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Genie Awards are given out to recognize the best of Canadian cinema by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. The awards were originally named the Canadian Film Awards (also known as the "Etrog Awards," for sculptor Sorel Etrog, who designed the statuette) which ran from 1949 to 1979 but in 1980 were renamed The Genie Awards. They are the Canadian equivalent to the American Oscars.

Genie Award candidates are selected from submissions made by the owners of Canadian films or their representatives, based on the criteria laid out in the Genie Rules and Regulations booklet which is distributed to Academy members and industry members. Peer-group juries, assembled from volunteer members of the Academy, meet to screen the submissions and select a group of nominees. Academy members then vote on these nominations.

The Genie Awards were originally aired on the CBC from 1979 to 2003, before moving to CHUM Limitedmarker's networks (Citytv, Bravo! and Star!marker). Since CTVglobemedia purchased CHUM Limited, the Genie Awards have moved to Canwest Global's E and IFC for 2008.


Special Achievement Genie

The Special Achievement Genie is an award given irregularly to an individual or individuals in recognition of lifetime achievement or an important career milestone.


  1. Genie Awards profile and history at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's website

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