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Genie Awards
Genie Award.jpg
Awarded forBest film productions in Canada
Presented byAcademy of Canadian Cinema and Television
First awarded1980
Last awarded2012 (defunct)
RelatedCanadian Screen Awards

The Genie Awards were given out annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television to recognize the best of Canadian cinema from 1980–2012. They succeeded the Canadian Film Awards (1949–1978; also known as the "Etrog Awards," for sculptor Sorel Etrog, who designed the statuette).[1]

Genie Award candidates were selected from submissions made by the owners of Canadian films or their representatives, based on the criteria laid out in the Genie Rules and Regulations booklet which is distributed to Academy members and industry members. Peer-group juries, assembled from volunteer members of the Academy, meet to screen the submissions and select a group of nominees. Academy members then vote on these nominations.

In 2012, the Academy announced that the Genies would merge with its sister presentation for English-language television, the Gemini Awards, to form a new award presentation known as the Canadian Screen Awards.[2]


The Genie Awards were originally aired by CBC from 1979 to 2003, before moving to CHUM Limited's networks (Citytv, Bravo! and Star!). After CTVglobemedia purchased CHUM Limited, the Genie Awards moved to Canwest Global's E and IFC for 2008. The last two Genie Awards (2011–2012) were broadcast by the CBC.

Awards ceremonies

The following is a listing of all Genie Awards ceremonies.[3]

Ceremony Date Host(s) Venue Best Motion Picture Winner
Canadian Film Awards prior to 1980
1st Genie Awards March 20, 1980 Bruno Gerussi Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto The Changeling
2nd Genie Awards March 12, 1981 Brian Linehan Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto Good Riddance (Les Bons débarras)
3rd Genie Awards March 3, 1982 Brian Linehan Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto Ticket to Heaven
4th Genie Awards March 23, 1983 Dave Thomas Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto The Grey Fox
5th Genie Awards March 21, 1984 Louis Del Grande Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto The Terry Fox Story
6th Genie Awards March 21, 1985 Al Waxman and Kerrie Keane Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto The Bay Boy
7th Genie Awards March 20, 1986 Leslie Nielsen and Catherine Mary Stewart Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto My American Cousin
8th Genie Awards March 18, 1987 Helen Shaver, Linda Sorensen and Jean LeClerc Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'empire américain)
9th Genie Awards March 22, 1988 Gordon Pinsent and Megan Follows Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Night Zoo (Un Zoo la nuit)
10th Genie Awards March 22, 1989 Dave Thomas Westin Harbour Castle Hotel Toronto Dead Ringers
11th Genie Awards March 20, 1990 Brian Linehan Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal)
12th Genie Awards November 26, 1991 Leslie Nielsen Pantages Theatre, Toronto Black Robe
13th Genie Awards November 22, 1992 Leslie Nielsen Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Naked Lunch
14th Genie Awards December 12, 1993 Marc Labrèche Société Radio-Canada Studio 42, Montreal Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
15th Genie Awards December 7, 1994 Graham Greene Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Exotica
16th Genie Awards January 14, 1996 CBC: Mary Walsh SRC: Pascale Bussières and René Homier-Roy Société Radio-Canada Studio 42, Montreal The Confessional (Le Confessionnal)
17th Genie Awards November 27, 1996 Rebecca Jenkins and Mark Farrell The Guvernment, Toronto Lilies
18th Genie Awards December 14, 1997 Cameron Bailey and Geoff Pevere The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto The Sweet Hereafter
19th Genie Awards February 4, 1999 Albert Schultz The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga The Red Violin
20th Genie Awards January 30, 2000 Patrick McKenna Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Sunshine
21st Genie Awards January 29, 2001 Brian Linehan Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Maelström
22nd Genie Awards February 7, 2002 Brian Linehan Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
23rd Genie Awards February 13, 2003 Arsinée Khanjian and Peter Keleghan Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Ararat
24th Genie Awards May 1, 2004 Scott Thompson Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)
25th Genie Awards March 21, 2005 Andrea Martin Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto The Triplets of Belleville
26th Genie Awards March 13, 2006 Lisa Ray and Terry David Mulligan The Carlu, Toronto C.R.A.Z.Y.
27th Genie Awards February 13, 2007 Lucie Laurier and Terry David Mulligan The Carlu, Toronto Bon Cop, Bad Cop
28th Genie Awards March 3, 2008 Sandra Oh Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Away From Her
29th Genie Awards April 4, 2009 Dave Foley Canadian Aviation Museum, Ottawa Passchendaele
30th Genie Awards April 12, 2010 The Guvernment/Kool Haus Entertainment Complex, Toronto, Ontario Polytechnique
31st Genie Awards March 10, 2011 William Shatner National Arts Centre, Ottawa Incendies
32nd Genie Awards March 8, 2012 George Stroumboulopoulos Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Ontario Monsieur Lazhar
Canadian Screen Awards from 2013
Ceremony Date Host(s) Venue Best Motion Picture

Awards presented until 2012

Awards retired before 2012

Special Achievement Genie

The Special Achievement Genie is an award given irregularly to an individual or individuals in recognition of lifetime achievement or an important career milestone.

See also


  1. ^ Genie Awards profile and history Archived 2009-01-03 at the Wayback Machine at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's website
  2. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards to replace Genies, Geminis". CBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ Topalovich, Maria. And the Genie Goes To.... Stoddart Publishing Co. Limited, 2000.

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