Director Sarah Polley’s “Away From Her” took home virtually all the major prizes at Canada’s Genie awards ceremony this past week. Held by the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television, the 28th annual Genie Award ceremony honors the best achievements in Canadian film over the past year. This year’s ceremony was held on March 3rd.
The top prize of the night, Best Motion Picture, was awarded to “Away From Her”. The film—about the story of a woman undergoing symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and the love and sacrifices that it takes for her husband to cope with her disease—was nominated for two Academy Awards this year.
Sarah Polley was awarded with a Best Director Genie and also took home the Best Adapted Screenplay prize.
“Away From Her” also took home top honors in the acting categories, winning 3 of the 4 acting awards. Julie Christie won the Genie for Best Actress for her role as Fiona. She also took home a Golden Globe for her performance earlier this year. Her male counterpart, Gordon Pinset, also took home the top acting prize. Kristen Thompson won the Genie for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Many of the other notable awards were given to David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises”, including a Genie for Achievement in Editing, given to editor Roland Sanders. Steven Knight, who wrote the screenplay, also won the Best Original Screenplay award.