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2008 Leo Awards at the Westin BAyshore Vancouver

May 24, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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I remember ten years ago when the very first Leo Awards ceremony was held. It was the first time in British Columbia that local actors, writers, producers and techs were honoured so sincerely, and so glamorously, by their peers in an Academy Awards style celebration. A decade later, and the tradition continues stronger than ever thanks to two very special men - producers Walter Daroshin and Sonny Wong - who will be among the first to tell you that achieving this milestone has been no easy task. Their tireless commitment and dedication to the industry is unparalleled. More than 7,300 entries have been submitted over the years - a number that in and of itself is a testament to the depth of talent we produce in this province. To you Sonny and Walter, I say a personal thank you for bringing both Hollywood status and Oscar style glamour to our town. It was an honour to be there in the very beginning, and it was an honour to be there again this year to take part in the anniversary celebration of a lifetime.

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leoawards2008-5155 Erin Cebula is thrilled to be nominated for the first time for Best Host(s) in an Information or Lifestyle Series.
leoawards2008-5156 Nicole Oliver, who is nominated for her work on Crash Test Mommy, looks red hot and she walks the red carpet.
leoawards2008-5157 Intelligence star and former Max Headroom character Matt Frewer, and Battlestar Galactica cutie Kandyse McClure, are among the evening's presenters.
leoawards2008-5158 Friends Erin Karpluk, left, and Jessica Harmon compete for the Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series. The Leo eventually went to legendary BC actress Babz Chula.
leoawards2008-5159 Larry Sugar, producer of great locally shot series like The Collector and jPod, is among the VIPs on the red carpet.
leoawards2008-5160 Corner Gas star and Leo nominee Gabrielle Miller is also a presenter this night alongside her handsome Robson Arms co-star John Cassini.
leoawards2008-5164 Tyler Labine is all smiles as he escorts his wife Carrie and mom Karen on the red carpet before taking home the Leo for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his work on Reaper.
leoawards2008-5168 Best Feature Length Drama award winner Blake Corbet, seen here at the reception with daughter Karen, is honoured for his work on Elijah.
leoawards2008-5173 Leo presenter Britt Irvin, who can be seen in Normal, and fellow actress Cindy Busby add extra glam to the red carpet reception.
leoawards2008-5178 Colin Cunningham, who has starred with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a double Leo Award winner this night for Best Direction in a Short Drama and Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama.
leoawards2008-5190 Leo Award winning actress Camille Sullivan takes home the honours for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama for her work in Normal.
leoawards2008-5192 Leo Awards producer/creator Walter Daroshin had two lovely ladies on his arm for the 10 year celebration - wife Tina and daughter Tamara, pictured here with her dad.



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