The 2012 Genie Awards were handed out in Toronto Thursday night, and leading the pack of winners was none other than Monsieur Lazhar, which took home six awards.

The drama, which was nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign language category last month, earned director Phillipe Falardeau the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay awards, along with the night's biggest prize, Best Picture.

I wrote a speech two weeks ago and I didn't have the chance to say it, but I feel really tempted to recycle the first phrase: I'd like to thank the members of the academy, Falardeau said in his acceptance speech.

Often dubbed the Canadian version of the Oscars, the Genies also showered David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method with several prizes, including Best Supporting Actor for Viggo Mortenson.

Mortenson, who plays Sigmund Freud in the film, dedicated his Genie to the Montreal Canadians.

We'll be back next year with a vengeance, he added.

French actress Vanessa Paradis won the Best Actress award for her role in Café de Flore, which was nominated in 13 categories. Paradis, the former longtime love of Johnny Depp, did not attend Thursday's Genies.

The Genie Awards have recognized the best in Canadian film since 1980.

Click through for photos from the 32nd Genie Awards. For a full list of winners, visit the Genie Awards website.