The Best Actor in a Sci-fi of 2011 as voted by you the fans was.. Jensen Ackles - Supernatural.
The winner of last seasons Best Actor award here won this years award for Best Sci-fi Actor. Jensen Ackles, the guy who brings Supernatural hunter Dean Winchester to life clinched another award this year. The smart alec, emotionally damaged demon hunting bad boy spent this past year doing what him & his brother on the show do best, annoying monsters & saving the world. Maybe this year, mnore than any in the past few has tested the acting skills of the shows stars as thee shows secondary castmates have been killed off, leaving Ackles & his co-star Jared Padalecki to pick up the slack, and they have, by all accounts (this poll suggesting such) have done so quite well.
Ackles dominated voting most of the time, but did slip shortly into 2nd behind eventual distant runner up "Smallville" star Tom Welling for a bit down the stretch before finally pushing thru & running away in the end. 3rd place "Supernatural" co-star Jared Padalecki was quite a bit behind the top 2, but he can lay claim to beating out his "Supernatural" cast co-star Misha Collins who finished 4th. A 5th place finish for Ryan Robbins from "Sanctuary" ahead of the "Fringe" stars John Noble in 6th & Joshua Jackson in 7th. "Sanctuary" star Robin Dunne was 8th, "The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder finished a shockingly low 9th, only ahead of the guy who rounded out the finalists Gale Harold of "The Secret Circle".
In the early days of this voting, it appears Ryan Robbins might make a legitimate claim for the title, as he lead after day 1 thanks to his twitter account retweeting the info & asking if there was a prize for winning, he was still in the top 3 until the last 3 or 4 days.. As voting went on though, the short burst of early support of Robbins & Gale Harold, who was at 1 point 3rd early on, wore out & the long continual voting of more notable shows took over. Besides Robbins, 2 others held leads in these polls. Tom & Jensen. The results for the Fringe duo seems a little more impressive when you take into account after day 2 they were last & 2nd to last with 8th having about double their vote total. Ackles had 6 different days where he had 100+ votes in a day, The most of any challenger this year... each of those days landed on days the poll was promoted on our twitter, or was posted on a large SPN fansite. He was also the person with the most referrals to the site thru google during the poll running, as terms "Jensen Ackles vote", "Jensen Ackles best of tv", "Jensen Ackles polls" & other variations combined for 148 new unique viewers to the site.
Final vote results
Jensen Ackles "Supernatural" 1237
Tom Welling "Smallville" 1036
Jared Padalecki "Supernatural" 777
Misha Collins "Supernatural" 684
Ryan Robbins "Sanctuary" 638
John Noble "Fringe" 524
Joshua Jackson "Fringe" 474
Robin Dunne "Sanctuary" 382
Ian Somerhalder "The Vampire Diaries" 320
Gale Harold "The Secret Circle" 247
The Best Actress in a Sci-fi of 2011 as voted by you the fans was.. Erica Durance - Smallville.
The final season of the long lasting CW hit Smallville saw its leading lady Erica Durance's character Lois Lane figure out the identity of Clark Kent, head to Egypt, become a superhero herself & have a wedding with the man of steel. The popularity of the Smallville cast in our awards over the last 2 years has always been considerable, in fact, if it were not for many Smallville challengers last year being removed from voting because of bot cheating that tainted no less than 3 different shows results, she could have possibly won Best Actress last year. With no such scandals this year (thanks to some wonderful knowledge from a friend on how to minimize such things), Erica Durance was able to compete in the finals & went on to win.
