The 11th Annual Leo Awards have just played out in Vancouver and it’s a safe bet to say the production teams behind Stargate and Sanctuary will be feeling pretty happy right about now.
Stargate Atlantis won 9 of the 17 nominations it received for its fifth and final season. Atlantis also took home the win for the coveted ‘Best Series Award’.
The made-for-dvd movie Stargate: Continuum also won 3 of the 11 awards it was nominated for and Michael Shanks (aka Daniel Jackson) won the ‘Best Lead Actor’ award.
Sci Fi’s new series Sanctuary has pulled in 4 wins from its 10 nominations – a monumental achievement from its first seasonal run. Sanctuary star and exec producer Amanda Tapping (who also appeared in the fifth season of Stargate Atlantis) won the Best Lead Performance award for her acting in the Sanctuary episode ‘Requiem’. She was joined by Ryan Robbins who won the Best Guest Performance award for his role as Edward in the Sanctuary episode ‘Revelations Part 2′.
All in all the awards ceremony was an amazing night for the production teams behind Stargate and Sanctuary who collectively amassed an amazing 38 nominations and at least 16 wins (final tally to be verified once all results are in).
The Leo Awards were founded in 1999 to provide support and recognition for the work of filmmakers.
Although it was Stargate Atlantis that ruled the night, with ten nominations and four wins from only its first season you have to give a lot of credit to the cast and crew of Sanctuary.
Sanctuary follows the adventures of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping), forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) and Magnus’ daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup) as together they track down, study and protect strange and sometimes terrifying creatures that secretly populate the Earth.
Sanctuary is the first television show based on an online series to ever be picked up for a second season (which will consist of 13 hour long episodes).
Production began on the second season of Sanctuary just over a month ago in Vancouver.
Although it has yet to be officially confirmed, Sanctuary is expected to return to SyFy in October 2009 where it will feature alongside Stargate Universe on Friday nights. We’re guessing both of these series will feature heavily in the 12th Annual Leo Awards in 2010.
Visit the Leo Awards Official Website
Visit the Sanctuary Official Website
Visit the Stargate Atlantis Website
A full list of award winners will be published on the Leo Awards Official Website shortly.