Canadians & The Oscar® – 2016
by Ralph Lucas and Wyndham Wise
(February 26, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario) When the nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards® were announced in mid-January, there was general jubilation in most Canadian film circles. Being Canadian no one jumped up and down, but some champaign corks were surely popped when for the first time ever, two… count ’em, two films with Canadian connections ended up on the Best Picture nominee list. Those films are Brooklyn and Room. Two very different films, both Ireland-Canada coproductions. This is history making. That’s never happened before. Both films also had their screenplays nominated and both filmns had their lead actress nominated. Brie Larson for Room and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn. And Rachel McAdams picked up a well-deserved nomination for her work in Spotlight, which was partially shot in Hamilton, Ontario.
Other nominations for Canadian filmmakers include Adam Benzine (for Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah) and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness). They will compete against each other in the Best documentary short subject category. Toronto R&B singer-songwriter The Weeknd and his Canadian songwriting collaborators Stephan Moccio, Ahmad Balshe and Jason Daheala Quenneville share an original song nomination for Earned It from the film Fifty Shades of Grey. A film shot mostly in Canada, but not a Canadian film nor Canadian co-production, The Revenant, which featured a number of Canadian actors, has been nominated in twelve categories including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Visual Effects. Some of the technical categories included Canadians, such as visual effects artist Cameron Waldbauer, set decorator Hamish Purdy, sound technician Chris Duesterdiek (for sound mixing) and makeup and hair artist Robert Pandini. Also in the Sound Mixing category is Paul Massey, nominated for his work on The Martian, and finally, in the Animated Short category, Richard Williams shares his nomination with Imogen Sutton for the short, Prologue.
Fans of Denis Villeneuve might want to keep track of his film Sicario, which has been nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and and Best Achievement in sound editing. This highly talented and successful director has been tapped to helm Blade Runner 2 which will probably be released in 2017.
Now the waiting is almost over and we’ll all know the results this Sunday night.
We described 2014 as being a lean year for Canada at the Oscars® and last year, 2015, was essentially an encore performance. With the exception of Québec-born animator and animation director Dean DeBlois whose film How To Train Your Dragon 2 was nominated for Best Animated Feature, there wasn’t uch buzz for Canadian filmmakers last year. Unfortunately DeBlois was up again The Boxtrolls, which was co-directed by Sault Ste. Marie-born Graham Annable, and the ultimate winner of the coveted trophy, Big Hero Six, which was co-directed by Chris Williams, who picked up his first Oscar®. Williams was born in the United States, but grew up in Ontario and is a graduate of the animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. He was previously nominated for the 2008 film Bolt. The other nominees in the animated feature category were Song of the Sea from Tomm Moore and Paul Young, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, from Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura.
The other winner at the 87th Academy Awards was Oakville, Ontario’s Craig Mann. A graduate of the music engineering program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, he worked at Toronto’s Casablanca Sound before moving to Los Angeles. He shared his Oscar with Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley in the Best Sound Mixing category for their work on Whiplash.
In addition to the feature-length animation category, the NFB and Torill Kove were nominated in the Best Animated Short category for her film Me and My Moulton, but the award went to Feast and Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed.
In 2014, the only nominations Canadians had going into the awards ceremony was for editing Jean Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club. With a total of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Vallée himself didn’t end up in the Best Director category. However using the alias John Mac McMurphy, he along with the film’s other editor, Montrealer Martin Pensa, were nominated for editing but didn’t win. The only other nomination was for Toronto’s Andy Koyama who shared a nomination for sound mixing on the film Lone Survivor with sound mixing associates Beau Borders and David Brownlow.
In mid-February of that year, the scientific and technical division of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences met to honour those who had won Academy Awards for their advancement of the craft of filmmaking. The names Tibor Madjar, Colin Doncaster and Yves Boudreault may not mean anything to the average filmgoer, but for those who pay attention to the “Oscars for nerds” this is as prestigious as any other Academy Award. The award itself is not one of those little gold statues, but technical achievement recipients receive certificates while scientific and engineering winners get plaques.
Yves Boudreault was part of the team credited with making “bullet-time” possible in The Matrix, a film that costarred Canadians Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Tibor Madjar, who lives in Toronto, was part of the team that came up a new way to sculpt digital models for films including King Kong, James Cameron’s Avatar, Life of Pi and The Avengers. Colin Doncaster is a visual-effects expert who devised an efficient way to merge images in The Day the Earth Stood Still. These three Canadians were among 52 people recognized for 19 scientific and technical achievements at a gala dinner held at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
There has been a Canadian connection to the Academy Awards® right from their beginning. In the late 1920s film was changing as the star system has growing, the large studios became the predominate producers and sound was about to make its debut. It was MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer who came up with the idea for what became the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 1927. One of the 36 original founders of the Academy was Toronto-born Mary Pickford, known as America’s Sweetheart. Pickford was also one of the people who voted to approve the design of the Award of Merit, as the Oscar® statuette it is properly known, in 1928. MGM’s art director Cedric Gibbons, another original Academy member, supervised the design of the trophy in 1928. Looking for a model, it was suggested he meet with Mexican-born film director and actor Emilio Fernández. Fernández was at first reluctant but later agreed to pose for the statuette now widely known as Oscar®. The most most popular story of where that name came from involves an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences librarian and future executive director, Margaret Herrick. As the story goes, Herrick, upon seeing the statuette sitting on a table exclaimed “it looks just like my Uncle Oscar!”
Another common story involves actress and two-time Academy Award winner Bette Davis, who reportedly named it after her ex-husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson, Jr. In 1934 Hollywood reporter Sidney Skolsky was apparently the first columnist to use the name when making reference to Katherine Hepburn’s win that year. Walt Disney is also reported to have called it by that name in the same year at the Awards ceremony. The name stuck and it has been called by that name ever since. In fact, in 1939 the Academy itself began using the name officially.
Back when it all started, the period for eligibility was different. The first awards were handed out on May 16, 1929, to honour films that had been released in Hollywood from the beginning of August 1927 to the end of July 1928. This continued until 1934. With the 7th Academy Awards, held in 1935, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31.
At the second gathering, held in 1930, to award films released in 1928/1929 season, Mary Pickford, Toronto-born America’s Sweetheart, was named Best Actress for her role in Coquette. What is often forgotten is Pickford’s role in spearheading the movement to establish the Academy in the first place. Montreal-born, Norma Shearer, wife of MGM’s all powerful production head Irving Thalberg, was nominated that year for Their Own Desire and won the very next year (1929/1930) for her role in The Divorcée. She went on to receive nominations four more times in her career, for a total of six. To complete the trifecta, Cobourg, Ontario-born Marie Dressler won in 1931 for Min and Bill and was nominated a year later for Emma. Remarkably, for the first three years the Best Actress Oscar® was given to three Canadian-born women.
At the 1931 ceremony, not only did Norma Shearer win for The Divorcée, but she shared the stage with her older brother, Douglas, who won an Academy Award that night too. It is the only time in Oscar® history that a brother and sister were awarded on the same night. Douglas Shearer was one of the technical geniuses Hollywood has been able to attract – people with talent beyond acting and directing, but vital to filmmaking and the creation of magic. His particular genius was sound recording, and later special effects, and his win that year for The Big House was the first of 21 nominations he collected between 1931 and 1945. He won again in 1935 for Naughty Marietta, 1936 for San Francisco, 1940 for Strike Up the Band, 1944 for Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (special effects), in 1947 it was Green Dolphin Street (special effects) and 1951 brought one for The Great Caruso. He was also given an Award of Merit in 1937 and seven Oscars® for scientific and technical achievements.
Other Canadians who won big in the so-called craft categories were two huge talents from Victoria, B.C., Richard Day and Stephen Bosustow. Day, a gifted illustrator, worked with the legendary Erich von Stroheim on Foolish Wives and Greed, films that set a new standard for realistic art direction. He was with MGM from 1923 to 1930, and from 1939 to 1943 he headed the art department at 20th Century-Fox. Day was nominated 20 times for an Academy Award (winning seven), the most ever for an art director. He won for The Dark Angel (1935), Dodsworth (1936), How Green Was My Valley (1941), My Gal Sal (1942), This above All (1942), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and On the Waterfront (1954). Bosustow began working professionally as a cartoonist in the early 1930s. He joined the Walt Disney assembly line of animators, but in 1945 he and several other disenchanted Disney artists formed United Productions of America (UPA), an animation company that allow its artists greater creative freedom. While president of UPA, he personally produced nearly 100 cartoons, received 11 nominations and won three Oscar® winners – Gerald McBoing McBoing (1950), When Magoo Flew (1954) and Mister Magoo’s Puddle Jumper (1956).
