Thursday, October 16, 2008

23rd Annual Gemini Awards- Western Nominees...

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Hosted by Canadian film actors Gabrielle "Corner Gas" Miller and Ben "Robson Arms" Ratner, the 23rd Annual "Gemini Awards" for excellence in Canadian television, hosted a reception @ Vancouver's Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard October 15, honouring the 'Western' Canadian nominees.

Last year's, locally-shot CBC crime series "Intelligence" was nominated for Best Series (second season), with lead actor Ian Tracey nominated for his portrayal of a Vancouver drug dealer and co-star actress Camille Sullivan nominated as his drug addict, ex-wife 'Francine Reardon'. Stephen Surjik is nominated for episodic directing, as well as Pascale Hutton as Best Actress in a Guest Role.

Other notable nominations include "Durham County", a production of The Movie Network and Global TV, receiving a total of 13 nominations.

Jewel Staite was nominated for Best Lead Actress, "Stargate: Atlantis", Babz Chula Best Guest Actress, "JPod" and Alexz Johnson, Best Lead Actress, "Instant Star".

Best TV-movie nominees include "Luna: Spirit of the Whale" from producer Trish Dolman.

Producer, director David Paperny's "The Week the Women Went" was nominated for Best Reality series, while his doc "Confessions Of An Innocent Man" was nominated for Best Biography.

Other nominated BC produced docs included the National Film Board's "Citizen Sam", focusing on Vancouver's Mayor Sam Sullivan and the concert bio, "Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues", from Nick Orchard/Corby Coffin.

Winners for Best Drama, Comedy, TV Movie, Miniseries and Acting will receive their awards Nov. 28 at a broadcast gala in Toronto...