Thursday, 1 March 2012

Award Season Continues: Saturn, Eagle, Nebula Nominations

Saturn Awards

Nominations for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards have now been announced.

Doctor Who is up for one award this year, nominated for Best Youth-Oriented Series On Television; it faces Being Human, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Secret Circle, Teen Wolf, and The Vampire Diaries.

Torchwood: Miracle Day has done rather better in the nominations, with the series itself nominated in the Best Presentation in Television (10 episodes of less); it will be facing competition from Camelot, Falling Skies, Game of Thrones, The Killing, The Walking Dead, and Trek Nation. Star Eve Myles has been listed for Best Actress in Television; she faces Anna Torv (Fringe), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer). Bill Pullman appears in the list for Best Supporting Actor In Television, facing John Noble (Fringe), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) amongst others. Similarly, Lauren Ambrose features in the Best Supporting Actress list, which includes Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Michelle Forbes (The Killing) and Frances Conway (American Horror Story).

Previously, Doctor Who won Best Television in 1997, and Best International Series in 2008; in 2010 it lost out to Torchwood: Children of Earth in the Best Presentation on Television category.

The award winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 20th June in Burbank.

The Saturn Awards are presented by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, and have been running for over thirty years.

Eagle Awards

Though many of Doctor Who Magazine's readership follow the publication's extensive articles on the series, the comic strip has been a staple foundation since the very first issue.

This year sees the graphic adventures of the Doctor nominated again for an Eagle Award, in the Favourite British Comicbook: Colour category. The magazine is up against older 1970s sci-fi comic 2000AD and its more recent spin-off Judge Dredd, as well as CLiNT and STRIP (from former DWM editor John Freeman). Though nominated in the past, DWM has yet to receive an award.

The American adventures of the Doctor are also recognised in the survey, with IDW's Issue 12 nominated in the Favourite Single Story category; this is up against Animal Man #1, Daredevil #7, Aquaman #4, and The Amazing Spiderman #655.

Last year writer Paul Cornell won the award for Favourite Newcomer Writer.

Voting closes on 2nd April, with the results announced at the Eagle Awards Ceremony taking place at London’s MCM Expo on 25th May.

The Eagles have been running since 1976 and are the comics industry's longest-established awards.

Nebula Awards

The Doctor Who story The Doctor's Wife has been nominated for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation in this year's Nebula Awards, the annual event held by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

As with last year's runner-up Vincent and the Doctor, this year's nomination (written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Richard Clark) is the only television programme in the category. It is up against The Adjustment Bureau, Midnight in Paris, Source Code, Hugo, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Attack The Block.

The winners will be announced at SFWA's 47th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Arlington between 17th and 20th May.

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. Voting will open to SFWA Active members during March.

Roundup

The SFX Awards 2012 winners included: Best TV Show - Doctor Who; Best Actor - Matt Smith; Best Actress - Alex Kingston; Screen-Writing Excellence - Neil Gaiman; Elisabeth Sladen Award - The Sarah Jane Adventures; plus Living Legend - Brian Blessed!

The Broadcast Awards 2012 saw both Doctor Who Series 6 and Torchwood: Miracle Day nominated for Best International Programme Sales, but lost out to Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. The Sarah Jane Adventures similarly was a runner-up to Grizzly Tales, Grizzly TV in Best Children's Programme.

Not an award as such, but nominations are being accepted for BBC Radio 4's The New Elizabethans, the aim of which is to profile the 60 public figures who have made the greatest impact in these islands during the Queen's reign - men and women who have defined the era and whose deeds will stand the test of time. The list of nominees suggested so far includes Doctor Who's succesful reviver Russell T Davies. Nominations will be accepted until 9th March.