TORONTO – Paul Gross’s Canadian war epic “Passchendaele” leads the pack of films going into the Directors Guild of Canada Awards.
The First World War drama has received five nominations, including best feature and best direction for Gross, who also wrote, co-produced and starred in the movie.
Earlier this year, the film won a leading six Genie Awards and a Golden Reel Award, and Gross earned a National Arts Award for mounting the project.
Other best-feature nominees at this year’s DGC Awards include “High Live,” “Heaven on Earth” and “One Week.”
Netting a leading five nominations each in the TV categories are CBC’s “The Summit” and CTV’s “Flashpoint.”
The awards will be handed out Oct. 24 at a gala hosted by comedian Shaun Majumder in Toronto.
Gross is up against three others for best director: Kari Skogland for “Fifty Dead Men Walking,” Patricia Rozema for “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl” and Michael McGowan for “One Week.”