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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.

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