Crash, Lilies top Genies

David Cronenberg’s commercial and controversial Crash towed away the most statues at the 1996 Genies Awards with a total of five ­ including the Golden Reel Award for the top Canadian box office gross ­ but John Greyson’s Lilies, which had the most nominations at 14, took best picture. David Wellington’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night swept all the performance categories to round out the list of multiple winners.

Most surprising about this year’s winning roster is the small range of films represented. Of 20 nominated features, Crash, Lilies and Long Day’s Journey Into Night captured 10 awards among them, leaving only four other films on the winning list: John L’Ecuyer’s Curtis’s Charm (for original score), Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo (for original song), Pierre Gang’s Sous-sol (for original screenplay), and Peter Wellington’s J’e's So Mean To Josephine (the Claude Jutra Award for first features).

Films most noticeably absent from the winner’s circle were multiple nominees like Robert Lepage’s Le Polygraphe, which had nine, and Anna Benson Gyles’ Swann and John Fawcett’s The Boys Club, both of which had five.

The complete list of winners in all categories is as follows:

Best Motion Picture: Lilies (Robin Cass, Arnie Gelbart, Anna Stratton)

Achievement in Direction: David Cronenberg (Crash)

Performance by a Leading Actor: William Hutt (Long Day’s Journey Into Night)

Performance by a Leading Actress: Martha Henry (Long Day’s Journey Into Night)

Performance by a Supporting Actor: Peter Donaldson (Long Day’s Journey Into Night)

Performance by a Supporting Actress: Martha Burns (Long Day’s Journey Into Night)

Original Screenplay: Pierre Gang (Sous-sol)

Adapted Screenplay: David Cronenberg (Crash)

Achievement in Cinematography: Peter Suschitzky (Crash)

Achievement in Editing: Ronald Sanders (Crash)

Achievement in Art Direction/ Production Design: Sandra Kybartas (Lilies)

Achievement in Costume Design: Linda Muir (Lilies)

Achievement in Music ­ Original Score: Mark Korven (Curtis’s Charm)

Achievement in Music ­ Original Song: Michael Turner, Swamp Baby with Peter J. Moore (Hard Core Logo, Who The Hell Do You Think You Are?)

Achievement in Overall Sound: Don Cohen, Keith Elliott, Scott Purdy, Scott Shepherd, Don White (Lilies)

Achievement in Sound Editing: Tom Bjelic, David Evans, Wayne Griffin, John Laing, Andy Malcolm, Dale Sheldrake, John Smith (Crash)

Best Feature Length Documentary: Bones of the Forest (Heather Frise, Velcrow Ripper)

Best Short Documentary: Maman et Eve (Daniele Caloz, Paul Carriere)

Best Short Film: The Home For Blind Women (Christina Jennings, Sandra Kybartas)