Canadian Film Award

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The Canadian Film Awards were the leading Canadian cinema awards from 1949 until 1978. These honours were conducted annually, except in 1974 when Quebec directors withdrew their participation and prompted a cancellation.[1]

The awards were taken over by the Academy of Canadian Cinema, and formally renamed the Genie Awards, in 1980.[2]

History[edit]

The award was first established in 1949 by the Canadian Association for Adult Education,[1] under a steering committee that included the National Film Board's James Beveridge, the Canadian Foundation's Walter Herbert, filmmaker F. R. Crawley, the National Gallery of Canada's Donald Buchanan and diplomat Graham McInnes.[1] The initial jury consisted of Hye Bossin, managing editor of Canadian Film Weekly; M. Stein of Famous Players; CBC film critic Gerald Pratley; Moira Armour of the Toronto and Vancouver Film societies; and Ian MacNeill from CAAE.[1]

The first presentation was held on April 27, 1949 at the Little Elgin Theatre in Ottawa.[1]

With only a handful of Canadian films released each year, they were generally a small affair. In several years no film was found to merit the best picture award.[1] The awards were also almost totally dominated by the National Film Board. Globe and Mail film critic Jay Scott described them as "honours given by presenters no one knew, to recipients no one recognized, to films no one had seen."

In 1968, a bronze award statuette was designed by sculptor Sorel Etrog and the award was often referred to as an Etrog Award.[1] Two special awards, the John Grierson Award for outstanding contribution to Canadian cinema and the Wendy Michener Award for outstanding artistic achievement, were also added in later years.[1]

Awards ceremonies[edit]

The following is a listing of all Canadian Film Awards Ceremonies.

Ceremony Date Host(s) Venue Film of the Year Feature Film (1964–78)
1st Canadian Film Awards April 27, 1949 Robert Winters Little Elgin Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario The Loon's Necklace None awarded
2nd Canadian Film Awards April 19, 1950 Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent Little Elgin Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario None awarded None awarded
3rd Canadian Film Awards April 22, 1951 Mary Pickford Odeon Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario None awarded None awarded
4th Canadian Film Awards April 27, 1952 Sidney Earle Smith Victoria Theatre, Toronto, Ontario Newfoundland Scene None awarded
5th Canadian Film Awards April 30, 1953 Jacques des Baillets (with guest Dorothy Lamour) Avenue Theatre, Montreal, Quebec Tit-Coq None awarded
6th Canadian Film Awards May 10, 1954 J. R. White (Imperial Oil president) Kent Theatre, Montreal, Quebec The Seasons None awarded
7th Canadian Film Awards 1955 No public ceremony No public ceremony The Stratford Adventure None awarded
8th Canadian Film Awards August 6, 1956 Maurice Evans Avon Theatre, Stratford, Ontario None awarded None awarded
9th Canadian Film Awards June 15, 1957 Leonard Brockington King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario None awarded None awarded
10th Canadian Film Awards June 21, 1958 Davidson Dunton King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario City of Gold None awarded
11th Canadian Film Awards June 5, 1959 W. J. Sheridan King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario None awarded None awarded
12th Canadian Film Awards June 3, 1960 Albert Trueman King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario None awarded None awarded
13th Canadian Film Awards May 13, 1961 Alphonse Ouimet King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario Universe None awarded
14th Canadian Film Awards May 26, 1962 Andrew Stewart King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario None awarded None awarded
15th Canadian Film Awards May 10, 1963 Jeanine Beaubien Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Lonely Boy None awarded
16th Canadian Film Awards May 8, 1964 Wayne and Shuster Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario Pour la Suite du Monde À Tout Prendre
17th Canadian Film Awards May 15, 1965 Max Ferguson Westbury Hotel, Toronto, Ontario None awarded The Luck of Ginger Coffey
18th Canadian Film Awards May 6, 1966 Rich Little Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam Le Festin des Morts
19th Canadian Film Awards Sep. 23, 1967 Fred Davis Inn on the Park, Toronto, Ontario Warrendale Warrendale
20th Canadian Film Awards Oct. 4, 1968 Bill Walker, Louise Marleau Seaway Towers Hotel, Toronto, Ontario A Place to Stand The Ernie Game
21st Canadian Film Awards Oct. 4, 1969 Fred Davis Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar None awarded
22nd Canadian Film Awards Oct. 3, 1970 Bill Walker Imperial Theatre, Toronto, Ontario Psychocratie Goin' Down the Road
23rd Canadian Film Awards Oct. 1, 1971 Leslie Nielsen Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario None awarded Mon oncle Antoine
24th Canadian Film Awards Oct. 13, 1972 Jacques Fauteux Ontario Place Cinesphere, Toronto, Ontario None awarded Wedding in White
25th Canadian Film Awards Oct. 12, 1973 Press conference, no formal ceremony Chevalier Theatre, Montreal, Quebec None awarded Slipstream
No Ceremony in 1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
26th Canadian Film Awards Oct. 12, 1975 Peter Gzowski Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Les Ordres Les Ordres
27th Canadian Film Awards Oct. 21, 1976 Lorne Greene CFTO-TV Studios, Scarborough, Ontario None awarded Lies My Father Told Me
28th Canadian Film Awards Nov. 20, 1977 Gordon Pinsent Hilton Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Ontario None awarded J.A. Martin photographe
29th Canadian Film Awards Sep. 21, 1978 John Candy, Catherine O'Hara Ryerson Theatre, Toronto, Ontario None awarded The Silent Partner
Genie Awards from 1980
Ceremony Date Host(s) Venue Film of the Year Feature Film (1964–78)

Award winners[edit]

