24th Annual Gemini Awards Conclude with Star-studded Broadcast Gala in
Calgary, Alberta

CALGARY, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - The 24th Annual Gemini Awards concluded this evening with the Broadcast Gala, a glitzy event held at the historic BMO Centre, Stampede Corral in Calgary, Alberta. Hosted by award-winning comedian Ron James, a total of 17 awards were presented including those for Best Comedy Program or Series and Best Dramatic Series. The gala, broadcast on Global and Showcase, also included special tributes to Corner Gas, Royal Canadian Air Farce, and Trailer Park Boys for their outstanding and enduring contributions to the Canadian television industry.

The following categories were announced:

    
    Best Comedy Program or Series
    Rick Mercer Report
    (Island Edge Inc.)
    Gerald Lunz, Rick Mercer

    Best Direction in a Dramatic Series
    Kelly Makin - Flashpoint - Planets Aligned

    Best Dramatic Mini-Series
    Burn Up
    (Seven 24 Films Inc., Kudos Film and Television)
    Tom Cox, Stephen Garrett

    Best Dramatic Series
    Flashpoint
    (Flashpoint Season 1 Inc., PINK SKY ENTERTAINMENT INC., AVAMAR
    ENTERTAINMENT INC.)
    Anne Marie La Traverse, Bill Mustos

    Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
    Steve Cochrane, Kevin Ellis, Phyllis Ellis, George Komorowski,
    Adriana Maggs, Jordan McCloskey, Steven Morana, Paul Snepsts,
    Joel Stewart - Three Chords from the Truth - Tommy's Label Showcase

    Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or
    Series
    George Stroumboulopoulos - The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos

    Best News Anchor
    Diana Swain - CBC News at Six

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
    Enrico Colantoni - Flashpoint - Who's George?

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic
    Program or Mini-Series
    Hugh Dillon - Of Murder and Memory

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or
    Mini-Series
    David Suchet - Diverted

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
    Erin Karpluk - Being Erica - Dr. Tom

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a
    Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
    Barbara Hershey - Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or
    Mini-Series
    Christine Ghawi - Celine

    Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series
    Leah Miller - So You Think You Can Dance Canada - Season 1 - Finale

    Best Reality Program or Series
    Dragons' Den
    (CBC)
    Stuart Coxe, Lisa Gabriele, Tracie Tighe

    Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series
    Adam Reid, Max Reid - Billable Hours - A Manson for All Seasons

    Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program
    Tiger Spirit
    (Storyline Entertainment Inc.)
    Ed Barreveld, Anita Lee, Min Sook Lee
    

For a full list of this year's nominations and winners, please visit geminiawards.ca

Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 1986, The Gemini Awards honour outstanding achievements in the Canadian English-language television industry. The Gemini Awards bring together over 2,500 of Canada's most gifted craftspeople, producers, and decision-makers over several evenings of special events.

About the ACCT:

Established in 1979, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition, and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film and television. Unifying professionals across Canada, the ACCT is a vital and integral force, representing all areas of the film and television industries.

SOURCE 2009 GEMINI AWARDS

For further information: For further information: Judy Lung, Communications Manager, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Ph: (416) 366-2227 ext 238, E-mail: judy@academy.ca

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