Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Achievement in Direction

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television presents an annual award for Best Achievement in Direction to the best work by a director of 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.

Statistics[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Nominee Film
1980
1st Genie Awards
Bob Clark Murder by Decree
Peter Carter Klondike Fever
Anne-Claire Poirier A Scream from Silence (Mourir à tue-tête)
Donald Shebib Fish Hawk
Eric Till Wild Horse Hank
1981
2nd Genie Awards
Francis Mankiewicz Good Riddance (Les bons débarras)
Bob Clark Tribute
Zale Dalen The Hounds of Notre Dame
Jean-Claude Labrecque The Coffin Affair (L'Affaire Coffin)
Micheline Lanctôt The Handyman (L'Homme à tout faire)
1982
3rd Genie Awards
Gilles Carle The Plouffe Family (Les Plouffe)
David Cronenberg Scanners
Allan King Silence of the North
Donald Shebib Heartaches
Ralph L. Thomas Ticket to Heaven
1983
4th Genie Awards
Phillip Borsos The Grey Fox
Rex Bromfield Melanie
Jean-Pierre Lefebvre Wild Flowers (Les fleurs sauvages)
Robert Ménard A Day in a Taxi (Une journée en taxi)
Eric Till If You Could See What I Hear
1984
5th Genie Awards
Bob Clark A Christmas Story
David Cronenberg Videodrome
Bruno Carrière Lucien Brouillard
Jack Darcus Deserters
André Forcier Au clair de la lune
Brigitte Sauriol Just a Game (Rien qu'un jeu)
1985
6th Genie Awards
Micheline Lanctôt Sonatine
Atom Egoyan Next of Kin
Jean-Pierre Lefebvre S As in... (Le Jour S...)
Don Owen Unfinished Business
Léa Pool A Woman in Transit (La Femme de l'hôtel)
1986
7th Genie Awards
Sandy Wilson My American Cousin
Jean Beaudin The Alley Cat (Le Matou)
Claude Jutra The Dame in Color (La Dame en couleurs)
Ted Kotcheff Joshua Then and Now
Giles Walker 90 Days
1987
8th Genie Awards
Denys Arcand The Decline of the American Empire (Le Déclin de l'empire américain)
Leon Marr Dancing in the Dark
Yves Simoneau Intimate Power (Pouvoir intime)
John N. Smith Sitting in Limbo
Anne Wheeler Loyalties
1988
9th Genie Awards
Jean-Claude Lauzon Night Zoo (Un zoo la nuit)
Atom Egoyan Family Viewing
Marquise Lepage Marie in the City (Marie s'en va-t-en ville)
Patricia Rozema I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
John N. Smith Train of Dreams
1989
10th Genie Awards
David Cronenberg Dead Ringers
Roger Cardinal Malarek
Louise Clark, Jackie Burroughs, John Walker, Aerlyn Weissman and John Frizzell A Winter Tan
Francis Mankiewicz The Revolving Doors (Les Portes tournantes)
Anne Wheeler Cowboys Don't Cry

1990s[edit]

Year Nominee Film
1990
11th Genie Awards
Denys Arcand Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal)
François Bouvier and Jean Beaudry Unfaithful Mornings (Les Matins infidèles)
Atom Egoyan Speaking Parts
John N. Smith Welcome to Canada
Anne Wheeler Bye Bye Blues
1991
12th Genie Awards
Bruce Beresford Black Robe
Phillip Borsos Bethune: The Making of a Hero
Atom Egoyan The Adjuster
André Forcier An Imaginary Tale (Une histoire inventée)
Darrell Wasyk H
1992
13th Genie Awards
David Cronenberg Naked Lunch
Jean Beaudin Being at Home with Claude
Eli Cohen The Quarrel
Jean-Claude Lauzon Léolo
Robert Morin Requiem for a Handsome Bastard (Requiem pour un beau sans-cœur)
1993
14th Genie Awards
François Girard Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Paule Baillargeon The Sex of the Stars (Le Sexe des étoiles)
Atom Egoyan Calendar
George Mihalka La Florida
Sandy Wilson Harmony Cats
1994
15th Genie Awards
Atom Egoyan Exotica
André Forcier A Wind from Wyoming (Le Vent du Wyoming)
Micheline Lanctôt Two Can Play (Deux actrices)
Richard J. Lewis Whale Music
Léa Pool Desire in Motion (Mouvements du désir)
Mina Shum Double Happiness
1995
16th Genie Awards
Robert Lepage The Confessional (Le Confessionnal)
Charles Binamé Eldorado
Mort Ransen Margaret's Museum
Jean-Marc Vallée Black List (Liste noire)
Clement Virgo Rude
1996
17th Genie Awards
David Cronenberg Crash
John Fawcett The Boys Club
John Greyson Lilies
Robert Lepage Polygraph (Le Polygraphe)
Bruce McDonald Hard Core Logo
1997
18th Genie Awards
Atom Egoyan The Sweet Hereafter
Thom Fitzgerald The Hanging Garden
André Forcier The Countess of Baton Rouge (La Comtesse de Bâton Rouge)
Gabriel Pelletier Karmina
Lynne Stopkewich Kissed
1998
19th Genie Awards
François Girard The Red Violin (Le Violon rouge)
Sturla Gunnarsson Such a Long Journey
Don McKellar Last Night
Gillies MacKinnon Regeneration
Jonathan Tammuz Rupert's Land
1999
20th Genie Awards
Jeremy Podeswa The Five Senses
Louis Bélanger Post Mortem
Atom Egoyan Felicia's Journey
Léa Pool Set Me Free (Emporte-moi)
Istvan Szabo Sunshine

