'Tudors,' 'Englishman' grab 4 Geminis each

David Gardner, David Cole also honored Wednesday

TORONTO -- Showtime's "The Tudors" and Bob Hoskins starrer "The Englishman's Boy" triumphed Wednesday night at the Geminis, Canada's TV awards, claiming four trophies each.

Wednesday's ceremony -- the third straight day in which Geminis have been dished out -- covered drama, variety and comedy programming.

"The Tudors," a Canadian-Irish co-production that airs here on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., earned Geminis for best series visual effects, production design and photography, as well as a best actress nod for Maria Doyle Kennedy.

The other big winner was Minds Eye Entertainment's "The Englishman's Boy," which earned a supporting actress trophy for Katharine Isabelle along with hardware for best costume design, casting and directing -- for helmer John Smith.

Other multiple winners included the cop drama "Mayerthorpe" from Seven24 Films and Slanted Wheel Entertainment, Shaftesbury Films' "Murdoch Mysteries," which had led all comers with 14 noms; and Back Alley Film Prods.' "Durham County."

On the acting front, the Gemini for best supporting actor in a miniseries went to Peter MacNeill for his star turn in "Victor: The Victor Davis Story"; the supporting actor trophy for a dramatic series was earned by Jonas Chernick of "The Border"; while Gavin Crawford won the Gemini for best guest actor in a drama series for his work on "Murdoch Mysteries."

Also honored Wednesday night was actor David Gardner, who received the Earle Grey Award, and the late TV writer David Cole, who was given the Margaret Collier Award.

The Geminis will culminate with a final night of trophy giving Nov. 28, as part of a national telecast.

A complete list of Wednesday night's winners is available online at www.geminiawards.ca.