Obituary: Kathy Thornton

Texas fan Kathy Thornton (b.1957) died on January 16. Thornton was one of the founding members of Con-Troll in Houston and worked on Texas NASFiCs and Worldcons. She served on the Gallifreyan Consulate. In 2005, she was the fan Guest of Honor at Apollocon.

Obituary: Bill Baldwin

Author Merl “Bill” Baldwin, Jr. (b.1935) died on October 14. Baldwin wrote “The Helmsman” series, beginning in 1985 and continuing through eight books, ending with The Turning Tide in 2011. He also wrote the stand-alone novels Canby’s Legion and The Enigma Strategy.

Obituary: David G. Hartwell

Editor David G. Hartwell (b.1941) died on January 20 following a brain hemorrhage the day before. Hartwell served as an editor at Tor Books and at various times edited for several other publishers, including the creation of the Timescape line for Simon and Schuster. He was the publisher of The New York Review of Science Fiction and edited numerous anthologies, including Northern Stars, Northern Suns, Visions of Wonder, The Science Fiction Century, Ascent of Wonder, Space Opera Renaissance, and Ages of Wonder. His anthologies and the NYRSF often started industry-wide conversations. Hartwell was awarded three editing Hugos, two World Fantasy Awards, and was the Guest of Honor at the 2009 Worldcon, Anticipation. He was the founder and, for many years, the driving force behind the World Fantasy Con.

ApolloCon Cancelled

The Houston Science Fiction Association (HSFA) has announced that they will not be hosting ApolloCon this year. The website does not provide a reason for the cancellation or indicate if ApolloCon will be held in the future, although it does note that HSFA will continue to hold events for its members.
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Hartwell Suffers Stroke

Tor editor David G. Hartwell suffered a stroke on the afternoon of January 19. He is currently in the hospital in critical condition.

Libertarian SF Hall of Fame Nominees

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the short list for this year’s Hall of Fame nominees.

  • Manna, a novel by Lee Corey (1984)
  • Courtship Rite, a novel by Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
  • The Island Worlds, a novel by Eric Kotani and John Maddox Roberts (1987)
  • A Mirror for Observers, a novel by Edgar Pangborn (1954)

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Critics’ Choice Awards

The Critics’ Choice Awards were presented on January 17. Mad Max: Fury Road had led the nominations with 13 and also led the winners, taking the award in 9 categories. The only other genre films to win were Inside Out and Ex Machina

Motion Picture Winners

  • Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Production Design: Colin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Editing: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Costume Design: Jenny Bevan, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Hair & Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
  • Best Action Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Actor in an Action Movie: Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Actress in an Action Movie: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Ex Machina

Television Winners

  • Best Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Best Drama Series: Mr. Robot
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Genius Award: Industrial Light & Magic

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Obituary: Robert Banks Stewart

Screenwriter Robert Banks Stewart (b.1931) died on January 14. Stewart created the Doctor Who villains the Zygons for Terror of the Zygons. The creatures did not reappear until the 50th anniversary episode. Stewart also wrote for The Avengers and Arthur of the Britons. When working on The Darling Buds of May, he discovered Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Pullman Resigns From Oxford Lit Fest

Philip Pullman, the author of His Dark Materials has announced his resignation as the patron of the Oxford Literary Festival. Pullman explained that he had a difficult time resolving his position as the festival’s patron and his position as president of the Society of Authors given that the latter seeks to have authors receive a fair payment for their work and the former does not pay appearance fees.
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Oscar Nominations

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on February 28. Eight films were nominated in the Best Picture category. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Best Actor

  • Bryan Cranston for Trumbo
  • Matt Damon for The Martian
  • Leonardo diCaprio for The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbinder for Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl

Best Director

  • Adam McKay for The Big Short
  • George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant
  • Lenny Abrahamson for Room
  • Tom McCarthy for Spotlight

Best Cinematography

  • Ed Lachman for Carol
  • Robert Richardson for The Hateful Eight
  • John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant
  • Roger Deakins for Sicario

Animated Feature

  • Anomolisa
  • Boy and the World
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • When Marie Was There

Animated Short Film

  • Bear Story
  • Prologue
  • Sanjay’s Super Team
  • We Can’t Leave Without Cosmos
  • World of Tomorrow

Writing, Adapted Screenplay

  • The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam MacKay
  • Brooklyn, Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • Carol, Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
  • The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard
  • Room, Screenplay by Emily Donoghue

Written, Original Screenplay

  • Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
  • Ex Machina, Written by Alex Gardland
  • Inside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
  • Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
  • Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Achievement in Production Design

  • Bridge of Spies, Adam Stockhausen
  • The Danish Girl, Eve Stewart
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson
  • The Martian, Arthur Max
  • The Revenant, Jack Fisk

Achievement in Costume Design

  • Carol, Sandy Powell
  • Cinderella, Sandy Powell
  • The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Veavan
  • The Revenant, Jacqueline West

Achievement in Film Editing

  • The Big Short, Hank Corwin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
  • The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
  • Spotlight, Tom McArdle
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Achievement in Makeup

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
  • The Revenant, Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

  • Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
  • Carol, Carter Burwell
  • The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
  • Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White
  • The Martian, Oliver Tarney
  • The Revenant, Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
  • Sicario, Alan Robert Murray
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Bridge of Spies, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Drew Kunin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo
  • The Martian, Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, and Mac Ruth
  • The Revenant, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Andy Nelson and Christopher Scarabosio

Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Ex Machine, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, and Andy Williams
  • The Martian, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, and Steven Warner
  • The Revenant, Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith, and Cameron Waldbauer
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould

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