2000s[edit]

Year Nominee Film
2000
21st Genie Awards
Denis Villeneuve Maelström
Gary Burns waydowntown
Alain Desrochers The Bottle (La Bouteille)
Robert Favreau The Orphan Muses (Les Muses orphelines)
Robert Lepage Possible Worlds
2001
22nd Genie Awards
Zacharias Kunuk Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Denis Chouinard Tar Angel (L'Ange de goudron)
Renny Bartlett Eisenstein
Bernard Émond The Woman Who Drinks (La Femme qui boit)
William Phillips Treed Murray
2002
23rd Genie Awards
David Cronenberg Spider
Jean Beaudin The Collector (Le Collectionneur)
Sturla Gunnarsson Rare Birds
Ricardo Trogi Québec-Montréal
Anne Wheeler Suddenly Naked
2003
24th Genie Awards
Denys Arcand The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)
Robert Lepage Far Side of the Moon (La Face cachée de la lune)
Guy Maddin The Saddest Music in the World
Jean-François Pouliot Seducing Doctor Lewis (La Grande séduction)
Charles Martin Smith The Snow Walker
2004
25th Genie Awards
Francis Leclerc Looking for Alexander (Mémoires affectives)
Denise Filiatrault Bittersweet Memories (Ma vie en cinémascope)
Pierre Houle Machine Gun Molly (Monica la mitraille)
Bronwen Hughes Stander
David "Sudz" Sutherland Love, Sex and Eating the Bones
2005
26th Genie Awards
Jean-Marc Vallée C.R.A.Z.Y.
Louise Archambault Familia
Michael Dowse It's All Gone Pete Tong
Deepa Mehta Water
Luc Picard Audition (L'Audition)
2006
27th Genie Awards
Charles Binamé The Rocket (Maurice Richard)
Érik Canuel Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Robert Favreau A Sunday in Kigali (Un dimanche à Kigali)
Stéphane Lapointe The Secret Life of Happy People (La Vie secrète des gens heureux)
Jean-François Pouliot The Little Book of Revenge (Guide de la petite vengeance)
2007
28th Genie Awards
Sarah Polley Away From Her
Denys Arcand Days of Darkness (L'Âge des ténèbres)
David Cronenberg Eastern Promises
Bruce McDonald The Tracey Fragments
Roger Spottiswoode Shake Hands With the Devil
2008
29th Genie Awards
Benoît Pilon The Necessities of Life (Ce qu'il faut pour vivre)
Carl Bessai Normal
Lyne Charlebois Borderline
Yves-Christian Fournier Everything is Fine (Tout est parfait)
Richie Mehta Amal
2009
30th Genie Awards
Denis Villeneuve Polytechnique
Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu Before Tomorrow (Le Jour avant le lendemain)
Bruce McDonald Pontypool
Charles Officer Nurse.Fighter.Boy
Kari Skogland Fifty Dead Men Walking

2010s[edit]

Year Film Filmmakers
2010
31st Genie Awards
Denis Villeneuve Incendies
Xavier Dolan Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires)
Richard J. Lewis Barney's Version
Vincenzo Natali Splice
Podz 10½
2011
32nd Genie Awards
Philippe Falardeau Monsieur Lazhar
David Cronenberg A Dangerous Method
Larysa Kondracki The Whistleblower
Steven Silver The Bang Bang Club
Jean-Marc Vallée Café de Flore
2012
1st Canadian Screen Awards
Kim Nguyen War Witch (Rebelle)
Xavier Dolan Laurence Anyways
Michael Dowse Goon
Bernard Émond All That You Possess (Tout ce que tu possèdes)
Deepa Mehta Midnight's Children
2013
2nd Canadian Screen Awards
Denis Villeneuve Enemy
Xavier Dolan Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)
Michael Dowse The F Word
Sébastien Pilote The Dismantling (Le Démantèlement)
Pedro Pires and Robert Lepage Triptych (Triptyque)
2014
3rd Canadian Screen Awards
Xavier Dolan Mommy
David Cronenberg Maps to the Stars
Atom Egoyan The Captive
Stéphane Lafleur Tu dors Nicole
Albert Shin In Her Place
2015
4th Canadian Screen Awards
Lenny Abrahamson Room
Andrew Cividino Sleeping Giant
Anne Émond Our Loved Ones (Les Êtres chers)
Maxime Giroux Felix and Meira (Félix et Meira)
Philippe Lesage The Demons (Les Démons)