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).
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.
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.
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The following is a listing of all Genie Awards ceremonies.
|Ceremony||Date||Host(s)||Venue||Best Motion Picture Winner|
|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||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||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|
The Special Achievement Genie is an award given irregularly to an individual or individuals in recognition of lifetime achievement or an important career milestone.