BAFTA Nominations

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominees for the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Categories with films of genre interest are listed below. The winners will be announced on February 12.

Animated Film

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Rango

Director

  • Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
  • Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
  • Martin Scorsese for Hugo
  • Tomas Alfredson for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Lynne Ramsay for We Need to Talk About Kevin

Original Screenplay

  • Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
  • Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig for Bridesmaids
  • John Michael McDonagh for The Guard
  • Abi Morgan for The Iron Lady
  • Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

Original Music

  • Ludovic Bource for The Artist
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Howard Shore for Hugo
  • Alberto Iglesias for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • John Williams for War Horse

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Missing Fossils Found

A collection of more than 300 fossils collected an examined by Charles Darwin have been found by Howard Falcon-Lang at the British Geological Survey after being lost for more than 150 years. The fossils included specimens collected by Darwin in the Galapagos as well as samples collected by Darwin’s colleagues, and were used to help Darwin formulate his theory of evolution.

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Munsey Award Renamed

Pulpfest has renamed the Munsey Award. The Munsey, previously named for nineteenth century publisher Frank Munsey, has been presented for efforts and ongoing involvement in the improvement, elevation, and continuance of keeping the pulps alive and well. In the future, the Award will be known as the Rusty Hevelin Service Award, after the fan who helped found Pulpfest, and who died in December. The first Rusty Hevelin Service Award will be presented at this year’s Pulpfest in Columbus, Ohio on the weekend of August 9.

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Damon Knight Grandmaster Recipient Announced

SFWA has announced that the recipient of the Damon Knight Grandmaster Award will be Connie Willis. Willis will be honored during the 2012 Nebula Award Weekend in Arlington, Virginia the weekend of May 17-20, 2012. Willis is the author of Remake, Bellwether, Passage, and other novels and short stories. She has won 11 Hugos and 7 Nebulas, including both awards for her novels Doomsday Book, All Clear, Blackout, and the short story “Even the Queen.”

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Obituary: Carlo Fruttero

Italian author Carlo Fruttero (b.1926) died on January 15. Much of his work was done in collaboration with Franco Lucentini and the two men edited the science fiction magazine Urania from 1964 through 1985. The men also wrote science fiction, humor, and other genres. From 1972 to 1975 they also edited the comic Il Mago.

Obituary: Howard Hopkins

Author Howard Hopkins (b.1961) died on January 12 while shoveling snow. Hopkins edited the anthology Dark Harbors and wrote the novels Night Demons, Grimm, and The Dark Riders. He wrote the The Nightmare Club series for children and has also written for comics.

Golden Globe Winners

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the winners of the Golden Globe Awards Awards on January 15. Categories with winnersof genre interest are listed below.

Movies

  • Best Director: Martin Scorsese Hugo
  • Best Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin
  • Best Screenplay: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

    Television

  • Best Supporting Actor, TV Series, Mini-Series, or Movie: Peter Dinklange in Game of Thrones

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  • Obituary: Barbara Stuart

    Actress Barbara Stuart (b.1930) died on May 15. Stuart appeared in episodes of several genre television shows, including Otherworld, The Twilight Zone, Out of This World, and Batman. She also appeared in the film Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills.

    Kitchies Shortlist Announced

    The Kraken Rum has announced the nominees for the 2011 Kitschies, presented for the most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre fiction. Winners will receive a cash prize, a trophy, and a bottle of Kraken Rum. The winners will be announced on February 3 at the SFX Weekender 3.

    Red Tentacle (Novel)

    • The Enterprise of Death, by Jesse Bullington
    • Embassytown, by China Miéville
    • A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
    • The Testament of Jessie Lamb, by Jane Rogers
    • Osama: A Novel, by Lavie Tidhar

    Golden Tentacle (Debut)

    • Among Thieves, by Douglas Hulick
    • God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
    • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
    • The Samaritan, by Fred Venturini

    Inky Tentacle (Cover art)

    • Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch; illustration by Stephen Walter, design by Patrick Knowles
    • The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan; design by Peter Mendelsund
    • The Prague Cemetery, by Umberto Eco; design by Suzanne Dean, illustration by John Spencer
    • Equations of Life, by Simon Morden; design by Lauren Panepinto
    • A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd; illustration by Jim Kay

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    Critics Choice Awards

    The Critics Choice Awards were presented on January 12 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Although The Artist and The Help dominated the awards, four films of genre interest did receive awards.

    • Best Animated Feature: Rango
    • Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
    • Best Makeup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    • Best Sound: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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