The 2012 Leo Awards took place Friday & Saturday May 25th & 26th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
This was the 2nd consecutive year the historic Hotel Van housed the awards. Last year, they had the red carpet out on the very busy Georgia Street. While this was great for publicity for the awards, it was a major safety concern as traffic tends to zip by on there & there was several (including myself) instances last year of people needing to step out onto the street to walk by, thus risking their lives somewhat. The red carpet dominated about 4/5 of the sidewalk. This year, they went with a safer approach, which was too far in the other direction. They had the red carpet upstairs in a ballroom, 2 floors up... and while the public was allowed to wait around the check in counter outside the red carpet area, they were not allowed in this time to wait on the red carpet.....meaning, the ONLY red carpet pics this year, will be the very limited number that the very few reporters & bloggers who were accredited opt to put out there. This is IMHO a disservice to the nominees who often would appreciate any free press they can get, and the awards themselves.
For an event that has always been a very fan friendly event (even when those fans were protesting a show being cancelled, as was the case in 2007 with CBC series jPod), this was a small smudge on their image. Next year, I suspect they will need to work on a new design for how to have things. Even several of the nominees & presenters we chatted with seemed VERY dismayed and shocked at this turn of events.
The limited access this year however didnt stop the "in the know" people of the city, who figured out where we could go & made good of what we were given. When I got to the hotel, my friends from www.outlaw-hobbies.com told me the bad news & worse, 1 of my top 10 names that I wanted to get, was already in, Ben Cotton. I became a huge fan of the adult themed puppet mockumentary "Sunflower Hour" this past year when I saw it at the Vancouver International Film Festival. So I made a couple cast images to get signed, since most of them were expected to be there. But I had already missed Ben. I was then given the news "you can go upstairs, you just cant go inside... maybe he's hanging around up there" so I went up, didnt see him though.
I returned to the lobby, JUST IN TIME to see the next celeb roll in. "Sanctuary" star (Winner - Best Lead Male in a Feature Length Film) Ryan Robbins was coming in. We got Ryans attention & he proceeded to sign for us, and enthusiastically talk about his other project "Falling Skies" & he was asked about if he was going to be on AMC's "Hell On Wheels" & he wasnt sure if he could talk about it much but said yes. He was terrific as always, and quite candid & open as he told us about a pretty serious accident he had on the set of Sanctuary this past year that left him not doing well for a couple weeks.
After that we went back upstairs to see who we missed as several people seemed to come in. I 1st managed to get another "Sunflower Hour" star (winner - Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Length Film) Johannah Newmarch. Upon seeing my cast item I was working on, she went inside & found Ben Cotton for me. Ben signed and chatted about the movie & how much fun it was to do. I asked him if he had any other projects on the go, and he told me not currently... so dear god, SOMEONE, give this brilliant acting specimen a regular gig. He was 1 of the few shining lights from Hellcats.
It didnt take long before things started rolling along at a pretty frequent pace. Next up was "Vampire Diaries" star (nominee - Best Lead Actress in a Feature Length Film - Hannah's Law) Sara Canning, now a member of Vancouver shot series "Primeval New World". She signed for me & the others there, and stopped to chat a bit with a couple people. She was 1 of the bigger people I was hoping for, so it was exciting to get her out of the way early on.
Then things became a scramble. I might have (some/much) of this out of order. At some point, I got "The Killing" star (nominee - Best Lead Actress in a Feature Length Film - Sisters & Brothers) Kacey Rohl. Like Johannah & Ben prior, she had just great things to say about doing the film Sunflower Hour and loved the pics I had. Around that same time, another "The Killing" & "SGU" star (nominee - Best Lead Actor in a Feature Length Film - Sunflower Hour ) came by, Patrick Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore was his usual jovial self. He willingly signed what we had and chatted with us for a bit. Sometime a little later a bunch of the cast of "Sunflower Hour" came back out & right towards where I was... seemed they were trying to help me get Ben Cotton's autograph, but I already had him. They then stopped and by this point a few other autograph collectors had made their way upstairs, and there was new people looking for autographs from the likes of Patrick Gilmore. While that was going on, I was introduced to Aaron Houston (nominee - Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length Film - Sunflower Hour) and had him also sign my cast poster photo. I then asked him when it might get a DVD release, he said "soon" and I told him I have been impatiently waiting for it, as I have wanted to see it again. He promised it should be "in the next couple of months in the States, then up here" for a DVD release, which I was a tad disappointed to hear, but long as its out SOMEWHERE, I wouldnt groan too much where I got it from at this point. One of the last people I would get was Peter New (nominee Best Supporting Actor in a feature length film) to sign my Sunflower Hour item, leaving it completed by the main cast, minus Amitai Marmorstein (who was not there).
