2019 Producers Guild Awards Nominees

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the motion picture and television nominations for the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 4. The full list is at the link.

The winners will be announced January 19 in Los Angeles. At the event, the Producers Guild will also present special honors to Toby Emmerich (Milestone Award), Kevin Feige (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Kenya Barris (Visionary Award), and Jane Fonda (Stanley Kramer Award).

The 2019 nominees of genre interest follow: 

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • “Black Panther”
    Producer: Kevin Feige
  •  “A Quiet Place”
    Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”
    Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
  • “Incredibles 2”
    Producers: John Walker, Nicole Grindle
  • “Isle of Dogs”
    Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
    Producer: Clark Spencer
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
    Producers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama:

  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season 2)
    Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Mike Barker, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Kira Snyder, Yahlin Chang, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Dorothy Fortenberry, Margaret Atwood, Ron Milbauer

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy:

  • “The Good Place” (Season 3)
    Producers: Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, Joe Mande, Megan Amram, David Hyman, Jen Statsky

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures:

  • “Fahrenheit 451”
    Producers: Sarah Green, Ramin Bahrani, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, David Coatsworth
  • “Sense8: Together Until the End”
    Producers: *EligibilityDetermination Pending*

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

  • “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Season 2)
  • “Teen Titans Go!” (Season 4)

Golden Tomato Awards 2018

Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregation site, has announced the 20th Annual Golden Tomato Awards which honor the best-reviewed movies and TV shows of 2018.

Best Movies/TV

Wide Release: Black Panther
Limited Release: Roma
Directorial Debut: A Star Is Born
Spanish-Language: Roma
Australia: Sweet Country
United KingdomPaddington 2
Best New TV Show: Homecoming
Best Returning TV Show: Atlanta

Movies by Genre

Best Action/Adventure Movie 2018: Mission: Impossible -Fallout
Best Animated Movie 2018: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Comedy 2018Eighth Grade
Best Comic Book/Graphic Novel Movie 2018: Black Panther
Best Documentary 2018: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Drama 2018: BlacKkKlansman
Best Foreign-Language Movie 2018: Roma
Best Horror Movie 2018: A Quiet Place
Best Kids & Family Movie 2018: Paddington 2
Best Musical/Music Movie 2018A Star Is Born
Best Romance Movie 2018: Crazy Rich Asians
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie 2018: Sorry to Bother You
Best Thriller 2018Widows
Best Western 2018: The Rider

TV by Genre

Best TV Comedy 2018: Barry
Best Comedy Special 2018: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
Best Docuseries 2018: America to Me
Best TV Drama 2018: Cobra Kai
Best TV Horror 2018: The Terror
Best Miniseries, Limited Series & Anthology TV Show 2018: Sharp Objects
Best TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy 2018: Doctor Who
Best Superhero TV Show 2018: Daredevil
Best TV Thriller, Mystery & Suspense 2018: Homecoming
Best TV Movie 2018: The Tale

Call For 2019 Rhysling Award Nominations

The Science Fiction Poetry Association members have until February 15 to nominate eligible poems for addition to the Rhysling Award longlist.

Poems already recommended are listed here. (More will be added as nominations come in.)

The Rhyslings were first established in 1978, named for the blind poet Rhysling in Robert A. Heinlein’s short story “The Green Hills of Earth.” Rhysling’s skills were said to rival Rudyard Kipling’s. In real life, Apollo 15 astronauts named a crater near their landing site “Rhysling,” which has since become its official name. Winning works are regularly reprinted in the Nebula Awards Anthology from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Rhysling Awards are considered in the speculative literature field to be the poetry equivalent of the awards given for prose— achievement awards given to poets by the writing peers of their own field of literature.

David C. Kopaska-Merkel is the 2019 Rhysling Award chair.

BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019 Shortlist

The BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019 shortlist is light on items of genre interest.

Up for Best Actor are Derek Jacobi for The War Master 1.1 Beneath the Viscoid, a Doctor Who story from Big Finish Productions, and David Tennant in Wild Honey, a play by Chekov. Two contenders for Best Actress, nominated for non-sff roles, also have past connections to Doctor Who, Eve Myles and Mandeep Dhillon. Lastly, a production of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys is a nominee for Best Use of Sound.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House London on the evening of Sunday, February 3.

The complete shortlist follows the jump.

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2019 Critics’ Choice Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association presented the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards winners in Santa Monica, CA on January 13.

