24th Genie Awards
DateMay 1, 2004
SiteMetro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Hosted byScott Thompson
Best PictureThe Barbarian Invasions
Most awardsThe Barbarian Invasions (6)
Most nominationsSeducing Doctor Lewis (11)
Television coverage
NetworkCitytv, Bravo!, Star!, Access Alberta

The 24th Genie Awards were held on May 1, 2004, to honour films released in 2003. The ceremony was hosted by Scott Thompson.[1] The ceremony was broadcast on CHUM Limited's terrestrial Citytv and Access Alberta networks, as well as on the cable channels Bravo! and Star!.[1]

Nominations were announced on March 16, 2004.[2] The film Seducing Doctor Lewis garnered the most nominations with 11 nods,[2] although it was virtually shut out on the night of the ceremony, winning only the award for Best Cinematography.[3] Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions was the night's big winner,[4] winning six awards including Best Picture. Arcand joked, however, that he had won only because neither David Cronenberg nor Atom Egoyan had a film in competition.[4]

Sarah Polley's Best Actress win for My Life Without Me was the only one of the six top awards not won by The Barbarian Invasions.[4] Polley took the opportunity in her speech to lament the state of Canadian film: "We make great movies in this country and it's a shame that the Canadian public never gets to see them."[3]

Nominees and winners

Motion Picture Direction
Actor in a leading role Actress in a leading role
Actor in a supporting role Actress in a supporting role
Original Screenplay Adapted Screenplay
Best Live Action Short Drama Best Animated Short
Art Direction/Production Design Cinematography
Costume Design Editing
Overall Sound Sound Editing
  • Blue ribbon
    Michael O'Farrell, Mark Gingras, Paul Intson, Goro Koyama, John Laing, Andy Malcolm, Jill Purdy, and John Douglas Smith, The Statement
  • David McCallum, Steven Hammond, Ronayne Higginson, David Rose and Jane Tattersall, Falling Angels
  • Marcel Pothier, Guy Francoeur, Carole Gagnon, Antoine Morin and Jacques Plante, Seducing Doctor Lewis (La Grande séduction)
  • Marie-Claude Gagné, Diane Boucher, Jérôme Décarie, Claire Pochon and Jean-Philippe Savard, The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)
  • Maureen Murphy, Dean Giammarco, Robert Hunter, Johnny Ludgate and Christine McLeod, The Snow Walker
Achievement in Music: Original Score Achievement in Music: Original Song
Best Documentary Special awards


  1. ^ a b "He's gonna spank that Genie". The Globe and Mail, May 1, 2004.
  2. ^ a b "Genies take a shine to Quebec". The Globe and Mail, May 17, 2004.
  3. ^ a b "Barbarians invade". Toronto Star, May 2, 2004.
  4. ^ a b c "Quebec the belle of the Genies ball". The Globe and Mail, May 3, 2004.