Sunday, 1 September 2013

Hugo Awards: Paul Cornell Hosts, Lots of DW nominations

We've mentioned the Doctor Who nominations for the Hugo Awards previously, but today's the day that we find out what actually gets the nod. Paul Cornell is going to be hosting the event, which will be livestreamed; he has a nomination himself for Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run in the "Best Graphic Novel" category (illustrations by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sud┼żuka), and another under "Best Fancast" for SF Squeecast (with the other presenters Elizabeth Bear, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, and Catherynne M. Valente, plus their technical producer David McHone-Chase. Several of these people have other Hugo nominations of their own). The event is at two in the morning UK time, inconveniently for any British resident who wants to know whether any of Steven Moffat's three nominations for "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form" won (“The Angels Take Manhattan”, “Asylum of the Daleks”, and “The Snowmen”). Finally, Mad Norwegian has two anthology nominations in the "Best Related Work" category, for Deborah Stanish and L.M. Myles' Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Elli's Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them, so Doctor Who is doing rather well for itself this year. The full list of nominations can be found here.

Edit: and, as it turned out, Moffat didn't win anything, the category instead going to Game of Thrones episode "Blackwater". Cornell, however, did get his fraction-of-a-Hugo with the other participants of SF Squeecast. There will probably be a lot of commentary about this in the days to come, so here's the Hugo voting statistical breakdown. Items of note: the votes for all three Doctor Who episodes were at no point sufficient to match the Game of Thrones voters even if you combined them, so you can't go with the usual argument of "fans split the voting". Saga and Schlock Mercenary had significantly higher vote totals than the competition, including Cornell's comic. The voting on "Best Related Works" is even enough that it does look like people wanted Writing Excuses, Season 7, The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, and Chicks Unravel Time to all share the first-place prize, but they had to pick one and it was Writing Excuses. And that's it until next year...

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