2020 Oscar Nominations

Nominations for 92nd Academy Awards were announced January 13. Genre led the way, as Joker received the most nominations with 11, including nominations in the categories of Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, and Directing.

However, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the only other genre film to make a splash, nominated for Sound Editing, Visual Effects and Original Score.

The finalists for Best Animated Feature Film are How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Klaus, Missing Link and Toy Story 4.

The full list of nominees follows the jump.

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2020 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced

The judges of the 2020 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, have announced the six nominated works on the final ballot for the award:

  • The Outside by Ada Hoffmann (Angry Robot)
  • Velocity Weapon Megan E. O’Keefe (Orbit)
  • All Worlds Are Real: Short Fictions by Susan Palwick (Fairwood Press)
  • Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories by Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer Press)
  • The Little Animals by Sarah Tolmie (Aqueduct Press)
  • The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson (Orbit)

First prize and any special citations will be announced on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Norwescon 43 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac, Washington.

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States during the previous calendar year. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

Last year’s winner was Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions) with a special citation to 84K by Claire North (Orbit).

The award judges are Thomas A. Easton, Karen Heuler, Mur Lafferty, Patricia MacEwen (chair), and James Sallis.

2020 D.I.C.E. Awards Finalists

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the nominees for its 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards on January 10.

The winners will be revealed at the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony on February 13 in Las Vegas as the culmination of the week-long industry gathering at the 2020 D.I.C.E. Summit.

Sixty-five games released in 2019 received nominations. Control and Death Stranding lead the nominees with eight nominations each followed by Disco Elysium and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, each earning six nods. Tying for four nominations each include Outer Wilds and Untitled Goose Game while A Short Hike, Mortal Kombat 11, Resident Evil 2, and Sayonara Wild Hearts each received three.

Finalists for 2019’s top honor, Game of the Year, are: Control, Death Stranding, Disco Elysium, Outer Wilds, and Untitled Goose Game.

The 23 categories of nominees follow the jump.

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2020 VES Awards Nominees

The Visual Effects Society released the nominations for the 2020 VES Awards on January 7.

The Lion King, Alita: Battle Angel, and Toy Story 4 lead all movie nominees with five apiece. The Mandalorian and the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones lead the TV field with six nominations each.

Three of the The Mandalorian’s nominations were for the character of “The Child,” better known to fans of the show as Baby Yoda, or for the episode that bears his name.

CATS received zero nominations.

As previously announced, Martin Scorsese will receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. The VES Visionary Award will be given to Roland Emmerich, and the VES Award for Creative Excellence will be presented to VFX supervisor Sheena Duggal.

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony January 29 at the Beverly Hilton.

The nominees in the 25 categories of the 18th Annual VES Awards follow the jump.

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Producers Guild of America 2020 Awards Nominees

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the Motion Pictures and Television nominees for the 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 7.

Joker, Game of Thrones, Watchmen, and Black Mirror are among the nominees of genre interest.

The winners will be announced at the PGA awards ceremony on January 18 at the Hollywood Palladium. 

The 2020 Producers Guild Awards nominations follow the jump, along with eligible producers’ names:

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Help Pick the 34th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

Voting is open in the 34th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Award Ballot. The online ballot is at the link. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2020.

From short stories and novellas to novelettes and poems – and even best covers! – let us know your Asimov’s favorites this year.  Winners join the pantheon of Asimov authors who represent the Who’s Who of science fiction writers over the past thirty years.

BEST NOVELLA

BEST NOVELETTE

BEST SHORT STORY

BEST POEM

BEST COVER

[Via Locus Online.]

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020

The finalists for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020 have been revealed.

In contrast with last year, few programs of genre interest have made the list. In the Best Director category, Mary Ward-Lowery is a contender for Talk to Me: HP Lovecraft. Body Tourists by Jane Rogers is a finalist for Best Adaptation. And so is Orlando by Virginia Woolf – which ought to count as genre by today’s reckoning, being about an immortal changing gender.

The winners will be announced Sunday, February 2.

The complete list of finalists follows the jump.

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2020 WSFA Small Press Award Taking Submissions

The Washington (DC) Science Fiction Association (WSFA) has announced that the submission period for the 2020 WSFA Small Press Award is open. Entries will be taken through March 31, 2020.

The WSFA Small Press Award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2018). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association and presented at their annual convention, Capclave, held on October 16-18, 2020.

Submissions should be sent to admin@wsfasmallpressaward.org

See The Rules webpage for details.

Vernor Vinge Wins 2020 Robert A. Heinlein Award

Vernor S. Vinge, a four-time Hugo Award-winning science fiction author and retired mathematics and computer science professor, is the 2020 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. This award is in recognition of Vinge’s body of work, including his nine novels, more than two dozen short stories, and many non-fiction articles.

The award will be formally announced on the evening of Friday, May 22, 2020, 8:00 p.m. at opening ceremonies during Balticon 54, the 54th Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. Balticon and the Robert A. Heinlein Award are both managed and sponsored by The Baltimore Science Fiction Society. A grant from the Heinlein Society funds half of the costs associated with the award and the family of the late author Dr. Yoji Kondo provides additional funding for the award.

The Robert A. Heinlein Award is a sterling silver medallion bearing the image of Robert A. Heinlein, as depicted by artist Arlin Robbins. The medallion is matched with a red-white-blue lanyard. In addition, the winner receives two lapel pins for use when a large medallion is impractical, and a plaque describing the award for home or office wall display.  

The Robert A. Heinlein Award selection committee consists of science fiction writers and was founded by Dr. Yoji Kondo, a long-time friend of Robert and Virginia Heinlein. Members of the original committee were approved by Virginia Heinlein. The current Chairman of the Selection Committee is Michael F. Flynn.

Virginia Heinlein authorized multiple awards in memory of her husband, other awards include the Heinlein Prize, which is fully funded by Virginia Heinlein’s estate, and a National Space Society award for volunteer projects.

More information on the Robert A. Heinlein Award, including past winners, can be found here. More information on Balticon can be found at www.balticon.org.

Vernor Vinge at the 16th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy in 2006.

[Based on a press release.]

2020 BAFTA Awards Nominees

Joker continued its surprising run of awards recognition by racking up 11 British Academy Film Awards nominations — more than any other work, including The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which each gathered 10.

Nominees of genre interest include Apollo 11 for Best Documentary, the scores by Hildur Gu?nadóttir for Joker and John Williams for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, and three of the Special Visual Effects nominees — Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, and Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.

The Animated Film nominees are Frozen 2, Klaus, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, and Toy Story 4.

The BAFTA awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 2. 

The full list of nominees follows the jump.

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