January 14, 2016 2:38 pm
Updated: January 14, 2016 11:52 pm

Canadians figure prominently in this year’s Oscar race

WATCH: Multiple Canadians are up for Oscars this year, and half of the movies nominated for best picture were filmed, at least partially, here in Canada. Mike Armstrong reports.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Veteran Canadian animator Richard Williams has earned an Oscar nomination for best animated short film for “Prologue,” an honour he shares with Imogen Sutton.

Canadians figure prominently in this year’s Oscar race. Two Canadian co-productions, “Brooklyn” and “Room,” are among the eight films in the best picture category.

Several Canucks were recognized for their work on the dark drama “The Revenant,” which was partially shot in Alberta and British Columbia and picked up a leading 12 nominations.

British Columbia is represented by Chris Duesterdiek, up for sound mixing, Cameron Waldbauer, named in the best visual effects category, and set decorator Hamish Purdy, who got a production
design nod.

WATCH: Four British Columbians have received nominations for their work on the film “The Revenant.” Nadia Stewart sat down with all of them to get their reaction.

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Edmonton-born Robert Pandini received a nomination in the makeup and hairstyling category.

Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, London, Ont.-born Rachel McAdams and Toronto native the Weeknd also picked up Oscar nominations.  Donoghue was nominated in the best adapted screenplay category, while McAdams is up for best supporting actress for her role in “Spotlight.”

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The Weeknd had his song “Earned It,” from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey,” nominated for the best original song Oscar. Fellow Canadians Ahmad Balshe, Jason (Daheala) Quenneville and Stephan
Moccio are also nominated alongside the chart-topping singer.

Two Canadians have nominations for their documentary short films.

Pakistani-born Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who became a Canadian citizen after moving to Toronto in 2004, is in the running for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.” She previously won
the documentary short Oscar for “Saving Face” in 2012.

And director Adam Benzine, who is based in Toronto, received his first nomination for “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah.”

In the best sound mixing category, Canadian Paul Massey is nominated for his work on “The Martian,” along with co-nominees Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth.

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