Denis Villeneuve nominated for an Oscar

The NFB-produced animated short Blind Vaysha is also in the running for a golden trophy.

shutterstock_denis villeneuveDenis Villeneuve is going to the Oscars. The Quebec director will compete for the Best Director prize for Arrival at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Villeneuve is up against Damien Chazelle for La La Land, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Kenneth Londergan for Manchester by the Sea and Martin Scorsese for Silence.

Arrival is also nominated for Best Picture.

This isn’t Villeneuve’s first trip to the Academy Awards. In 2011, his Incendies was nominated for Best Foreign Language film, though he ultimately lost out to Susanne Bier’s In a Better World. 

Villeneuve was recently on hand at the Toronto Film Critics Association gala to accept its 20th Anniversary Award for Excellence, which recognized his three Best Canadian Film Awards and his overall body of work.

Meanwhile, in the animated shorts category, Theodore Ushev’s L’Aveugle, Vaysha (“Blind Vaysha“) has been nominated for an Academy Award. The short film is produced by the the NFB’s Marc Bertrand and executive producer Julie Roy, with the participation of ARTE France.

Though CarpeDiem Film & TV’s Snowtime! was up for Oscar consideration in the animated feature category, it did not make the final five.

Nor did Xavier Dolan’s Juste la Fin du Monde, which had been named to the short list for a Best Foreign Language Film in December.

Other Canadians heading to the Oscars this year are Ryan Gosling, who picked up a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for La La Land; Shawn Levy, who co-produced Arrival; Howard Barish, who coproduced 13th, up for Best Documentary Feature; Sylvain Bellemare, Sound Editing (Arrival); Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye, Sound Mixing (Arrival); and Patrice Vermette, Production Design (Arrival).

The 89th annual Academy Awards will take place Feb. 26 in Los Angeles.

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