Ms Durance won this award handily, as last years Best Actress winner Anna Torv from "Fringe" finished a distant 2nd. A strong showing by Sanctuary fans pushed their leading lady Amanda Tapping up to 3rd. Close behind her was 4th place "Lost Girl" actress Anna Silk. There was a considerable gap to 5th place "Lost Girl" Ksenia Solo, 6th place Jasika Nicole "Fringe was next, ahead of 7th & 8th "The Secret Circle" ladies Britt Robertson & Natasha Henstridge
Early on Amanda Tapping & Anna Silk looked poised to fight it out for 1st. But around 1/2 way thru, the Smallville fans finally took notice & started to rally their challengers. Erica recorded 350+ votes in 72 hrs at 1 point, 1 of (if not THE) the largest vote pushes of the entire awards. The nominations process for these awards were early on in the contest, and this might explain the interesting void of a notable challenger in many of this years categories, "Lost Girl" star Zoie Palmer was not even nominated. Oversight on whoever originally nominated her castmates?? Side note, the gap of 442 votes between 4th & 5th was the largest single gap in votes in the whole awards.
Final vote results
Erica Durance "Smallville" 1213
Anna Torv "Fringe" 918
Amanda Tapping "Sanctuary" 858
Anna Silk "Lost Girl" 839
Ksenia Solo "Lost Girl" 397
Jasika Nicole "Fringe" 361
Britt Robertson "The Secret Circle" 278
Natasha Henstridge "The Secret Circle" 265
The Best New Program of 2011 as voted by you the fans was.. Once Upon A Time.
This fall ABC introducred families to a new spin on classic fairy tales. Once Upon A Time, the double world show based around the fairy tale world, and a small town in Maine called "Storybrooke" where all the classic fairy tale characters are trapped, with no recollection of who they are has generated lots of buzz amongst the public & TV critics. With a seemingly endless line of stories they can tell (each episode has recently centred on the story & backstory of 1 character or 1 specific fairy tale) the potential for "Once" to go strong for several years is certainly there. ABC cleverly picked a Sunday evening timeslot for the show, giving it a chance to be a ratings star as it appeals to families who are all together on a a weekend evening, and doesnt have to compete for TV viewers in mid-week when more adult aimed programming dominates the airwaves.
"Once Upon A Time" had a comfortable lead in this category from start to finish. The cable hit "Game Of Thrones" was threatening early on to pass Once, but never quite did, eventually settling on 2nd place. The CW supernatural teen drama "The Secret Circle" finished 3rd, ABC drama "Revenge" finished 4th, CBS action/drama "Person Of Interest" finished 5th, despite winning the People's Choice Award in the same category, 6th was AMC's "The Killing", right behind there was "Alphas" in 8th & FOX comedy "Breaking In" rounded out the finalists.
Final vote Results
Once Upon A Time 706
Game Of Thrones 545
The Secret Circle 314
Person Of Interest 197
The Killing 130
Breaking In 91
Now that 2011 has expired, it is time to look back at the year that was. I didnt travel too much this year, but that was ok, as elite names were roaming the streets of Vancouver throughout the year... now only if I had ran into some of them.
20 - Ellen Degeneres
I managed to get the talk show icon twice on her trip to Vancouver, including the 1st autograph I got in which I had to run 4 blocks to get after being given up to the second info on where she was. Few if any autographs I got this year took more energy out of me than that 1st 1 I got from her. Next day, she signed again and was happy to do it.
19 - Axl Rose
For a long time, I had heard nothing but horror stories about the lead singer for Guns N Roses. So I was not eager to go for him. However, this past time thru Vancouver, not only did the band actually play the show they came here to play, but Axl was even a willing signer. Pretty much anyone that went for him here got him.
18 - Simon Pegg
While here for Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, Mr. Pegg was the most often seen of the films stars. Whether it was at the airport, his hotel or the movie theatre, the Hot Fuzz star signed whatever was asked more often than not.
17 - Henry Cavill
The new Superman has been very good here so far. Although he is strict about limiting his autograph to 1 per person each time you see him, he has still been terrific in the interactions people have had with him.
16 - Cast of Sanctuary
Never had a bad experience with this cast, this year was no different. Whether it was at the Leo Awards, the airport or a charity event, each member of the cast was exceptional.
15 - Cast of The Secret Circle
This cast could have made the top 10, if it werent for 1 exceptionally bitter & sour life hating senior cast member of the show. That exception aside...the rest of the cast has been terrific with us.
