Jutra Awards: Monsieur Lazhar aces the test
Jutra organizers included a note on ballots saying it was not necessary to have seen all of the films in order to vote. When this was made public a few days back, many in the industry were mighty peeved, including Forcier. He said since his film hadn’t made much money at the box office – and hence hadn’t been seen by all that many people – he didn’t expect to win anything Sunday night. It turns out Forcier’s pessimism was well-founded.
There has also been much complaining about the fact that the Jutra nominations were decided by a 16-person jury, a system brought in two years ago. Prior to that, the nominations were decided by members of all the different local film associations and guilds. This year, a couple of major films were snubbed by this jury, notably the critically-acclaimed films En terrains connus and Funkytown.