Obituary: Rod Taylor

Actor Rod Taylor (b.1930) died on January 7. Taylor is best known for playing the lead in The Time Machine, World Without End, Colossus and the Amazon Queen, and The Twilight Zone. He also appeared in The Birds and most recently Inglourious Basterds.

Writers Guild Award Nominations

The nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced on February 14. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Adapted Screenplay

  • American Sniper, written by Jason Hall; based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
  • Gone Girl, screenplay by Gillian Flynn; based on her novel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
  • The Imitation Game, written by Graham Moore; based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges
  • Wild, screenplay by Nick Hornby; based on the book by Cheryl Strayed

Drama Series

  • Game of Thrones, written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss
  • The Good Wife, written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe
  • House of Cards, written by Bill Cain, Laura Eason, Sam R. Forman, William Kennedy, Kenneth Lin, John Mankiewicz, David Manson, Beau Willimon
  • Mad Men, written by Lisa Albert, Heather Jeng Bladt, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, David Iserson, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Patricia Resnick, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray
  • True Detective, written by Nic Pizzolatto

Episodic Drama

  • “A Day’s Work,” Mad Men, written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner
  • “Devil You Know,” Boardwalk Empire, written by Howard Korder
  • “Donald the Normal,” Rectify, written by Kate Powers & Ray McKinnon
  • “Friendless Child,” Boardwalk Empire, written by Riccardo DiLoreto & Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder
  • “The Last Call,” The Good Wife, written by Robert King & Michelle King
  • “The Lion and the Rose,” Game of Thrones, written by George R.R. Martin

Children’s Script: Episodic and Specials

  • “Girl Meets 1961,” Girl Meets World, written by
  • “Haunted Heartthrob,” Haunted Hathaways, written by Bob Smiley
  • “Haunted Sisters,” Haunted Hathaways, written by Boyce Bugliari & Jamie McLaughlin

Documentary Script – Other than Current Events

  • “Episode Five: The Rising Road (1933-1939),” The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, written by Geoffrey C. Ward
  • “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” Frontline, written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser
  • “Standing Up in the Milky Way (Episode 1),” COSMOS: A Space Time Odyssey, written by Ann Druyan and Steven Soter

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People’s Choice Awards

The 41st People’s Choice Awards were presented on January 7. The award, selected by an on-line public poll, honors works in film, television, and music. Winners of genre interest are listed below.


  • Favorite Movie: Maleficent
  • Favorite Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
  • Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Favorite Movie Duo: Shailene Woodley & Theo James in Divergent
  • Favorite Action Movie: Divergent
  • Favorite Action Movie Actor: Chris Evans
  • Favorite Action Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
  • Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Favorite Family Movie: Maleficent


  • Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
  • Favorite Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
  • Favorite Comedic TV Actress: Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
  • Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Beauty and the Beast
  • Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Outlander
  • Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Misha Collins
  • Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Kristin Kreuk
  • Favorite TV Duo: Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder
  • Favorite New TV Drama: The Flash

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Obituary: Fiona Cumming

Director Fiona Cumming (b.1937) died on January 1. Cumming began working on Doctor Who during the Troughton years and directed several Davison episodes, including “Castrovalva,” “Snakedance,” and “Planet of Fire.” She also worked on Blakes 7 and The Omega Factor.

Obituary: Donna Douglas

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.

Ace Eddie Nominations

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

For more information and a full list of nominees…

Obituary: David Ryall

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.

Obituary: Booth Coleman

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!.

Obituary: Billie Whitelaw

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.

Obituary: Hidetoshi Nakamura

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.