Entertainment January 17, 2012
The 2012 Genie Awards Nominations Are In

Jean-Marc Vallée's Café de Flore and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method lead the nominations for this year's Genie Awards, an annual celebration of Canadian cinema that will take place this March in Toronto. The nominations were announced this morning by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at press conferences in Toronto and Montreal.

Café de Flore, a love fantasy that moves between Paris and Montreal, tops the list with 13 nominations, while A Dangerous Method, which tells the story of modern psychoanalysis through the characters of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, has 11. Both movies are nominated for best picture, a category that also includes Canada's entry for the foreign-language Oscar, Monsieur Lazhar, along with The Whistleblower, about a peacekeeping scandal in Bosnia, and Starbuck, about a sperm donor who becomes father to 533 children.

The acting categories feature a number of high-profile nominees, including Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen for A Dangerous Method, Patrick Huard for Starbuck, Scott Speedman for Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, Taylor Kitsch for The Bang Bang Club, Vanessa Paradis for Café de Flore, Rachel Weisz for The Whistleblower, and recent Golden Globe winner Michelle Williams for Take This Waltz.

Click here to see our complete list of nominees for the 32nd Genie Awards.

A few of this year's nominees have recently been guests in the red chair. Here are some highlights of George's conversations with Jean-Marc Vallée, David Cronenberg, Michael Fassbender and Taylor Kitsch

Philippe Falardeau, nominated as best director and for best picture and screenplay for Monsieur Lazhar, will be on the show next week.

Jean-Marc Vallée:

David Cronenberg:

Michael Fassbender:

Taylor Kitsch:

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