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Leo Awards Vancouver 2007

June 2, 2007

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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The 2007 Leo Awards brought lots of glitz and glamour to the Westin Bayshore hotel this past weekend. It was two nights of ceremony and celebrating as members of the local film and television industry were honoured for their craft. The event is a project of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia who, in this - its ninth year, received over 800 submissions. Also included was a salute to local fashion designers who were featured in a Saturday afternoon show that provided a sneak peek at all the gowns and styles to be seen at the big Saturday night gala.

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Leo Awards president Walter Daroshin (left) and actor John Cassini, who can be seen on the CBC drama Intelligence, prepare for the presentation of the first award.
Comedians/actors Ellie Harvie and Gary Jones were fabulous as this year's hosts of the Friday night Celebration Awards and the Saturday night Gala Awards respectively.
Film and television personality Terry David Mulligan was presented with this year's Outstanding Achievement Award by actor Babz Chula, who was honoured with the same in 2006.
Models Genevieve Duford (left) and Tricia Henry strutted the catwalk in designer Jason Matlo originals. Matlo, and other fashion forerunners were featured during Chill at the Leos - a celebrity fashion show held on Saturday afternoon.
A big part of the Leo Awards is always the trophy models who, while being silently stunning, hand out the Leos dressed in fabulous, local, designer gowns.
Entertainment Tonight Canada reporter and Vancouverite Erin Cebula was wearing Metro green as she chatted with stars on the red carpet.
Leo presenter Sonya Salomaa is not only one of the most breathtakingly beautiful actors in Vancouver, she's also a past Leo award winner for her role of Maya on The Collector.
Presenter and actor Gabrielle Miller is usually behind the coffee bar in her role as Lacey from the CTV comedy series Corner Gas, but this night she was behind the podium wearing a white and gold sequined Matlo original.
Nominated actors Erin Karpluk and Ben Ratner were also presenters. Ben took home the Leo for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama for his role in Mount Pleasant.
Weather/traffic gal Reena Heer was thrilled to accept the Leo for Best News Package on behalf of producer Randy McHale and Global's News Hour with Tony Parsons.
Former dancer turned agent Breanna English (left), of Collingwood Management, posed beside actor Holly Dignard, of CTV's Whistler fame. Holly was also part of the celebrity fashion show held earlier on Saturday.
One of the most exciting moments of the night for me was when 14 year-old Alexia Fast won the Leo for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama for her role in Past Tense.



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