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For Your Consideration: Hugo Award Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

The deadline for nominating works for the Hugo Awards is March 11, 2012. Members (as of January 31, 2012) of Renovation, Chicon 7, or LoneStarCon 3 are eligible to nominate. For the Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category, I have compiled a list of productions that are eligible to be nominated this year. It is a long list, and undoubtedly not comprehensive. My purpose is to remind nominators that there are worthy productions that do not have Doctor Who or Game of Thrones in their names.

I’ve listed the titles of individual episodes because the Hugo rules require individual episodes to be nominated. A multi-part production such as Game of Thrones or Torchwood: Miracle Day can be nominated in the Long Form category if nominators feel that the mini-series should be taken as a whole, rather than as individual episodes. The dividing line between Short Form and Long Form is 90 minutes running time, but may be adjusted slightly one way or another if a majority of nominators place a borderline work in the other category.

I haven’t made up my mind what I’m going to nominate, other than I will definitely be nominating The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a terrific short film (available as a free download from iTunes). My expectation is that one or more episodes of Doctor Who and Game of Thrones will be nominated no matter what, so I will use my nominations for more obscure works that can fill in the remaining slots.

For your consideration:

Adam And Dog (Short Film) [winner of the Annie Award for Best Animated Short]

Adventure Time (TV Series) [nominated for an Emmy Award]
Episode: Mystery Trainx



Alphas (TV Series)
Episode: Original Sin

American Horror Story (TV Series)
Episode: Smoldering Children

The Ballad Of Nessie (Short Film)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (TV Series)
Episode: Mitefall!

Batman: Year One (Direct-to-Video) [nominated for an Annie Award]

Being Human (TV Series)
Episode: Though the Heavens Fall

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (TV Series)
Episode: Prisoner #775 Is Missing

The Big Bang Theory (TV Series) [nominated for an Emmy Award]
Episode: The Good Guy Fluctuation

Camelot (TV Series)
Episode: Reckoning

Community (TV Series)
Episode: Remedial Chaos Theory [a humorous take on parallel dimensions]

Doctor Who (TV Series)
Episode: The Doctor’s Wife







Eureka (TV Series)
Episode: One Giant Leap…

The Event (TV Series)
Episode: Arrival

The Fades (TV Series)
Episode: Episode #1.4

Falling Skies (TV Series)
Episode: What Hides Beneath

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore(Short Film) [nominated for an Academy Award]





Fringe (TV Series)
Episode: The Day We Died

Futurama (TV Series)
Episode: All The President’s Heads

Game of Thrones (TV Series) [nominated for an Emmy Award]
Episode: Baelor

Generator Rex (TV Series)
Episode: Ben 10/Generator Rex Heroes United

Green Lantern: The Animated Series (TV Series) [nominated for an Annie Award]
Episode: Beware My Power, Parts 1 and 2

Grimm (TV Series)
Episode: Danse Macabre

Haven (TV Series)
Episode: Sins of the Fathers

Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas (TV Special) [nominated for an Annie Award]

I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat (Short Film) [nominated for an Annie Award]

La Luna (Short Film) [nominated for an Academy Award and an Annie Award]

Lost Girl (TV Series)
Episode: Barometz. Trick. Pressure

The Mercury Men (Web Series)
Episode: The Battery






Merlin (TV Series)
Episode: The Darkest Hour, Parts 1 and 2

A Morning Stroll (Short Film) [nominated for an Academy Award]

No Ordinary Family (TV Series)
Episode: No Ordinary Powell

Once Upon a Time (TV Series)
Episode: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Outcasts (TV Series)
Episode: Episode #1.4

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (TV Special) [nominated for an Annie Award]

Primeval (TV Series)
Episode: Episode #4.1







Robot Chicken (TV Series) [nominated for an Emmy Award]
Episode: Robot Chicken’s DP Christmas Special

Sanctuary (TV Series)
Episode: Into the Black

The Simpsons (TV Series) [nominated for an Emmy Award]
Episode: Treehouse of Horror XXII

Smallville (TV Series)
Episode: Finale

Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (Web Series)
Episode: Enemy: Starfleet!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV Series)
Episode: Carnage of Krell

Stargate Universe (TV Series)
Episode: Gauntlet

Steins;Gate (TV Series)
Episode: Prologue to the Beginning and End

South Park (TV Series) [nominated for an Emmy Award]
Episode: Crack Baby Athletic Association

