Gemini Awards

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Gemini Award
Awarded for Best television productions in Canada
Country Canada
Presented by Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
First awarded 1986
Last awarded 2011
Official website www.geminiawards.ca

The Gemini Awards were awards given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television to recognize the achievements of Canada's television industry. First held in 1986 to replace the ACTRA Award, the ceremony celebrated Canadian television productions with awards in 87 categories, along with other special awards such as lifetime achievement awards.

In April 2012, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced that the Gemini Awards and the Genie Awards would be discontinued and replaced by a new award ceremony dedicated to all forms of Canadian media, including television, film, and digital media.[1] On September 4, 2012, the Academy officially announced that the new ceremony would be known as the Canadian Screen Awards, and be held for the first time on March 4, 2013.[2]

The Geminis covered only English-language productions. The Academy also organizes a separate awards show for French productions known as the Prix Gémeaux.

Award categories[edit]

  • Best News Information Series
  • Best News Magazine Segment
  • Best News Special Event Coverage
  • Best Reportage
  • Best Newscast
  • Gemini Humanitarian Award
  • Best Sports Play-by-Play or Analyst
  • Best Live Sporting Event
  • Best Direction in a Live Sporting Event
  • Best Sports Program or Series
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
  • Best Writing in an Information Program or Series
  • Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series
  • Best Photography in an Information Program or Series
  • Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series
  • Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series
  • Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information Program or Series
  • Academy Achievement Award
  • Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program
  • Best Biography Documentary Program
  • Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or Series
  • Best History Documentary Program
  • Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series
  • Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism
  • Best Direction in a Documentary Program
  • Best Direction in a Documentary Series
  • Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series
  • Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series
  • Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series
  • Best Documentary Series
  • Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
  • Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
  • Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
  • Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series
  • Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series
  • Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series
  • Best Animated Program or Series
  • Best Pre-School Program or Series
  • Most Popular Website
  • Canada Award
  • Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Dramatic Program or Series
  • Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Segment
  • Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series
  • Best Cross Platform Project
  • Best General/Human Interest Series
  • Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series
  • Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series
  • Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series
  • Best Talk Series
  • Best Reality Program or Series
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series
  • Best Writing in a Dramatic Series
  • Best Direction in a Dramatic Series
  • Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series
  • Best Sound in a Dramatic Series
  • Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Dramatic Program or Series
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series
  • Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety, or Performing Arts Program or Series
  • Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series
  • Best Photography in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series
  • Best Direction in a Variety Program or Series
  • Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program or Series
  • Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series
  • Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series
  • Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series
  • Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
  • Best Music, Variety Program or Series
  • Best TV Movie
  • Best Achievement in Make-Up
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Achievement in Casting
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series
  • Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series
  • Earle Grey Award
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  • Best Sound in a Dramatic Program
  • Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  • Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast
  • Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  • Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  • Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series
  • Best Comedy Program or Series
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
  • Best News Anchor
  • Best Dramatic Mini-Series
  • Best Dramatic Series
  • Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
  • Viewers' Choice Award (Viewer's Choice Award for Lifestyle Host Gemini)

Special awards[edit]

Dates and locations[edit]

Gemini Awards Dates and Locations
# Year Date City Venue Host(s) Broadcast
1st 1986 4 December Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas syndicated
2nd 1987 8 December Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Steve Smith CBC
3rd 1988 Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Steve Smith CBC
4th 1989 Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Martin Short[3] CBC
5th 1990 Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Ralph Benmergui CBC
6th 1992 Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Cynthia Dale and Ralph Benmergui[4] CBC
7th 1993 Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Sara Botsford and Greg Malone CBC
8th 1994 6 March Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Valerie Pringle and Albert Schultz CBC
9th 1995 Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Paul Gross and Tina Keeper[5] CBC
10th 1996 3 March Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Albert Schultz CBC
11th 1997 6 June Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Albert Schultz CBC
12th 1998 (1) 1 March Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Cathy Jones and Steve Smith CBC
13th 1998 (2) 4 October Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Ronnie Edwards and Kenny Robinson[6] CBC
14th 1999 7 November Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Rick Mercer CBC
15th 2000 30 October Toronto, Ontario John Bassett Theatre Steve Smith CBC
16th 2001 29 October Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Mike Bullard CBC
17th 2002 4 November Toronto, Ontario Metro Toronto Convention Centre Seán Cullen CBC
18th 2003 20 October Toronto, Ontario John Bassett Theatre Seán Cullen CBC
19th 2004 13 December Toronto, Ontario John Bassett Theatre various presenters CBC
20th 2005 19 November Toronto, Ontario John Bassett Theatre various presenters Global
21st 2006 4 November Richmond, British Columbia River Rock Casino Resort various presenters Global
22nd 2007 28 October Regina, Saskatchewan Conexus Arts Centre George Stroumboulopoulos CBC
23rd 2008 28 November Toronto, Ontario The Liberty Grand Jason Priestley Showcase Television, E!
24th 2009 14 November Calgary, Alberta Stampede Corral Ron James Showcase Television, Global
25th 2010 13 November Toronto, Ontario Winter Garden Theatre Cory Monteith Showcase Television, Global
26th 2011 7 September Toronto, Ontario Canadian Broadcasting Centre Russell Peters CBC Television

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canada's Genie, Gemini Awards to merge". CBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards to replace Genies, Geminis". CBC News. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Knutzen, Eirik (2 December 1989). "Taking a Short cut home". Toronto Star. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Kohanik, Eric (9 March 1992). "Geminis get live and dangerous E.N.G., Road To Avonlea top winners". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Quill, Greg (3 March 1995). "The Geminis: Bet on Due South, in a class by itself". Toronto Star. 
  6. ^ Zerbisias, Antonia (5 October 1998). "Gemini winners look familiar". Toronto Star. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 

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