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Canadian stars line the red carpet at the Gemini Awards

TORONTO (NEWS1130) – Top prizes for dramatic series and comedy were handed out at the 26th Annual Gemini Award gala, Wednesday night.

Jason Priestley’s HBO Canada comedy “Call Me Fitz” lead the nominations with four, just ahead of cop drama “Flashpoint” which was up for two, including best drama.

The Gemini Awards salute the best of the country’s small screen.

Comedian Russell Peters hosted the event and guests included actress Catherine O’Hara, actor Alan Thicke, Rick Mercer and Nichole Appleton.

Comedian Tom Green hosted a live streaming backstage show where nominees, presenters and winners were briefly interviewed. Green’s backstage area also included a large variety of cheese and a television showing episodes of “The Littlest Hobo.”  Comedian Kenny Hotz joined Green from time to time in entertaining guests.

The hour-long broadcast featured seven marquee categories: best sports host or interviewer, best actor and actress in a comedy, best actor and actress in a drama, best comedy and best drama.

Here is a list of some of the big winners of the evening:

Best comedy:  “The Rick Mercer Report”
Best drama:  “The Borgias”
Best comedic actor:  Peter Keleghan, “18 to Life”
Best dramatic actor:  Callum Keith Rennie, “Shattered”
Best comedic actress:  Tracy Dawson, “Call Me Fitz”
Best dramatic actress:  Michelle Thrush, “Blackstone”
Best sports host or interviewer:  James Duthie, “NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft”