TORONTO — “Don Giovanni Unmasked,” a one-hour adaptation of the Mozart masterpiece told from the point of view of his servant, Leporello, has collected the most awards — four — during the first two nights of the 16th annual Gemini Awards, Canada’s answer to the Emmys.
The Rhombus Media production, which recently won the Silver Rose for Music Award at the 2001 Rose d’Or de Montreaux and the Gold World Medal at the New York Film Festival, took the nod in the performing arts category as well as awards for photography, production design and direction (Barbara Willis Sweete).
Pic, a film within a film, features baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as both Don Giovanni and his servant Leporello. “Don Giovanni Unmasked” received six noms in all.
“Nuremberg,” the most-nominated program with 12, has so far taken three Geminis — for production design, visual effects and supporting actor (Brian Cox).
The ratings hit “Canada: A People’s History” has also received three kudos — for documentary series, sound and visual effects.
Other programs that have received multiple awards include the series “DaVinci’s Inquest,” for which Chris Haddock took kudos for direction in a dramatic series and Alan DiFiore and Chris Haddock shared the nod for writing in a dramatic series.
For the skein “Blue Murder” (which, along with “DaVinci’s Inquest,” is produced by Barna-Alper Prods.), “DaVinci’s Inquest” star Nicholas Campbell took the guest role gong for his turn and Kari Matchett took the female guest nod.
Gary Chalk and Tamara Craig Thomas took the supporting actor and actress in a dramatic series awards for “Cold Squad.”
The Geminis run for three nights, Oct. 27, 28 and 29, with the first two nights covering craft and supporting roles, working up to the highest profile nods on Monday night.