Hugo Award Finalist Announcement Scheduled

The official Hugo Awards site reports that CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, will announce the finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards and 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8 AM NZST.

In other time zones that is: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. British Summer Time; 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time; and 1:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

CoNZealand received Hugo Awards nominations from 1,584 people, and Retro Hugo Awards nominations from 120 people.

Information on how to watch the finalist announcement will be released by CoNZealand later.

14 thoughts on “Hugo Award Finalist Announcement Scheduled

  1. That’s a dismal showing for the Retro Hugos. I would have made it 121, but no one could figure out why my ballot link would not work (and several people looked into it, including a couple on the NZ committee). We’ll try again with the final ballot.

  2. Can’t wait to see the results.

    Agree that the Retro turnout is disappointing (I was able to nominate and did)

  3. The announcement is also now up on the CoNZealand site. They sent a single press release combining the base designer announcement with the information about the finalist announcement plans, but when I posted it to the Hugo Awards web site, I separated it into two posts to avoid “burying the lede” on either of them.

  4. I wish they would announce the nominees over the course of multiple days. It would give each day’s nominees more of the spotlight on social media.

  5. @Kevin Standlee

    They sent a single press release combining the base designer announcement

    Have photos or illustrations of the base design been released?

  6. I hope they take a page from Dublin and have multiple people announce the finalists, from different places. 🙂 I liked that (imperfect audio aside)!

    Possibly current restrictions would require those different places be many individual living rooms, but I believe NZ folks can still step outside, go on socially-distant walks, etc., right? So they could still have some fun with it without making it look like an awkward work meeting, hopefully. 😉

    Anyway, congrats to the soon-to-be-announced finalists! I put a fake meeting on my work calendar and set a reminder so I can listen/watch “live.” I’m going to guess it’ll take under an hour.

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  8. For context there were 217 Retro Hugo nominators last year and 204 the year before.

    (There were 1,800 regular Hugo nominators last year and 1,813 the year before.)

  9. bill on April 4, 2020 at 1:43 pm said:

    @Kevin Standlee

    They sent a single press release combining the base designer announcement

    Have photos or illustrations of the base design been released?

    No, nor would I expect there to be any. The trophy is typically not revealed until the Worldcon itself, either at the Opening Ceremony or at the Hugo Award Ceremony. Personally, I prefer revealing the trophy at the Opening Ceremony because it can then be on display all weekend and people can get a better look at it that way.

  10. @Goobergunch: Thanks for the counts of nominators from the last couple of years for context. 🙂

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