The most bizaare event of the evening, and if it were not for Robin Dunne dropping his pants on Georgia Street last year, I would suggest strangest moment in my history at the Leo Awards, Patrick Gilmore signed the stomach of 1 of the local autograph hounds after they chatted about his tattoos, which included 1 from a Harlem Globetrotter who had signed his arm & he had it tattooed over. Patrick even had Ben Cotton photograph the event while his guest/date this evening, the often entertaining in her own right, @KeepinltLeal (1/3 of the entertainingly odd "music" group "Coupla Hot Chicks...Maybe 3") stood by probably regretting getting dressed up for such an affair as she witnessed Patrick sipping champagne while signing a guys body. In typical Gilmore fashion, it became of course, a tweet of his https://twitter.com/PatrickGilmore/status/206546263917862912 in the documentation of his evening that he tweeted that evening (Seriously, if you dont follow him on twitter.... do it, more often than not, entertaining tweets) as he showed the world the adventures he was having (really, Patrick is 1 of twitters best celebrity tweeters 93.5% of the time). Only at the Leo Awards would you see a nominee for Best actor in a feature movie sign the chest of a male fan while drinking champagne & then have that said actor boast about it on twitter... this is why the Leos are 1 of my favorite events annually.
As the evening went on, eventually we would nab several of the "Sanctuary" cast as they showed up for the shows big last hurrah at the awards. Outside of Ryan Robbins, we also got Christopher Heyerdahl (Winner - Best Performance in a Youths or Childrens Program - The Haunting Hour) to sign, and he said he's really enjoying working on the AMC series "Hell On Wheels". Robin Dunne (nominee - Best Actor in a Drama Series) would come by a bit later, and although he seemed rushed (he was 1 of the awards hosts as well as nominee) stopped to sign for those there. Emilie Ullerup (nominee - Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Arctic Air) also took the time to stop and sign (finally) which was a big relief for me, after I tried to get her at a fan expo not that long ago but was told from her she cant sign there for free, and I suggested how about the Leo Awards & she said sure if she is nominated. So in the end, it all worked out. One of the last people to show up was Amanda Tapping (nominee - Best Actress in a Drama Series) and she still had the time to stop & sign for everyone. Agam Darshi was also there, but I had nothing for her and watched as she signed for a couple other people who did have things for her.
With "Hiccups" being nominated for a few awards, former "Corner Gas" stars Brent Butt & Nancy Robertson were there of course. Butt seemed a bit hesitant to sign at first, but eventually stopped and did so, while Nancy stood there for the mostpart watching her husband sign for everyone till 1 of the other hounds came up with a Hiccups photo. Shortly after, I got wedged my way by Brent (we were standing in a very crowded confined space near a wall) to go get Nancy as well. She was so amazed by my "Dead Like Me" photo I had she almost forgot to sign it. Everytime I have pulled a DLM photo on someone, they have been amazed by them.
"Arctic Air" had several reps there, besides Ullerup, Carmen Moore (nominee - Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series) was asked by a few fans to sign & she did so happily, while I tracked down Stephen Lobo (nominee - Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series & Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Length Film). Sadly, Kevin McNulty, the only cast member I actually needed (on my Robson Arms cast items) wasnt there. Somehow, we never saw Pascale Hutton, even though she was apparently there.
I saw "Once Upon A Time" cast members "Blue Fairy" Keegan Connor Tracy (nominee - Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series) & "Hansel" Quinn Lord (nominee - Best Actor in Short Drama Film - Last Christmas) there as well, but I had nothing for Keegan, and didnt see Quinn till it was too late.
I saw "Robson Arms" & "Once Upon A Tiime" star Gabrielle Rose. I asked her for an autograph & she was willing to sign, but it was going to take me a few moments to figure out where the item was (by this point, things had been pulled out of my binder, moved, misplaced etc) and said I would get her after she checked in. UNFORTUNATELY, they sent her along the table till she was right at the door, and once out of sight, I was also out of mind, and missed my chance. I saw "The Killing" star Tyler Johnston as he was heading in & didnt have time to get him to sign the item I got for him. I saw another "The Killing" star Brandon Jay McLaren show up, but had nothing for him sadly, although I wish I had the "Tucker & Dale VS Evil" photo 1 of the others had.
All in all, almost 40 autographs at this years Leo Awards made it a venture worth my time. my nearly complete Sunflower Hour poster photo (gonna have to track down Amitai Marmorstein now) being my favorite item of the evening.
I will do a report on the actual winners (actors and films/shows... and maybe a couple others) soon.
Here is some of the pics of the evenings successes and adventures.
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
Jensen Ackles of Supernatural comes back from Thanksgiving break.. as does Sara Canning.. his newest conquest on SPN
The man who plays the usually well shaved, sharp tongued monster slayer on the CW hit Supernatural, arrived back in Vancouver after his week long break with the makings of a beard growing.
Jensen chatted for a few minutes with those of us who waited around that night about his Thanksgiving weekend, the turkey coma he was working thru and his dogs, 1 of whom was seen with him leaving town, but did not return with him.
He described how 1 of his dogs looks like a seal pup when its all fluffed out. The smile on his face as he described the dog tells you he really likes the dog too. Jensen added that his dog is a great traveller "hes better behaved than most people" he added.
Jensen was the last of a long day of successes we had from the Thanksgiving weekend cavalcade of entertainers coming back to Vancouver to start woking on projects this week.
EDIT- I have added a few pics of Sara Canning who today was announced as a "one night stand" of Jensens character Dean Winchester in episode 13 this season.
