The Dirties, Watermark, Gabrielle shortlisted for top TFCA award

The three Canadian film finalists will contend for the $100,000 Best Canadian Feature Award.

Toronto critics have shortlisted Matt Johnson’s The Dirties, Gabrielle, directed by Louise Archambault and Canada’s contender for the best foreign language Oscar, and Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark for the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

“It’s been an unusually thrilling year for cinema,” said Toronto Film Critics Association president Brian D. Johnson in a statement Tuesday.

“Among our distinctive Canadian finalists, each offers an inspired take on a compelling issue – from school bullying in The Dirties to sexual liberation among the disabled in Gabrielle to epic environmental crisis in Watermark,” he added.

The TFCA also Tuesday said the 2013 BMO Allan King Documentary Award will go to The Act of Killing, by director Joshua Oppenheimer.

The 2013 TFCA Awards, which were voted on by members on Dec. 15, also named the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis as their best picture, and lead Oscar Isaac as the best actor.

Other winners include Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón winning for best director, and Cate Blanchett for best actress in Blue Jasmine.

And Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin earned the best foreign-language film award.

In other award season honoring this week, Jared Leto of Dallas Buyers Club shared the best supporting actor prize from the Los Angeles Film Critics with James Franco of Spring Breakers.

And LA critics named Canadian rockers Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett to share the best music score prize for their work on Her with T Bone Burnett for Inside Llewyn Davis.

The 2013 TFCA Awards will be handed out on Jan. 7 in Toronto.