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Andrea Martin, Strombo to host Genie Awards

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SCTV alum Andrea Martin and talk-show host George Stroumboulopoulos have been named hosts of the 32nd Genie Awards.

The prizes, which honour the best in Canadian film, are to be handed out March 8, with the show airing on CBC-TV.

The leading nominees are Jean-Marc Vallee's sweeping romance Café de Flore with 13 nods, followed by 11 for David Cronenberg's psychoanalysis drama A Dangerous Method.

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A striking number of Hollywood stars are among this year's pool of Genie nominees, including Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as well as Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel Weisz.

Monsieur Lazhar, from Quebec director Philippe Falardeau, has nine nominations going into the Genies.

It's also vying for a best foreign-language film Oscar at the Academy Awards, which take place Feb. 26.

Said Martin in a statement: "I am thrilled to be hosting the Genies with George Stroumboulopoulos, one of Canada's most eligible bachelors ... I also like film."

Responded Stroumboulopoulos: "The truth is, while I am happy to be a part of the Genies this year, I mostly agreed to do this because I thought Andrea was asking me on a date."

The Genies are put on by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

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