A list of the Canadians in the running at this year’s Academy Awards:
— Kim Nguyen of Montreal is nominated in the best foreign-language film category, for “Rebelle” (“War Witch”). The French-language drama is a harrowing look at the lives of child soldiers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nguyen penned the story over the course of a decade and shot it in Congo with a cast that included several local first-time actors.
— Toronto composer Mychael Danna is up for best original score and best original song for “Life of Pi.” Danna spent nearly a year working on the score for the film, based on the Booker-winning novel by Yann Martel. Danna had previously collaborated with “Pi” director Ang Lee on 1997′s “The Ice Storm” and 1999′s “Ride with the Devil.”
— Yan England of Montreal is nominated for best live-action short for “Henry,” about an elderly pianist. England has said it’s a tribute to his late grandfather, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. The filmmaker has been acting in English and French since he was eight and financed “Henry” out of his own pocket.
— Toronto-bred producer Mino Jarjoura is up for best live-action short for “Asad,” about a Somalian boy torn between life as a budding fisherman and the temptation to become a pirate. Jarjoura says he and director Bryan Buckley wanted to capture the indomitable spirit of Somalian people, which they discovered while making a short documentary for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2010.
— Montreal-based producer Ariel Nasr is up for best live-action short film for “Buzkashi Boys,” about two Afghan boys who long to professionally play the country’s brutal horse-polo sport. It was shot in Kabul in February 2011 and produced through the non-profit Afghan Film Project.
— Jim Erickson of Salt Spring Island, B.C., is in the running for best production design, for “Lincoln.” He was previously nominated for “There Will Be Blood.” After 30 years working in Hollywood, Erickson has said he’s now ready to retire.
— France-born Vancouver-based Guillaume Rocheron is up for best visual effects for the dazzling “Life of Pi,” about a boy trapped on a boat with a tiger.