Sff movies made a weak showing – Black Panther won only two of the 11 awards it was up for, Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design. In two genre-dominated specialty categories, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie went to the post-apocalyptic horror film A Quiet Place, and Best Animated Feature was won by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

On the TV side genre was almost entirely shut out, apart from Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner Thandie Newton (Westworld).

The complete list of winners follows the jump.

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2019 Annie Awards Nominees

The finalists for the 46th Annie Awards have been announced by The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood.

At the awards ceremony to be held February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the following special awards also will be presented:

  • Winsor McCay Awards for lifetime achievement will go to Ralph Eggleston, Frank Braxton (posthumously) and Andrea Romano.
  • The June Foray Award will be presented to Adam Burke (posthumously).
  • The Ub Iwerks Award will be accepted by Ton Roosendaal for Blender open source animation software.
  • A Certificate of Merit will be presented to ASIFA volunteer Jason Jones. 

There are 32 awards categories – the list of finalists follows the jump.

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2019 D.I.C.E. Awards Finalists

God of War

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the nominees for its 22nd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards on January 10.

Fifty-six games from 2018 received a nomination. God of War picked up 12 total nominations, followed by Marvel’s Spider-Man with 11, Red Dead Redemption 2with eight and indie title Return of the Obra Dinn with six.

Finalists for the top honor, Game of the Year, are: God of War, Into the Breach, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Return of the Obra Dinn

Academy members began general voting for the awards on January 11.  The winners will be revealed at the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 13.

Honored this year as a Hall of Fame inductee will be Bonnie Ross, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries.

Following is the full list of nominees:

Game of the Year

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • God of War
  • GRIS
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Moss
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • GRIS
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Kassandra)
  • God of War (Atreus)
  • God of War (Kratos)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Arthur Morgan)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Forgotton Anne
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Tetris Effect

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Battlefield V
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Moss

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Florence
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Battlefield V
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Action Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Celeste
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Family Game of the Year

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • LEGO DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Unravel Two

Fighting Game of the Year

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball Fighter Z
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • F1 2018
  • Wreckfest

Role-Playing Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 19
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • MLB The Show 18

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Bad North
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach
  • Northgard
  • RimWorld

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders
  • Tónandi
  • Torn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Moss
  • Sprint Vector
  • Transference

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Into the Breach
  • Minit
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Portable Game of the Year

  • Dandara
  • Donut County
  • Dragalia Lost
  • Florence
  • Oddmar

Online Game of the Year

  • Fortnite
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Laser League
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Sea of Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Subnautica

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Florence
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

2019 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The 2019 Philip K. Dick Award nominees as selected by the judges were announced January 12 by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. First prize and any special citations will be revealed on Friday, April 19, at Norwescon 42 in SeaTac, Washington.

  • TIME WAS by Ian McDonald (Tor.com)
  • THE BODY LIBRARY by Jeff Noon (Angry Robot)
  • 84K by Claire North (Orbit)
  • ALIEN VIRUS LOVE DISASTER: STORIES by Abbey Mei Otis (Small Beer Press)
  • THEORY OF BASTARDS by Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions)
  • AMBIGUITY MACHINES AND OTHER STORIES by Vandana Singh (Small Beer Press)

The annual Philip K. Dick Award recognizes 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 Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The 2018 judges are Madeline Ashby, Brian Attebery, Christopher Brown, Rosemary Edghill, and Jason Hough (chair).

2018 Stabby Awards

Reddit’s r/Fantasy group has chosen the winners of the 2018 Stabby Awards.
















2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominees

The Costume Designers Guild announced its 2019 awards nominees in film and television categories. Winners will be revealed at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 19.

The full slate of nominees is at Variety. Those of genre interest are listed below:

Excellence in Period Film
“Mary Poppins Returns” (Sandy Powell)

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
“Aquaman” (Kym Barrett)
“Avengers: Infinity War” (Judianna Makovsky)
“Black Panther” (Ruth E. Carter)
“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (Jenny Beavan)
“A Wrinkle in Time” (Paco Delgado)

Excellence in Period Television
“The Alienist” (Michael Kaplan)
“The Man in the High Castle” (Catherine Adair)
“Outlander” (Nina Ayres & Terry Dresbach)

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television
“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” (Paula Bradley & Lou Eyrich)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Ane Crabtree)
“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Cynthia Summers)
“Star Trek: Discovery” (Gersha Phillips)
“Westworld” (Sharen Davis)

Career Achievement (previously announced)

Ruth E. Carter