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A chicken in every pot, and a shiny trinket for every liberal

I was writing a Joel’s NewsQuips, um, quip, and after typing up the list of governments and government departments that “sponsored” the government-sponsored Gemini Award self-gratification, aggrandizement, and shiny trinket liberalfest on Sunday, I decided to find out just what awards they were giving out.  There just aren’t that many Canadian-made TV and movies and so on, so how many awards could there be? 

Answer:  pretty much one award for every single show, and nearly every person involved in every single show.  I imagine just about everybody working in Canadian TV and movies was nominated for something, or at least associated with a show that was.  Of course most every single Canadian show is sponsored by one, two, three, or more governments or departments with cash and/or special tax breaks (image!), and then often broadcast on state-run, state-owned media. Here are the categories—

98

of ‘em!:

  * Best News Information Series
  * Best News Magazine Segment
  * Best News Special Event Coverage
  * Best Reportage
  * Best Newscast
  * Gemini Humanitarian Award
  * Best Sports Play-by-Play or Analyst
  * Best Live Sporting Event
  * Best Direction in a Live Sporting Event
  * Best Sports Program or Series
  * Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
  * Best Writing in an Information Program or Series
  * Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series
  * Best Photography in an Information Program or Series
  * Best Picture Editing in an Information Program or Series
  * Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series
  * Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information Program or Series
  * Academy Achievement Award
  * Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program
  * Best Biography Documentary Program
  * Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or Series
  * Best History Documentary Program
  * Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series
  * Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism
  * Best Direction in a Documentary Program
  * Best Direction in a Documentary Series
  * Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series
  * Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series
  * Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series
  * Best Documentary Series
  * Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series
  * Best Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series
  * Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series
  * Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
  * Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series
  * Best Original Music Score for an Animated Program or Series
  * Best Animated Program or Series
  * Best Pre-School Program or Series
  * Most Popular Website
  * Canada Award
  * Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Dramatic Program or Series
  * Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Segment
  * Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series
  * Best Cross Platform Project
  * Best General/Human Interest Series
  * Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series
  * Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series
  * Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series
  * Best Talk Series
  * Best Reality Program or Series
  * Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series
  * Best Writing in a Dramatic Series
  * Best Direction in a Dramatic Series
  * Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series
  * Best Sound in a Dramatic Series
  * Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Dramatic Program or Series
  * Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series
  * Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety, or Performing Arts Program or Series
  * Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series
  * Best Photography in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series
  * Best Direction in a Variety Program or Series
  * Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program or Series
  * Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series
  * Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series
  * Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series
  * Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
  * Best Music, Variety Program or Series
  * Best TV Movie
  * Best Achievement in Make-Up
  * Best Costume Design
  * Best Achievement in Casting
  * Best Visual Effects
  * Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series
  * Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series
  * Earle Grey Award
  * Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  * Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  * Best Sound in a Dramatic Program
  * Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series
  * Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role Dramatic Series
  * Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series
  * Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  * Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  * Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast
  * Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  * Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
  * Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series
  * Best Comedy Program or Series
  * Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
  * Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
  * Best News Anchor
  * Best Dramatic Mini-Series
  * Best Dramatic Series
  * Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series
  * Viewers’ Choice Award (Viewer’s Choice Award for Lifestyle Host Gemini)
  * Donald Brittain Award – for the best political or social documentary
  * Margaret Collier Award – lifetime writing honour
  * John Drainie Award – broadcasting, not necessarily awarded every year

=====  Here’s what I wrote in my Joel’s NewsQuips, um, quip =====

Shiny trinkets were handed out to people. The “Gemini Awards”—Canada’s lame answer to the American liberals’ “Emmys” festival of liberalism—were doled out last night. Nobody noticed. Now that it has been reported, nobody cares. … It was broadcast on the largely unwatched state-run media, the CBC, and hosted by the host of their liberalism-booster show “The Hour”, George Stroumboulopoulos. I don’t know who won what trinket, and I don’t care. The show was sponsored by, among others:
Telefilm Canada (100% state-owned left-wing propaganda outfit, as I see it).
Canadian Television Fund (a fund that the state forces cable and satellite operators to fund, with tons of cash then going to the CBC).
CBC (left-wing state-run and state-owned media).
City of Regina (that’s a city government of a city in Saskatchewan, or what I like to call a li’l bit of the old Soviet Union right here in Canada).
SaskFilm (a government (see above) funding agency that pretends it’s totally separate from the government like most government agencies do).
Canadian Heritage (that’s another federal government department. Telefilm Canada, the CBC, and now this? They tricked ya!)
National Film Board (100% state-owned, left-wing propaganda outfit, as I see it. Telefilm Canada, the CBC, Canadian heritage, city government, provincial government, and now this? Tricked ya again!).

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