14- Matt Barr & Aly Michalka
I miss Hellcats. Not just because of the campy cheerleader drama storylines. But because 2 of the nicer celebs we have had in Vancouver in a long time left when the show did. While some other cast members were a lot less thrilled to interact with fans during the shows 1 year run, Matt & Aly were as accomodating & friendly as you can expect. Class acts.
13- Cast Of Supernatural
Much like Ms. Torv from Fringe, the cast of Supernatural, whether its Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver or the recurring characters of the show have been quite good to us Vancouverites when we run into them. Long as the regulars respect the no asking them on set policy, they are more than receptive to signing and chatting with us away from set when we see them.
12 - Leo Awards
This years award ceremony for BC film industry was not as spectacular as past ones I had hounded. Much of that was because of an unexpected change of venue & the loss of 1 or 2 shows since last year. Still, a list of names came out that made the effort worthwhile.
11 - Amy Adams
I had heard that Ms. Adams was a very willing signer, but till I saw it for myself, I didnt understand just how good she was. She willingly signed for everyone till there was nothing left out there to sign. She did it too with a smile. Wish all movie stars could have that level of appreciation.
10 - Booboo Stewart, Myanna Buring, Julia Jones, Guri Weinberg
This past year, the final installment of the Twilight Saga series, Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 was filmed here. In the years prior, some of the bigger names in the film were at times, pretty decent signers. This year however, there was VERY FEW great interactions with the cast. The names above were the very few I can say were outstanding. Considering how massive the cast was, its sad you can count the great experiences on 1 hand. Not to say ALL the others were terrible, but that they didnt neccesarily stand out as great.
9- Cast Of Fringe
The cast of the hit FOX show Fringe is generally friendly (the occasional grumpy Mr. Noble encounter not withstanding) the true star from a fan interaction aspect is usually Anna Torv in past years. Despite seeing the regulars probably 100+ times combined over the shows run here, she still willingly signs for us, even at the absurd time of 5:30 AM. This season, Seth Gabel became a regular and skyrocketed up along side his Fringe co-star for terrific interactions. Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole & others are terrific as well.
8 - John Schneider
Although from an excitement standpoint, getting Mr. Schneider wasnt overly high for me (I was a Dukes of Hazzard fan..but not a massive fan), it was how wonderfully personable he was each & every time that won me over. My 1st interaction with him was 1 of the rare "I wasnt expecting that" situations where we were at the airport for persons unrelated, and saw a sign for him there. Knowing he was coming in for an episode eventually, we waited to see if it was him, it was. He happily signed then. Seeing him 2 more times after, he was just as gracious each time after, even at the Smallville wrap party, where some of the bigger stars were nothing short of rude, Mr. Schneider was 1 of the ones that made the fans waiting out there happy.
7 - Cast Of Once Upon A Time
Usually when new TV shows roll into town, odds are someone on the cast thinks more of themselves than they actually are. Not so with the cast of the new ABC fantasy drama Once Upon A Time. Each & every cast member I have met has been terrific with interacting with the fans & the pros. It was the overall attitude of this cast that made me hope for it to do well...I'm glad it is succeeding, this cast deserves it.
6- Sharlto Copley
The District 9 star is simply, awesome. How awesome is he with fans? After a flight that was the better part of a day, he stopped, chatted with fans at the airport, did photos with, and even cracked a few jokes. So awesome he did an autograph session for a local African import store "African Breese Imports" just because they asked...and at the autograph session, he had no qualms signing stacks for fans, collectors or dealers alike. One guy plopped down 30 or so photos, Sharlto went thru the entire stack, not once groaning about doing it and thanked the guy for coming afterwards.
5- Callum Blue
Being a huge Dead Like Me fan, I still get a bit excited when I meet any of the cast. This past year, I had a 4th (or 5th?) chance to meet Callum Blue. He was in town reprising his Smallville role as Zod. What made this meeting stand out more than others prior though was how it went down. I first learned he was going to be coming back..I then contacted him thru a site I knew he was a member of that I too was a member of. He replied back with when he was coming. I then tried, several times, but without success, to cross paths with him naturally. So I gave him another message & he told me what day he would be off. So I tried that day, called his room & he answered & came right down. In the pouring rain, he stood, signed, and chatted with my friend & I for several minutes.
