10th Annual DGC Awards Gala

I was invited to attend the 10th annual DGC Awards Gala which took place at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Saturday night.

The DGC Awards have always had a reputation for being a welcoming and down-to-earth affair, celebrating some of Canada’s brightest talent in television and cinema. This year was no exception.  Some great nominees were on the feature film roster including Vincenzo Natali’s Splice, Michael McGowan’s Score: A Hockey Musical, Bill Phillips’s Gunless and Jonathan Sobol’s A Beginners Guide to Endings. In the end, Richard J. Lewis’s Barney’s Version swept up both of the feature film awards. In the documentary category Sturla Gunnarsson's feature film, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, was awarded the prestigious Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary.

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Sean Cullen’s hilarious award presentation was one of the highlights of the evening, prompting lots of laughs from the audience and exemplifying some of Canada’s great comedic talent. I was also happy to see T.W. Peacocke (who I'm currently shadowing) take home an award for his directing work on Heartland. Another memorable moment came from director/producer Ted Kotcheff who was recognized with the DGC's lifetime achievement award. Kotcheff’s statment “A flourishing film industry defines a nation” really hit home.

I was also really stoked to hear this coming from the director of Rambo: First Blood :)

All and all it was a fun evening.

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Mars Horodyski & Priya Rao with Honouree Ted Kotcheff