If you assume that the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes are the only film awards that matter–or exist–it is time to purchase a passport or leave your zip code once in a while. Cinema is a completely international industry and art form with many foreign territories having their own prestigious prizes to praise the movies they love. The four following film awards are highly respected honors in France, Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom, respectively. Thanks to these, and many other foreign film awards, we can all proudly proclaim "Viva la Cinema!"
Palme d'Or – France
Taxi Driver", 1976), Francis Ford Coppola ("Apocalypse Now", 1979), Quentin Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction", 1994) and Clint Eastwood (a special lifetime achievement honor, 2009).
Genie Award – Canada
William Shatner, as well as "Avatar" creator James Cameron, are a few that come to mind. But unfortunately they had to pack their bags and head down to Hollywood, USA to have the huge careers that they eventually earned. In order to strengthen the Canadian film industry, and give local stars a reason to not have to cross over the border to shine, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television established the Genie Awards in 1980. There is a Genie Award category for practically every achievement that the Academy Award offers, so those underappreciated makeup artists and costume designers are thankfully not overlooked.
Golden Lion – Italy
BAFTA Award – United Kingdom