A List Of Montrealers Who Might Win An Oscar This Year
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Every time Oscars season rolls around, Montrealers (and Canadians at-large) usually don't have too many hometown heroes to root for. Sure, we can all hope Leo finally gets a statue of a golden bald man, but when it comes to folks who represent the city of Montreal, the options are usually at a hard zero.
2016 is a little different however, as a slew of Canadians have been nominated for academy awards, with the Montrealers in the mix receiving some of the most prestigious nominations.
So you know who to root for, we've compiled the Montrealers/Quebecers who will be gunning for an Oscar during the 2016 Academy Awards.
Admittedly, the list is rather short, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be incredibly proud of the following filmmakers who are proving Canadian and Quebec-made films are just as good as anything coming out of Hollywood.
Pierre Even & Marie-Claude Poulin
A veritable dynamic duo, Marie-Claude Poulin and Pierre Even are the masterminds behind Item7, a production company based out of Montreal. Peven founded Item7 in 2009, and was one of the two producers to create the critically acclaimed Quebecois film C.R.A.Z.Y.
By 2011, Peven and Poulin joined forces, producing the film Café de Flore, which earned a nomination for the Best Motion Picture award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. The pair's next theatrical endeavour, Rebelle/War Witch, would win them the award the following year.
But despite Poulin and Peven's proven success, both have reached a new level of notoriety at this year's academy award with their film Brooklyn (pictured above). A UK, Ireland and Canadian co-production, Brooklyn was actually filmed in Montreal (for the urban scenes) and has already received a fair amount of critical praise since its release at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
As the film's producers, Poulin and Peven could walk away with a Best Picture award come Oscar night. Brooklyn is also nominated for Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Not bad for a film produced by Montrealers and made in the city.
Originally hailing from born in Gentilly, Quebec (near Trois-Rivières), Denis Villeneuve is a director and screenwriter who has exploded onto the international film scene, and his most recent production is up for three different awards at this year's Academy Awards.
Villeneuve originally made waves back in 2001, when his film Maelström received tons of critical praise and won an assortment of awards, including Best Canadian Film at TIFF. Since, Villenueve has released a slew of much-adored films, including Polytechnique, Incendies, and Prisoners, with the latter gaining the director a Best Cinematography nomination at the 2014 Academy Awards.
This year, Villeneuve's film Sicario, an action crime thriller starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, is in the running for three Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Sound Editing. Unfortunately, Villeneuve won't actually get an Oscar should the film win in any of the three categories, but still, it's pretty cool that a Quebecois director's cinematic efforts are being recognized by the Academy Awards.