Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress

The Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress was awarded by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television from 1980 to 1983, for the best performance by non-Canadian actress in a Canadian film.[1]

The award and its Foreign Actor companion were frequently criticized both by actors and film critics — Canadian actor Christopher Plummer criticized the distinction in his Best Actor acceptance speech at the very first Genies ceremony, and Jay Scott called them "loathsome", dubbing them "the Colonial Category", in a 1982 article in The Globe and Mail.[2]

The awards were discontinued after the 4th Genie Awards.[3] Initially, non-Canadian actresses were simply barred from being nominated in acting categories at all,[3] but beginning with the 7th Genie Awards non-Canadian actresses instead became eligible for the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and/or the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.[3]

Winners and nominees

Year Nominee Film
1980
1st Genie Awards
Trish Van Devere The Changeling
Susan Anspach Running
Samantha Eggar The Brood
Sally Kellerman It Rained All Night the Day I Left
Cloris Leachman Yesterday
1981
2nd Genie Awards
Susan Sarandon Atlantic City, U.S.A.
Ann-Margret Middle Age Crazy
Jamie Lee Curtis Prom Night
Louise Fletcher The Lucky Star
Lee Remick Tribute
1982
3rd Genie Awards
Annie Potts Heartaches
Ellen Burstyn Silence of the North
Meg Foster Ticket to Heaven
Mariette Hartley Improper Channels
Marthe Keller The Amateur
1983
4th Genie Awards
Glynnis O'Connor Melanie
Patty Duke Astin By Design
Lee Grant Visiting Hours
Marie-France Pisier The Hot Touch
Mare Winningham Threshold
Charlayne Woodard Hard Feelings

References

  1. Maria Topalovich, And the Genie Goes To...: Celebrating 50 Years of the Canadian Film Awards. Stoddart Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-7737-3238-1.
  2. Jay Scott, "Canadian films do Jekyll and Hyde act". The Globe and Mail, February 27, 1982.
  3. "Genie rules changed to include Americans". Toronto Star, October 9, 1985.
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