The Constellation Awards

The Constellation Awards

March 11, 2014 06:00 ET

Canada's Science Fiction Film & Television Awards Announce Their Nominees for 2014

"Orphan Black" & "Defiance" At The Forefront Of This Year's Constellation Award Nominations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 11, 2014) -

Attention: Entertainment Editors

The nominees for the eighth annual Constellation Awards were announced at a press conference held at this weekend's Toronto ComiCon. Presented by the TCON Promotional Society, the Constellation Awards celebrate the actors, producers, and technical teams behind the best science fiction film and television productions of the year, with a focus on Canadian contributions to the genre.

It was a strong year for Canadian television series in their inaugural seasons, with novice Toronto-based productions Orphan Black and Defiance each scoring multiple nominations, including nods in both the Best Male and Best Female Performance categories. Orphan Black's lead actress, recent Canadian Screen Award winner Tatiana Maslany, picked up a further nomination in the Constellation Awards' feature category, Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film & Television.

For the first time in Constellation Awards history, the Best Science Fiction Television Series category was entirely swept by Canadian productions, with Orphan Black and Defiance joined by the Vancouver-based series Supernatural, Arrow, and Continuum.

In the film categories, Canadian productions continue to garner favour, with Pacific Rim and TV movie Borealis each scoring multiple nominations. However, it's the Academy Award winning film Gravity that lead the film nominees, including nods for Best Film, Best Script, Best Technical Accomplishment, and a Best Female Performance nomination for lead actress Sandra Bullock. Bullock faces fierce competition in this category from her fellow Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for her performance in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Other productions with multiple nominations this year include Star Trek Into Darkness, Thor: The Dark World, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Person of Interest and Doctor Who.

All Canadian science fiction fans are invited to participate in the voting process, which is now open and runs until June 1st, 2014. The winners in all categories will be announced at ceremonies being held in Toronto on July 5th at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport.

About the TCON Promotional Society: The TCON Promotional Society is a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto that has been organizing Science Fiction conventions for over 20 years to raise money for various charities, including Ronald McDonald House and Gilda's Club.

About The Constellation Awards: The Constellation Awards are presented annually to the actors, producers, and technical teams behind the best science fiction film and television productions of the year, with a focus on Canadian contributions to the genre. All nominees and winners are determined solely through popular submission and vote.

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