Tamil Nadu State Film Awards were given for excellence in Tamil cinema in India. They were given annually to honour the best talents and provide encouragement and incentive to the South Indian film industry by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The awards were decided by a committee headed by a Judge. The awards were first given in 1967 and discontinued after 1970. The awards were given again in 1977 and continued till 1982. The awards were not given in the years 1971 to 1976. However in the year 1977, the awards for Best Actress and Best Actor were announced for the years 1971 to 1976 by way of honorary certificates by the government led by the then chief minister M.G.Ramachandran. Since 1988, the awards were regularly given until it became defunct in 2008.
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Wikipedia
Awards are given in the following categories. Follow the links for lists of the award winners, year by year.Best Film: since 1967Best Director: since 1967Best Family Film:2000 and 2001; since 2006Best Film Portraying Woman in Good Light: since 1994Best Actor: since 1967Best Actress: since 1967Best Villain: since 1995Best Comedian: 1980 to 1982; since 1995Best Child Artist: 1969 and 1970; 1977 and 1978; 1990; since 1994Best Music Director: 1968 to 1970; 1977 to 1982; since 1988Best Male Playback: 1968 to 1970; 1977 to 1982; since 1988Best Female Playback: 1968 to 1970; 1977 to 1982; since 1988Best Stunt Coordinator: 1970; 1982; since 1988Best Art Director: since 1988Best Cinematographer: 1968 to 1970; 1977 to 1982; since 1988Best Choreographer: since 1988Best Audiographer: since 1988Best Lyricist: 1968 to 1970; 1977 to 1982; since 1988Best Male Dubbing Artist: since 2000Best Female Dubbing Artist: since 2000Best Editor: 1980 to 1982; since 1988Best Storywriter: 1968 to 1970; 1977 to 1982; since 1988Best Dialogue Writer: 1968 to 1970; 1977 to 1982; since 1988Best Make-up Artist: since 1993Best Costume Designer: since 1993Special Prizes: since 197Honorary Award: since 1989Best Supporting Actor: 1968 to 1970Best Supporting Actress: 1968 to 1970Best Male Debut – Karthik Muthuraman for Alaigal Oivathillai: 1981Best Female Debut – Radha for Alaigal Oivathillai: 1981 only