Adrian Wyld/canadian press
“Bon Cop, Bad Cop,” a uniquely Canadian action movie about a pair of detectives who bicker in both official languages as they hunt a homicidal hockey fan, was named best picture yesterday at the 27th annual Genie Awards.
But “Maurice Richard/The Rocket” was the night’s big winner — taking home nine Genies, including best actor for Roy Dupuis — even though the top prize went to “Bon Cop,” one of the highest-grossing Canadian films of all time, earning more than $12 million last year in domestic box office receipts.
”The Rocket,” about the Montreal Canadiens idol, dominated the Genie acting categories, with Julie Le Breton winning best actress and Stephen McHattie taking best supporting actor while the prolific Dupuis took home his second best actor Genie in as many years.
He won last year for his portrayal of an amnesiac in ”Memoires affectives.”
Only Carrie-Anne Moss broke the “Rocket” stranglehold with her supporting actress role in “Snow Cake.”
“Bon Cop’s” only other Genie was achievement in overall sound, though it also won the Golden Reel Award, awarded to the Canadian film with the highest domestic box office earnings.
The other big box office hit of 2006, “Trailer Park Boys: The Movie,” was shut out despite getting rave reviews and enjoying the biggest opening weekend in Canadian box office history.
Nonetheless, the producers of ”Bon Cop” were delighted with the film’s success and pledged a sequel. ”Thank you, Toronto!” producer Kevin Tierney said.
This year’s Genies were handed out amid trying times for the Canadian film industry as ACTRA, the union representing Canadian performers, remains locked in a bitter dispute with producers about new rates and fair compensation for use of actors’ work on the Internet.
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