I was lucky enough to catch the former The Vampire Diaries star about an hour before Jensen when 2 other local hounds noticed her coming thru. She talked with us for awhile. During the conversation, the topic of The Vampire Diaries conventions that Creation is starting to hold came up, which lead to talking about the Supernatural conventions we have here...and thats when she asked us if we watched the show with a hint of curiosity. Shortly after that I asked if she had any upcoming projects, she said yes. All she was willing to tell us at the time was it was a TV show & that "she didnt know if she could talk about it". Only show we know around here that makes such absurd demands of its guest stars is SPN. So we ut 1 1 together and decided it was probably going to be SPN...and sure enough, today, bam, she is confirmed as a guest star on an upcoming episode as Deans 1 night stand.
So below is a few pics of the slightly scruffy star on his arrival and his temporary fling...both coming in the same night.
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.
Last year we had the 2010 Best Of TV Awards, the inagural awards here for it. It was responsible for almost 100,000 votes last year.
Winners were selected in 7 categories lasst year- http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/best-of-tv-awards-polls.html
This year, we have even more categories.
To nominate someone, something or a show in its proper category...you must contact us thru 1 of these 3 ways..
1- THIS BLOG POST (not other posts or the contact section),
2- Or on our official facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/canadagraphsweeblycom/101034953308978
3- Thru twitter by at messaging me at @Canadagraphs or @Canadagraphs2 w hashtag #BOTVA2011
Rule 1- ALL Nominations must be based ONLY on work of episodes that aired for the first time in 2011 prior to October 25th, 2011 (except for new shows- up to Nov. 15th permitted).
Rule 2- You can nominate at all available outlets (facebook, twitter or here) if you so choose to.
Rule 3- Sci-fi category covers anything dealing primarily with paranormal based shows. Regardless if its a comedy or a drama, if its paranormal based...its Sci-fi. This will dissolve the frustrating "Vampire Diaries/True Blood isnt a sci-fi, its a drama" argument of last year. TVD/TB is a sci-fi show, and thus its show & actors will compete in those categories.
Rule 4- You do NOT have to vote in every category...but you must vote in at least 3 for your nominations to count.
Rule 5- you can nominate up to 3 in each category... if you want to nominate more than 3, remember, you can nominate thru twitter, facebook and here.
Rules for each category...
Nominations for TV shows- TV show must have at least 6 episodes in 2011 and can not have debuted in 2011.
Nominations for new TV shows - Have/will debut in 2011 prior to November 15th, 2011
Nominations for best actors/actresses - Must be in at least 8 episodes on the specific show they are being nominated for, in 2011. New show actor/actresses that have yet to meet this requirement can be nominated if they are proven to be regulars and will have more than 8 episodes on that show before the season is scheduled to end.
Nominations for supporting actors/actresesses - Must be in at least 3 episodes, no more than 7 on the specific show they are being nominated for in 2011.
Nominations for guest stars - Must be in 1 and no more than 2 episodes of a specific show they are being nominated for in 2011.
Nominations for favorite character - Must be in at least 3 episodes of a specific TV show that it is being nominated for 2011.
Nominations for favorite non-human co-star or prop - must be in at least 3 episodes of a specific TV show that it is being nominated for in 2011. This category covers anything including... animals, vehicles, electronic devices, weapons, and any other things that are not human that you think may be relevant to a story.
Favorite quote - Must name the actor or character that said it, epi # or title & the program name (so that I can look it up easier to verify its legitimacy) that took place in 2011.
Favorite couple - Name the characters, the show. They must be either married/dating on the show, or hooked up at least once in that season for something more than a 1 off kiss, in 2011.
Best Episode - Name the program and episode # OR title.
Sexiest actor or actress - must have had a speaking role on an episode of a TV show or movie that premiered in 2011
Last years winners (in categories where they are eligible) and the top 2 runners up are already nominated. With main acting categories being divided now, finalists from last year have been put in most relevant category.
BEST COMEDY PROGRAM
The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
BEST ACTION/DRAMA PROGRAM
BEST SCI-FI PROGRAM
The Vampire Diaries
BEST CARTOON/ANIMATED PROGRAM
BEST NEW PROGRAM
BEST ACTOR IN ACTION/DRAMA
Taye Diggs - PRIAVATE PRACTIVE
Jeffrey Donovan - BURN NOTICE
BEST ACTOR IN COMEDY
BEST ACTOR IN SCI-FI
Jensen Ackles - SUPERNATURAL
John Noble - FRINGE
BEST ACTRESS IN ACTION/DRAMA
Julianna Margulies - THE GOOD WIFE
Maggie Q - NIKITA
Glenn Close - DAMAGES
BEST ACTRESS IN COMEDY
BEST ACTRESS IN SCI-FI
Anna Torv - FRINGE
Anna Paquin - TRUE BLOOD
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST GUEST STAR
Dean Winchester - SUPERNATURAL
Lois Lane - SMALLVILLE
Castiel - SUPERNATURAL
BEST NON-HUMAN CHARACTER OR PROP
SEXIEST ACTOR (TV or movie)
SEXIEST ACTRESS (TV or Movie)
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.