4- Chloe Moretz
At 2010 TIFF I had Ms. Moretz high on my list of people to get...but she cancelled. This year however, Hit Girl was there, and made up for the year long wait. One of the best signers at TIFF. Even with volunteers telling her she had to go, she still kept signing.
3- TIFF - The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Individually, several of the events from Tiff could make this list, and a couple I did list individually. But for the mostpart, the entire event of the Toronto International Film Festival falls under 1 event for me. So thus, why it is going here. This years fest was certainly my most successful from a star power aspect, and total wise, it was close to my best. Stars like George Clooney, Megan Fox, Madonna, Nicolas Cage & Ryan Gosling made the event quite successful for me. It was the newer names I wasnt as faimiliar with before going that made some of the more cool moments though, like Chris Pratt, Ezra Miller, Dominic Monaghan and Sarah Bolger who all made me fans of them with the way they handled their attention.
2 - Tom Cruise
While I did get a disappointingly low total of 2 autographs from someone I was told "signs everything", a lot of that wasnt any fault of his or really mine either. It was just dumb luck. Still, I managed to get 2 from him, which was still 2 more than most hounds in Vancouver got from him. The 1 and only night outside the trade & convention center unfortunately turned out to be the 1 and only chance Vancouverites got to get the Mission Impossible star. He made the waiting worth it though, as Mr. Cruise strolled over to a crowd of 20-30 people (which swelled to 75-100 when extras & crew came over too) around midnight & did a 20-30 minute meet & greet with fans, taking photos & signing autographs. Each interaction he made feel special, he asked fans to make sure their photos turned out and even acknowledged autograph requests with a level of respect, and not just a "ugh, fine" mentality to it.
No disrespect to Mr. Cruise, but at the end of the day, a rare, hard to obtain signature is a bigger deal on average than a classy, easier to obtain star.
Anytime you get someone of Madonna's level of fame, its probably going to make your best list. The Material Girl has been known for quite awhile as, at best, an unwilling signer. However, when you are promoting a movie you directed & has been panned by many critics, you are on your best behaviour.
That is what fans in Toronto got when the pop icon was there to promote W.E. this past Summer for TIFF.
Madonna signed probably 75-100 autographs on the red carpet, and signed at dinner a bit later after her event as well.
Some honorable mentions should go out to the likes of Patrick Gilmore, Rose McGowan, Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Ben Cotton & Lyndsy Fonseca.
So, that concludes 2011. Some amazing successes for me. Granted, there was some downright failures as well. I somehow never got Matt Damon despite him being here for 2-3 months. All my Saoirse Ronan autographs were ruined by an ugly fading silver sharpie. I missed Robert DeNiro AGAIN by mere inches, and same with Brad Pitt this time.
Who will grace the list at the end of 2012? Going into 2011, there wasnt a lot of "sure things" I could see making the list. To be honest, most of the list is a complete surprise, simply because I didnt know going into 2011 these people would cross my paths.
The finalists for the TV programs in 5 categories have been decided.
Below is a break down of the voting in each category.
Photos of the final vote tallies are at the bottom.
