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Constellation Awards Fill The Saturn Void, Nominate Actual Sci-Fi

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Since most mainstream awards like the Oscars or the Golden Globes are biased against genre entertainment, we used to look to the Saturn Awards as a way to recognize great science fiction. This year though, as discussed previously on this site, the Satties dropped the ball and joined the Oscars in awarding Hollywood garbage. Maybe it’s time to look to the Constellation Awards instead.

The Constellation Awards are Canada’s awards for excellence in Science Fiction film and television. They’ve been running for six years and they’ve just announced their latest batch of nominees. They’re focused more on shows and actors with a connection to Canada, so that skews the results so much. But at least they’ve actually nominated science fiction.

These are the Constellation Award nominees for 2011’s best science fiction…

BEST SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SERIES OF 2011
Doctor Who
Eureka
Fringe
Game of Thrones
Stargate Universe
Supernatural
The Walking Dead

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION
Colin Fergusen, Eureka
Dan Payne, Divine: The Series
David Blue, Stargate Universe
Jim Beaver, Supernatural
Misha Collins, Supernatural
Robert Carlyle, Stargate Universe
Robin Dunne, Santuary

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN 2011 SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION
Alaina Huffman, Stargate Universe
Amanda Tapping, Sanctuary
Chasty Ballesteros, Divine: The Series
Karen Gillan, Doctor Who
Meaghan Rath, Being Human
Ming-Na, Stargate Universe
Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck

BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILM, TV MOVIE, OR MINISERIES
Another Earth
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Thor
X-Men: First Class

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN SCIENCE FICTION FILM, TV MOVIE, OR MINISERIES
Elle Fanning, Super 8
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hayley Atwell, Captain America: The First Avenger
Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class
Natalie Portman, Thor
Olivia Wilde, Cowboys & Aliens

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN SCIENCE FICTION FILM, TV MOVIE, OR MINISERIES
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Chris Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger
Chris Hemsworth, Thor
Daniel Craig, Cowboys & Aliens
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class
Ryan Reynolds, Green Lantern

BEST TECHNICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT IN A SCIENCE FICTION FILM OR TV PRODUCTION
Real Steel, Animatronic Effects
Sanctuary “Fugue”, Composition & Score
Stargate Universe, Music
Supernatural “Meet The New Boss”, Visual Effects
The Walking Dead, Special Effects Makeup

BEST OVERALL SCIENCE FICTION FILM OR TELEVISION SCRIPT
Being Erica, “Dr. Erica”
Fringe, “Subject 13”
Once Upon A Time, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”
Sanctuary, “Normandy”
Stargate Universe, “Twin Destinies”
Supernatural, “The French Mistake”
Thor

Outstanding Canadian Contribution To Science Fiction
InnerSPACE
Stargate Universe
Muse Entertainment For “Being Human”
Sanctuary
Shawn Levy Director, “Real Steel”
Supernatural

They get a couple of things wrong, probably due to their Canadian bent. For instance, Harry Potter is very clearly fantasy and not science fiction and thus should not be nominated. Also they missed the boat on the year’s best science fiction film, Attack the Block. But at least unlike the Saturn Awards the Constellation Awards didn’t overlook the best sci-fi show on television in Doctor Who.

Awards will be handed out on July 6, 2012.

Comments

  1. Pitchy says:

    Now this makes much more sense.  Tough calls on a few of these.

  2. Tom Combs says:

    How the hell can they give Doctor Who and Karen a nomination yet SNUBBING MATT SMITH??? WTF?

  3. Tom Combs says:

    How the hell can they give Doctor Who and Karen a nomination yet SNUBBING MATT SMITH??? WTF?

  4. These are great lists. Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Fringe are great shows, but what about Sanctuary? It’s better than Stargate Universe with no offense to Robert Carlyle who was the best talent on the show and he is currently the best on Once Upon A Time as Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin even though Once Upon A Time is yet another average show for his talent. Besides Robert Carlyle, Misha Collins and Jim Beaver brought quality acting to Supernatural; same goes for Amanda Tapping for Sanctuary, Ming-Na for Stargate Universe, and Karen Gillan for Doctor Who. If I had to pick one best actress for television, I tap Tapping for that. As for the best actor in film, James McAvoy did a great job as young Xavier.

    Yeah… Colin Ferguson or David Blue over Matt Smith? Rubbish.

  5. guest says:

    How Stargate Universe could be nominated for anything but the television equivalent of a Raspberry is beyond me.

    • JT says:

      How many episodes did you watch? It started off pretty rough but by the end it was getting really, really good.

    • Mike says:

      Uh, in the last episode they went into stasis and flung themselves into deep space.  How is that not awesome?

  6. Mikef110282 says:

    but Doctor Who is not Canadian, Its British

  7. JT says:

    How many episodes did you watch? It started off pretty rough but by the end it was getting really, really good.

  8. I’m so glad SGU got nominated for music. The score was just amazing. It really evoked an otherworldly feel, had almost a Vangelis Blade Runner feel to it.

  9. Andrew Reese says:

    Oh man, as much as I loved Twin Destinies or Subject 13, The French Mistake was gold.

  10. Hi there! Thanks for the article about us. Just one quick thing: Bear in mind that the nominations are via. an open nomination process. So if folks feel that something was missed, hey, that was the will of the Fans who submitted nominations this year. 🙂

    • Logic says:

      That’s why open nominations are a bad idea.  Attack the Block was the best movie of the year, but it didn’t get a huge marketing campaign so no one nominated it.  That means you are awarding whatever PR people spent the most money on more than what is actually good.  You should change your process next year. 

  11. David Keeley says:

    Glad to see SGU getting so many nominations.  Excellent show that fell victim to short-sightedness of the suits

    • I don’t think the suits are to blame as much for that one as the people that did nothing but boycott and bitch in every possible forum about the new direction.

      If I was a suit and I saw a constant stream of negativity concerning what was a safe bet IP I’d have second thoughts too.
      If you want to blame anyone, you can pin this one on the unreasoning rabid Stargate fanbase. Even the co-creator of the show called them out on it.

  12. B.f. Caffrey says:

    I’m disappointed that under Best Male Performance/Sci-Fi Television that Fringe’s John Noble didn’t get a nomination. His acting in portraying three different men — The eccentric Walter Bishop, the focused scientist Walter and the alternate universe “Walternate” shows great ability. 

  13. Rhondarat says:

    Their website explains the nomination process. The nominee list is not selected by the awards committee. The list is determined by the number of nominations received from the public. If your favourite TV show, movie, or actor is not on the list, it’s because you didn’t nominate them!

    • Rhondarat says:

      PS winners are also chosen by the public, not the committee, so if you want your favourite to win, VOTE!

  14. nn says:

    Yvonne in it. Great!

  15. Владимир Иванов says:

    SGU rules! Yeah!