Leo Awards 2012: Sisters&Brothers, Sanctuary, Arctic Air top nominations

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      The Leo Awards, a celebration of the best of B.C.'s screen-based industries, unveiled its nominees on May 2.

      Carl Bessai's ensemble piece Sisters&Brothers, the third installment in his family-based trilogy, led the feature-length drama nominees with 12 nominations, including best director, best film, and best lead actors (Ben Ratner, Gabrielle Miller, Kacey Rohl).

      Hamlet and Marilyn followed with eight nominations each. Other dramatic feature nominees include the supernatural myster-thriller Daydream Nation (five nominations), the metafictional bromance Doppleganger Paul (four nominations), and the gambling murder mystery The Odds (four nominations).

      Meanwhile, the sci-fi series Sanctuary led the dramatic series nominees with a whopping 18 nominations, double that of the next most nominated series, Arctic Air, which followed with nine nominations. Both were nominated for best series, along with Endgame and Blackstone.

      I Am Bruce Lee led the documentary nominees with seven nominations. Other documentary nominees include People of a Feather (five nominations), about Inuit people affected by environmental changes in Hudson Bay, and Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson (four nominations), about the environmentalist "bad boy".

      Among the numerous other nominees are the TV series Less Than Kind (four nominations), Smallville (four nominations), and Hiccups (three nominations).

      As in previous years, the awards will be presented over two evenings.

      The Celebration Awards (which will focus on technical awards) will be hosted on May 25 by Gary Jones while Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne will host the Gala Awards on May 26 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

      A full list of nominees is available at the Leo Awards website.

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