Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi film “Arrival” earned its first Academy Award of the night.
Montreal’s Sylvain Bellemare took home the Oscar for Best Sound Editing for his work on the alien film, starring Amy Adams as an expert alien linguist who is tasked with decoding the extra-terrestrial’s language.
Bellemare has been active in the industry since the early 1990s, working with some of Canada’s top directors including Villeneuve and Philippe Falardeau. “Arrival” is Bellemare’s first Oscar nomination and win.
“Arrival” earned eight Oscar nods including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Villeneuve.
Earlier this month, Bellemare also won the BAFTA for Best Sound for “Arrival”.
Alan Barillaro, was another Canadian to bring home an Oscar. The Chippawa, Ontario native won for Best Animated Short for Disney’s “Piper”.
The dad of three thanked his “three little pipers” — his children — when he accepted the award on Sunday.
“My parents, my wife Nancy, my three little pipers at home who inspired this story… I love you and may you always have the courage to face your fears,” Barillaro said in his touching speech.
The six-minute short, which was produced by Pixar, follows a baby bird and her mother trying to find food while dodging waves on a beach.
“Piper” wasn’t the only animated short that earned nominations for Canadian animators. “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”, directed by Vancouver’s Robert Valley, and “Blind Vaysha” by Montreal’s Theodore Ushev were also acknowledged.