In 1986, the original ACTRA Awards were absorbed into the Academy of Canadian Cinema, the home of the Genie Awards, which then changed its named to the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. The Gemini Awards celebrate the achievements of television members of the Academy, and awards are currently given out in 87 categories. The Gemini Awards also include several special awards given out for various reasons, such as lifetime achievement. Québec holds its own counterpart of the Geminis, Les Prix Gémeaux.
Earle Grey Award
Presented to an individual or group for lifetime achievement in Canadian television.
Margaret Collier Award
Presented to a writer for lifetime achievement.
John Drainie Award
This award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to broadcasting in Canada.
Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism
This award is presented to a broadcast journalist for an exceptional body of work in Canadian television journalism, or for significant contribution to the international profile of Canadian television journalism.
Donald Brittain Award
A Gemini Award presented to the show voted the best social/political documentary program.
First presented in 2001, this award celebrates the efforts of an individual within the Canadian television industry whose contributions and commitments to the community and public service exemplify compassion and humanitarianism outside of the television industry.
Academy Achievement Award
This is the Gemini's Lifetime Achievement Award. It was first presented in 1996.
Multiculturalism Award & Canada Award
Called the Multiculturalism Award (1988-90) and now the Canada Award. This award is presented to the television program that best reflects Canada's multicultural landscape.
Gemini Award statue
The Gemini Award celebrates the achievements of television members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (photo courtesy ACCT).
Links to Other Sites
The official website for the Gemini Awards, which honour the best in Canadian television as determined by members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and other industry professionals.
Canadian Screen Awards to replace Genies
A CTV News story about the merging of Canada's Genie and Gemini Awards into the Canadian Screen Awards, a new prize meant to recognize the best in Canuck film, TV and digital work.