It was announced through several science-fiction conventions (likely reaching more people there than who actually participated in the nominations), but the Hugo Award nominations are out. And at the top of the list once again? “Doctor Who.”
The British series, now in its 50th year, received three nominations in Best Dramatic Presentation. They included “The Angels Take Manhattan” from Steven Moffat and director Nick Hurran, “Asylum of the Daleks” — also by Moffat and Hurran — and “The Snowmen” by Moffat and director Saul Metzstein.
“Doctor Who” stepped aside lone enough to also nominate the “Fringe” episode “Letters of Transit” from J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner and director Joe Chappelle. Also getting just a single nomination was the “Game of Thrones” episode “Blackwater” from George R.R. Martin and director Neil Marshall.
In the Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) category, the third highest-grossing film of all time earned a nomination. “The Avengers” from Joss Whedon is on that list, as well as another one of Whedon’s projects, “The Cabin in the Woods,” which he wrote with the film’s director Drew Goddard. Also up is “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” from Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, as well as “The Hunger Games,” written by Suzanne Collins with screenplay and direction by Gary Ross.
Rounding out that list is “Looper,” written and directed by Rian Johnson, a film that didn’t make a huge impact at the box office, but was one of the more critically acclaimed entries.
The nominees were decided by 1,343 nominating ballots from those who buy memberships to the Worldcon conventions held by the World Science Fiction Society.
Winners will be announced Sept. 1 at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st Worldcon, in San Antonio.