Gemini Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Gemini Awards?
The Gemini Awards honour the best in Canadian television as determined by members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and other industry professionals.

How long have the Gemini Awards been in existence?
This will be the 26th Annual Gemini Awards. The event was first launched on April 21, 1986 by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. It consists of two parallel, pan-industry awards presentations called the Gemini Awards and the Prix Gemeaux, to honour Canada's English and French language television industries, respectively.

How many categories are there?
This year will see achievements honoured in 114 categories. Categories include Program, Performance, Craft and Interactive Digital Media.

How does a show or individual get nominated?
Shows and individuals are submitted for nominations by their production company. Individuals may also enter themselves for consideration with the permission of the show's producer.

All entries are subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Gemini Awards. These rules and regulations are reviewed annually by a Committee that is comprised of industry professionals.

Nominations are determined by a jury process - there is a jury for each and every category. These juries are comprised of 5 to 7 Academy members and other industry professionals with an expertise in a specific field.

The nominating juries for each category review all of the submissions in their designated category. There is a maximum of 5 nominations per category - as you can imagine, there are a lot of great Canadian TV shows out there and great Canadian talent behind those shows so the competition is intense! Jury members are tasked with diligently reviewing all of the entries according to a set of criteria. They discuss and debate and then vote for the nominations by secret ballot. The balloting process is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Why do some shows get nominated and others don't?
Each entry, whether it be for a show, a performer, or a craftsperson, is judged alongside the other entries in its category. Shows, performers, and craftspeople are eligible only in certain applicable categories and if a show is not entered in a particular category, it obviously cannot be nominated!

Who sits on the nominating juries?
Each category's nominations are determined by a jury comprised of individuals - Academy members and other industry professionals - with expertise in a particular field. For example, juries for the Editing categories are comprised primarily of editors, the juries for Direction categories are comprised primarily of Directors - in other words, a jury comprised of peers. Jury members are selected by a Jury Chair and are screened by the Academy for any possible biases.

Who votes on each category?
Awards are determined much in the same way as the nominations. Votes for Performance and Craft categories are cast by Academy members with expertise in that particular field. In other words, actors vote for Acting categories, writers vote for Writing categories, etc.

There is one exception: Every voting member is eligible to vote for the Program categories, for example Best Dramatic Series, Best Comedy Program or Series and Best Cross-Platform Project.

Who designed the Gemini Statue?
The Gemini statuette was designed by award-winning designer and artist Scott Thornley.

Cut from solid brass and mounted on a wooden base, the Gemini symbolizes the relationship between the individuals and disciplines behind the work and the image on the screen, as well as the partnerships behind and in front of the camera.

The Gemini Statue weighs 7 kg (15 lbs) and stands 29 cm high by 17 cm wide (11 1/4 inches high by 6 1/2 inches wide).

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Contest Winners

  • Karin Goegginger

Important dates

  • Aug 31st, 2010 Nominations Announced
  • Nov 2nd, 2010 Industry Galas, Toronto ON (Presentation 1 & 2)
  • Nov 3rd, 2010 Industry Galas, Toronto ON (Presentation 3 & 4)
  • Nov 9th, 2010 Ticket Pickup Opens (Broadcast Gala)
  • Nov 13th, 2010 Broadcast Gala, Toronto ON (Presentation 5)