Barney's Version Leads the 31st Annual Genie Awards with 11 Nominations including Best Motion Picture

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - The nominations for the 31st Annual Genie Awards were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at press conferences in Toronto and Montreal. Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Barney's Version, including nods for Best Motion Picture and Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Giamatti). Following closely behind is Incendies with ten nominations including Best Motion Picture and Achievement in Direction (Denis Villeneuve).

The 2011 Special Awards were also announced. This year's Golden Reel Award goes to Resident Evil: Afterlife, which grossed $7,026,559 in 2010. Surpassing $280 million worldwide this past November, the film is now the most successful production in Canadian feature film history. Jephté Bastien (Sortie 67) will be honoured with the Claude Jutra Award, recognizing outstanding achievement by a first-time feature filmmaker.

"By all accounts, this has been a fantastic year for Canadian cinema," said Sara Morton, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. "We look forward to welcoming all of this year's Genie nominees to the nation's capital for a well-deserved celebration of their work."

The 31st Annual Genie Awards will be broadcast live from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Thursday, March 10, 2011 on CBC.

For the complete list of nominations and additional information about this year's awards show,
visit www.genieawards.ca.

About the ACCT:
Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition, and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film and television. Unifying professionals across Canada, the ACCT is a vital and integral force, representing all areas of the film and television industries.

SOURCE Academy of Canadian Cinema

For further information:

Judy Lung, Communications Manager
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Ph: 416-366-2227 ext 238  E-mail: judy@academy.ca

Judith Dubeau, Publicist, Quebec
Ixion Communications
Ph: 514-495-8176 E-mail: judith.dubeau@ixioncommunications.com

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