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Monsieur Lazhar leads Jutra Nominations
By Staff

<2012 Genie Nominatiions>

(February 2, 2012 - Montréal, Québec) Finalists in the competition to win a Jutra Award were announced here yesterday morning and with a total of nine nominations, Monsieur Lazhar leads the pack with nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor. It has been quite a year for the film, which is also nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars®. Maurie Alioff, our Inside Québec columnist and Contributing Editor praised Monsieur Lazhar in his year-end lookback at Québec film.

Highlights for the nominations include Coteau Rouge, which was close on the heels of Monsieur Lazhar taking eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and a Best Actress nod for Céline Bonnier). It was followed by<Coteau Rouge, movie poster> Café de Flore with seven nominations. Jean-Marc Vallée picked up a nomination for Best Director. Unfortunately there is no award for best use of music, as Café de Flore certainly would have got my vote for that. Three titles each landed six noiminations each. They are Pour l’amour de Dieu, Starbuck and Une vie qui commence.

Le vendeur received five nominations including one for Best Film. An excellent performance by Gilbert Sicotte also brought a Best Actor nomination. Le sens de l’humour picked up four niminations as did Frisson des collines.

Three films each received three nominations. They are the musical biopic, Gerry, which picked up the last of five Best Actor nominations for Mario Saint-Amand. La run was nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing. Finally, Nuit #1 was nominated for Best Film, best direction and Catherine De Léan was given a nomination for Best Actress.

The Jutra Awards will be handed out on March 11th at this city's Théâtre St-Denis and will be broadcast and streamed online by Radio-Canada. La soirée des Jutra will be cohosted by Sylvie Moreau and Yves Pelletier.

Northernstars.ca congratulates all of the nominees for a 2012 Jutra Award.

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