2009 Genie Awards Contest with The Uptown Giftbox Company

Comments 43 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend the 29th annual Genie Awards will be handed out in over 20 categories to the best in Canadian film. To celebrate these Canadian Oscars in style I’ll be running a quick contest thanks to the Uptown Giftbox Company.

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This year’s shining stars at the Genies include Passchendaele – leading the pack in nominations with Best Motion Picture, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Gross) , Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Costume Design, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Achievement in Overall Sound, and Achievement in Sound Editing. The Stone Angel follows with nominations for Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Music – Original Score, and Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn). Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth is also nominated for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Preity Zinta) and Original Screenplay.

Following their great performance at the Juno Awards, the Uptown Giftbox Company has offered up one of their famous gift boxes to one lucky Miss604.com reader. The winner of my contest will receive the same goodies as the Genie Award VIPs including:

  • Ultra-hip Boris Brothers shopping bag, made from recycled outdoor ad banners
  • A one-year subscription to the thought-provoking NUVO magazine
  • Aan innovative tea glass for enjoying loose-leaf tea on the go from Libre-Tea
  • Delicious tea from British Columbia’s venerable Murchie’s Tea & Coffee Ltd.
  • Mink Chocolates
  • A stylish, eco-friendly bag from Possum
  • To enter the contest, leave a comment below with the name of a Canadian film (short, animated, full-length etc.) and you could win this gift pack.


    Showcasing our homegrown talent on all levels not only celebrates those who are established, but opens doors for many up-and-comers in the industry. This year, more than any other, I have had the proud opportunity to view an abundance of Canadian movies both individually, at media screenings, as a part of a festival, or with the First Weekend Club.

    The 2009 Genie Awards are hosted by Dave Foley on Saturday April 4th, 2009, and will broadcast from Ottawa at 9:00pm ET on Global TV and IFC. The prize winner will be drawn first thing Monday morning, April 5th 2009.

    Update: I’m upping the ante and including one of my “Show me your Tweets” shirts (courtesy of 6S Marketing) in the prize pack. Bonus entry for anyone who re-tweets this contest (here’s a Twitter-friendly URL to use: http://is.gd/qobn)

    Update: The contest is now closed and the winner is Karen G!

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    43 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. LeeThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 3:02pm PDT

      I don’t know if it’s nominated but One Week is a fun Canadian roadtrip/soul search movie.

    2. Miss604Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 3:03pm PDT

      @ Lee – Not sure, but I think One Week may have come out too late to be considered for this year’s awards – maybe for 2010. I can’t believe I still haven’t seen it either (it was sold out every time I went to go see it – even with a pass).

    3. PatrickThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 3:24pm PDT

      I really enjoyed One Week with Joshua Jackson, I saw it a couple times in the theatres 🙂

    4. Karen GThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 3:26pm PDT


    5. Erin HochsteinThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 3:34pm PDT

      Best Canadian Documentary – My Winnipeg

    6. MehnazThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 3:44pm PDT

      Heaven on Earth – love Deepa Mehta’s work

    7. JB in VanThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 3:45pm PDT

      One Week is a movie that I am eagerly waiting to see as well. I have heard great reviews and the scenery from Toronto to Tofino is supposed to be amazing!
      I am also looking forward to viewing “Normal”, which has 4 nominations for the Genies. 🙂

    8. VancityAllieThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 4:11pm PDT

      I love love love love Mink chocolate. Seriously! Mmmmm.

    9. JennyThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 4:23pm PDT

      Passchendale is a good one. I am also looking forward to seeing One Week.

    10. Adrienne LindsayThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 4:32pm PDT

      Just saw Polytechnique @ Tinseltown. Beautifully shot and gently told. Before that, One Week. Ditto. But in a totally different way. Love Canadian film – it’s just so… Canadian!

    11. rebeccaThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 4:32pm PDT

      One Week.

    12. JerThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 4:33pm PDT

      I want to check out Up the Yangtze, which is nominated for best documentary.

    13. NicoleThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 4:58pm PDT

      Bon Cop Bad Cop – pretty funny and I love that even my strictly anglo-friends wouldn’t need the subtitles for the whole film.

