2020 Ursa Major Awards

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The 2020 Ursa Major Awards winners were announced May 1. (Note: The award website labels them the 2020 winners, however, the presentation video calls them the 2021 awards.)

The Ursa Major Award is presented annually for “excellence in the furry arts.”

The recipients were decided by a public vote for 1,047 fans – complete voting statistics are at the link.

The wonderfully animated presentation video can be viewed at the end of the post.

The 2020 Winners

Best Motion PictureLive-action or animated feature-length movies.

• Wolfwalkers (Directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart; October 26)

Best Dramatic Short WorkOne-shots, advertisements or short videos.

• Zoophobia – “Bad Luck Jack” (Directed by Vivienne Medrano; September 30)

Best Dramatic SeriesTV or YouTube series videos.

• Beastars (Directed by Shinichi Matsumi ;Season 1 Epsiode 1 to 12 USA Release English Dub)

Best NovelWritten works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.

• The City That Barks and Roars, by J.T. Bird (9781838047917, August 1)

Best Short FictionStories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short Written works.

• What Makes a Witch, by Linnea Capps (Weasel Press, August 18)

Best Other Literary WorkStory collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.

• Difursity: Stories by Furries of Color, edited by Weasel (Thurston Howl productions, anthology, August 10)

Non-Fiction Work

• The Fandom: A Furry Documentary, directed by Ash Kreis & Eric Risher (You Tube, video, July 3)

Best Graphic StoryIncludes comic books, and serialized online stories.

• Beastars, by Paru Itagaki (Viz Media and Weekly Shonen Champion, Volume 4 to 8)

Best Comic StripNewspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.

• Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet, January 1 to December 30)

Best MagazineEdited collections of creative and/or informational works by various people, professional or amateur, published in print or online in written, pictorial or audio-visual form.

• Pocari Roo, YouTube videos (January 11 to December 25)

Best Published IllustrationIllustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.

• Lofi, Cheers (Furaffinity, January 24)

Best GameComputer or console games, role-playing games, board games.

• Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Developer and Publisher: Nintendo; March 20)

Best WebsiteOnline collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.

• Fur Affinity, Furry art and stories

Anthropomorphic Costume (Fursuit)

• Zigc the Khajiit, Maker: Inerri Creatures, Owner/Wearer: Zigc The Khagiit, Displayed online July 3.

[Thanks to N. for the story.]

1 thought on “2020 Ursa Major Awards

  1. Congrats to all the makers of ‘The Fandom’, in which my friend Joe Strike is one of the interviewees. Amongst the documentary’s extensive archive footage I also spotted another couple of friends: Peter ‘Speet!’ Stoller (who customised his car to resemble the TARDIS) and Icelandic illustrator Kjartan ‘Karno’ Arnorsson (who draws my own comic).

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