Actress Donna Douglas (b.1933) died on January 1. Douglas is best known for appearing as Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, but also appeared in several episodes of The Twilight Zone, including “Eye of the Beholder.” Other genre credits include episodes of Night Gallery, Thriller, and Project U.F.O.
The nominations for the Ace Eddie Awards, presented for excellence in film and television editing, have been announced. The winners will be announced on January 30. Categories with works of genre interest are listed below.
Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
- American Sniper, Joel Cox & Gary Roach
- Boyhood, Sandra Adair
- Gone Girl, Kirk Baxter
- The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
- Nightcrawler, John Gilroy
- Whiplash, Tom Cross
Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical)
- Birdman, Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, & Craig Wood
- Into the Woods, Wyatt Smith
- Inherent Vice, Leslie Jones
- Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
Best Edited Animated Feature Film
- Big Hero 6, Tim Mertens
- The Boxtrolls, Edie Ichioka
- Lego Movie, David Burrows & Chris McKay
Best Edited Documentary (Television)
- Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey: Standing Up in the Milky Way, John Duffy, Michael O’Halloran, and Eric Lea
- Pauly Shore Stands Alone, Troy Takaki & Joey Vigour
- The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: “Episode 3 / The Fire of Life,” Erik Ewers
Actor David Ryall (b.1935) died on December 25. Ryall appeared as Elphias Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and the Chief Builder in City of Ember. Ryall also appeared in Fatherland, Blake’s 7, and The Borrowers. His final film was Autómata.
Actor Booth Coleman (b.1923) died on December 15. Coleman appeared in episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Outer Limits, and Planet of the Apes, in which he played Zaius. He also appeared in the film Them!.
Actress Billie Whitelaw (b.1932) died on December 21. Whitelaw began acting in 1952 in a BBC television adaptation of The Secret Garden and went on to appear in the miniseries Merlin and the films The Flesh and the Fiends and The Omen. She also provided voicework for The Dark Crystal. On stage, she created many roles in Samuel Beckett’s plays, and Beckett considered her a muse.
Actor Hidetoshi Nakamura (b.1954) died on December 24. Nakamura did voice work for several anime, including Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, and Naruto Shippuden: the Movie as well as for video games. He also dubbed American films into Japanese, including The Muppets, Source Code, Bolt, and The Batman.
The Nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below. The winners will be announced on January 25.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
- Boardwalk Emprie
- Downton Abbey
- Game of Thrones
- House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
- The Big Bang Theory
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Modern Family
- Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
- Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire
- Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
- Woody Harrelson in True Detective
- Matthew McConaughey in True Detective
- Kevin Spacey in House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
- Ty Burrell in Modern Family
- Louis C.K. in Louie
- William H. Macy in Shameless
- Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory
- Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
- Get On Up
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
- 24: Live Another Day
- Boardwalk Empire
- Game of Thrones
- Sons of Anarchy
- The Walking Dead
The British Film Institute and the BBC have worked together to restore the 1913 silent film A Message from Mars, a 68-minute film believed to be the first science fiction film made in Britain and to include the first depiction of Martians in a British film. The movie is a version of Charles Dickens’s novel A Christmas Carol, with a Martian taking the place of the Christmas ghosts. The movie starred Charles Hawtrey and was remade in 1921.
Actor Ken Weatherwax (b.1955) died on December 7 from an heart attack. Weatherwax is best known for portraying Pugsley Addams on The Addams Family and in subsequent television films based on the property. After working on the show, he began to work behind the scenes in Hollywood.
Film historian Walt Lee (b.1931) died on November 23, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Lee published the three volume Reference Guide to Fantastic Films between 1972 and 1975, for which he was award a Worldcon Special Convention Award at Aussiecon.