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'Game Of Thrones,' Whedon Win Big At Hugos

George R.R. Martin calls this a 'golden age' of sci-fi, fantasy

After its entire first season won a Hugo, "Game of Thrones" returned to the stage to pick up its second award, this time for the episode "Blackwater," as the World Science Fiction Society handed out its annual awards at Lone Star Con 3 in San Antonio.

"Blackwater" was written by George R.R. Martin and directed by Neil Marshall, and was competing in the Best Dramatic Presentation-Short Form category. Martin accepted the award, and was joined on stage by Rory McCann, who plays Sandor "The Hound" Clegane in the HBO series.

Martin thanked all those who supported him, including his wife Parris McBride, and fellow writer Howard Waldrop. Martin called this a "golden age" of science-fiction and fantasy television, and he hopes more shows are nominated in the future.

This was Martin's sixth Hugo win. "Blackwater" beat out three episodes of "Doctor Who" -- "Asylum of the Daleks," "The Angels Take Manhattan" and "The Snowmen" -- as well as "Letters of Transit" from the Fox series "Fringe."

Also winning a Hugo this year was "The Avengers," written and directed by Joss Whedon, which won its award in Best Dramatic Presentation-Long Form. Accepting for Whedon was fan writer Steven Silver, who read a note sent by Whedon saying he was grateful for his two nominations this year, and the win -- Whedon's third. In the past, Whedon has won Hugos for "Serenity" and "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."

Other nominees in the category included "Cabin in the Woods," also from Whedon as well as Drew Goddard, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "The Hunger Games" and "Looper."

Hugo winners in other categories included "Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas" by John Scalzi for Best Novel; "The Emperor's Soul" by Brandon Sanderson for Best Novella; "The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi" by Pat Cadigan for Best Novelette; "Mono No Aware" by Ken Liu for Best Short Story; and "Saga, Vol. 1" by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples for Best Graphic Story.

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Juan Sanmiguel is a special correspondent to Airlock Alpha, typically providing coverage at the various WorldCon events.
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