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

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television presents an annual award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to the best performance by a lead actor 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 actors were eligible for the award; non-Canadian actors appearing in Canadian films were instead considered for the separate Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor. After 1983, the latter award was discontinued, and both Canadian and foreign actors were eligible for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Genie Awards[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
1980 Blue ribbon Christopher Plummer, Murder by Decree
1981 Blue ribbon Thomas Peacocke, The Hounds of Notre Dame
1982 Blue ribbon Nick Mancuso, Ticket to Heaven
1983 Blue ribbon Donald Sutherland, Threshold
1984 Blue ribbon Eric Fryer, The Terry Fox Story
1985 Blue ribbon Gabriel Arcand, Le Crime d'Ovide Plouffe
1986 Blue ribbon John Wildman, My American Cousin
1987 Blue ribbon Gordon Pinsent, John and the Missus
1988 Blue ribbon Roger Lebel, Un zoo la nuit (Night Zoo)
1989 Blue ribbon Jeremy Irons, Dead Ringers
1990 Blue ribbon Lothaire Bluteau, Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal)
1991 Blue ribbon Rémy Girard, Amoureux fou
1992 Blue ribbon Tony Nardi, La Sarrasine
1993 Blue ribbon Tom McCamus, I Love a Man in Uniform
1994 Blue ribbon Maury Chaykin, Whale Music
Jan. 1996 Blue ribbon David La Haye, L'Enfant d'eau
Nov. 1996 Blue ribbon William Hutt, Long Day's Journey into Night
1997 Blue ribbon Ian Holm, The Sweet Hereafter
1999 Blue ribbon Roshan Seth, Such a Long Journey
2000 Blue ribbon Bob Hoskins, Felicia's Journey
2001 Blue ribbon Tony Nardi, My Father's Angel
2002 Blue ribbon Brendan Fletcher, The Law of Enclosures
2003 Blue ribbon Luc Picard, Savage Messiah
2004 Blue ribbon Rémy Girard, Les Invasions barbares (The Barbarian Invasions)
2005 Blue ribbon Roy Dupuis, Mémoires affectives (Looking for Alexander)
2006 Blue ribbon Michel Côté, C.R.A.Z.Y.
2007 Blue ribbon Roy Dupuis, The Rocket
2008 Blue ribbon Gordon Pinsent, Away From Her
2009 Blue ribbon Natar Ungalaaq, Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life)
2010 Blue ribbon Joshua Jackson, One Week
2011 Blue ribbon Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
2012 Blue ribbon Mohamed Fellag, Monsieur Lazhar

Canadian Screen Awards[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
2013 Blue ribbon James Cromwell, Still Mine
2014 Blue ribbon Gabriel Arcand, Le Démantèlement
2015 Blue ribbon Antoine Olivier Pilon, Mommy