Hot Docs: ‘The Walrus and the Whistleblower’ Wins Top Audience Award

By Etan Vlessing. Photo: Hot Docs. Source:

Nathalie Bibeau’s The Walrus and the Whistleblower, about a former trainer at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario, turned whistleblower, on Sunday picked up the top Audience Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, which was forced online this year by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Jean-Marc Vallée wins at Hollywood Film Awards

By Lindsey Bahr. Photo: PC/Jordan Strauss. Source:

About halfway through the first televised Hollywood Film Awards, Chris Rock took the stage to accept a trophy for his film Top Five. ”Wow, do you feel the excitement in the room?” he asked facetiously, eliciting the first real laughter of the night from an otherwise restrained audience.
Eddie Redmayne was honoured for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Reese Witherspoon presented an award to her Wild director, Quebec’s Jean-Marc Vallée.

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GSCA 2014 Achievement Awards: Jerusalem wins Best Film and Best Cinematography

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The GSCA 2014 Achievement Awards were presented the evening of September 20 at the Ontario Science Centre during the opening reception of the GSCA 2014 International Conference and Trade Show. IMAX Corporation also presented its Maximum Image Awards that evening. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Best Film, Short Subject
Best Cinematography
A National Geographic Entertainment Presentation of a Cosmic Picture/Arcane Pictures Film. Written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. Produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield, and Daniel Ferguson. Executive Producers Jake Eberts and Dominic Cunninham-Reid.
Reed Smoot, Director of Photography. Ron Goodman, Director of Aerial Photography. Peter H. Chang & Dustin Farrell, Time Lapse DOPs and additional cinematography.

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All Right, All Right, All Right!

By CBC News. Photo: Reuters. Source:

Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée, snagged a trio of Oscars, including best actor for Matthew McConaughey, whose performance as the scrappy, HIV-positive cowboy-turned-alternative medicine champion Ron Woodroof has earned him accolades all season.

Jared Leto, who had taken a six-year break from acting before tackling the film, picked up the evening’s first award — best supporting actor — for his turn as an HIV-positive transgender prostitute named Rayon. In addition to paying special tribute to his mother and brother, the actor and rocker also referenced AIDS victims and current zones of political unrest in his speech.

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‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

By Manohla Dargis. Photo: AFP. Source:

“Blue Is the Warmest Color” — an emotionally raw and sexually explicit contemporary French drama and critical favorite about a young woman’s awakening — won the Palme d’Or on Sunday evening at the 66th Cannes Film Festival here.

From the stage, Steven Spielberg, the head of the competition jury, announced that he and the other jurists had decided to formally recognize not only the movie’s director, Abdellatif Kechiche, but also its two young actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. This unusual, perhaps unprecedented step acknowledged the contributions of both women, who appear naked in several sex scenes, but it also took some auteur sheen away from Mr. Kechiche, suggesting that the jury had engaged in intense back-room negotiations. For much of the festival the critical favorite had been “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a period story from Joel and Ethan Coen about a New York folk singer trying to make it in 1961. The Coens’ film won the Grand Prix, but they were not in attendance.

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