The 26th Gemini Awards Nominations have been announced and I'm really excited that many of the shows that Suzie & I talk about here at Hexed: Sisterhood of the Supernatural are up for awards! For anyone unfamiliar with the Gemini's there are the Canadian TV awards, or more formally "The Gemini Awards honour the best in Canadian television as determined by members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and other industry professionals". I love FAQ pages. The qualifying period is between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011 and for series' 50% of the series must first broadcast at that time.
So, back to the shows. Looking at TV shows that Suzie & I talk about here at Hexed so that means shows of a paranormal persuasion with some scifi and crime sneaking in. Leading the way for our faves is Lost Girl & Being Human (North American) with 5 nominations each! I'm particularly excited about Lost Girl as we have been huge supporters of the show since it's very first episode, especially Ksenia Solo who plays Kenzi and she has her very own nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series in Oh Kappa My Kappa/Sorority/Fae Day. Lost Girl is also up for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series, Best Achievement in Casting (Vexed) and Best Cross-Platform Project - Fiction (Digital Media). It's exciting times for Lost Girl, after the recent news of Season 2 going to 22 episodes, being at ComicCon and a strong presence at the upcoming FanExpo, they are going to be busy, busy faes!
Being Human (North American) is also up for 5 nominations including genre traditional nods for Best Achievement in Make-Up and Best Visual Effects, plus Best Direction in a Dramatic Series and Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series. But I think the biggest and bloody nod goes to Sam Witwer who plays Aidan and is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for the episode I Want You Back (From the Dead). He's up against some very impressive competition: Enrico Colantoni for Flashpoint, Hugh Dillion for Durham Country, Callum Keith Rennie for Shattered and Michael Riley for Being Erica. Wow. That is an impressive group of talented actors.
From the happy to the not so, I'm a little saddened and shocked to see one of our most beloved shows, Haven, is only up for 1 nomination: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series - John Dunsworth as Dave Teagues in Spiral/Ball and Chain. It's a well deserved nomination, especially as his performance in Spiral truly is amazing and he has of the best moments of the season but I really would have loved to see more acknowledgements here. Specifically for the brilliant writing on the show which obvious has a long term plan and also for performance by Emily Rose as the series lead character Audrey.
Looking through the nominations I spotted several of the series we've talked about on occasion here at Hexed, including the sadly-cancelled Endgame with an impressive 5 nominations (seriously... that show was awesome. And why no nomination for Shawn Doyle? He's fantastic!), 3 nominations for The Listener & Sanctuary and 2 nominations for Stargate Universe. Lots of sideways competition with several of the shows up for visual effects & make up which tend to be half genre shows and half period shows, like The Tudors & The Borgias alongside Being Human, Sanctuary & Stargate Universe for Visual Effects.
That's the highlights for the shows we chat about (and detailed nominations are below), but if you want to see the nominees for all 100 categories you can read all about it here (it's a PDF). The Gemini's will be unveiled over three nights: August 30 & 31 and September 7 which will have an accompanying live broadcast on CBC Television.
Gemini Nominations for Shows We Always Talk About on Hexed:
Lost Girl - 5 nominations
Best Cross-Platform Project - Fiction (Digital Media)
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series (Faetal Justice)
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series (Blood Lines)
Best Achievement in Casting (Vexed)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for Ksenia Solo as Kenzi in Oh Kappa My Kappa/Sorority/Fae Day
Being Human - 5 nominations
Best Achievement in Make-Up
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (Dog Eat Dog)
Best Visual Effects (Dog Eat Dog)
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series (The End of the World as we Knew it)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Sam Witwer as Aidan (I Want You Back (From the Dead))
Haven - 1 nomination
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series - John Dunsworth as Dave Teagues in Spiral/Ball and Chain
Gemini Nominations for Shows We Always Occasionally About on Hexed:
Endgame - 5 nominations
Best Cross-Platform Project - Fiction (Interactive)
Best Dramatic Series
Best Achievement in Main Title Design
Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series David Richmond-Peck (I Killed Her)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series - Katharine Isabelle (Fearful Symmetry/Huxley, We Have a Problem)
Sanctuary - 3 nominations
Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series (Normandy)
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series (Normandy)
Best Visual Effects (Animus)
The Listener - 3 nominations
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role - Krystin Pellerin (Ace in The Hole)
Best Costume Design
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Clément Virgo (The Magician)
Stargate Universe - 2 nominations
Best Visual Effects - Awakening
Best Achievement in Make-Up
For full nomination list of all 110 categories go here (it's a PDF).
The Gemini's are unveiled over three nights in Toronto on August 30 & 31 and then complete with on September 7 at the CBC with a live broadcast on CBC Television.
See more at the Gemini Awards website here.