GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Jan. 25, 2017) - The list of 2017 Oscar nominees was released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and, once again, several Canadian artists have been recognized for their impressive achievements.

I am particularly proud to highlight that the film Arrival received eight Oscar nods, five of which feature the following Canadian nominees:

  • Denis Villeneuve, Directing
  • Shawn Levy, Best Picture
  • Patrice Vermette, Production Design
  • Sylvain Bellemare, Sound Editing
  • Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye, Sound Mixing

In addition, I am happy to see that Blind Vaysha, the National Film Board production by Theodore Ushev, is nominated for best Short Film (Animated).

I am equally pleased to draw attention to these Canadian nominees who have distinguished themselves this year:

  • Ryan Gosling, Actor in a Leading Role, La La Land
  • Alan Barillaro, Short Film (Animated), Piper
  • Robert Valley, Short Film (Animated), Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Howard Barish, Documentary (Feature), 13th

The Government of Canada understands the connections between culture, creativity and innovation, and we value our creators in all fields. Our artists and their work serve as ambassadors abroad, sharing Canada's unique perspective with the world.

In 2014-15, the total volume of film and television production that took place in Canada reached an all-time high of $7.1 billion-of which almost $3 billion was in Canadian-only productions. We are proud to invest more than $670 million in the industry each year through Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, the Canada Media Fund and tax credit programs.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I applaud our homegrown nominees and wish them the best of luck on February 26, 2017.

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Pierre-Olivier Herbert
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage