Television was triumphant at the 2012 Hugo Awards. Winners for the science fiction and fantasy awards were announced in a ceremony on Sunday night. Though a lot of the ceremony was devoted to written sci-fi and fantasy, both dramatic presentation awards were nabbed by television shows.
For Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form, Doctor Who was nominated a staggering three times (as it was last year), for the series 6 episodes "The Doctor's Wife," "A Good Man Goes to War," and "The Girl Who Waited." Community also snagged a nod for its "Remedial Chaos Theory" episode, while, bafflingly, an acceptance speech from last year's Hugo Awards was also nominated. In the end, "The Doctor's Wife" won out. Neil Gaiman, who wrote the episode, was on hand to receive the award. Remarking that Community was “a spin-off of the Doctor Who-inspired show Inspector Spacetime," Gaiman added that Doctor Who teaches viewers "what it is to be bigger on the inside." On Twitter, Gaiman's only comment was, "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrghhhhh!!!!!!!!!"
Immediately after that, the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form was presented, and interestingly enough, it also went to a television show. The nominees were Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo (har har), Source Code, and, interestingly, Game of Thrones season 1. Instead of being nominated for a particular episode, the season was nominated as a whole. It beat out the other nominees, and the award was accepted on behalf of HBO by Ron Donachie, who played Sir Rodrik Cassel for the first two seasons. Creator George R.R. Martin was also on hand, and remarked, “The show is a faithful adaptation of my books. I love it.” We do too, George.
Last year, Doctor Who won the Dramatic Presentation - Short Form award for "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang." Also nominated were "A Christmas Carol" and "Vincent and the Doctor."
Doctor Who just kicked off its seventh series Saturday with the premiere episode "Asylum of the Daleks." The second episode of the series, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship," will premiere next Saturday on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. It's rumored that Gaiman will pen another episode of the long-running British series for next year.
Game of Thrones season 3 will premiere March 31, 2013, on HBO.