This year’s Oscar nominations included 21 Canadian names. Room was written by Irish-Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue is up for Best Adapted screenplay with Brie Larson for Best Actress, and Lenny Abrahamson for Best Director.
Rachel McAdams is in the running as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Spotlight a film based on the Boston Globe’s reporting on the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church. Pakistani-Canadian director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is nominated for her documentary Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.
“Looking at these nominations, it’s clear that Canada continues to be a shooting location of choice,” Telefilm Executive Director Carolle Brabant said in a statement. Spotlight, and Room were both filmed in Toronto. 12-time nominated The Revenant was filmed in British Columbia, and Alberta.
“Canada’s audiovisual industry helps our culture develop and is an important sector of our economy,” Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said in a statement. $5.9 billion worth of film and television were made in Canada in 2013-2014. $2.7 billion of that was in Canadian productions.
Telefilm Canada will pay tribute to Canadian nominees February 25 with “An Evening with Canadian Stars” event. The Oscars will be held on Sunday February 28, 2016. For a full list of nominees visit The Oscars’ official website