Denis Villeneuve scores three-peat at Toronto film critics awards

Enemy is named the best Canadian film, after earlier 2009 and 2010 wins for Villeneuve's Polytechnique and Incendies.
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The Toronto Film Critics Association on Tuesday named Enemy, the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer by director Denis Villeneuve, to receive its best Canadian film award and a $100,000 cheque from Rogers Communications.

Villeneuve won the same award twice before, in 2009 with Polytechnique and in 2010 with Incendies.

Enemy beat two other films this year also by Montreal directors: The F Word, directed by Michael Dowse, and Xavier Dolan’s Mommy. In accepting his award, Villeneuve offered to split his prize purse three ways with his fellow competitors.

Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Toronto International Film Festival head Piers Handling designated Randall Okita to receive $50,000 in services for the production of his latest film, The Lockpicker.

And, before rushing out to see his film In Her Place screen in TIFF’s Top Ten festival, director Albert Shin accepted the Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist – and a $5,000 cheque - from director Patricia Rozema. Shin accepted his prize by acknowledging the role of film criticism in shaping his career path: “It’s an amazing honour to receive this from Toronto critics because I grew up in the GTA reading many of you.”

And the Toronto film scribes handed out hardware after earlier naming Boyhood for the best picture award, with director Richard Linklater also named best director.

In other award giving, Patricia Arquette was named best supporting actress for her role in Boyhood. Tom Hardy won the best actor award for his part in Locke, and Marion Cotillard was named best actress for her role in The Immigrant.

And J.K. Simmons won the best supporting actor prize for his work in Whiplash, and the best screenplay award went to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

with files from Katie Bailey