It's quite the chore totting up all the Canadians who get nominated for Oscars.
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|Torill Kove picks up her Genie for best Animated Short for The Danish Poet. Feb. 13. She's up for an Oscar, her second nomination.|
Many of them leave our home and native land to work in Los Angeles, and their citizenship isn't always obvious. If they're part of a team nominated for a technical Oscar, they often get lumped in with their American co-workers.
Such is the case with Toronto-reared Paul Massey, who is nominated for Best Sound Mixing for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest along with Christopher Boyes and Lee Orloff.
It will be his fifth time at the Oscars, and he has yet to win one. Best Sound Mixing is a relatively new category, created in 2003 when the Academy redefined its awards for this craft.
Massey was previously nominated for his work on Walk the Line, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Air Force One and Legends of the Fall.
Whatever happens at the Oscars Feb. 25, Massey will least have official recognition from politicians in Ottawa.
Liberal M.P. Ruby Dhalla (Brampton Springdale) tabled a motion in the House of Commons asking all Members of Parliament for unanimous support for Canada's Oscar aspirants.
"All of the Canadian nominees, are talented individuals who have made tremendous contributions to the arts and television industry and are deserving of our upmost support and encouragement," Dhalla said in a press release.
The other Canuck nominees are Ryan Gosling (Best Actor), Paul Haggis (Best Original Screenplay), Deepa Mehta (Best Foreign-Language Film) and Torill Kove (Best Animated Short Film).
The Montreal-based Kove won a Genie this week for her Oscar-nominated short The Danish Poet.
She'll be making her second trip to the Academy Awards. She was first nominated in the same category for My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts.
The unflappable Kove, originally from Norway, was taking it all in her stride on Genie night. She's up against stiff competition from Disney and Pixar, who also have nominated shorts, but she doesn't like to think of competing against other animators.
"I’d like to think that animators are each other's biggest fans," she said. "They inspire me."
She's going to Hollywood this weekend with high hopes but modest aspirations about winning her category.
"I think they’re all really strong films. I have trouble thinking of it as competition, but I guess that’s what it is."