The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television held its 17th Annual Gemini Awards on Nov. 2-4. Taking home the award for Best Animated Program or Series was Aaagh! It’s the Mr. Hell Show! Created by David Freedman and Alan Gilbey and produced by Christopher Brough and J. Falconer, the U.K./Canada co-production between Sextant and Peafur Prods. airs on the BBC and on Showtime in the U.S. The series beat out other nominees Angela Anaconda, Eckhart Series III, The Santa Claus Brothers and Yvon Of The Yukon.
Nabbing the statue for Best Preschool Program or Series was Nelvana’s Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, produced by Michael Hirsh, Patricia Burns, Marianne Culbert, Stephen Hodgins, Patrick Loubert, Betty Paraskevas, Michael Paraskevas, Clive Smith and Cynthia Taylor. The other nominees for this category were Caillou, Scoop and Doozie 3, The Nook Counting Network and Wumpa’s World.
The award for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series went to Jon Cooksey and Ali Marie Matheson for Nelvana’s The Santa Claus Brothers. The writing team beat out Matthew Salsberg for Big Wolf on Campus ("Being Tommy Dawkins"), Bruce Kalish for Jett Jackson: The Movie, Suzanne Bolch and John May for Our Hero ("The Comeback Issue") and Sib Ventress for The Famous Jett Jackson ("Something in the Air")
Hallmark Ent.’s Voyage of the Unicorn (Part one of a four-part miniseries) won Best Visual Effects for producers Lee Wilson, Tom Archer, Winston Helgason, Stephen Pepper, Lisa Sepp, and Simon van de Lagemaat. Also in contention for the honor were Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda ("The Widening Gyre"), Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict ("Unearthed"), Stargate SG-1 ("Enemies") and Tales From the Neverending Story: The Resurrection.
The Gemini is just one of several awards recently bestowed on Aaagh! It’s the Mr. Hell Show. The series also won the LEO award for Best Animated Series and a Houston Worldfest award for Best Comedy.