Canadian Nominees Gear Up For Oscars

Actors prepare to wow the red carpet and hopefully take home some statues.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

There are a number of Canadians vying for the coveted Oscar awards, which will be handed out this Sunday night.

Toronto composer Mychael Danna is nominated for best song as well as best original score for his work on the film adaptation of "Life of Pi," based on the book by Canadian Booker Prize winner Yann Martel. In all, the flick is up for 11 awards in total, one of which is for Vancouver-based visual effects artist Guillaume Rocheron

"I wasn't even that interested in film growing up. I kind of missed a lot of the iconic films," Danna admitted to The Canadian Press. "It was only when I came to the University of Toronto and was studying music composition (things changed). I started mixing with people at the university and I ended up working with people in theatre and I had a fabulous time. I loved the people and this whole idea of storytelling was so new to me and then it was there that I met (future director) Atom Egoyan, through theatre. And both of us kind of went into film together."

Montreal writer-director Kim Nguyen is also up for best foreign-language film. "The part of organizing for the Oscars for us is like kind of a wedding ceremony – you've got a certain number of tickets, you've got a certain number of people you can invite, everybody wants to come, you know. I want to go but everybody wants to go too," said Nguyen in the same article. "We'll try to keep it as sane as possible but it's really insane. We're kind of like crossing to the other side in a way because when you get there and you're face-to-face and shaking hands with these people that you've respected for so long like Spielberg or Robert De Niro, there's something really eerie about those moments."

The 85th annual Oscars will take place on Sunday night with coverage beginning at 7pm.

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