Toronto-born Walter Huston was nominated as Best Actor for his role in Dodsworth and again for The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), but all three times he saw the award go to someone else. In the spring of 1947 he starting shooting Treasure of the Sierra Madre under the direction of his son, John Huston, and at the 1949 Academy Awards ceremony he picked up his Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor. John Huston was named Best Director, and the father and son win was another Hollywood first.
During the 1940s, Raymond Massey was nominated for Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), Walter Pidgeon for Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Madame Currie (1943), Lucille Watson for Watch on the Rhine (1943), Alexander Knox for Wilson (1944), Hume Cronyn for The Seventh Cross (1944) and John Ireland for All the Kings’s Men (1949), but the 1950s were a long dry spell for Canadians in Hollywood.
We were mostly overlooked through much of the early 1960s as well. Then Norman Jewison’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming was nominated for Best Picture in 1966. The following year he was nominated for Best Director, and although he didn’t win (Mike Nichols took the award for The Graduate), In the Heat of the Night remains one of the most powerful pieces of filmmaking to come out of Hollywood. In the Heat of the Night won Oscars® for Best Picture, Best Actor (Rod Steiger), Best Sound (Samuel Goldwyn Studio), Best Editing (Hal Ashby) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Sterling Silliphant). In 1972, his production of Fiddler on the Roof earned him nominations for Best Director and Best Picture, and again in 1987 Monstruck earned him those two nominations. Cher won her Oscar® for that film. Jewison’s A Soldier’s Story was nominated for Best Picture in 1985, but Amadeus was the winner, and the following year Agnes of God picked up three nominations, including Best Actress (Anne Bancroft), Best Original Score and Best Supporting Actress for Meg Tilly. In all, films directed by Norman Jewison have been blessed with 45 Academy Award nominations, winning 12; however, personally, he remained winless after seven separate nominations. In 1999, he was presented with the Irving G. Talberg Memorial Award for his contributions to the art of cinema.
There were no Canadian winners in the acting categories during the 1970s and 1980s, although we did pick up a few nominations: Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Chief Dan George for Little Big Man (1970), Dan Aykroyd for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Graham Greene for Dances with Wolves (1990) and Kate Nelligan for Prince of Tides (1991). Then in 1993 there was an audible gasp, followed by thunderous applause when child actor Anna Paquin was named Best Supporting Actress for The Piano. She was not quite 11 years old. Listed in many film directories as being born in New Zealand, Paquin was born July 24, 1982, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1995, Jennifer Tilly (older sister of Meg) was nominated for Bullets over Broadway.
In the Adapted Screenplay category, Mordecai Richler and Lionel Chetwynd where nominated for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in 1975, and in the Original Screenplay category, Ted Allan was nominated in 1976 for Lies My Father Told Me, but the award went to Dog Day Afternoon and the American writer Frank Pierson. In the Musical Score category, Toronto’s Howard Shore won three times for his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, twice for Best Score and once for Best Song. The Red Violin won for Best Score in 2000.
Art-house darling Atom Egoyan found himself with both Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations for The Sweet Hereafter in 1998, the only time a Canadian director has been nominated in the Best Director category for a Canadian film. Ironically, that same year, James Cameron, from Kapuskasing, Ontario, won three Oscars® for Titanic, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing, the only time a Canadian-born director has won in those categories. The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, and won 11.
Recently, the Canadian Oscar® golden boy was London, Ontario-born Paul Haggis. The prolific writer/director was nominated five times over three consecutive years beginning in 2005 with a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the Clint Eastwood film, Million Dollar Baby. In 2006 he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Crash in addition to a Best Director nomination. In 2007 he was up for Best Original Screenplay for Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima.
In 2007, Deepha Mehta’s Water was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film (it was shot in Hindi with English subtitles), a category in which Canadian films have had past success. Deny Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions won in 2004, and Arcand was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. He was also nominated for Jesus of Montreal in 1990 and The Decline of the American Empire in 1987. In 1978, A Special Day, a Canada/Italy co-production starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (who received a Best Actor nod) was also nominated in the foreign-language category. In 1981, Atlantic City, a Canada/US/France co-production, was nominated for Best Picture, the first time a Canadian film competed in that category.
