Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television presents an annual award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role to the best performance by a lead actress in a Canadian film. From 1980 until 2012, the award was presented as part of the Genie Awards ceremony; beginning in 2013, it will be presented as part of the new Canadian Screen Awards.

From 1980 to 1983, only Canadian actresses were eligible for the award; non-Canadian actresses appearing in Canadian films were instead considered for the separate Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress. After 1983, the latter award was discontinued, and both Canadian and foreign actresses were eligible for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Genie Awards[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
1980 Blue ribbon Kate Lynch, Meatballs
1981 Blue ribbon Marie Tifo, Les Bons débarras
1982 Blue ribbon Margot Kidder, Heartaches
1983 Blue ribbon Rae Dawn Chong, Quest for Fire
1984 Blue ribbon Martha Henry, The Wars
1985 Blue ribbon Louise Marleau, La Femme de l'hôtel
1986 Blue ribbon Margaret Langrick, My American Cousin
1987 Blue ribbon Martha Henry, Dancing in the Dark
1988 Blue ribbon Sheila McCarthy, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
1989 Blue ribbon Jackie Burroughs, A Winter Tan
1990 Blue ribbon Rebecca Jenkins, Bye Bye Blues
1991 Blue ribbon Pascale Montpetit, H
1992 Blue ribbon Janet Wright, Bordertown Café
1993 Blue ribbon Sheila McCarthy, The Lotus Eaters
1994 Blue ribbon Sandra Oh, Double Happiness
Jan. 1996 Blue ribbon Helena Bonham Carter, Margaret's Museum
Nov. 1996 Blue ribbon Martha Henry, Long Day's Journey into Night
1997 Blue ribbon Molly Parker, Kissed
1999 Blue ribbon Sandra Oh, Last Night
2000 Blue ribbon Sylvie Moreau, Post Mortem
2001 Blue ribbon Marie-Josée Croze, Maelström
2002 Blue ribbon Élise Guilbault, La Femme qui boit
2003 Blue ribbon Arsinée Khanjian, Ararat
2004 Blue ribbon Sarah Polley, My Life Without Me
2005 Blue ribbon Pascale Bussières, Ma vie en cinémascope
2006 Blue ribbon Seema Biswas, Water
2007 Blue ribbon Julie LeBreton, Maurice Richard
2008 Blue ribbon Julie Christie, Away from Her
2009 Blue ribbon Ellen Burstyn, The Stone Angel
2010 Blue ribbon Karine Vanasse, Polytechnique
2011 Blue ribbon Lubna Azabal, Incendies
2012 Blue ribbon Vanessa Paradis, Café de Flore

Canadian Screen Awards[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
2013 Blue ribbon Rachel Mwanza, Rebelle (War Witch)
2014 Blue ribbon Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Gabrielle