    14. ChrisThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 5:50pm PDT

      I really wanted to see Passchendaele when it was out, but never got around to it. Mind you, I would have been heading to it alone as Marnie is definitely not into such a flick.

      Anywho, on a similar slant to that of Nicole, I’m a fan of Men with Brooms – mint Canadian comedy and it’s about curling. What more could you want?

    15. AdrienneThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 6:19pm PDT

      I loved “Wendy & Lucy” – a really great film that really moved me.

    16. TristenThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 7:12pm PDT

      Have to say “Eastern Promises” An amazing performance by Viggo Mortensen! I wish he won the Oscar that year.

    17. deniThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 8:55pm PDT

      Haven’t watched “The Stone Angel” yet, but really enjoyed the book. Nice to see quality Canadian Lit made in to a film.

    18. JenThursday, April 2nd, 2009 — 10:33pm PDT

      I am not sure if this has to be in this year’s Genie Awards but I loved The Corporation which is a past award winner. Sarah Polley has to be one of my favourite Canadian Directors and she did brilliant work with Away from Her.

    19. JonniFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 7:15am PDT

      Wendy and Lucy is a great film.

    20. JonniFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 7:22am PDT

      Thank you

    21. JenFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 9:16am PDT

      I really enjoyed Young People F*****g and Elephant Shoes (short film from a few years back). I have no idea how or why Canadians are so good at films about sex, but I’m glad they (we) are 🙂

    22. lucFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 9:27am PDT

      The Stone Angel, but I liked the book more.

    23. LeeFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 9:44am PDT

      By the looks of the comments, maybe One Week will be nominated next year! Fun movie.

    24. BlissfulGirlFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 12:26pm PDT

      The Stone Angel … it was a favourite book for years and now its a favourite movie. Brilliant!

    25. SusanFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 1:52pm PDT

      The Stone Angel has my vote, too – awesome!

    26. CrystalFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 1:54pm PDT

      The Stone Angel was beautifully done.

    27. LyndseyFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 3:02pm PDT

      Heaven On Earth

    28. RyanFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 3:02pm PDT

      The Stone Angel

    29. GabrielleFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 4:11pm PDT

      Now if I wasn’t sponsoring this contest, I would so put my name in just because of the ‘Show me your tweets’ shirt! I noticed it on your photos from the JUNOs recently, and thought to myself…hmmm, gotta get me one of those. Better yet, made me think I should design a Twitter-themed giftbox!

    30. NicoleFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 4:35pm PDT

      I really enjoyed Passchendaele.

    31. MargaretFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 4:35pm PDT

      The Stone Angel was an excellent read!! sO i WILL HAVE TO GO WITH THAT ONE! tHANKS;)

    32. Tanya (aka NetChick)Friday, April 3rd, 2009 — 5:04pm PDT

      I’ll take “Passchendale” for the gift basket 🙂

    33. Grace LauFriday, April 3rd, 2009 — 10:46pm PDT

      The Stone Angel

    34. RachelSaturday, April 4th, 2009 — 12:20am PDT

      The Stone Angel

    35. JessicaSaturday, April 4th, 2009 — 12:10pm PDT

      The Stone Angel!

    36. GloriaSunday, April 5th, 2009 — 11:01pm PDT

      Passchendale is a good one.

    37. Barnabas CSunday, April 5th, 2009 — 11:18pm PDT


    38. Sofia GarciaSunday, April 5th, 2009 — 11:47pm PDT

      The Stone Angel!

    39. LesleyMonday, April 6th, 2009 — 8:48am PDT

      Nominated this year: Fugitive Pieces. Set in World War 2, it’s a coming of age story adapted from a novel by Anne Michael.

    40. AngelaMonday, April 6th, 2009 — 10:31am PDT


    41. AlfredoMonday, April 6th, 2009 — 1:48pm PDT

      The Stone Angel

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    43. Victoria CruisesThursday, August 27th, 2009 — 1:54am PDT

      I heard Up the Yangtze was nominated, i was wondering where i can see this film

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