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Mackenzie Gray and Veena Sood Receive Top Honours at the 6th Annual UBCP/ACTRA Awards Gala

From a media release:

The 6th annual UBCP/ACTRA awards gala will honour two of Canada’s top talent with distinguished lifetime achievement awards. Mackenzie Gray will be presented with the John Juliani Award of Excellence, and Veena Sood will receive the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award.

The John Juliani Award of Excellence is presented each year to a performer for achievement as a performing artist and distinguished contribution to the film and television industry. The Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award is presented to a UBCP/ACTRA member whose work as a performer and/or beyond, embodies the type of accomplishments that advance the status of women in our society and encourage the continued growth and diversification of opportunities for women.

John Juliani Award of Excellence
Mackenzie Gray was born and raised in Toronto. A professional actor for over 40 years, he has appeared in over 170 films and television shows. Mackenzie has acted on stage in Canada, Britain and in the United States in hundreds of contemporary plays, musicals and cabarets and has extensive Shakespeare experience. He wrote for Sesame Street for 4 years and was He is currently a series regular on the Marvel/FX Series LEGION, playing “THE EYE” and is a recurring cast member on the TV Series RIVERDALE, and DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

Mackenzie is a 16-time Leo Award “Best Actor” nominee, recently winning three Leos for his work on the TV series DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, SPOOKSVILLE and BITTEN and has won or been nominated for many awards in his various disciplines.

Mackenzie has given his time to various charities over the years including “The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation”, “The Children’s Wish Foundation” and “The Actors Fund of Canada”. He was on the Board of Directors of The Academy of Canadian Cinema for several terms and is currently an adjunct professor at UBC and teaches on camera acting workshops at UBCP/ACTRA, the DGC, the Manitoba Film Training Centre, and across the country on a Freelance basis.

Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award
Veena Sood is an award-winning actress, & 30-year veteran of the industry. She’s known for her versatility as a performer in film, television, theatre, improv comedy, cartoon voices, teaching, and em-ceeing. Veena has been a series regular on 5 different TV series, co-hosted TV specials, her own CBC TV talk show, em-ceed gala awards events, & co-produced & performed radio podcasts.

She is a co-founder of Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre Company (creators of Theatresports), as well as a co-founder & developer of the Vancouver Theatersports League.

A true veteran of stage, film and TV, Veena is a three-time Jessie Richardson nominee & winner, as well as a Leo Award winner for her work. Veena is currently is in development with new TV, theatre & film projects.

The UBCP/ACTRA Awards will be held on Saturday, November 18th at the Vancouver Playhouse with over 600 industry professionals including UBCP/ACTRA members, press and politicians in attendance.

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

 

 

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UBCP/ACTRA Awards Announces 2017 nominees

From a media release:

The UBCP/ACTRA Awards honours five members for work done in the past year. This peer-adjudicated performer awards show shines the spotlight on the talented performers here in BC, and provides an opportunity for industry professionals to share in the celebration with the nominees and winners. The 6th annual red carpet gala takes place on November 18, 2017 at the Vancouver Playhouse.

“This is going to be a great year for the UBCP/ACTRA Awards with this deep pool of talent as nominees. Here in BC we have always known that our actors, crews and locations are unparalleled and it is wonderful to see our local industry growing and being recognized around the world,” says Alvin Sanders, President of UBCP/ACTRA.

The 2017 nominees are:

BEST ACTOR

  • Alex Barima, Cypher
  • Richard Harmon, The 100 – God Complex
  • Adrian Holmes, 19-2 – Gone
  • Ty Olsson, A Surrogate’s Nightmare
  • Ben Ratner, Ganjy

BEST ACTRESS 

  • Rukiya Bernard, Van Helsing – Seen You
  • Tammy Gillis, Menorca
  • Chelah Horsdal, The Man in the High Castle – Fallout
  • Jennifer Spence, You Me Her – Like Riding a Vagina Bike
  • Camille Sullivan, The Unseen

BEST EMERGING PERFORMER

  • Maxine Chadburn, Cadence
  • Hannah Cheramy, The Hollow Child
  • Adam DiMarco, Marrying the Family
  • Isaac Keoughan, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – The Chicago Way
  • Aiden Longworth, The 9th Life of Louis Drax
  • Graeme McComb, DC’s Legend’s of Tomorrow – Compromised

BEST VOICE 

  • Andrea Libman, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – Rock Solid Friendship – Pinkie Pie
  • Rebecca Husain, Beat Bugs, With a Little Help from my Friends – Buzz
  • Nicole Oliver, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – A Royal Problem – Princess Celestia / Daybreaker
  • Vincent Tong , Fruit Ninja, Fruitful Multiplication – Durian Gray aka RinJin   
  • Vincent Tong, Chuck’s Choice, Sunny Daze – Joey Adonis   
  • Vincent Tong, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Hard to Say Anything – Feather Bangs

