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The Eleventh Hour, a critically acclaimed drama centred on the world of investigative journalism, led the field of Gemini nominations announced Tuesday, nabbing 14, including best dramatic series.

During its first season, the backroom drama series, starring Sonja Smits and Shawn Doyle, focused on issues close to the hearts of Canadians such as water pollution and air rage.

CBC crime series Da Vinci's Inquest, which has already received four consecutive awards for best dramatic series, followed closely with 11 nominations. Blue Murder received nine nominations, including best dramatic series.

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Comedy series Made in Canada, centred on the fictitious Canadian television broadcasting company for Pyramid Productions and starring Rick Mercer, received five nominations.The series aired its final episode in June.

The Geminis, to be aired Oct. 20 from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will be hosted by Gemini nominee and comic Sean Cullen. Eighty seven awards, which honour the best in Canadian English-language television, will be handed out this year.

In the best television movie or dramatic mini-series, 100 Days in The Jungle led the pack with nine nominations including best television movie or dramatic mini-series and best direction.

The series depicted about the capture of oil workers and a few aid workers in Ecuador for ransom money. It's based on the real-life experiences of seven Canadians who were part of the hostages.

New nominees include Matthew Bennett of Cold Squad, Sarah Manninen of A.K.A Albert Walker, Jeff Seymour of Eleventh Hour, Roberta Maxwell of Scar Tissue, the ensemble cast of A Guy and a Girl and as the crew of An American in Canada.

All are up for their first nomination.

In the veterans category, Nicholas Campbell, star of Da Vinci's Inquest, is competing for his seventh Gemini and Wendy Crewson of The Many Trials of Jane Doe is up for her sixth.

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The ensemble cast from Made In Canada are up for their seventh nomination and This Hour Has 22 Minutes now boast their 10th Gemini nomination as an ensemble.

The Trailer Park Boys, meanwhile, have garnered their third nod.

Maria Topalovich, president and chief executive officer of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, said she is pleased that Canadian television offers such a wide variety of talent.

"The many new faces are a reflection of the constant growth of emerging talents within Canada's television industry and we are proud to have the opportunity to recognize these new talents alongside our industry veterans."

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