For the 11th time in 12 years, I get to say the magic words:
The 2010 Portal Awards are now officially underway. There are 75 nominees in 15 categories waiting to get your vote right now at our official ballot.
“Doctor Who” leads this year’s nominations with six including Best Actor/Television for David Tennant and Best Series/Television. Not far behind are Fox’s “Fringe” and the now-ended ABC phenomenon “Lost” with five nominations each. The “Doctor Who” spinoff “Torchwood” has four nominations.
So who will end up with our annual award? That’s a question you get to decide. Come back to vote once per day for 30 days (that is, until July 25) and support your favorite actors, television shows, website, movies and more. Let your friends know through e-mail, on your blogs, on message boards, through Twitter … anywhere to remind them each day to get out and vote.
Yes, we have tens of thousands of voters each year, but you have no idea how many times we’ve had winners who edged out runners up by a handful of votes.
This year’s list is very interesting, especially because it’s the first since 2005 to not be dominated by “Battlestar Galactica.” And while the nominating committee spends weeks, if not months, discussing who to nominate, even their favorites don’t always win. These are fan awards through and through, and that’s why they’ve been so popular for so long.
Tennant might be the highest vote-getter for a nominee ever from a nominating committee, but he has some very tough competition in the Best Actor/Television category. John Barrowman really moved a lot of viewers to tears in the “Torchwood” miniseries “Children of Earth.” Matthew Fox did the same, especially in his final scenes of “Lost.”
And then you have Zachary Levi from “Chuck” and Eddie McClintock from “Warehouse 13,” both talented actors who give us great big smiles while watching them bring fascinating characters to life.
It’s a battle to the end, and if you want to see your favorites win, then get out there and campaign! You have only 30 days to do it, so get voting and get the word out!
Just some quick trivia about the Portal Awards over the years.
* The awards started in 1999, and were originally called the SyFy Genre Awards, after the name of our site at the time, SyFy World (and later SyFy Portal).
* More than 1 million votes have been cast over the years.
* Ben Browder, Claudia Black, James Marsters, Amy Acker, Jeri Ryan, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Kate Mulgrew are all tied for the most Portal Awards wins with three each. If Daniel Radcliffe wins Best Young Actor, he could become the most winningest actor in Portal Awards history with four.
* Nine other people — Avery Brooks, Robert Picardo, Johnny Depp, Patrick Stewart, Liv Tyler, Hayden Panettiere, Jensen Ackles, Michael Emerson and Scarlett Pomers — have two Portal Awards each. Only Depp of that group is nominated this year (for Best Actor/Movie for “Alice in Wonderland”), and if he wins, could join the elite group of three-time award winners.
* Believe it or not, despite all of its nominations over the years, “Battlestar Galactica” has only won two awards — Best Series/Television in 2007 and and Best Actress/Television for Mary McDonnell in 2008.
* “Star Trek: Voyager” has the most wins with 18 awards. A distant second is “Farscape,” which includes its television movie, and has a total of eight wins. “Angel” has seven wins and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has six wins, tied with “Stargate SG-1.” “Firefly” and “Supernatural” have five wins and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” has four wins.
* In all, 56 people — excluding those receiving the Gene Roddenberry award — have received genre awards over the years. Twenty television shows have also been honored in different ways.
So get voting! Find your ballot by clicking here.