Leo Award noms announced

'Da Vinci,' 'Stargate,' 'Cold' top TV picks

VANCOUVER — There are few surprises in this year’s Leo Awards nominees for achievement in British Columbia’s film and television community, announced Wednesday.

The actors and producers of “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” “Cold Squad” and “Stargate SG-1,” many of them Canada-wide Gemini award winners, led the TV nominees.

Topping the list of contenders for feature-length film were “Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity” by Mina Shum, “The Burial Society” by Nicholas Racz and “Flower & Garnet” by Keith Behrman.

TV nominees for dramatic series include “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” “Just Cause” and “Stargate SG-1”.

Among the docu short film and series nominations were Nettie Wild’s “Fix: The Story of an Addicted City,” David Paperny’s “The Boys of Buchenwald” and Chris Bruyere’s “Healing with Animals.”

Film actors nominated included Colin Roberts and Callum Keith Rennie, both for “Flower & Garnet,” Cameron Bancroft for “The New Beachcomers” and Jeremy Guibant for “Snow Queen.” Nominated film actresses included Genevieve Buechner for “Saint Monica,” Jane McGregor for “Flower & Garnet” and Chelsea Hobbs for “Snow Queen.”

There were 853 eligible entries, a 14% increase over 2002.

The revamped 2003 Leo Awards are given in 85 categories. They were organized five years ago and were taken over this year by the new Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, which is supported by the industry and the provincial government.

Awards will be presented to 85 winners at ceremonies to be held here May 9 and 10 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.