Blog archives for the June, 2015.

June 11, 2015

Getting to Know our Seventeen Leo Award Nominees for 2015

Sebastien Archibald – Nominated for Performance by a Male in a Short Drama.  He is a first-time Leo nominee for his hilarious work in the Crazy 8’s fan favourite, ‘Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story’.  He’s also an accomplished stage actor, receiving a Jessie nomination for the award winning play ‘Killer Joe’ and also getting great notices for ‘Mojo’ and ‘Clybourne Park’. Add to his resume Co-Artistic Director/Playwright in Residence of Itsazoo Productions.

Daniel Arnold – Nominated for Performance by a Male in a Web Series for Telus Optik’s ‘Mythos’.  He is an award-winning actor and writer, having been nominated for a Leo Award for performance two years in a row.  Recently starring as Holloman in ‘Lawrence & Holloman’ (winner of “Best Feature” at the Canadian Comedy Awards), Daniel won “Best Actor in a Comedy” (Victoria TX IFF) and was nominated last year for the Leo Award “Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film”. Other credits include the series ‘Hell on Wheels’, ‘The Killing’, and the features ‘Even Lambs Have Teeth’, ‘Grace’ and ‘Eadweard’.

Mike Banas – Nominated for Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series.  Mike has edited many critically-acclaimed series and features including ‘The LA Complex’, ‘YPF’  and the ‘Stargate’ franchise.  You can see his work in the upcoming ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’.  This is Mike’s seventh Leo nomination, and he was pleased to win in 2009 for his work on ‘Stargate: Atlantis’.

Aaron Brooks – Nominated for two Leo Awards:  Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture and Motion Picture Producer.  Both nominations are for ‘Bad City’ which he also co-wrote. Bad City was an official selection for the “Oldenberg” & “Whistler Film Festivals”.  ‘Lucille’s Ball’ and ‘Wingman’ are among the other feature’s in which Aaron has appeared. His series work includes ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Fringe’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’.

Luke Camilleri – Nominated for Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his work on ‘Strange Empire’.  He was nominated in this category in 2012 for ‘Arctic Air’.  Luke has Guest Starred in several series including ‘Supernatural’, ‘Facing Kate’, and ‘Shattered’.  Recently he completed his second season of Hemlock Grove.  His film work includes ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’, ‘Year of the Carnivore’ and ‘Daydream Nation’.

Antonio Cupo – Nominated for Supporting Performance by a Male in a Television Movie. He is nominated for the role of Marco Moretti, a role he originated in ‘Bomb Girls: The Series’ before it developed into the hit TV movie.  He has worked in many Vancouver-shot US series, but Antonio’s career took a turn when an Italian director noticed him in a film called ‘Hollywood Flies’. The director asked him to play the lead character in a series called ‘Elisa Di Rivombrosa’. Antonio accepted and with over 14 million viewers in Italy alone, his career instantly sprung to a new level.

Sarah Deakins – Nominated for Performance by a Female in a Short Drama for her role in ‘Greece’.  This project is very close to Sarah’s heart as she not only wrote it but directed, produced and starred. ‘Greece’  has garnered 11 awards and 13 official selections so far on the festival circuit, including “International Independent Film Awards – Diamond winner, Actress in a Leading role”, “The Indie Fest – Award of Excellence, Leading Actress”, “Best First time director, American Movie Awards”,  “Best Short Film, NYC Winter Film Awards” and “Award of Excellence, Women Filmmakers, from the Accolade Competition”. This is Sarah’s second Leo nomination. In 2013 she was nominated for ‘Late’, which she also wrote.

Siobhan Devine – Nominated for Direction in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for ‘Package Deal’.  Siobhan has had a very busy year directing the multi-cam comedies ‘Package Deal ‘ and ‘Some Assembly Required’.  Her work is not just restricted to comedies however, as she has been busy directing her debut drama feature ‘The Birdwatcher’, starring Camille Sullivan and Gabrielle Rose.  This is her first Leo nomination, but certainly won’t be her last!