In other, less high-profile categories, Canadians have done very well over the years. The National Film Board has received dozens of Oscar® nominations for animation, short films and documentaries. Norman McLaren was first to win for his NFB short, Neighbours, in 1952. In 2007 The Danish Poet, directed and animated by Torill Kove was given an Oscar®. Canadians have also done well in the documentary category. There have been three feature-length winners: The Man Who Skied down Everest in 1976, Just another Missing Kid in 1983 and Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got in 1987.
In 2008, Oscar® nominations included Julie Christie and Ellen Page together in the Best Actress category. Christie was nominated for her work in the Sarah Polley film, Away From Her, and Ellen Page for her work in the hit film, Juno. Sarah Polley was nominated for her adapted script for Away From Her which was based on an Alice Munro short story.
Canadian-born Jason Reitman was nominated for a Best Director award for helming Juno, and the film itself, although technically not a Canadian production, had been nominated in what is considered to be the top category, Best Picture. While not Canadian, actor Viggo Mortensen was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his leading role in the David Cronenberg film, Eastern Promises and American writer Diablo Cody was nominated for her screenplay for Juno.
Rounding out 2008 were nominations for two films in the animated short category. One was I Met The Walrus and the other was the National Film Board’s beautiful short, Madame Tutli-Putli, which was the NFB’s fourth nomination in as many years. Neither won. Another disappointment in 2008 came with the news L’Âge des ténèbres had not made the final cut in the Best Foreign Language film nominations. And when it was all over, despite a bumper crop of nominations, there were no awards for Canadian actors, directors or movies that year.
In 2009 we were able to grab just one nomination. Chris Williams, who was born in Kitchener, Ontario, was a co-director on Bolt, which had been nominated in the Best Animated Feature category.
Despite multiple nominations for James Cameron’s Avatar at the 2010 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, the film ended up with only three of the highly coveted golden statuettes, winning for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects. Cameron had been up against an impressive field of directors including fellow Canadian Jason Reitman whose picture, Up in the Air was also in the running for an Oscar®. But neither of them got the nod as Kathryn Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker, which took six of the nine categories it had been nominated in, including Best Picture. As the night wore on it became clear it was going to be a shut-out for Canada.
In 2011, Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies was up against films from Algeria, Denmark, Greece and Mexico. There was a lot of buzz around the Mexican entry, Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem but the Oscar® went to Denmark’s entry, In a Better World. Incendies may have confused voting members. While we thought it to be a terrific film, those who had a say in the final voting may have been confused by a Canadian film shot mostly outside of Canada and mostly in a language other than English or French.
Last but not least, DreamWorks’ 2011 film, How to Train Your Dragon was nominated for Best Animated Feature. It was up against Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, which won the Academy Award, and The Illusionist. Dean DeBlois, who was born in Aylmer, Quebec and began his career as an animator in Ottawa working on the kid’s show, The Racoons was one half of the team responsible for How to Train Your Dragon. The other half was Chris Sanders. They worked together on the 1998 Disney film Mulan and then co-wrote and co-directed the Oscar-nominated Lilo & Stitch in 2002. Two notes: He wasn’t nominated but Jay Baruchel provided the voice of Hiccup, the scrawny teen who befriends the dragon in How to Train Your Dragon and Canadian Paul Dutton was director of animation on the film The Illusionist from French director Sylvain Chomet.
Hopes were high once again for 2012. Two Canadian films had made it through the long process of cuts to end up on the final list of five films vying for Best Foreign Film. Unfortunately neither Monsieur Lazhar, nor the Canada-Germany-Poland co-production In Darkness won the coveted Oscar®. Howard Shore was nominated for his score for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. The film picked up five Academy Awards, but not for its music. Hugo did win for Best Visual Effects and a number of Canadians, all of them associated with Toronto’s Seneca College were on the team that made the magic happen. They included Professors Mahmoud Rahnama (division computer graphics lead) and Kenny Tam (division computer graphics supervisor) and graduates Tricia Kim (matchmove artist), John Dinh (compositor), Karen Cheng (compositor), Rickey Verma (compositor).