BEST STUNT

  • Simon Burnett, Jon Kralt, Leif Havdale, Corry Glass, Supergirl – Homecoming
  • Curtis Braconnier, Arrow – Legacy
  • Lauro Chartrand, Colby Chartrand, Prison Break – Ogygia
  • Chad Sayn, Lloyd Adams, Prison break – Contingency
  • Eli Zagoudakis, Arrow – Fighting Fire with Fire

The UBCP/ACTRA Awards will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Vancouver Playhouse with over 600 industry professionals including UBCP/ACTRA members, press and politicians in attendance.

The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

 

 

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Link: Radio-Canada’s intense Feux rewarded at Prix Gémeaux gala

From Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette:

Link: Radio-Canada’s intense Feux rewarded at Prix Gémeaux gala
Feux was one of the most buzzed-about shows of the past year of Québécois television, so it was not entirely surprising that the Radio-Canada drama picked up some major awards at the 32nd Prix Gémeaux gala Sunday night at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts. Continue reading.

 

 

 

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2017 Directors Guild of Canada awards nominees announced

From a media release:

The DGC is pleased to announce the 2017 DGC Awards nominees. There were over 300 submissions this year and the nominees represent a diverse selection of the industry’s outstanding talent working in this country.

The Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by Mary Walsh with special guests soon to be announced, the 16th edition of the DGC Awards promises to be a special one. The evening will feature a Nominees’ reception prior to the Awards ceremony.

Nominees for the annual DGC Discovery Award will be announced in early fall. The list of nominees will be made up of Directors poised to make their mark as filmmakers.

DGC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Presented by Shaftesbury
Don Shebib

DON HALDANE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Anne Sirois

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
Presented by Technicolor

  • Erik Canuel – Undercover GrandpaBruce McDonald – Weirdos
  • Bruce McDonald – Weirdos
  • Nathan Morlando – Mean Dreams
  • Kim Nguyen – Two Lovers and a Bear
  • Jonathan Wright – Awakening the Zodiac

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
Presented by deluxe

  • Holly Dale – Mary Kills People, Episode 102, The River Styx
  • Daniel Grou – Cardinal, Part 5
  • J.J. Johnson – Odd Squad: The Movie
  • Michel Poulette – Serialized

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES
Presented by Panavision

  • Ken Girotti – Pure, Episode 101, Ordination
  • Robert Lieberman – The Expanse, Episode 106, Rock Bottom
  • Helen Shaver – Vikings, Episode 405, Promised
  • David Wellington – Orphan Black, Episode 405, Human Raw Material

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES
Presented by SIM Group

  • James Genn – Kim’s Convenience, Episode 108, Best BeforeDon McKellar – Michael: Everyday, Hodophobia, Part 1
  • Don McKellar – Michael: Everyday, Hodophobia, Part 1
  • Dawn Wilkinson – Kim’s Convenience, Episode 104, Frank and Nayoung
  • Aleysa Young – Baroness Von Sketch Show, Episode 104, If the Killer is Watching

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FAMILY SERIES
Presented by William F. White

  • Dean Bennett – Heartland, Episode 1009
  • A Horse with No Rider Stefan Brogren – Degrassi: Next Class, Episode 310, #Imsleep
  • Phil Earnshaw – Degrassi: Next Class, Episode 308, #IRegretNothing
  • J.J. Johnson – Annedroids, Episode 311, The Mother of Invention

ALLAN KING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY
Presented by Rogers Group of Funds

  • All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone – Fred Peabody
  • The Apology – Tiffany Hsiung
  • Gun Runners – Anjali Nayar
  • Quebec My Country, Mon Pays – John Walker

BEST PICTURE EDITING – DOCUMENTARY

  • Cathy Gulkin – Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris
  • Danielle Hebscher – Protected Workshop 19 (Taller protegido 19)
  • Jim Munro – All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and The Spirit of I.F. Stone
  • Jeff Warren – Quebec My Country Mon Pays

BEST SHORT FILM

  • Gatekeeper
  • Motherland
  • Tuesday 10:08 A.M.
  • Victory Square

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – FEATURE FILM
Presented by Pinewood Toronto Studios

  • Tim Bider – Unless
  • Shane Boucher/Lisa Soper – The Blackcoat’s Daughter
  • Rocco Matteo – Undercover Grandpa
  • Awakening the Zodiac – Lisa Soper

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
Presented by Vanguarde Artists Management

