The British Fantasy Society has announced that the 2012 British Fantasy Awards will be selected by a panel of five judges in a break with tradition. The panel will be presented with a shortlist of four nominees determined by BFS members and may add an additional work to the ballot. The judges include James Barclay, Hal Duncan, Maura McHugh, Esther Sherman, and Damien G. Walter.
British actress Marion Mathie (b.1925) died on January 20. Best known for her role as “She Who Must Be Obeyed” (a.k.a. Hilda Rumpole) on Rumpole of the Bailey, she also portrayed Susan Wyse on Mapp and Lucia. She appeared in the horror film Dracula Has Risen from the Grave and an episode of the television series Adam Adamant Lives!.
Swedish fan Christoffer Schander (b.1960) died on February 20. Schander published the fanzines Semikolon A & B and I väntan på PEP and was active in the APA Efterapa. In 1981, he helped run Regncon. In 2011, he was named director of Bergen’s University Museum.
The winners of the Galileo Awards 2012 were announced on February 26. The Galileo Awards are presented in Romania by Galileo Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine, whose subscribers select the winners. In addition, the magazine’s staff selects a lifetime achievement award winner. The awards will be presented on March 18 at the Final Frontier II Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Fair in Bucharest. Each award comes with a prize of 500 lei and a trophy.
- Best F&SF Book Award: Demnet, by Dan Dobos
- Best F&SF Short Fiction Award: “Povestea Lui Calistrat Hadimbu Din Vizireni, Ucis Miseleste de Nenicul Raul Colentina Intr-un han de la Marginea Bucurestilor,” (“The story of Calistrat Hadimbu from Vizireni, cowardly killed by master Raul Colentina in an inn on the outskirts of Bucharest”) by Michael Haulica
- Best F&SF Anthology Award: Steampunk: A Doua Revolutie, edited by Adrian Craciun
- Lifetime Achievement: Liviu Radu
Author Mark Bourne (b.1961) died on February 25 after suffering an heart attack. Bourne published his first short story, “Brokedown,” in 1993 and published another ten stories in the years since. He also worked writing shows for both the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester, NY and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, the latter of which included two Star Trek themed shows.
Normally presented on the evening before the Oscars, this year’s Golden Raspberries won’t be presented until April 1. Because of this delay, the nominees were announced on the evening before the Oscars. Adam Sandler received 11 Razzie nominations, more than doubling the previous record for most nominations in one year, set by Eddie Murphy in 2008, with a mere five.
- Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
- Jack & Jill
- New Year’s Eve
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon
- Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
- Russell Brand in Arthur
- Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry 3-D, Season of the Witch, and Trespass
- Taylor Lautner in Abduction and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
- Adam Sandler in Jack & Jill and Just Go with It
- Nick Swardson in Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
- Martin Lawrence (as “Momma”) in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
- Sarah Palin in Sarah Palin: THe Undefeated
- Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don’t Know How She Does It and New Year’s Eve
- Adam Sandler (as “Jill”) in Jack & Jill
- Kristen Stewart in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
Worst Supporting Actor
- Patrick Dempsey in Transformers: Dark of the Moon
- James Franco in Your Highness
- Ken Jeong in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Hangover, Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Zookeeper
- Al Pacino (as “Al Pacino”) in Jack & Jill
- Nick Swardson in Jack & Jill and Just Go with It
Worst Supporting Actress
- Katie Holmes in Jack & Jill
- Brandon T. Jackson (as “Charmaine”) in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
- Nicole Kidman in Just Go with It
- David Spade (as “Monica”) in Jack & Jill
- The Underwear Model (a.k.a. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) in Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Worst Screen Ensemble
- The Entire Cast of Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
- The Entire Cast of Jack & Jill
- The Entire Cast of New Year’s Eve
- The Entire Cast of Transformers: Dark of the Moon
- The Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
- Michael Bay for Transformers: Dark of the Moon
- Tom Brady for Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
- Bill Condon for Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
- Dennis Dugan for Jack & Jill and Just Go with It
- Garry Marshall for New Year’s Eve
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
- Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (Rip-Off of Boogie Nights and A Star Is Born)
- Hangover, Part 2 (Both a Sequel and a Remake!)
- Jack & Jill (Remake/Rip-Off of Ed Woods’s GLen or Glenda)
- Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
Worst Screen Couple
- Nicoloas Cage and Anyone Sharing the Screen with Him in Any of His Three 2011 Movies
- Shia LeBeouf and The Underwear Model (a.k.a. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) in Trannies #3
- Adam Sandler and either Jennifer Aniston or Brooklyn Decker in Just Go with It
- Adam Sandler and either Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, or Adam Sandler in Jack & Jill
- Kristen Stewart and either Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
- Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, by Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, and Nick Swardson
- Jack & Jill, by Steve Koren & Adam Sandler
- New Year’s Eve, by Katherine Fugate
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon, by Ehren Kruger
- Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I, by Melissa Rosenberg
The Academy of Motion Picture Ares and Sciences presented the Oscars on February 26. A full list of genre winners appears below.
- Animated Feature: Rango
- Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
- Written, Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
- Art Direction: Hugo, Dante Ferretti (Production Design), Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration)
- Achievement in Cinematography: Hugo, Robert Richardson
- Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song): “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
- Achievement in Sound Editing: Hugo, Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
- Achievement in Sound Mixing: Hugo, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
- Achievement in Visual Effects: Hugo, Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman, and Alex Henning
In addition, it should be noted that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on a novel by Swedish fan Stieg Larsson, received an Oscar for Achievement in Film Editing.
Fan Kathryn Daugherty (b.1950) died on February 24 following a two-year battle with cancer. Daugherty was a long-time con-runner who chaired Conolulu, the 2000 Westercon, and worked numerous other conventions, local, regional, and global. She stepped in at the last minute to run autographing tables at Chicon 2000. She was the fan guest of honor at Baycon 2001 and Loscon 31. A memorial service will be held for her on Maui.
At Boskone 49, the weekend of February 17-19, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. The Gaughan Award is presented to an emerging artist and no winner was announced this year. In addition, a new Fellow of NESFA was named.
Skylark Award: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Gaughan Award: no winner announced
Fellow of NESFA: Bob Devney
Actress Elyse Knox (b.1917) died on February 16. Knox portrayed Isobel Evans in The Mummy’s Tomb, her only genre and her highest profile role. She retired in 1949, after a twelve year career, to focus on raising her children, both actors, Mark Harmon and Kristin Nelson.