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March 10, 2014

Enemy biggest movie winner at Canadian Screen Awards

March 9, 2014 - Toronto Star

Enemy, Denis Villeneuve’s psychosexual thriller about dualities, and raunchy TV comedy Call Me Fitz dominated the second Canadian Screen Awards Sunday night.

It was also a good night for popular sci-fi series Orphan Black.

Hosted with often-topical flair by comic and actor Martin Short, 33 awards were handed out during the live telecast at the Sony Centre, a blending of the Gemini and Genie awards amalgamated into the CSAs in 2013 to honour Canadian film and television.

There were moments of pure joy, laughs, some nervous moments and also the unexpected as horror master, director David Cronenberg, welled up while thanking his wife Carolyn Zeifman during his acceptance speech for his Lifetime Achievement Award.

On the film side of the awards, Enemy , Villeneuve’s second collaboration in 2013 with actor Jake Gyllenhaal (they also made the kidnap drama Prisoners ), took home five CSA prizes, including Best Director for Villeneuve (a previous three-time winner for Maelstrom , Polytechnique and Incendies ).

Enemy , which premiered at TIFF 2013 and opens Friday, also garnered the Best Supporting Actress award for Sarah Gadon. Matthew Hannam was honoured for editing, along with Nicolas Bolduc for cinematography, while Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans took home the original score CSA.

But the drama was nudged out of the Best Picture spot: that went to Canada’s foreign language Oscar entry, Gabrielle , the tender story of a choir of developmentally challenged singers in Montreal. The film’s star, Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, was also awarded the CSA for Best Film Actress.

A beaming Marion-Rivard, wearing a floor-length purple gown with glittering silver trim, seemed overcome with joy.

“I’m so happy. It’s a dream come true. This is my life and I love it,” she said while accepting her CSA. Later, she told reporters in the media room in French through a translator that the drama “opens doors and windows . . . and we are very ordinary people.”

Villeneuve said he was happy to see Enemy nominated because it’s not in theatres yet.

He said Toronto “was one of the main characters” in Enemy and thanked Cronenberg for allowing him to play in his backyard by shooting here.

“We created a love letter to Toronto . . . to shoot it in a new way. We really loved it,” said Villeneuve in the media room.

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