Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television presents an annual award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role to the best performance by a lead actress in a Canadian film. The award was first presented in 1968 by the Canadian Film Awards, and was presented annually until 1978 with the exception of 1969, when no eligible feature films were submitted for award consideration, and 1974 due to the cancellation of the awards that year.
From 1980 to 1983, only Canadian actresses were eligible for the award; non-Canadian actresses appearing in Canadian films were instead considered for the separate Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress. After 1983, the latter award was discontinued, and from 1986 both Canadian and foreign actresses were eligible for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
20th Canadian Film Awards
21st Canadian Film Awards
|No award presented this year|
22nd Canadian Film Awards
|Geneviève Bujold||The Act of the Heart|
23rd Canadian Film Awards
|Ann Knox||The Only Thing You Know|
24th Canadian Film Awards
|Micheline Lanctôt||The True Nature of Bernadette (La Vraie Nature de Bernadette)|
25th Canadian Film Awards
|No award presented|
26th Canadian Film Awards
|Margot Kidder||A Quiet Day in Belfast|
27th Canadian Film Awards
|Marilyn Lightstone||Lies My Father Told Me|
28th Canadian Film Awards
|Monique Mercure||J.A. Martin Photographer (J.A. Martin photographe)|
|Jayne Eastwood||One Man|
|Carole Laure||The Angel and the Woman (L'Ange et la femme)|
29th Canadian Film Awards
|Helen Shaver||In Praise of Older Women|
|Micheline Lanctôt||Blood and Guts|
|Celine Lomez||The Silent Partner|
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- "Room, Schitt’s Creek lead 2016 Canadian Screen Award nominations". National Post, January 20, 2016.