War Witch receives Oscar nod

Composer Mychael Danna also received a best musical score nomination for his work in Ang Lee's Life of Pi, while Ariel Nasr received a nod for Buzkashi Boys (War Witch pictured).
War Witch

Montreal director Kim Nguyen is headed to the Academy Awards after his film War Witch (Rebelle) on Thursday morning received an Oscar nomination in the best foreign language film category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also gave Mychael Danna a best musical score nomination for his composing work in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

Oscar contention for War Witch, produced by Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin of Montreal-based Item 7 Productions, follows the Congo child soldier drama collecting a slew of awards on the festival circuit after a bow in Berlin.

Danna, a long-time collaborator with Ang Lee, received his nomination for his work on Life of Pi, a magical realism adaption of the Canadian novelist Yann Martel’s prize-winning novel of the same name.

Guillaume Rocheron of Vancouver’s The Moving Picture Company also received a nod for achievement in visual effects for Life of Pi (his fellow VFX nominees for Life of Pi are Bill Westenhofer, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott).

Also nominated for best live action short film are  Henry by Quebec filmmaker Yan England and Buzkashi Boys, directed by Sam French and produced by Ariel Nasr. Afghan-Canadian Nasr is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the director of The Boxing Girls of Kabul and NFB doc Good Morning Kandahar.

The Academy Awards will be broadcast on Feb. 24 on CTV and in 225 territories worldwide.