Dreaming of genie took on a whole new meaning last night at the 31st Annual Genie Awards.
Two films dominated the awards with Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies taking home eight awards, including best motion picture and Barney’s Version leaving with a respectable seven.
Paul Giamatti won best actor in a leading role for his role in Barney’s Version, while his co-star Dustin Hoffman won best supporting actor for the same movie. Neither were there to accept their awards.
William Shatner, who drew hosting duties, took the show to the next level. He sang, delivered smart jokes and kept the crowd entertained all night.
At one point, he wondered aloud why he’s never taken home one of the golden awards.
“I nominate myself,” said Shatner. “Look at my body of work.”
But he does have something to smile about, in May he’ll receive the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement.
Other winners included Lubna Azabal for best actress in Incendies and Minnie Driver for best supporting actress in Barney’s Version.
Some big names in attendance included Jay Baruchel, Gorden Pinsent, Shannon Tweed and Rachelle Lefevre.