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Atom Egoyan's Ararat wins five Genies

Atom Egoyan's Ararat wins five Genies

Variety reports that director Atom Egoyan's epic film about the Armenian holocaust, Ararat, was honored with five Genie Awards in Toronto on Thursday; the Genies are the Oscars of Canadian film. Ararat's awards included Best Picture and a Best Supporting Actor Genie for Elias Koteas, who plays a gay character in the film. David Cronenberg was named Best Director for Spider, and Deepa Mehta, who explored lesbian themes in 1996's Fire, won Best Original Screenplay for Bollywood/Hollywood.

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