Sunday (Dimanche) (Short Film) [nominated for an Academy Award]

Supernatural (TV Series)
Episode: The French Mistake

Teen Wolf (TV Series)
Episode: Code Breaker

Terra Nova (TV Series)
Episode: Resistance

Thundercats (TV Series)
Episode: New Alliances

Torchwood (TV Series)
Episode: Miracle Day: The New World

Transformers Prime (TV Series)
Episode: One Shall Rise, Parts 1, 2, and 3

True Blood (TV Series)
Episode: You Smell Like Dinner

Ugly Americans (TV Series)
Episode: Callie and Her Sister

V (TV Series)
Episode: Mother’s Day

The Vampire Diaries (TV Series)
Episode: The Reckoning

The Venture Bros. (TV Series)
Episode: From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story

The Walking Dead (TV Series)
Episode: Pretty Much Dead Already

Warehouse 13(TV Series)
Episode: Emily Lake






Wolverine (TV Series)
Episode: Kikyo

Academy Award Nominations

The nominees for the Academy Awards were announced today. There were some interesting inclusions and omissions. As for the snubs, with only nine pictures nominated as Best Feature, why couldn’t Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 be thrown a bone? Sure, it would never win, but it would be a nice honor for the end of this landmark series.

The second omission, and this is no real surprise, is that Andy Serkis was not nominated for his performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes—the Academy’s actors are not ready to recognize performance capture as legitimate acting.

The third omission, a little more puzzling but related, was not nominating The Adventures of Tintin in the Best Animated Feature category—apparently animators are just as finicky about what they consider to be animation as the actors are of what is considered acting.

Finally, I was a bit surprised that I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat from Warner Bros. was not nominated in the Animated Short category—although personally, I’m not a big fan of the CGI versions of these beloved characters.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year


A Cat in Paris (2010): Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
This French crime caper has garnered a lot of critical praise. The preview looks great and I’m looking forward to seeing it. I’ll be surprised, however, if it takes home the Oscar.

Chico & Rita (2010): Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal
This Spanish-language romance is full of amazing music and deals realistically with the political tensions between the U.S. and Cuba. The artwork is gorgeous, but as with A Cat in Paris, it will be hard for a foreign language picture to win.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011): Jennifer Yuh
Yeah, it made a boatload of money, but it was a pale imitation of the first Kung Fu Panda movie. A better choice would have been Arthur Christmas or The Adventures of Tintin.

Puss in Boots (2011): Chris Miller
A charming adventure story whose success is due to the charisma of Antonio Banderas as the title character. Forget the last two Shrek movies—Puss in Boots is a funny, action-packed escapade that deserves to be nominated.

Rango (2011): Gore Verbinski
My choice for the best animated feature. It was an exciting action movie with tons of humor that paid tribute to classic westerns.

Best Short Film, Animated


Dimanche (Sunday) (2011): Patrick Doyon blog.doiion.com
The first of two nominated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada, Dimanche tells the story of a bored boy on a typical Sunday—going to church, visiting his relatives, and getting into mischief. The animation style is simple and rendered beautifully. Although it has almost no dialog, it is charming and witty.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011): William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg www.morrislessmore.com
This short film mixes miniatures, CGI, and traditional animation into a delightful journey into a fantasyland of living books. William Joyce (Robots, Meet the Robinsons) pays tribute to Hurricane Katrina, silent films, and the power of literature. This is my pick to win–it is the best short animated film I’ve seen in a long time. The film is available as a free download from iTunes.

La Luna (2011): Enrico Casarosa www.pixar.com
La Luna tells the story of a boy being introduced to an unusual family business. It’s hard to bet against anything Pixar produces; if Morris Lessmore doesn’t win, La Luna almost certainly will. La Luna is scheduled to be released with Pixar’s feature Brave later this year.

A Morning Stroll (2011): Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe www.studioaka.co.uk
This is a British short about a New Yorker’s early morning encounter with a chicken. It’s a clever shaggy dog (er, shaggy chicken) story with an inventive mix of styles and techniques.

Wild Life (2011): Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby www.nfb.ca
The second of two shorts from the National Film Board of Canada, Wild Life chronicles a rich young man’s attempts at cattle farming in Alberta in 1909. Told in a pseudo-documentary style, this beautiful, traditionally animated tale shows the folly of someone arrogantly disregarding common sense.