Like last year, the 1st group I went thru had quite low totals. I gotta learn from this, have smaller categories 1st, THEN bigger categories like best shows.... anyways, the results/
BEST ANIMATED (bold = finalist) (vote total - red)
FAMILY GUY 35, FUTURAMA 14, THE SIMPSONS 14, SOUTH PARK 10, BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD 6, PHINEAS & FERB 1 (write in vote), AMERICAN DAD 0, THE CLEVELAND SHOW 0
THE BIG BANG THEORY 26, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 24, COMMUNITY 21, PARKS AND RECREATION 16, CHILDRENS HOSPITAL 14, 30 ROCK 12, ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA 12, PSYCH 12, GLEE 10, LOUIE 10, COUGAR TOWN 6, BEING ERICA 5, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM 5, MODERN FAMILY 5, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 1, HAPPY ENDINGS 1 (write in vote), UP ALL NIGHT 1 (write in vote), THE MIDDLE 0
DEXTER 20, CRIMINAL MINDS 17, HOUSE 17, BURN NOTICE 15, LEVERAGE 15, JUSTIFIED 13, GOSSIP GIRL 11, COVERT AFFAIRS 10, BREAKING BAD 9, CASTLE 9, HAWAII FIVE-O 8, BONES 7, FLASHPOINT 7, GREY'S ANATOMY 7, CSI 6, LAW & ORDER SVU 6, SONS OF ANARCHY 6, MAD MEN 6, THE MENTALIST 6, HEARTLAND 4, WHITE COLLAR 4, THE LISTENER 3, BLUE BLOODS 2, NIKITA 2, SUITS 2, BOARDWALK EMPIRE 1, BODY OF PROOF 1, IN PLAIN SIGHT 1, PRIVATE PRACTICE 1
SMALLVILLE 77, SUPERNATURAL 48, FRINGE 28, THE WALKING DEAD 17, SANCTUARY 13, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 13, TRUE BLOOD 10, LOST GIRL 6, EUREKA 2, TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL 1, WAREHOUSE 13 1, DOCTOR WHO (write in vote) 1, BEING HUMAN 0
BEST NEW SHOW
BREAKING IN 931, GAME OF THRONES 344, ONCE UPON A TIME 167, GRIMM 124, THE SECRET CIRCLE 117, PERSON OF INTEREST 106, REVENGE 86, UNFORGETTABLE 79, THE KILLING 77, ALPHAS 69, TERRA NOVA 67, HOMELAND 65, NEW GIRL 46, AMERICAN HORROR STORY 44, BREAKOUT KINGS 44 (write in votes), 2 BROKE GIRLS 40, A GIFTED MAN 35, HELL ON WHEELS 22, UP ALL NIGHT 22, PAN AM 20, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS 18, HARRY'S LAW 15, PRIME SUSPECT 14, WHITNEY 12, FALLING SKIES 10 (Write in votes), HAPPY ENDINGS 10, LUCK 9, CHARLIES ANGELS 6, RINGER 5 (write in votes), HART OF DIXIE 2 (write in votes), PLAYBOY CLUB 1 (write in vote), SUITS 1 (write in vote)
The finalists for actors, actresses and other categories will be coming soon.
The voting for the winners and finalists will start sometime in the 2nd week of November.
Some pics of the Secret Circle cast roaming the streets of Vancouver - Gale Harold, Brittany Robertson and Shelley Hennig
I havent done a blog on the new CW show The Secret Circle in a bit, because mostly...I just didnt have a lot of new pics of them, then there was a lot happening from a couple other local shows that cornered the market on my time.
But dont fear you witch lovers. I havent forgot about you. Below is some pics from a few different days that are now weeks in the past that I didnt think were enough for single blogs at that time, so I was saving them up for a larger blog like this.
There is first off a set of Gale Harold trying to go in the back door of his hotel....only to find out his key didnt work. Just prior to this frustration he seemed to be having bad luck with his parking meter as well...so it was a rough 10 mins for Mr. Harold, who is usually at best "tolerant" of fans or pros, so this probably didnt put him in the best mood for the upcoming moments. I didnt get any pics of him from the front coming away from the hotel, because frankly, hes a little testy at times when he sees a camera pointed at him, and I opted instead to get an autograph...which he signed, after a less than enthused interaction with me over it. After signing it, I asked him how filming has been, he said good, seemed to cheer up for a few seconds.... until another autograph hound approached him, which he replied with a swift & pre-emptive "dont" and kept walking. Generally I wouldnt even bother posting this set, but I have seen how rabid Gale fans are for pics... a
The 2nd set was from a day when a large chunk of TSC cast went to a movie together. Its been so long I forgot what movie it was. This was actually from before the back of the hotel set....just the order they were saved made them come up next. Aaanyways, this particular day was the 1st I had seen of Mr. Harold in quite a long time.... infact, with the exception of a couple quick sneak ins from the other side of the hotel, I had not yet had the chance to actually get within 40 feet of him.
