Xavier Dolan's year has been nothing short of exceptional.
Not only did the 25-year-old director (one of Hello!'s Top 25 New Stars) share a jury prize at Cannes this year and then premiere Mommy at TIFF to rave reviews, but he's now been named Canada’s selection for the 2014 ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Academy Award.
“It’s a very nice honour and a beautiful challenge that feeds my competitive nature,” Xavier said in an official statement. “It’s the first of many steps.”
The choice to include Mommy was the result of a decision made by a 23-member jury of government and film agencies. Among the contenders were The Elephant Song, in which the prodigal director stars, as well as Tu dors Nicole and An Eye for Beauty.
It remains to be seen whether Mommy will make the shortlist in early January and then the final contender list announced by the Academy on Jan. 15, 2015.
Though the last time Canada nabbed the Foreign-Language Film award was in 2003, Canadians have been taking home a lot of Academy gold in recent years. Just last year, Montreal’s Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed won the best short doc award for The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, while director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyer’s Club took prizes for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.