David Cronenberg, a filmmaker otherwise known as the King of Horror, or the Baron of Blood, was essentially a Canadian filmmaker, and didn’t delve into Hollywood much. Most of his films were shot in Ontario, with notable exceptions. Films like Madame Butterfly and Eastern Promises were shot in China and England respectively. Rabid and Shivers were shot in Montreal. In addition to receiving the Order of Ontario and being inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, he received the Order of Canada in 2002.
Born Atom Yeghoyan in Cairo, Atom Egoyan‘s films explored themes of alienation and isolation. His most acclaimed film, The Sweet Hereafter, a film shot in B. C., and based on a novel by Russell Banks, was nominated for two Academy awards. Over time, Atom’s films won nearly every Canadian award, including The Governor General’s Award and the Toronto International Film Festival. His films also won awards in Cannes, France. In 1999 he was made the Officer of the Order of Canada, and late in 2015 the honor was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada.