OTTAWA - "The Necessities of Life" ("Ce qu'il faut pour vivre"), a film that explores the relationship between an Inuit hunter and an orphaned boy who helps him cope outside his community, has grabbed the most Genie Award nominations.

Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent and Quebec entertainer Caroline Neron announced this year's nominees Tuesday, with "The Necessities of Life" up for eight, including best motion picture, best director and best screenplay.

The movie was a semi-finalist for best foreign-language Oscar, and has been a favourite at Canadian film festivals. Dialogue is in both French and Inukitut.

Another French-language film, "Everything is Fine" ("Tout est parfait"), was nominated in seven categories. In that film, a suburban teen struggles to cope after four of his closest friends kill themselves in a suicide pact.

Other top Canadian films up for awards include the First World War epic Passchendaele, with six nominations, "Fugitive Pieces," and Quebec filmmaker Lea Pool's "Mommy is at the Hairdresser's" ("Maman est chez le coiffeur").

The nominations were announced against the backdrop of antique planes at the Canada Aviation Museum, also the location of the 29th Genie Awards ceremony on April 4. It will be the first time the ceremony is being held outside of Toronto or Montreal.

"The Genie Awards have grown and matured into a true national celebration," said Sara Morton, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

"So it's fitting that Ottawa, the nation's capital, should host our celebration of Canada's finest films and filmmakers."


Some top Genie Awards nominees:

Best motion picture: "Amal," "The Necessities of Life" ("Ce qu'il faut pour vivre"), "Norma," "Passchendaele," "Everything Is Fine" ("Tout est parfait").

Original screenplay: Bernard Emond, "The Necessities of Life" ("Ce qu'il faut pour vivre"); Deepa Mehta, "Heaven on Earth"; Travis McDonald, "Normal"; Randall Cole, "Real Time"; Guillaume Vigneault, "Everything Is Fine" ("Tout est parfait").

Achievement in direction: Richie Mehta, "Amal"; Lyne Charlebois, "Borderline"; Benoit Pilon, "The Necessities of Life" ("Ce qu'il faut pour vivre"); Carl Bessai, "Normal"; Yves-Christian Fournier, "Everything Is Fine" ("Tout est parfait").

Performance by an actor in a leading role: Paul Gross, "Passchendaele"; Rupinder Nagra, "Amal"; Christopher Plummer, "Emotional Arithmetic"; Aaron Poole, "This Beautiful City"; Natar Ungalaaq, "The Necessities of Life" ("Ce qu'il faut pour vivre").

Performance by an actor in a supporting role: Normand D'Amour, "Everything Is Fine" ("Tout est parfait"); Benoit McGinnis, "Le Banquet"; Callum Keith Rennie, "Normal"; Rade Sherbedgia, "Fugitive Pieces"; Max Von Sydow, "Emotional Arithmetic."

Performance by an actress in a leading role: Isabelle Blais, "Borderline"; Ellen Burstyn, "Stone Angel"; Marianne Fortier, "Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's" ("Maman est chez le coiffeur"); Susan Sarandon, "Emotional Arithmetic"; Preity Zinta, "Heaven on Earth."

Performance by an actress in a supporting role: Celine Bonnier, "Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's" ("Maman est chez le coiffeur"); Kristin Booth, "Young People Fucking"; Eveline Gelinas, "The Necessities of Life" ("Ce qu'il faut pour vivre"); Anie Pascale, "Everything Is fine" ("Tout est parfait"); Rosamund Pike, "Fugitive Pieces."