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Beautiful Scars Takes Lead in Hot Docs Audience Award Race

Audience Award rankings for May 3

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Beautiful Scars takes the lead in the Hot Docs Audience Award race. The film directed by Shane Belcourt is a raucous yet moving portrait of rocker Tom Wilson. Beautiful Scars adapts Wilson’s memoir of the same name and looks back at his career in music, playing with bands like Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, his discovery of his Mohawk identity, and his journey reconnecting with his mother and his roots. (Read more about the film in our current issue.)

The film’s debut in the top spot marked the fourth consecutive day in which a Canadian film sat in the lead. Previous leader Batata fell to ninth place after holding the #1 slot for two days, while early leader Okay! (The ASD Band) moved up to eighth. Debuting in second place for the Rogers Audience Award for Canadian film, meanwhile, is Sean Stiller’s Returning Home, which entered the chart in seventh overall.


The top 20 for the Hot Docs Audience Award on May 3 is as follows:


  1. Beautiful Scars 
  2. Tolyatti Adrift
  3. The Artist’s Daughter, Oil on Canvas
  4. American Scar
  5. Relative
  6. Quiet Epidemic
  7. Returning Home  
  8. Okay! (The ASD Band Film)
  9. Batata  
  10. How Saba Kept Singing
  11. Navalny
  12. Sam Now
  13. Category: Woman
  14. The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith
  15. Smell of Money
  16. Midwives
  17. Framing Agnes
  18. Sexual Healing
  19. Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille  
  20. In the Eye of the Storm: The Political Odyssey of Yanis Varoufakis

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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