'Minuit' cleans up at Gemeaux nods


MONTREAL -- A dramedy about three Montreal bouncers who face inner dilemmas at work and away dominated this year's Prix Gemeaux awards, which honor the best in Canadian French-language television.

"Minuit, le soir" grabbed seven trophies in all at Saturday night's ceremony, including the best dramatic actor prize for Claude Legault, a shared best director nod for Jerome Sabourin and Claudine Sauve, and a screenplay award for Pierre-Yves Bernard.

The Prix Gemeauxs, organized by the Academie canadienne du cinema et de la television as the counterpart to the Gemini Awards for Canadian English-language TV series, also saw "Cover Girl," a comedy about four transvestites, earn the best supporting actor award for Gilles Renaud and supporting actress trophy for Anne-Marie Cadieux.

TVA primetime soap "Annie et ses hommes" earned the trophy for best "teleroman," literally translated as "tele-novel," a type of TV series that skews toward female viewers.

Elsewhere, Radio-Canada's "Rumeurs", a sitcom about harried magazine staffers, took home the best comedy prize, while mock soap opera "Le coeur a ses raisons" earned best actor awards for co-stars Marc Labreche and Anne Dorval.

Other big winners Saturday night included the irreverent talk show "Tout le monde en parle," which grabbed the people's-choice Prix Public award.

Norman Brathwaite received a lifetime achievement award.