Apart from Elvis Costello and Robert Carlyle winning (well, if Brits and Scots can win Emmys, they can win Geminis too), winners include Less Than Kind for best Comedy, best comedy writing (creators Marvin Kaye and Chris Sheasgreen) and best individual Comedy performance (Benjamin Arthur), the nominally Canadian The Tudors for best drama, Flashpoint for best directing in a drama (David Frazee), and the This Hour Has 22 Minutes cast for best comedic ensemble.
Brian Williams (our Brian Williams, not the U.S.’s) won for his Vancouver Olympics coverage, while in another vaguely sports-related victory, Jared Keeso won for playing Don Cherry. The winner for best miniseries was the CBC/Global co-production The Summit, whose actual airdate is surprisingly hard to find online, but which qualified for the award because it aired in the summer of 2009. Speaking of shows that aired a while back, Catherine Disher won best supporting actress in a drama for The Border, which got canceled at the end of last season.
For a blow-by-blow account of the evening, here’s a live-blog of the Gemini awards show by C. Archer, who argues among other things that the “rightful winner” for best drama was Durham County: “At least it’s Canadian, and not a co-pro with minor Canadian participation.” The blogger is also displeased that the best show of the last 25 years as chosen by the viewers was the Degrassi franchise, but while it’s not the best (that would be Slings & Arrows, I would say offhand) it’s kind of an inevitable choice if you put it up to a popular vote.