The Leo Awards, for excellence in BC film and television, were handed out last week during three ceremonies that culminated with the gala dinner at the Hotel Vancouver on Sunday, June 14th. Unable to attend myself, I sent my trusted friend — and BC film and TV aficionado — Laura Yee-Lim to the red carpet.
Hosted by Christopher Heyerdahl, Sunday’s event handed out awards in 28 categories and recognized legendary stuntman, Danny Virtue with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Violent, the filmmaking debut by Andrew Huculiak (also of BC rock band We Are The City), was the biggest winner in the Motion Picture category, landing trophies for Best Motion Picture, Best Direction, Best Screenwriting, Best Musical Score and Best Casting.
Best Lead Performance in a Motion Picture honours went to Matthew MacCaull (Black Fly) and Julia Sarah Stone (Wet Bum). Sara Canning was named Best Lead Performance Dramatic Series (Remedy) and Anna Marie DeLuise got a Supporting nod for her performance in western drama Strange Empire. Louis Ferreira won Lead Performance by a Male for his role as Detective Oscar Vega in Motive.
This year there were 57 feature-length dramas, 35 dramatic series, 54 short dramas and 34 documentaries amongst the 1,202 eligible entries. Check out the full list of winners online.