Patrick Doyon is a Montreal-based animator and his short Sunday-Dimanche was nominated in the Best Short Film (Animated) category. Running a little under 10 minutes it was an NFB production that took two years of full-time work to complete. The nomination extends the NFB’s remarkable list of nominations from the Academy.
The big news was the win of the Best Supporting Actor award for the venerable Christopher Plummer. At 82 he became the oldest person to win an Academy Award. The late George Burns held the previous title winning when he was 80. Plummer won for his role in Beginners. Earlier in the year he been given a Golden Globe for the same role.
Academy Awards, by year:
This list includes Oscars® presented to Canadians and Canadian-born actors, actresses, producers, directors, writers, animators, and Canadian-produced films or co-productions. The Awards are listed according to the year they were presented. Co-productions, American, and foreign films are indicated in parenthesis.
Actress: Mary Pickford, Coquette (US)
Actress: Norma Shearer, The Divorcée (US)
Sound Recording: Douglas Shearer, The Big House (US)
Actress: Marie Dressler, Min and Bill (US)
Short Subject (Novelty): Wrestling Swordfish (US), Mack Sennett (p)
Interior Decoration: Richard Day, Dark Angel (US)
Sound Recording: Douglas Shearer, Naughty Marietta (US)
Scientific or Technical Award: Douglas Shearer
Academy Award of Merit: Douglas Shearer
Interior Decoration: Richard Day, Dodsworth (US)
Scientific or Technical Award: Douglas Shearer
Sound Recording: Douglas Shearer, San Francisco (US)
Honorary Award: Mack Sennett
Scientific and Engineering Award: Douglas Shearer
Scientific and Engineering Award: Douglas Shearer
Honorary Award: Deanna Durbin
Documentary: Churchill’s Island, Stuart Legg (p/d)
Sound Recording: Douglas Shearer, Strike Up the Band (US)
Interior Decoration: Richard Day, How Green Was My Valley (US)
Scientific or Technical Award: Douglas Shearer
Interior Decoration (colour): Richard Day, My Gal Sal (US)
Interior Decoration (b+w): Richard Day, This above All (US)
Special Effects: Douglas Shearer, Thirty Seconds over Toyko (US)
Honorary Award: Harold Russell
Supporting Actor: Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives (US)
Special Effects: Douglas Shearer, Green Dolphin Street (US)
Supporting Actor: Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (US)
Short/Cartoon: Gerald McBoing McBoing (US), Stephen Bosustow (exp)
Art Direction (b+w): Richard Day, A Street Car Named Desire (US)
Sound Recording: Douglas Shearer, The Great Carcuso (US)
Short Documentary: Neighbours, Norman McLaren (p/d/an)
Art Direction (b+w): Richard Day, On the Waterfront (US)
Short/Cartoon: When Magoo Flew (US), Stephen Bosustow (p)
Short/Cartoon: Mister Magoo’s Puddle Jumper (US), Stephen Bosustow (p)
Irving G. Thalberg Award: Jack L. Warner
Scientific or Technical Award: Douglas Shearer
Scientific or Technical Award: Douglas Shearer
Picture: My Fair Lady (US), Jack L. Warner (p)
Live-Action Short: A Place to Stand, Christopher Chapman (p/d)
Animated Short: A Christmas Carol (US), Richard Williams (d/an)
Feature Documentary: The Man Who Skied down Everest, Budge Crawley (p/d)
Honorary Award: Mary Pickford
Live-Action Short: I’ll Find a Way, Yuki Yoshida (p), Beverly Shaffer (d)
Animated Short: The Sand Castle, Gaston Sarault (p), Co Hoedeman (d/an)
Animated Short: Special Delivery, Derek Lamb (p), John Weldon and Eunice Macauley (d/an)
Animated Short: Every Child, Derek Lamb (p), Eugene Fedorenko (d/an)
Animated Short: Crac!, Hubert Tison and Frédéric Back (p), Frédéric Back (d/an)
Picture: Chariots of Fire (UK), Jake Eberts (exp)
Feature Documentary: Just another Missing Kid, John Zaritsky (p/d)
Make-up: Michèle Burke, Quest for Fire
Short Documentary: If You Love This Planet, Edward Le Lorrain (p), Terre Nash (d)
Live-Action Short: Boys and Girls, Seaton McLean (p), Don McBrearty (d)
Short Documentary: Flamenco at 5:15, Adam Symansky and Cynthia Scott (p), Cynthia Scott (d)
Animated Short: Charade, John Minnis (d/an)
Feature Documentary: Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got, Brigitte Berman (p/d)
Make-Up: Stephan Dupuis, The Fly (US)
