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Gemini Awards: The Big Winners So Far

The 26th Annual Gemini Awards will wrap up on Wednesday night, but not before Russell Peters hosts an evening full of entertainment and prizes for the best in Canadian film and television. Awards will be handed out to the leading stars at the CBC's Toronto Broadcast Centre, from 8pm.

As you may know, the Gemini Industry Galas have already taken place, hosted by the Debaters' Steve Patterson and Q's Jian Ghomeshi. Let's take a look back at some of the big winners so far.


Winner of six awards (and 16 nominations in total, with more still to play for on Wednesday) was Call Me Fitz, the Jason Priestly led comedy filmed in Nova Scotia. In the comedy category, it won Best Direction, Writing, and landed awards for Ernie Grunwald (Best Supporting Actor) and Kathleen Munroe (Best Supporting Actress).

On the dramatic side, Flashpoint and The Kennedys were the big winners in acting terms. Sergio Di Zio picked up Best Supporting Actor for his role as Spike in Flashpoint, and Tim Rozon won for his guest role, whose writing team was also honoured. The show garnered the most nominations of all at this year's Gemini hopefuls, with 17 in total. A lot of those nominations are for upcoming awards, so look out for its team on Wednesday night. The Kennedys won three Geminis, with acting awards for Barry Pepper and Diana Hardcastle.

Elsewhere, in the Youth categories Degrassi picked up three awards (again, with more nominations outstanding) including Best Fiction Program and Best Performance for Jordan Todosey. Babar won two awards, including landing Gordon Pinset a prize for his part as the voice of the King Babar.

The CBC won big, with six awards for their news programming, including Best Host for Mark Kelley. George Stroumboulopoulos won Best Host or Interviewer in a Talk Series, and Best Talk Series for his show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. The Fifth Estate won for its writing and direction while Hockey Night in Canada won two awards for its coverage of the Heritage Classic. Elsewhere in Sport, SportsCentre's Jay Onrait won Best Host and their special Jay Triano and Terry Fox picked up a prize. Onrait is an anagram of Triano. Spooky...

There were still more winners for the CBC, with Dragons' Den winning Best Reality Series and Battle of the Blades winning Best Music or Variety Series. Pillars of the Earth won three awards, including Best Dramatic Mini-series. The Tudors won two, for Best Original Music and Best Visual Effects.

Congratulations to all the winners (and nominees) - we can't wait for Wednesday night! There will be cheese.



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