Some Hugo nominations, part one

With less than a week until Hugo nominations close, I thought I’d share some of my nominations. I actually have strong feelings about some of the categories (Best Dramatic Long Form), and I am quite excited by the chance to recognize some of the best work in speculative fiction going by the Young Adult category.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form – A year in which Hollywood blockbusters were unusually strong on the SFF front means a difficult year to narrow things down. I don’t watch a lot of TV, which makes it easier.

  • Wonder Woman, dir. Patty Jenkins
  • Get Out, dir. Jordan Peele
  • Colossal, dir. Nacho Vigalondo – One of my favorite movies of 2017, its savvy use of genre tropes to present an indictment of toxic masculinity and to elevate a female character whose likability is questionable at best deserves all the accolades.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, dir. Rian Johnson – Normally a Star Wars nom would be automatic and humdrum, but with all the drama from certain corners of the internet over this film having female characters and expanding our understanding of the Force once again, this one is worth mentioning specifically, not least because it subverts all of the other Star Wars films (except maybe Rogue One) beautifully.
  • Kimi no na wa (Your Name), dir. Makoto Shinkai – Made eligible for this year by special resolution, this isn’t my favorite of Shinkai’s films, but it’s definitely the one that struck a cord in people, maybe because it’s the only one with a happy ending. It deserves recognition by the Hugos, unquestionably.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form – A strong year for genre TV means a lot of trouble narrowing things down. Star Trek: Discovery features on this list twice as I try to split my nominations between episodes I think will get a critical mass and those which are better standalone TV.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred”
  • Star Trek: Discovery, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”
  • Star Trek: Discovery, “What’s Past Is Prologue”
  • The Good Place, “The Trolley Problem”