Picture: Platoon (US), Pierre David (production executive)
Scientific or Technical (Scientific and Engineering Award): IMAX Systems Corporation
Animated Short: The Man Who Planted Trees, Hubert Tison and Frédéric Back (p), Frédéric Back (d/an)
Honorary Award: National Film Board of Canada
Special Achievement Award: Richard Williams, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (US)
Special Effects: Richard Williams, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (US)
Picture: Driving Miss Daisy (US), Jake Eberts (exp)
Picture: Dances with Wolves (US), Jake Eberts (exp)
Supporting Actress: Anna Paquin, The Piano (Australia)
Animated Short: Bob’s Birthday, Alison Snowden, David Fine, and David Verrall (p), Alison Snowden and David Fine (d), Alison Snowden, David Fine, and Janet Perlman (an)
Original Screenplay: Roger Avary, Pulp Fiction (US)
Scientific and Technical (Scientific and Engineering Award): William Reeves for the original concept and development of particle systems used to create computer-generated visual effects
Director: James Cameron, Titanic (US)
Editing: James Cameron, Titanic (US)
Picture: Titanic (US), James Cameron (p)
Scientific and Technical (Scientific and Engineering Award): Dominique Boisvert, Réjean Gagné, Daniel Langlois, and Richard Laperrière of Softimage
Scientific and Technical (Scientific and Engineering Award): William Reeves for the development of the Marionette Three-Dimensional Computer Animation System
Scientific and Technical (Technical Achievement Award): Kim Davidson and Greg Hermanovic of Side Effects Software
Irving G. Talberg Memorial Award: Norman Jewison
Scientific and Technical (Scientific and Engineering Award): Dominique Boisvert, André LeBlanc, and Phillippe Panzini for the development and implementation of Flame and Inferno software
Scientific and Technical (Technical Achievement Award): Ed Zwaneveld and Frederick Gasoi of the NFB and Mike Lazaridis and Dale Brubacher-Cressman of Research in Motion
Animated Short: The Old Man and the Sea (Canada/Japan/Russia), Bernard Lajoie (p)
Musical Score: The Red Violin (Canada /UK/Italy)
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Arthur Hiller
Musical Score: Howard Shore, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (US)
Animated Short: The ChubbChubbs (US), Eric Armstrong (an)
Art Direction (Sets): Gordon Sim, Chicago (US)
Feature Documentary: Bowling for Columbine (US), Michael Donovan and Charles Bishop (p)
Picture: Chicago (US), Don Carmody (co-p)
Scientific and Technical (Academy Award of Merit): Alias/Wavefront
Sound: David Lee, Chicago (US)
Foreign-Language Film: Les Invasions barbares (Canada/France), Denise Robert and Daniel Louis (p), Denys Arcand (d)
Musical Score: Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (US)
Song: Howard Shore, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (US)
Animated Short: Ryan, Steve Hoban, Marcy Page, and Mark Smith (p), Chris Landreth (d)
Make-Up: Valli O’Reilly, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (US)
Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis, Crash (US)
Picture: Crash (US), Paul Haggis (co-p)
Animated Short: Torill Kove, The Danish Poet
Scientific and Technical (John A. Bonner Medal): Denny Clairmont of Clairmont Camera
Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque): John Lowry, Ian Cavan, Ian Godin, Kimball Thurston and Tim Connolly
Scientific and Engineering Award: Raigo Alas, Greg Marsden, Michael Lewis and Michael Vellekoop
Technical Achievement Award: Andrew Clinton and Mark Elendt
Visual Effects: Hugo, The team included Canadians Mahmoud Rahnama, Kenny Tam, Tricia Kim, John Dinh, Karen Cheng and Rickey Verma
Documentary Short: Saving Face, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Supporting Actor: Beginners, Christopher Plummer
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Best Production Design: Jim Erickson, Lincoln
Best Visual Effects: Guillaume Rocheron, Life of Pi
Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcom Clarke, director)
Animated Feature: Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli
Sound Editing: Whiplash, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley
Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy