The 25th annual Gemini Awards, which honor the best in Canadian English-language television, have revealed the nominees selected by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
The nominees for best direction in a documentary program include Neil Diamond and Catherine Bainbridge for Reel Injun; Rosie Dransfeld for Broke; Julian Jones for The Great Sperm Race; Rob King for Silent Bombs: All for the Motherland and Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall for 65_RedRoses.
For best direction in a documentary series, the nominees are Mike Downie for One Ocean – Birth of An Ocean, Leon Laflamme for Love, Hate and Propaganda – Truth and Total War, Jeff Semple for Ancestors in the Attic – Black Market Baby?, Stavros Stavrides, Leslie Lucas and John Westheuser for Licence to Drill – Paydirt and Wendy Treuman for Mega Builders – Big Rig.
The nominees for best documentary series include Aftermath from Cream Productions, Down the Mighty River from Rezolution Pictures, License to Drill from Pixcom Productions Inc., The View from Here from TVO and Word Travels from Omni Film Productions Limited.
White Pine Pictures’ Genius Within – The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Productions Grand Nord’s Karsh is History and Take 3 Productions copro with France’s 13 Productions, Prokofiev: The Unfinished Diary are all nominated for the best biography documentary program.
For best reality program or series, Temple Street Productions’ Canada’s Next Top Model was nominated, as well as The Cupcake Girls from Force Four Entertainment Inc, the CBC’s Dragons’ Den and Should I Stay or Should I Go Productions’ Love it or List it.
The Donald Brittain Award, given to the best social/political documentary program, has two NFB copros as nominees: A Dream for Kabul, with InformAction Films and Reel Injun, with Rezolution Pictures and CBC News Network. Other projects nominated are ID: Productions Inc’s Broke., Stormy Nights Productions’ Up Against the Wall and Water On the Table Inc.’s Water On the Table.