There was no shortage of Canadian talent on the stage at the Academy Awards this past Sunday, March 27. The Canadian award-winners and standout speakers definitely made their nation proud at Oscars 2022 and got their well-deserved moment in the spotlight last night.

Dune, the sci-fi film that premiered at TIFF in September, took home more awards than any other film at this year’s Oscars.

The film won for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing and Best Production Design.

The director Denis Villeneuve was given special recognition as well as Dune‘s production designer Patrice Vermette, who are both Canadians from Montreal.

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Another Canadian filmmaker also won an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. Ben Proudfoot, of Halifax, took home the award for his film The Queen of Basketball, going up against fellow Canadian producer Geoff McLean for the title.

They were far from the only Canadian nominees at this year’s Oscars. Other contenders included Saskatoon’s Tamara Deverell, Halifax’s Shane Vieau, as well as Montreal’s Donald Mowat and Roger Frappier.

Canada’s fave superhero Simu Liu presented the award for Best International Feature Film alongside Tiffany Haddish, and he definitely leaned into his Canadian roots with his punchlines.

“We are here to present the award the award for International Feature Film, which is particularly exciting for me since I come from an international country, that for many Americans may seem exotic and different, Canada,” said Liu.


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He went on to show off his impeccable French, asking Haddish “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?”

The star dropped jaws in a red Versace suit, along with a sash and black loafers with no socks, a style choice that Liu called “controversial.”

We love to see that Canadian representation on the red carpet!