The 32nd annual Genie Awards were held Thursday in Toronto and hosted by the fabulous George Stroumboulopoulos, airing on CBC.
Strombo was a fabulous host, even without Andrea Martin who bailed last minute due to another commitment… I love Andrea Martin, don’t get me wrong, but if she was hosting the Golden Globes, would she bail? Um I don’t think so!
As always charismatic, Strombo cracked a few funny jokes, to which he later in the press room he thanked his fabulous team of writers. Jason Priestly also took to the stage to present some presenters? and also presented figure skaters Jamie Salé, David Pelletier and Joannie Rochette as they did an odd interpretive skate…
Only in Canada will you see figure skating as the entertainment during an awards show! It was quite odd and misplaced unfortunately… hopefully CBC won’t be doing that again.
Viggo Mortensen won for Best Supporting Actor for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, and when he took to the stage to accept his award, he pulled out an enormous flag for his favourite hockey team, the Canadiens. How much more of a Canadian supporter can you get?
Adorable Sophie Nélisse won the award for Performance by and Actress in a Supporting Role for Monsieur Lazhar, at age of 11! When asked what her favourite part of making her film, she said “playing with my friends”.
In fact, Monsieur Lazhar swept The Genie Awards, winning six of its nine nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, beating out David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method.
Luckily there was a little bit of rock representing the Genies; the Sheepdogs rocked the stage during the evening with a performance.
Here are photos of the red carpet and in the press room:
Photos: TNy Photography