He left to go to the movie with co-star Brittany Robertson, who is always a charmer and probably made Gale feel he had to be a little less dissatisfied with us than usual. He begrudgingly signed 2 autographs...while walking, before getting to the theatre with Britt, only to walk away from her. We only have assumptions on why he did it...basically, he didnt want it to come across as them out on a date together since they left & went there together....despite the fact several other cast went there that evening too.
The next set is of Britt arriving at the hotel shortly before that same movie theatre walk. She chatted with us a few mins about a variety of topics, including hopw much she was digging the new promo shots we were getting her to sign, the frozen yogurt she was eating and her love of the NY Mets.
The last set is of Shelley Hennig. This was the 1st time any of us had a chance to get the former Miss Teen USA pagaent winning model turned actress. She turned out to be delightful and pleasant...even after a tirning trip. She tld us she hoped we would love the show, signed everything we had, and was on her way.
Over the next 2+ weeks, I will be off in Toronto for the Film Festival there, so I wont have any new TSC pics of tidbits to pass along till then... so hopefully this holds some of you over till then.
The majority of the primary cast from the CW rookie show "The Secret Circle" went down to the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.
In total, Brittany Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Natasha Henstridge, Phoebe Tonkin and Adam Harrington went to the event that has become a major promotion tool for TV & movies alike.
Going to SDCC
First 1 to roll in for any production was Phoebe Tonkin. It was early, and we were, understandably tired as some of us had little or no sleep, so we all played the "I think thats..." game & unsure if it was, went inside after her. One of the hounds said from a distance "hey Phoebe' & when she turned around, we knew it was her, but she was already in the queue to check in. So we waited till she was done and asked her to sign as she was getting towards the gate to go thru to her flight. She joked that she was happy that she wasnt hearing things, as she responded to our earlier distant call out for her attention that was not followed up with anything.She told us how she was super tired after a long night of work, then to get straight on to a flight. She didnt complaina bout it, or try to find (what would have been a very valid excuse) an excuse to not stop for us, she did it and was perfectly fine doing so.
Shortly after Thomas Dekker arrived. He looked even more tired than Phoebe did. But, like his co-star, Dekker stopped signed and chatted a bit with us. He looked pretty sleepy, so we didnt hold him up for too long. Just let him get on his way after a few autographs.
A little while later, Natasha Henstridge came in. She looked to be in a rush, so we gave her a chance to stop & fill out her customs form before we approached, and then she took the time to sign everything we had and chatted a bit. When asked for a photo with, she kinda gave the "I'd rather not" look, but said ok, her reasoning was she had just woken up & had no make up on...but she was willing to do it...only for the batteries to die on my camera, which she responded with a small fist pump and a "yes". Still overall, pleasant & friendly.
The next morning, Britt Robertson came thru quite early. Like the day befores castmates, she seemed tired & legitimately so, having come straight from work to the airport. When 1 of the hounds said he was shocked they didnt get the day off considering they have the event later that day, she replied with a loud "Ha" as if to say "yeah right". Essentially she was saying that, but it was more of a "the production cant really afford a day off" with it being a new show & still unproven, giving the stars a day off isnt really in the cards yet. She talked about how she wasnt always too excited with photos she had from her previous show Life Unexpected, saying she just didnt think they looked good. But her shots for TSC she seemed quite enthusiastic for. After a couple mins of chatting, she went on her way.
I also saw Adam harrington leave, but had very little chance to interact with him as I had nothing for him to sign and neither did anyone else. Snapped a couple quick pics, but thats all there was time for really.
Upon their return. We saw Phoebe, Thomas and Natasha again. Each of them willingly signed again for those who asked. We were told Britt wasnt coming right back, and no sign of Adam.
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