With more than 300 nominations in 50 categories, May 7 is going to be a long night at the Rosies Awards.
But the annual Alberta Media Production Industries Association awards is a chance for regional film industry craftspeople and productions to walk away with a prize — symbolic payback for all their hard work. It’s also a gold star on the resumes for locals looking for work in the province’s underdog film-and-television ecosystem, which has been steadily rebuilding since the Klein era’s cutbacks.
The Edmonton-area nominations are too numerous to fully list here but the final season of APTN’s Blackstone alone grabbed 13, including for Best Dramatic Series. But the long list contains three local nods for Best Dramatic Feature Film: 40 Below and Falling, Diablo and Figurine. The Wilmore Boys and Tiny Plastic Men are in the running for Best Comedy Production. And there are four local Edmonton hits for Best Short, including Glory River, Lift, The Last Bastard and Undertow.
Among Tiny Plastic Men’s other nominations, Chris Craddock and Mark Meer are battling for Best Performance by an Alberta Actor, as is Blackstone’s Julian Black Antelope. For Best Performance by an Alberta Actress, Michelle Thrush is competing with none other than herself, nominated in two different productions, The Northlander and, once again, in Blackstone. Delmer & Marta’s Patricia Zentilli is also up for the award. Also, best Production Reflecting Cultural Diversity includes nominees Blackstone and Promise No. 2 — Reclaiming Education.
Besides a nod for Best Dramatic Feature Film and Best Director (Drama Over 30 Minutes), 3-D romcom 40 Below and Falling is up for three more awards, including Wes Miron for Best Cinematographer. In the craft categories, the Eva Colmers-directed 2.57K was nominated multiple times, including for direction, cinematography, editing, and original score by renowned sound artist Gary James Joynes. Edmonton musician Everett LaRoi could win in two different musical score categories. And, another Edmonton connection to the city’s indie-music scene, the smalls: forever is a long time is up for four awards.
Applicants must be AMPIA members, with separate fees paid to AMPIA to be considered for a nomination in each specific category. Tickets to the event May 7 event in Calgary’s Hyatt Regency run between $105 and $190 each.