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The ACTRA Awards were first presented in 1972 to celebrate excellence in Canada's television and radio industries.[1] Organized and presented by the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists,[1] which represented performers, writers and broadcast journalists, the Nellie statuettes were presented annually until 1986.[2] They were the primary national television award in Canada until 1986, when they were taken over by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television to create the new Gemini Awards,[3] although ACTRA continued to present Nellies in radio categories.[4]

ACTRA Awards
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Founded1972
LanguageEnglish
Websitehttps://www.actra.ca/media-centre/actra-awards/

The ACTRA Awards were then revived in 2003 as a local film industry award, separately presented by each of ACTRA's regional chapters.[1]

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HistoryEdit

In 1986, following a threat by CTV to boycott the awards because of a perception that they were biased in favour of CBC Television productions,[2] responsibility for presenting the Canadian television and film awards was transferred to the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's new Gemini Awards.[3] Awards transferred to the Academy also included the John Drainie Award, a lifetime achievement award for distinguished contributions to Canadian broadcasting.

RevivalEdit

On the 60th anniversary of the national union in 2003, now renamed the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists and representing only performers, the ACTRA Awards were resurrected in several of its branches across Canada as a local film and television award, presented by the organization's local chapters in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Maritimes to honour achievements in film and television within their own regions.[5] However, the revived ACTRA Awards program also includes a national Award of Excellence, presented to an actor to honour their lifetime achievements;[6] the national award of excellence is most commonly presented to an actor who is working in Hollywood, and would thus not be eligible for a regional chapter's local award of excellence. However, the national award of excellence is not necessarily always presented annually.

Some awards are handed out for performances, while others are given for union activism and contributions to the industry.[7]

National Award of Excellence recipientsEdit

Regional awards ceremoniesEdit

UBCP/ACTRA AwardsEdit

Year Best Actor Best Actress Best Emerging Performer Best Voice Best Stunt Ref.
2012 Stephen Lobo (Sisters & Brothers) Camille Sullivan (Afghan Luke) Kacey Rohl (Sisters & Brothers) Andrea Libman (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) Phil Mitchell (True Justice) [16]
2013 John Pyper-Ferguson (Motive) Gabrielle Rose (Crimes of Mike Recket) Tyler Johnston (Motive) Nicole Oliver (The Littlest Pet Shop) Colby Chartrand (True Justice) [17]
2014 Ian Tracey (Continuum) Sara Canning (Remedy) Taylor Hill (Leap 4 Your Life) Andrea Libman (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) Leif Havdale (Arrow) [18]
2015 Michael Eklund (Eadweard) Camille Sullivan (Ally was Screaming) Dakota Daulby (Black Fly) Brian Drummond (Nerds and Monsters) Leif Havdale (Arrow) [19]
2016 Aleks Paunovic (Numb) Camille Sullivan (The Birdwatcher) Jacob Tremblay (Room) Lee Tockar (Slugterra) Adrien Hein (Arrow) [16]
2017 Adrian Holmes (19-2) Tammy Gillis (Menorca) Adam DiMarco (Marrying the Family) Rebecca Husain (Beat Bugs) Simon Burnett, Leif Havdale, Corry Glass, and Jon Kralt (Supergirl) [20]
2018 Bob Frazer (The Cannon) Karin Konoval (The X-Files) Daniel Doheny (Adventures in Public School) Sabrina Pitre (Chuck's Choice) Brett Chan, Gerald Paetz, Andrew Chin, and Mark Chin (Darc) [21]

ACTRA Montreal AwardsEdit

Year Outstanding Performance – Male Outstanding Performance – Female Outstanding Voice Performance – Male Outstanding Voice Performance – Female Outstanding Performance – Stunt Outstanding Videogame Performance – Male Outstanding Videogame Performance – Female Ref.
2005 N/A N/A [22]
2007 N/A [22]
2008 N/A N/A [22]
2010 N/A [22]
2011 N/A N/A [22]
2013 [22]
2015 [22]
2017 [22]
2019 Neil Napier (The Disappearance) Katy Breier (FANatic) Brian Froud (Zafari) Lucinda Davis (Racetime) Michael Scherer (XXX: Return of Xander Cage) Julian Casey (We Happy Few) Catherine Kidd (For Honor) [23]

ACTRA Toronto AwardsEdit

Year Award of Excellence Outstanding Performance – Male Outstanding Performance – Female Outstanding Voice Performance – Male Outstanding Voice Performance – Female Members' Choice Series Ensemble Ref.
2003 Gordon Pinsent Shawn Doyle Kristen Thomson N/A N/A [24]
2004 Sonja Smits Brent Carver Diane D'Aquila N/A N/A [24]
2005 Paul Gross Richard Chevalleau Kristen Thomson N/A N/A [24]
2006 Sarah Polley Tom McCamus Samantha Weinstein N/A N/A [24]
2007 Wendy Crewson Gordon Pinsent Maria del Mar Len Carlson N/A [24]
2008 Eric Peterson Aaron Poole Caroline Cave Matt Watts N/A [24]
2009 Peter Keleghan Nicholas Campbell Rosemary Dunsmore Jamie Watson N/A [24]
2010 Colin Mochrie K. C. Collins Kathleen Munroe Julie Lemieux N/A [24]
2011 Fiona Reid Maury Chaykin Molly Parker and Tracy Wright Seán Cullen N/A [24]
2012 Rick Mercer Christopher Plummer (Barrymore) Amy Price-Francis (King) Billy MacLellan (Afghanada) N/A [25]
2013 Shirley Douglas Shawn Doyle (The Disappeared) Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day) Shannon Kook-Chun (Requiem for Romance) N/A [26]
2014 R. H. Thomson Rick Roberts (Jack) Amanda Brugel (Sex After Kids) Terry McGurrin (Scaredy Squirrel) N/A [27]
2015 Tantoo Cardinal Gavin Crawford (Two 4 One) Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) Cory Doran (Total Drama) N/A [28]
2016 Sarah Gadon Christopher Plummer (Remember) Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek) Julie Lemieux (Numb Chucks) N/A [24]
2017 Yannick Bison Joey Klein (We're Still Together) Jean Yoon (Kim's Convenience) Linda Kash (Fugget About It) Kim's Convenience [24]
2018 Jennifer Podemski Stuart Hughes (The Drawer Boy) Sheila McCarthy (Cardinals) Saara Chaudry (The Breadwinner) Baroness von Sketch Show [29]
2019 Jayne Eastwood Stephen McHattie (Crown and Anchor) Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E) Mark Little (Cupcake & Dino: General Services) Bryn McAuley (Top Wing) Schitt's Creek [30]

ReferencesEdit

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