Canadian Film Awards Winners
Year Feature film Special award Director Actor Actress
1949 The Loon's Necklace (F.R. Crawley) Dots (Norman McLaren) & Un Homme et son Péché (Paul L'Anglais)
1950 North Shore (James Beveridge) Theatrical Short & Mouvement perpétuel (Claude Jutra) Amateur Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren) & Primitive Artists of Haiti (André de Tonnancourt, Réal Benoît) & Paul L'Anglais, René Germain
1951 After Prison What? (Sydney Newman) Theatrical Short Family Tree (Evelyn Lambart, George Dunning)
1952 Newfoundland Scene (F.R. Crawley) Around is Around & Now is the Time (both Norman McLaren)
1953 Tit Coq (Gratien Gélinas) A Phantasy & Neighbours (both Norman McLaren)
1954 The Seasons (Christopher Chapman) Gordon Sparling
1955 The Stratford Adventure (Morten Parker, Guy Glover) Hye Bossin
1956 Gold (Colin Low) Theatrical Short
1957 Prelude to Spring (Jack Ruddell) Amateur Judith Crawley, F.R. Crawley, John Grierson, Don Mulholland, Roy Tash
1958 City of Gold (Wolf Koenig, Colin Low, Tom Daly)
1959 The Quest; Money Minters; The Tall Country Theatrical Short
1960 Royal River (Gordon Sparling) Theatrical Short Arthur Chetwynd, Joseph Morin
1961 Universe (Roman Kroitor, Colin Low, Tom Daly)
1962 Morning on the Lièvre (David Bairstow) Theatrical Short & Au Temps des Ombres Blanches (Claude Savard) Amateur O.J. Silverthorne
1963 Lonely Boy (Roman Kroitor, Wolf Koenig)
1964 À tout prendre (Robert Hershorn, Claude Jutra) & Pour la suite du monde (Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault, Jacques Bobet)
1965 The Luck of Ginger Coffey (Leon Roth)
1966 Astataïon ou Le festin des morts (André Belleau) & The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam (Beryl Fox, Douglas Leiterman) Ron Kelly (The Gift)
1967 Warrendale (Allan King) Helicopter Canada (Eugene Boyko) Ron Kelly (The Last Man in the World) & Allan King (Warrendale)
1968 The Ernie Game (Walford Hewitson, Gordon Burwash) & A Place to Stand (Christopher Chapman) Pas de deux (Norman McLaren) Don Owen (The Ernie Game) Gerard Parkes (Isabel) Geneviève Bujold (Isabel)
1969 The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar (John Kemeny, Barrie Howells, Peter Pearson) Does Anybody Here Know Denny? (Margot Kidder) & Vertige (Serge Gerand) Peter Pearson (The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar) Chris Wiggins (The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar) Jackie Burroughs (Duclima)
1970 To See or Not to See (Robert Verrall, Wolf Koenig, Břetislav Pojar) & Goin' Down the Road (Donald Shebib) Paul Almond (The Act of the Heart) & Julian Biggs (A Little Fellow from Gambo: The Joey Smallwood Story) Doug McGrath, Paul Bradley (Goin' Down the Road) Geneviève Bujold (The Act of the Heart)
1971 Mon oncle Antoine (Marc Beaudet, Claude Jutra) The Only Thing You Know (Clarke Mackey) & Multiscreen Corporation Claude Jutra (Mon oncle Antoine) & Michael McKennirey (Atonement) Jean Duceppe (Mon oncle Antoine) Ann Knox (The Only Thing You Know)
1972 Wedding in White (John Vidette) Gilles Carle (La vraie nature de Bernadette) & André Brassard (Françoise Durocher, Waitress) Gordon Pinsent (The Rowdyman) Micheline Lanctôt (La vraie nature de Bernadette)
1973 Slipstream (James Margellos) David Acomba (Slipstream) & Doug Jackson (The Sloane Affair) & Arthur Lamothe (À bon pied bon oeil) Jacques Godin (O.K. ... Laliberté) Geneviève Bujold (Kamouraska)
1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (John Kemeny, Mordecai Richler) not awarded not awarded not awarded
1975 Les ordres (Claude Godbout, Guy Dufaux, Bernard Lalonde, Michel Brault) Michel Brault (Les ordres) & Robin Spry (Action: The October Crisis of 1970) Stuart Gillard (Why Rock the Boat?) Margot Kidder (A Quiet Day in Belfast & Black Christmas)
1976 Lies My Father Told Me (Anthony Bedrich, Harry Gulkin) The Golden Reel: Lies My Father Told Me (Anthony Bedrich, Harry Gulkin) Harvey Hart (Goldenrod) & Donald Brittain and John Kramer (Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry) André Mélançon (Partis pour la gloire) Marilyn Lightstone (Lies My Father Told Me)
1977 J.A. Martin photographe (Jean-Marc Garand) The Golden Reel: Why Shoot the Teacher? (Lawrence Hertzog) Jean Beaudin (J.A. Martin photographe) & Claude Jutra (Dreamspeaker) Len Cariou (One Man) Monique Mercure (J.A. Martin photographe)
1978 The Silent Partner (Garth Drabinsky, Stephen Young, Joel B. Michaels) The Golden Reel: Who Has Seen the Wind (Allan King) Daryl Duke (The Silent Partner) & Gilles Carle (L’Âge de la machine) & Bill Mason (Song of the Paddle) Richard Gabourie (Three Card Monte) Helen Shaver (In Praise of Older Women)
Genie Awards from 1980

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Townend, Paul. "Canadian Film Awards". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  2. ^ "The Genie Awards". Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Topalovich, Maria; Sheffer, Andra (1984). A pictorial history of Canadian film awards. Don Mills, Ontario: Stoddart. ISBN 0-7737-2036-7. 

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