So unless you live in Alberta, chances are you’ve never heard of the AMPIAS before.Â So let me break it down for you, the AMPIAS are essentially the Emmy and Oscars of Alberta all rolled into one night.Â They are handed out by Alberta Media Production Industries Association. You don’t win an AMPIA, you win a ROSIE, but you get a ROSIE at the AMPIAS.
Clear as mud?
Well last night in Edmonton, the 37th annual AMPIAS were held and the cream of Alberta’s entertainment crop were celebrated with dozens of awards.
As expected, CBC’s rating’s blockbuster Heartland walked away with the most awards, a total of five, including Best Dramatic Production and Best Actor (Edmonton’s Shaun Johnston.)
Here are some of the other night’s highlights:
BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Rodeo – Life on the Circuit
BEST NEWS INFORMATION SERIES
Jennifer Baier, Producer
BEST DRAMATIC SERIES
Tom Cox & Jordy Randall, Producers
BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE
George Baptist, Shirley Vercruysse & Dave Lawrence, Producers
BEST CHILDRENâ€™S PROGRAM or SERIES
Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, Cycle II
Josh Miller, Producer
BEST CORPORATE VIDEO
Robert Kelly, Producer
Kelly Brothers Productions
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Gord Bamford: My Daughter’s Father
BEST MUSICAL OR VARIETY SPECIAL
Canadian Country Music Awards 2010
BEST ALBERTA ACTOR
Heartland â€“ â€œLost Songâ€
BEST ALBERTA ACTRESS
Blackstone â€“ â€œWhite Bread Red Classâ€
BEST TV HOST
Click here for a complete list of award winners!