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'Game Of Thrones' Conquers With 4 Portal Awards

'Supernatural,' 'The Avengers' grab two each in balanced year

Next week, HBO's "Game of Thrones" will find out how it will do against other non-genre shows at the Primetime Emmys. But at least for now, it has something else it can cheer about: Four Portal Award wins, including its second consecutive Best Series/Television.

The winners of the 2012 Airlock Alpha Portal Awards were announced over the weekend on Alpha Waves Radio. And a most unlikely actress helped lead the HBO series to full victory: child actor Maisie Williams.

Williams, who turned 15 last April, is the youngest actress since the Portal Awards started in 1999 to win Best Supporting Actress/Television. The youngest before her was Summer Glau, who won the award in 2009 for "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" when she was in her late 20s.

Williams plays Arya Stark in the fantasy series from author George R.R. Martin, the daughter of the late Ned Stark who is posing as a boy to elude the Lannisters. Williams also won for Best Young Actor, replacing regular Daniel Radcliffe in that category who has won it four times in the past.

Also winning a Portal Awards trophy was Lena Headey, who plays the queen mother, Cersei Lannister, in the Best Actress/Television category, beating out last year's winner, "Fringe's" Anna Torv. This is Headey's second Portal Awards win, last recognized for her work as Queen Gorgo in "300" in 2007.

"Supernatural" continues to dominate the Portal Awards with two wins in the acting category. Misha Collins won for Best Special Guest/Television for his work in the episode "Survival of the Fittest" while star Jensen Ackles won his third Best Actor/Television trophy over a very strong field that included Matt Smith from "Doctor Who," Peter Dinklage from "Game of Thrones," Eddie McClintock from "Warehouse 13" and Andrew Lincoln from "The Walking Dead."

On the movie side, "The Avengers" took Best Movie as well as Best Actor/Movie, where Robert Downey Jr. won his second Portal Award. Also winning a film award was Emma Watson for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." This is the second consecutive year Watson has won the award, and was her fourth time winning that category overall, first winning in 2006 for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." In all, Watson has won five Portal Awards, including one in 2006 for Best Young Actor.

"Doctor Who" and "Sherlock" showrunner Steven Moffat won this year's Roddenberry Award honoring lifetime achievement, while "The X-Files" won its first award since being named Best Series/Television in 1999 with the Rod Serling Award, honoring classic science-fiction.

Thousands of people voted in a ballot which they were allowed to cast once per day for 30 days between June 25 and July 25. Nominees were selected by an international nominating committee based on work that took place between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.

BEST ACTOR/Television
JENSEN ACKLES, "SUPERNATURAL"
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Andrew Lincoln, "The Walking Dead"
Eddie McClintock, "Warehouse 13"
Matt Smith, "Doctor Who"

BEST ACTRESS/Television
Karen Gillan, "Doctor Who"
LENA HEADEY, "GAME OF THRONES"
Joanne Kelly, "Warehouse 13"
Amanda Tapping, "Sanctuary"
Anna Torv, "Fringe"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/Television
Robert Carlyle, "Once Upon a Time"
Arthur Darvill, "Doctor Who"
Aidan Gillen, "Game of Thrones"
JOHN NOBLE, "FRINGE"
Saul Rubinek, "Warehouse 13"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS/Television
Michelle Fairley, "Game of Thrones"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
Lana Parrilla, "Once Upon a Time"
Allison Scagliotti, "Warehouse 13"
MAISIE WILLIAMS, "GAME OF THRONES"

BEST EPISODE/Television
A GOOD MAN GOES TO WAR, "DOCTOR WHO"
Brave New World, "Fringe"
Emily Lake, "Warehouse 13"
Ghost of Harrenhal, "Game of Thrones"
Slash Fiction, "Supernatural"

BEST SPECIAL GUEST/Television
MISHA COLLINS, "SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST," SUPERNATURAL
Alex Kingston, “Let’s Kill Hitler,” Doctor Who
Jaime Murray, “Emily Lake,” Warehouse 13
Leonard Nimoy, “Brave New World,” Fringe
Zachary Quinto, “Open House,” American Horror Story

BEST SERIES/Television
Doctor Who
Fringe
GAME OF THRONES
Supernatural
Warehouse 13

BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Taissa Farmiga, "American Horror Story"
Jack Gleeson, "Game of Thrones"
Connor Jessup, "Falling Skies"
David Mazouz, "Touch"
MAISIE WILLIAMS, "GAME OF THRONES"

BEST MOVIE
THE AVENGERS
Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Hunger Games
X-Men: First Class

BEST ACTOR/Movie
ROBERT DOWNEY JR., "THE AVENGERS"
Michael Fassbender, "X-Men: First Class"
Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
Mark Ruffalo, "The Avengers"
Andy Serkis, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

BEST ACTRESS/Movie
Hayley Atwell, "Captain America: The First Avenger"
Scarlett Johansson, "The Avengers"
January Jones, "X-Men: First Class"
Jennifer Lawrence, "The Hunger Games"
EMMA WATSON, "HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2"

GENE RODDENBERRY AWARD
Edgar Rice Burroughs
DeForest Kelley
George R.R. Martin
STEVEN MOFFAT
Elisabeth Sladen

ROD SERLING AWARD
Dark Shadows
Farscape
Quantum Leap
Twin Peaks
THE X-FILES

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Michael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus and is a veteran print journalist. He lives in Tampa, Fla.
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