  • Jean Bécotte – Brace for ImpactRob Gray – Cardinal, partie 1
  • Rob Gray – Cardinal, partie 1
  • Doug McCullough – The Swap
  • Oleg Savytski – ARQ

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – TELEVISION SERIES

  • Gordon Barnes – Frontier, Episode 101 – A Kingdom Unto Itself
  • John Dondertman – Orphan Black, Human Raw Material
  • Ian Hall – Sensitive Skin, Episode 202
  • Rupert Lazarus – Shoot the Messenger, Episode 1, Beginner’s Luck

BEST PICTURE EDITING – FEATURE FILM

  • Mark Arcieri – Awakening the ZodiacRon Sanders/Sandy Pereira – Mean Dreams
  • Ron Sanders/Sandy Pereira – Mean DreamsDuff Smith – Weirdos
  • Duff Smith – Weirdos
  • Dev Singh – Milton’s Secret

BEST PICTURE EDITING – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

  • Duncan Christie – The SwapTeresa De Luca – Cardinal, Part 1
  • Teresa De Luca – Cardinal, Part 1Roslyn Kalloo – Mary Kills People, Episode 102
  • Roslyn Kalloo – Mary Kills People, Episode 102Kye Meechan – ARQ
  • Kye Meechan – ARQ

BEST PICTURE EDITING – TELEVISION SERIES

  • Geoff Ashenhurst – Penny Dreadful, Episode 9, The Blessed Dark
  • Donald Cassidy – Vikings – Episode 414, In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning
  • Christopher Donaldson – Penny Dreadful, Episode 301, The Day Tennyson Died
  • Jay Prychidny – Orphan Black, Episode 406, The Scandal of Altruism

BEST SOUND EDITING – FEATURE FILM

  • Awakening the Zodiac – Emilie Boucek, Mark Dejczak
  • The Blackcoat’s Daughter – Allan Fung, Jesse Gillingham, Richard Harkness, Melissa Hinton
  • Mean Dreams – Tom Bjelic, Mark Dejczak, Nathan Robitaille, Lorraine Samuel, Noam Shpiegler
  • Ratchet & Clank – Nelson Ferreira, J.R. Fountain, Dashen Naidoo, John D. Smith

BEST SOUND EDITING – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

  • Anne of Green Gables: Good Stars – Rob Ainsley, Vladimir Borissov, Steph Carrier, Janice Ierulli, Clive Turner
  • Cardinal, Episode 5, Part 5 – Claire Dobson, Nelson Ferreira, Paul Germann, David McCallum, Jane Tattersall
  • Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas – Mark Beck, Richard Calistan, Joseph Doane, Jonas Kuhnemann
  • Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le – Tom Bjelic, Dermain Finlayson, John Laing, Dale Lennon, Michael Mancuso, James Robb

BEST SOUND EDITING – TELEVISION SERIES

  • Frontier, Episode 104, Wolves – Matthew Hussey, Alastair Gray, Mark Shnuriwsky, Clive Turner
  • Sensitive Skin Episode 202 – Claire Dobson, Krystin Hunter, David McCallum, Jane Tattersall
  • Vikings, Episode 410, The Last Ship – Claire Dobson, Andrew Jablonski, David McCallum, Steve Medeiros, Brennan Mercer, Dale Sheldrake, Jane Tattersall
  • X-Company, Episode 209, Butcher and Bolt – Richard Calistan, J.R. Fountain, Kevin Howard, Craig MacLellan, Joe Mancuso, Jill Purdy, Nathan Robitaill
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2017 ACTRA Awards in Montreal winners announced

From a media release:

ACTRA Montreal is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 ACTRA Awards in Montreal.

Outstanding Performance – Voice
Jennifer Seguin (2 Nuts and a Richard)

Outstanding Performance – Video Game
Victoria Sanchez (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided)

Outstanding Performance – Stunt
Mich Todorovic (X-Men: Apocalypse)

Outstanding Performance – Female
Charlotte Rogers (LARPs)

Outstanding Performance – Male
Jesse Camacho (We’re Still Together)

Best Short Film
Grip of Death (Fred Nguyen)

Actor-politician Tyrone Benskin, past President Lynne Adams, and dubbing innovator Hubert Fielden were also honoured at the ceremony with Life Membership in ACTRA.

“Be it in film, television or videogames, there are so many fantastic performances coming out of Montreal,” says Cary Lawrence, President of ACTRA Montreal. “The ACTRA Awards recognize and celebrate the creative work we do in this city.”

The ACTRA Awards in Montreal, recognizing outstanding performances by ACTRA Montreal members and celebrating accomplishments and excellence in our industry, were presented at Le Gesù on June 11, 2017 – hosted by comedians Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

Image courtesy of Jon Woods.

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