Hypothetical Hugo Ballot, Pt1


First off, I am not eligible to vote on the Hugos. I am not a member of this year’s Worldcon, or of last or next years’ Worldcons. So what follows is completely hypothetical. It’s also extremely incomplete, as there are currently only two categories where I’ve seen all the nominees. The choice of verb “seen” should make the categories obvious. What follows, then, is my completely hypothetical ballot for the Hugo Awards for Dramatic Presentation.

Short Form:

  1. Fringe, “Letters of Transit”
  2. Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”
  3. No Award

Damn, that’s a grumpy ballot, isn’t it. First, I want to say that I fully expect Blackwater to win the Hugo. I would even go so far as to say it should win the Hugo. However, it’s a shame that Fringe, one of the best science fiction shows on network television since The X-Files, went its entire run earning only one Hugo nomination. Which means it’s currently tied with the sitcom Community. So I can’t pass up my one and only opportunity to vote for it, even if hypothetically.

As for the No Award, that’s equal parts honesty and grumpiness. I do not believe that the three Doctor Who episodes are Hugo-worthy. It was a weak season for the show overall, and that just adds to my general dissatisfaction that the show continues its domination of the Hugo nominations. I’ve expressed my thoughts in depth on this subject before, so I’ll leave things with only a link to that post. But…well, yeah, I’m disappointed to see three weak Who episodes nominated when so much fantastic science fiction is televised and ignored on the Hugo shortlists. And so many sub-90 minute movies are seemingly ignored by the confusing way the dramatic form category is split by length rather than media. Which itself has been ignored and–oh, just go read that other post before I copy and paste it all in here.

Long Form:

  1. Cabin in the Woods
  2. Looper
  3. Avengers
  4. The Hunger Games
  5. The Hobbit

I’ll be honest, I considered No Award at #5 here. The problems with The Hobbit are legion, most boiling down to the decision to make three movies instead of just two. It’s a mess, and I don’t think it’s one of the five best genre movies released in 2012. However, I’m less grumpy than I am about short form, so it still lands on the ballot. As for the top half of the ballot? First, I expect the true race here is between Looper and Avengers, with Cabin a dark horse at best. And, in spite my ballot, I’ll say Looper should win and Avengers will win. However, of the five nominees, Cabin was my favorite, not just for the entertainment value of the movie, but for delving deeper into the horror genre and ripping it apart. I think that kind of deconstruction of genre earns some bonus points. In this case, breaking the near tie between it and Looper in my mind.

Now, I’ll say my wife disagrees and would flip the top two on this list, but agrees that Avengers was great, Hunger Games merely good, and The Hobbit we were both damn glad we skipped in theaters.

There’s just over 24 hours left to cast ballots, so for those more fortunate than myself, those who can cast actual ballots rather than hypothetical ones…go do it! And if you don’t agree with my dramatic presentation rankings, go ahead and leave something in the comments.

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