The Genie Awards
Since 1980, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has served to unify the country’s film industry by honouring and showcasing outstanding achievements in Canadian cinema with the annual presentation of The Genie Awards. For three decades, the Genies – like the Canadian Film Awards before them – have celebrated and affirmed Canada’s national cinema. Promoting all facets of film, the Genies have evolved over the years, introducing new awards categories to reflect the ongoing growth and development of the industry.
In order to be eligible for The Genie Awards, a film is required to qualify as a Canadian film production or co-production (as defined by CAVCO and/or CRTC criteria) and have had a theatrical release in Canada between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year or for the first time, feature films that have screened in two Academy-approved Canadian film festivals (also listed online), without a theatrical screening, will be eligible.
The Genie Awards are based on a peer-voting system. Each year, Academy members, filmmakers, critics, and other industry professionals, are invited to sit on nominating committees. These committees review all submissions to determine nominations across a range of awards categories. The nominations are then voted upon by members of the Academy's Cinema division. Each member is eligible to vote for categories directly related to his/her membership branch (ie. editors vote in the editing category), as well as Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
In 2010, the Academy introduced online voting, enabling members to view and vote for nominated films on a private and secure website. Results will be tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Academy’s official ballot auditors.
In 1968, award-winning sculptor Sorel Etrog was commissioned to create a statuette for the Canadian Film Awards and produced the striking bronze figure known as “The Etrog”. Renamed “The Genie” in 1980, the statuette exemplifies the artist's interest in the concept of growth. It is, according to Etrog, a standing figure whose focus of energy is concentrated in the upper part of the body, thus reflecting the process involved in transforming an idea or concept into a visual reality.
The Genie statuette, gold-plated bronze mounted on a marble base, stands 14 inches tall and weighs in at 14 pounds!