Three Canadian copro titles land Oscar noms

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah (pictured), Room and Brooklyn all picked up Oscar nods, with Brooklyn and Room nominated for best film.
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Canadian copros Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Room and Brooklyn all picked up Oscar nominations Thursday morning, with Brooklyn and Room both nominated for best picture.

In addition to its best film nod, Room (Ireland/Canada) was nominated for best adapted screenplay, achievement in directing and performance by an actress in a leading role for Brie Larson’s work in the film. Room is directed by Irish director Lenny Abrahamson. The screenplay was penned by Canadian-Irish writer Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the book on which the film is based. Larson was awarded a Golden Globe award earlier this week for her performance in the film.

Brooklyn, an Ireland/U.K./Canada coproduction, also received nominations in the categories of performance by an actress in a leading role for Saoirse Ronan’s work in the film, and for best adapted screenplay. Brooklyn is based on a book by Nick Hornby, who also penned the screenplay for the film.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah received a nomination in the best short documentary category. The film is a Canada/U.S./U.K. coproduction, and was written, produced and directed by Toronto-based filmmaker Adam Benzine. The 40-minute film details the making of director Claude Lanzmann’s 10-hour Holocaust documentary Shoah, which was released in 1985. The film was recently picked up by CBC’s Documentary Channel. It will also air on HBO in the U.S. and in a number of international territories.

Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario (U.S.) also picked up three nominations, including best cinematography for Villeneuve collaborator Roger Deakins, best original and score and achievement in sound editing.

Chau, Beyond the Lines, a short doc for which the score was composed by Canadian Steve London, was also nominated in the best short documentary category. Prologue, a U.K. project up for Best Animated Short, was co-directed by Canadian/British animator Richard William.

Other Canadian in the Oscar nomination mix include Paul Massey in the category of best sound nixing for The Martin. Four Canadians are up for their work on Alberta-shot The Revenant, including Chris Duesterdiek for best sound mixing, Hamish Purdy for best production design and Cameron Waldbauer for best visual effects.

Last week, the Academy also announced a group of grip department members from B.C.-based IATSE Local 891 had won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement. David McIntosh, Steve Marshall Smith, Mike Branham and Mike Kirilenko won the award for their product, the Airwall. The inflatable Airwall can be used to replace traditional green screens. It has been used on productions such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and X-Men Apocalypse.

Four Vancouver-based film professionals – Chris Duesterdiek (sound mixing), Robert Pandini (Make Up and Hairstylingt), Hamish Purdy (Production Design) and Cameron Waldbauer (Visual Effects) – have picked up Oscar nominations for their work on The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Updated 1:19 p.m. Jan. 19, 2016.