“Rated A For Awesome” nominated for 6 Leo Awards

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Leo Awards

Leo Awards

Nerd Corps Entertainment’s “Rated A For Awesome” has received six nominations for the Leo Awards, which celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and television.

The series was nominated for Best Direction in an Animation Program or Series for the episode “Lost in Character.” Sebastian Brodin, Steve Sacks, Tim Packford and Marcus Werner were singled out for recognition.

For the same episode, Sam Vincent and Colin Murdock were nominated separately for Best Performance in an Animation Program or Series. Chiara Zanni received a nod in the same category for the Rated A For Awesome episode “Scary Go Round.”

A nomination for Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series went to Gordon Sproule, Jeff Davis, Johnny Ludgate and Dean Giammarco for the Rated A For Awesome episode “Go Away Day.” And for the episode “Les’ Song of Doom,” Hal Foxton Beckett was nominated for Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series.

Max Steel: Makino’s Revenge, from Rainmaker Entertainment, received four nominations, including Best Animation Program or Series (Sharan Wood, Kim Dent Wilder and Greg Richardson, Producers). Other nominations were for Best Direction in an Animation Program or Series (Richardson), Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series (Gord Hillier, Miguel Nunes, James Fonnyadt and James Wallace) and Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series (Brian Jeffrey Carson).

The Basketball Game, released by the National Film Board of Canada, has four nominations as well. It’s up for Best Animation Program or Series (Yves Ma, Producer), Best Direction in an Animation Program or Series (Hart Snider and Sean Covernton), Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series (Snider) and Best Performance in an Animation Program or Series (Snider yet again).

Also an NFB release, the short CMYK received three nominations. It received nods for Best Animation Program or Series (Martin Rose and Tracey Friesen, Producers), Best Direction in an Animation Program or Series (Marv Newland and Kunal Sen) and Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series (Lisa Cay Miller).

The Big Bad Boo Studios series 1001 Nights also has three nominations. Nods are for Best Animation Program or Series (Aly Jetha and Shabnam Rezaei, Producers), Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series (Rezaei, for the episode “Sinbad And The Black Diamond“) and Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series (Jeff Jackman, Greg Stewart, Angelo Nicoloyannis and Rick Senechal, for the episode “Abu Hassan’s Legendary Wedding”).

Another TV series, Studio B Productions’ My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, received three noms as well. It’s up for Best Animation Program or Series (Sarah Wall, Chris Bartleman, Blair Peters and Kirsten Newlands, Producers), Best Direction in an Animation Program or Series (Jayson Thiessen and James Wootton, for the episode “Party of One“) and Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series (Marcel Duperreault, Todd Araki, Jason Fredrickson and Adam McGhie, for the episode “Read it and Weep“).

Rainmaker Entertainment’s Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 was nominated for Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series (Kelly Cole, Bill Mellow, Ryan Thompson and Ryan Nowak) and Best Performance in an Animation Program or Series (Kelly Sheridan, the voice of Merliah).

NickToons’ Voltron Force was nominated for Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series (Hal Foxton Beckett and Steffan Andrews).

This year’s Leos will be presented during a celebration awards ceremony Friday, May 25 and a gala awards ceremony Saturday, May 26, both at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

Actors Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne are co-hosts of this year’s gala awards ceremony. The celebration awards ceremony is hosted by playwright and Second City alumnus Gary Jones.

The Leo Awards are presented by the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote the achievements of the British Columbia film and TV industry through the presentation of an annual awards program.

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