‘Newsroom,’ ‘Arrow’ top Gemini nods

Nab five awards each in Canadian kudos

TORONTO — The docudrama “The Arrow” and the satirical series “The Newsroom” dominated this year’s Gemini awards honoring excellence in English-language Canadian TV.

“The Arrow” and “The Newsroom” nabbed five each. “The Arrow” took the dramatic program or series categories of best photography, best sound, best production design or art direction, and best performance by an actor in a featured supporting role and the best visual effects award.

“The Arrow,” the story of the Avro Arrow, was produced by Straight Arrow Production, Tapestry Film, John Aaron Productions and the Film Works.

“The Newsroom” snagged the best photography, best picture editing and best direction awards in the comedy, variety, performing arts program or series categories, as well as best writing in a comedy or variety program or series, and best performance in the comedy program or series category.

Other winners include Atlantis Film’s “Traders,” with three Geminis, including the prestigious best dramatic series award; the Canadian Broadcast Corp.’s “the fifth estate” took three, including best information series; the dramatic series “North of 60,” produced by Alliance Communications and Alberta Filmworks, received the award for best writing in a dramatic series; and the CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” received the nod for best comedy program or series.

The 12th annual Gemini Awards were presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television over three black-tie galas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in Toronto.

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