At a star-studded gala Wednesday night, 7 September 2011, The Borgias won the Gemini Award for best dramatic series.
When it premiered in April, The Borgias, a period drama full of sex and scheming, grabbed the attention of 1.3 million viewers in Canada.
Jeremy Irons accepted the award via pre-recorded video message.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television presented 61 Gemini Awards Wednesday night, 31st August 2011, at the second of three galas. Programs in the categories of drama, comedy, variety and children’s or youth programming were honoured in Toronto.
The Borgias received three awards in Wednesday night’s ceremony.
Winners from Wednesday night’s ceremony:
– Best direction in a dramatic series: Jeremy Podeswa for The Borgias
– Francois Seguin wins Best Production Design/Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program/Series for The Borgias.
– The Borgias – The Poisoned Chalice/The Assassin ….. Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series
Before the awards were handed out, best director nominee Jeremy Podeswa — who won for “The Borgias” — described the Gemini bash as a favourite get-together for members of Canada’s tight TV industry.
He compared it to the Emmys, where he was nominated last year for his work on “The Pacific.”
“It feels like much more of a family kind of thing,” said Podeswa, who added he would be unable to attend this year because he would be in Ireland directing “Game of Thrones.”
“The Geminis have always been a place where I immediately felt comfortable and at home.”
The Gemini Awards culminate with the Sept. 7 gala on CBC-TV. Comedy superstar Russell Peters will host, with presenters set to include Catherine O’Hara, Alan Thicke, Hugh Dillon and Priestley.