Louis Ferreira – Nominated for Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series. This is Louis’ second consecutive nomination and he took home the trophy last year for his work in CTV’s ‘Motive’. A multiple Gemini Award nominee, he won a 2008 Gemini for Leading Actor for his chilling portrayal of a serial killer in ‘Durham County’.  Among his many acclaimed credits, Louis has recurred on ‘Breaking Bad’ and starred as The Donald in ‘Trump Unauthorized’.  He has had series leading roles in ‘Stargate Universe’, ‘Hidden Hills’, ‘Fighting Fitzgeralds’, ‘Trinity’, and ‘Missing’.

Mary M Frymire – Nominated for two Leo Awards – Youth or Children’s Program or Series for producing ‘Shift’, and Direction in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series for her directing talents on the same program.  Mary works as a director on a wide range of documentary, factual and lifestyle shows with her recent credits including ‘Après Ski’, ‘Border Security’ and ‘Buying and Selling’. Mary is no stranger to the Leos, having been nominated three times before.

Alison Grace – Nominated for Picture Editing in a Television Movie.  Alison has edited many television series and feature-length productions, having recently worked on ‘Motive’, ‘Continuum’ and ‘Baby Sellers’.  Alison has been nominated for numerous Leo Awards in the past, and last won in 2013, when she walked away with the awards for Best Picture Editing in both a Television Movie and a Dramatic Series.

S. Siobhan McCarthy – Nominated for Web Series, Producer.  Siobhan is a bold, innovative, award-winning trans-disciplinary artist who is constantly devising new original films, series, theatre and performance art with her companies’ blyssfulPRODUCTIONS and Red Trike Media Inc. Credited as being one of “Canada’s foremost cross-over artists” by the Canadian Theatre Review, McCarthy loves to collaborate with artists both in front and behind the camera.  You can watch her award winning series at

Tara Pratt – Nominated for Performance by a Female in a Web Series. Tara is thrilled to have been nominated in a Leo category that demonstrates the adaptability and independent spirit of the film community in B.C. Her TV credits include roles on ‘Wayward Pines’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Emily Owens MD’, and projects like the upcoming feature ‘No Men Beyond This Point’, directed by Leo winner Mark Sawers. Tara also enjoys collaborating with local theatre companies, and has performed in productions in the Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe festivals.

Emily Bett Rickards – Nominated for Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series and Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series. These are Emily’s second and third nominations for her role as I.T. whiz Felicity Smoak in ‘Arrow’ and her crossover performance in ‘The Flash’.  It’s been quite a year for Emily, also nominated for a Teen Choice Award and (spoiler alert) driving off into the sunset with Oliver Queen at the end of season three.  Emily will return to Arrow this fall and will also be seen in ‘Brooklyn’, the biggest hit from Sundance this year and an early front-runner for a Best Picture nomination at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Frank C. Turner – Nominated for Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series for his work on ‘Spooksville’.  He holds the record for longest serving Lucas Talent client from the days when the agency had one agent (Richard Lucas), one typewriter and a lot of cigarettes.  Frank has appeared in dozens of films including ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3’.  His television credits include ‘Lonesome Dove’, for which he received a Gemini nomination, ‘Smallville’ and ‘Supernatural’.

Will Waring – Nominated for Direction in a Dramatic Series.  Will Waring has been nominated in this category twice before, winning for his work on ‘Continuum’  in 2013.  Will has recently been working in Australia, directing second unit on the Syfy mini-series ‘Childhood’s End’.

Raugi Yu – Nominated for Direction in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series.  This is Raugi’s first Leo Nomination. He is particularly excited and honoured because it is his first time directing for Television.  Raugi starred in three seasons of ‘Mr. Young’ as Dang, guest starred on shows such as ‘Spooksville’ and ‘The Stanley Dynamic’. He is still fondly recognized on the streets for his recurring role in ‘jPod’ as ‘Kam’ Fong.