Genie award for best performance by an actor in a leading role

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

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

Canadian Screen Awards

Year Winner Nominated
2013 James Cromwell, Still Mine
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