The nominees have been announced for the annual Leo Awards, which honour excellence in BC-made film and television. Presented by the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, the awards are handed out during two evening events: The celebration awards ceremony (June 7, 2013 with hosts Aubrey Arnason and Sarah Groundwater-Law) and the gala awards ceremony (June 8, 2013 with hosts Nancy Robertson and Brent Butt).
The top Motion Picture nominee is Becoming Redwood with a total of 14 nominations including direction, screenwriting, cinematography, program, sound, sound editing, musical score, production design, costume design, supporting male performance (x3), lead performance male, and lead performance female.
Camera Shy has 7 nominations, Lucille’s Ball has 6 nominations, Soufflé au Chocolat has 5 nominations, Crimes of Mike Recket, In No Particular Order, and Random Acts of Romance each have 4.
Other films with nominations are Death Do Us Part, Pehchaan 3D (Identity), Bailout: The Age of Greed, Ferocious, Ambrosia, Crowsnest, Dawn Rider, Errors Of The Human Body, Havana 57, Maximum Conviction, Old Stock, Son of an Afghan Farmer, The Resurrection of Tony Gitone, and The Wingman.
Ring of Fire leads the Television Movie pack with 12 nominations, followed by Eve of Destruction with 11. Other nominees include: Hitched for the Holidays, It’s Christmas, Carol!, Tom, Dick and Harriet, Twist of Faith, Anything But Christmas, The Wishing Tree, After All These Years, Christmas Miracle, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Tasmanian Devils, Virtual Lies.
Leading the Dramatic Series nominees is Continuum with 16 nods, the most of any film or television program this year. They’re up for program, direction (x2), screenwriting, cinematography, picture editing (x2), production design, costume design, stunt coordination, guest performance male (x2), supporting performance male (x2), supporting performance female (x2).
Other Dramatic Series nominees are Arctic Air with 14, Arrow has 8 nominations, and Primevil: New World has 6. Other shows nominated include Bomb Girls, Fringe, Hell On Wheels, Alcatraz, Alphas, Beauty and the Beast, Lost Girl, Nikita,Saving Hope, Supernatural, and True Justice.
In the Short Drama category nominees include (but are not limited to) Binner with 8 nominations, and Beauty Mark, Corvus, and The Old Woman In The Woods with 7. Documentary Program or Series nominees are Battle Castle in 7 categories, along with Ice Pilots NWT, Cue The Muse, Music for Mandela, What Happens Next? The Dan Mangan Documentary, and more.
Leo Awards will also be handed out in other program categories that include Information or Lifestyle Series, Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series, Animation Program or Series, Student Production, Youth or Children’s Program or Series, Web Series, and Music Video.
Support BC film and television by supporting these outstanding programs, their cast, crew, and production teams. Full nomination lists and details are posted online by program and by name.
Tickets for the awards are currently available and a red carpet event will precede the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 8th at the Westin Bayshore. Follow the Leo Awards on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the nominees and the awards ceremonies.