Canadian TV awards honor drama, kid content, comedy

TORONTO – Canadian mini-series “Guns,” which aired on pubcaster CBC last fall, shot to the top on Wednesday night winning five trophies at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s 25th Gemini TV Awards.

A total of 38 Geminis and three special awards were presented at the event covering drama, children’s content, comedy and variety categories.

It was the second night of awards. On Tuesday night 50 Geminis were handed out, while the top 19 prizes will be distributed Nov. 13 at a gala hosted by “Glee’s” Cory Monteith.

Husband-and-wife team Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness shared the prize for writing in a dramatic program or mini-series for “Guns,” which also took home Geminis for direction (Sutherland), supporting actor (Cle Bennett), supporting actress (Debra Lynne McCabe) and picture editing (Jason Gatt) in the drama category.

“The Tudors” nabbed Geminis for costume design, original score and best production design in a fictional series, while “Durham County” won for make-up and title design.

“Glenn Martin, DDS” won for animated series and direction in the same category, while “Degrassi: The Next Generation” landed Geminis for best direction in a youth program and best performance (Charlotte Arnold) in the same category.

“Degrassi” co-creator and exec producer Linda Schuyler was presented with the Academy achievement award, marking the franchise’s 30th anniversary.

The Margaret Collier award went to writer Donald Martin, honoring his contribution to raising the international profile of Canadian TV.

Long-running tots show “Polka Dot Door,” which aired on Ontario pubcaster TVO, was named a 2010 Masterworks Honoree.

For a list of the Gemini Award winners visit http://www.geminiawards.ca/gemini25

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