Toronto filmmakers Sarah Polley and Domee Shi are among the Canadian women competing in the top categories at this year’s Oscars.
Polley’s “Women Talking” received a Best Picture Oscar nomination as well as a suitable screenplay nod.
The film is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Manitoba author Miriam Toews. It’s about a group of women who meet in a barn to discuss what action to take after a series of sexual assaults shock their remote Mennonite community.
“Women Talking” is competing for the coveted top prize against nine other films, including “Avatar: The Way of Water,” by Ontario filmmaker James Cameron.
Meanwhile, Shi’s “Turning Red” was nominated in the Best Animated Feature category. The film follows the story of Meilin “Mei” Lee, a 13-year-old girl living in Toronto who discovers she has the ability to transform into a giant red panda.
‘Turning Red’ review: The Toronto-based Pixar film is an absolute joy from start to finish
Ontario couple’s luggage containing tracker donated to charity by Air Canada
Shi’s film takes on Sheridan College alumnus Chris Williams, who made “Sea Beast,” an animated feature about a team of sea monster hunters.
Other Canadian projects receiving accolades on Tuesday included the animated short ‘The Flying Sailor,’ directed by Calgary-based Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.
Competing in the Best Animated Short category, the film is based on a maritime tale about a sailor who was tossed into the air after two ships collided in Halifax Harbor during World War I. world.
Additionally, National Geographic’s Canadian-American documentary “Fire of Love,” about French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died in an explosion, is among the nominees for a feature-length documentary.
‘Fire of Love’ takes on ‘Navalny’, an investigation into the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, led by Daniel Roher of Toronto.
2023 Oscar nominations: ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ leads with 11
Scientists share source of signal captured nearly 9 billion light-years away
In performance categories, actor Brendan Fraser continues to garner accolades for his role in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale.”
Fraser, who went to high school in Toronto but was born in the United States to Canadian parents, is nominated for Best Actor for his turn as a reclusive English teacher living with obesity who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter .
The annual film awards are celebrating their 95th anniversary this year and the winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday, March 12.
© 2023 The Canadian Press