Game of Thrones wins Hugo Award
The 2012 Hugo Award winners were announced last night at Worldcon in Chicago. Game of Thrones Season 1 was awarded "Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)." This was the first Hugo nomination and the first win for Game of Thrones, though it appeared to be an easy victory for the show over its four theatrical competitors. George R. R. Martin and Ron Donachie (Ser Rodrik Cassel) were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the cast and crew; watch video of their speeches after the jump. Unfortunately, GRRM wasn't so lucky in the "Best Novel" category. A Dance with Dragons lost out to Jo Walton's Among Others, and ADWD's editor Anne Groell lost to Betsy Wollheim. All of the Hugo winners are listed below.
A couple of photos of the Hugo 2012 award, designed by Chicagoan Deb Kosiba:
George R. R. Martin is a regular guest of the annual Worldcon, and this year was certainly not going to be an exception since his novel and TV show were prominent nominees. Even though GRRM only got to give one acceptance speech, it was still a fun night for his many fans in the audience. Host John Scalzi and other nominees seemed to enjoy needling GRRM for the notorious length of his tomes.
The full press release for the Hugo Awards is below:
Chicon 7 Announces the 2012 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award Winners
Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention,
Chicago, IL - August 30 to September 3, 2012
Postal queries to: Chicon 7, P.O. Box 13, Skokie, IL 60076
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is pleased to announce the 2012 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award Winners. 1922 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.
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): Betsy Wollheim
Best Professional Artist: John Picacio
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
The John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2010 or 2011, 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 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.
The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction and fantasy literature and media as well as the genre's fans. The awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon") in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and Worldcons have continued to present the awards annually for nearly 60 years.
For more information about the Hugo Awards, please visit www.thehugoawards.org.
More Worldcon coverage to come.
Updated with video of GRRM and Ron Donachie accepting the Hugo for Game of Thrones.
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