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14th Annual Gemini Awards Nominations
The Canadian Emmys select several genre shows to be among the finalists.
By Frank Garcia
November 03, 1999
There was once an era, decades ago, when science fiction television shows were not popular and had little or no legitimacy--an era when the genre was looked down upon by the mainstream media and within Hollywood. In today's climate of a thousand channels, with many and diverse SF-TV shows currently on the air, you know progress is being made when the genre can participate in award shows.
On the evening of Sunday, November 7, 1999, at ceremony in Toronto, Ontario, the 14th annual Gemini awards will be presented. The Geminis are what you may call 'the Canadian Emmy awards.' This year, there are seven science fiction television series currently being filmed in Canada, and they are all nominated in nine categories. Individuals working on EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT, FIRST WAVE, LEXX: THE SERIES, PSI-FACTOR: CHRONICLES OF THE PARANORMAL, THE OUTER LIMITS, STARGATE SG-1, and TOTAL RECALL just might step on stage for a speech and walk away with a sculpture in their hands.
In previous years, SF-TV series have won in acting and technical categories. Notable this year are two acting nominations: one for Michael Easton in his lead role as Detective David Hume in TOTAL RECALL and a guest role for Peter Blais in PSI-FACTOR's 'Jaunt.' All other nominations are in the various technical categories.
Of special interest to fans of THE OUTER LIMITS, the SF anthology series now in its fifth season, is a nomination in a special, separate category against five other non-genre finalists. As part of the ceremonies, for the sixth year, the Chrysler's Canada's Choice awards will be given. Unlike the Gemini , which is industry-voted, the Choice award represents the opinions of the ultimate judges the Canadian viewing public. They are invited to cast their ballots in selecting the 1999 recipient of the Choice award through an official voting website at:
To vote, you must submit your e-mail address in addition to making your selection, and only one vote per user is allowed. If more than one vote per user is registered, that entry is invalidated. Voting closes on Friday, November 5, 1999.
The 14th Annual Gemini Awards will be seen on the CBC-TV network in Canada on Sunday, November 7, 1999 at 8 p.m. (PST). If there are any genre series winners among this year's recipients, Fandom.Com will make an announcement at a future date.
THE NOMINEES ARE:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role: Michael Easton, Total Recall 2070 (Allure);
Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series: Zoran Boris, Total Recall 2070 (Restitution); Claude Foisy, First Wave (Motel California);
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series: Peter Blais, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (Jaunt)
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series: Daria Ellerman, Stargate SG-1 (The Fifth Race);
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series: Michael McMurray, Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict (Sleepers); Derick Underschultz, Total Recall 2070 (Restitution).
Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series: Allen Ormerod, Steve Baine, Scott Shepherd, John Thomson, Total Recall 2070 (Machine Dreams - Part 1);
Best Sound Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series: Stephen Barden, Joe Bracciale, Craig Henighan, E. Angie Pajek, Total Recall 2070 (Machine Dreams - Part 1); Brian Campbell, Marc S. Perlman, The Outer Limits (Identity Crisis); John Smith, Tom Bjelic, Rich Harkness, Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict (The Gauntlet);
Best Achievement in Make-Up: Jan Newman, Stargate SG-1 (Holiday); Marilyn O'Quinn, Susan Exton-Stranks, Justice; Pierre Saindon, Big Bear; Gordon Smith, Marilyn O'Quinn, Total Recall 2070 (Burning Desire); Fay von Schroeder, Tibor Farkas, The Outer Limits (Identity Crisis)
Best Visual Effects: Jon Campfens, David Alexander, Van Lapointe, Joel Skeete, Total Recall 2070 (Machine Dreams - Part 1); Jon Campfens, David Alexander, Ray Ceasar, Doug Claxton, Total Recall 2070 (Brain Fever); Gary Mueller, Lexx (The Net)