET – Bon Cop, Bad Cop

DAVID LEE, DOUGLAS COOPER, ROBERT FARR – Tideland

MARIE-CLAUDE GAGNÉ, CLAUDE LA HAYE, HANS PETER STROBL, BERNARD GARIÉPY STROBL – Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

MEILLEUR MONTAGE SONORE

PIERRE-JULES AUDET, GUY FRANCOEUR, GUY PELLETIER – Cheech

CLAUDE BEAUGRAND, OLIVIER CALVERT, JÉRÔME DÉCARIE, NATALIE FLEURANT, FRANCINE POIRIER – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

CHRISTIAN RIVEST, VALÉRY DUFORT-BOUCHER, TCHAE MEASROCH – Bon Cop, Bad Cop

MARIE-CLAUDE GAGNÉ – Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

JANE TATTERSALL, BARRY GILMORE, DAVID MCCALLUM, DONNA POWELL, DAVE ROSE-Beowulf & Grendel

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

MEILLEUR SCÉNARIO

PHILIPPE FALARDEAU – Congorama

KEN SCOTT – Guide de la Petite Vengeance / The Little Book of Revenge

KEN SCOTT – Maurice Richard / The Rocket

MARTIN GIRARD, GHYSLAINE CÔTÉ – Le secret de ma mère

STÉPHANE LAPOINTE – La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

MEILLEURE ADAPTATION

MIKE CLATTENBURG, ROBB WELLS – Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

FRANÇOIS LÉTOURNEAU – Cheech

ROBERT FAVREAU, GIL COURTEMANCHE – Un dimanche à Kigali / A Sunday in Kigali

BEST DOCUMENTARY

MEILLEUR DOCUMENTAIRE

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES – Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier, Gerry Flahive, Daniel Iron, Peter Starr

LA PLANÈTE BLANCHE / THE WHITE PLANET – Jean Lemire, Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT DRAMA

MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE DRAMATIQUE

BIG GIRL – Renuka Jeyapalan, Anneli Ekborn, Michael Gelfand

HIRO – Matthew Swanson, Oliver-Barnet Lindsay

JACK ET JACQUES РMarie-H̩l̬ne Copti

LE ROUGE AU SOL / RED – Maxime Giroux, Paul Barbeau

SNAPSHOTS FOR HENRY – Teresa Hannigan, Charlotte Disher

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

MEILLEUR COURT MÉTRAGE D’ANIMATION

THE DANISH POET – Torill Kove, Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page

HISTOIRE TRAGIQUE AVEC FIN HEUREUSE / TRAGIC STORY WITH HAPPY ENDING – Regina Pessoa, Patrick Eveno, Abi Feijò, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Marcel Jean