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Game of Thrones, Gaiman’s Who script crowned by Hugo Awards

Posted by on September 2, 2012 – 11:54 pm

The first season of HBO’s fantasy adaptation Game of Thrones and an acclaimed Doctor Who episode written by genre giant Neil Gaiman were big winners at the Hugo Awards, announced Sunday night at Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention.

Game of Thrones, the sprawling fantasy epic based on the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels of George R.R. Martin, was honored for best long-form dramatic presentation. It faced competition from Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo and Source Code.

(Martin’s latest book in the series, A Dance With Dragons, was nominated for best novel but missed out; the award went to Jo Walton’s Among Others.)

Winning the short-form dramatic presentation award was “The Doctor’s Wife,” Gaiman’s Doctor Who episode that instantly achieved iconic status as a story fans of the long-running British sci-fi drama use to indoctrinate newcomers to the fold. Other nominees (announced in April) included fellow Who entries “The Girl Who Waited” and “A Good Man Goes to War,” as well as episodes of Community and The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech.

Members of the World Science Fiction Convention( (aka Worldcon) have presented the awards each year since 1955. Information on winners in other categories appears below, courtesy of The Hugo Awards:

BEST NOVEL

Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)

BEST NOVELLA

“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, September/October 2011)

BEST NOVELETTE

“Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)

BEST SHORT STORY

“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2011)

BEST RELATED WORK

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY

Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM

Game of Thrones (Season 1) (HBO)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

“The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who) (BBC Wales)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM

Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM

Lou Anders

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

Betsy Wollheim

BEST SEMIPROZINE

Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.

BEST FANZINE

SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo

BEST FAN WRITER

Jim C. Hines

BEST FAN ARTIST

Maurine Starkey

BEST FANCAST

SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer
of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

E. Lily Yu

The 2012 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday evening, September 2, at the at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. The ceremony was hosted by Chicon 7 Toastmaster John Scalzi.

The 2012 Hugo trophy base was designed by artist Deb Kosiba, who had also previously designed the bases for the 2005 and 2006 Worldcons.

Chicon 7 also presented a Special Committee Award to Chicago resident and science fiction author, editor, and collector Robert Weinberg.

See the Final Ballot Details for a full breakdown of votes, subsequent placements, and nomination counts.

Hat tip to io9, whose Charlie Jane Anders won a Hugo for the novelette Six Months, Three Days