Gallo Receives Gangel

Tor Creative Director Irene Gallo has received the Richard Gangel Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators. The Richard Gangel Award was established in 2005 to honor art directors currently working in the field. The Society will be honoring Gallo at the Book and Editorial Opening Reception on Friday, February 5th.

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Tilton Resigns from Locus

Lois Tilton has announced that she will no longer be reviewing short fiction at Locus Online stating “Without consulting or informing me, they had begun deleting material they considered negative from my reviews.” Locus has responded that they were changing the was “editing future online review columns was to be managed” to bring them into line with the way print reviews are edited at the magazine. Tilton has published 205 review columns on Locus Online.

Hugo Mark Protection Committee Seeking European Usage

The Hugo Mark Protection Committee is looking for references to the Hugo Award within the European Union (including the UK), specifically its use on book covers, in fanzines, etc. The MPC is assembling collaborating information for their application for registration of the Hugo Award as a service mark within the EU. Anyone with information or citations that might be useful should contact MPC secretary Linda Deneroff at lindandee at

Obituary: Angus Scrimm

Actor Angus Scrimm (b.Lawrence Guy, 1926) died on January 9. Scrimm appeared in an episode of Project U.F.O. in 1978 and in Salvage 1 the following year. In 1979, he also appeared in the first Phantasm film, and went on to appear in each film in the series as well as other horror and fantasy films. Scrimm was occasionally credited as Lawrence Guy.

Obituary: Davie Bowie

Singer and actor David Bowie (b.David Jones, 1947) died on January 10 after an eighteen-month battle with cancer and 3 days after his birthday and the release of his last album. Many of Bowie’s albums and songs had some tie-in to space, including his hit song “Space Oddity,” which was released a week before the Apollo 11 launch but not played by the BBC until after the Apollo 11 crew returned safely to Earth, and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie also appeared in several films, including The Man Who Fell to Earth, Labyrinth, and The Prestige.

Obituary: kT FitzSimmons

Chicago fan kT FitzSimmons (b.1956) died on January 10 after a lengthy battle with cancer. In addition to working on Windycon and Capricon in Chicago, FitzSimmons ran programming for Chicon V in 1991. She also served on the board of Phandemonium.

Golden Globe Winners

The Golden Globe winners were announced on January 10 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at a ceremony hosted by Ricky Gervais. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below with a full nominations list available from the link. the big question of the evening seems to be people wondering how The Martian is a comedy or musical.

  • Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: The Martian
  • Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical: Matt Damon in The Martian
  • Best Animated Film: Inside Out
  • Best Television Series-Drama: Mr. Robot
  • Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Wolf Hall
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries of Motion Picture Made for Television: Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Fargo
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Christian Slater in Mr. Robot

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Obituary: Richard Libertini

Actor Richard Libertini (b.1933) died on January 7 following a two year battle with cancer. Libertini portrayed Akorem Laan in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also made appearances on Mork and Mindy, The Adventures of Lois and Clark, and an episode of The Twilight Zone based on Theodore Sturgeon’s “A Saucer of Loneliness.” Libertini also provided voicework for several animated television shows.

Obituary: A. R. Morlan

Author A. R. Morlan (b.1958) committed suicide on January 4 or 5. Morlan began publishing horror in 1985 with the short story “Four Days Before the Snow” in Night Cry and published several collections of her own work over the years. She co-edited the anthology Zodiac Fantastic with Martin H. Greenberg in 1997. In 1994, her story “The Best Years of Our Lives” was nominated for the Tiptree Award.

BAFTA Nominations

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced this years nominees for the BAFTA Awards, which will be presented on February 14. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Outstanding British Film

  • 45 Years
  • Amy
  • Brooklyn
  • The Danish Girl
  • Ex Machina
  • The Lobster

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer

  • Alex Garland for directing Ex Machina
  • Debbie Tucker Green for writing and directing Second Coming
  • Naji Abu Nowar for writing and directing and Rupert Lloyd for producing Theeb
  • Sean McAllister for directing and producing and Elhum Shakerifar for producing Syrian Love Story
  • Stephen Fingleton for writing and directing The Survivalist

Animated Film

  • Inside Out
  • Minions
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie


  • Adam McKay for The Big Short
  • Steven Spielberg for Bridge of Spies
  • Todd Haynes for Carol
  • Ridley Scott for The Martian
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant

Original Screenplay

  • Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen for Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland for Ex Machina
  • Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight
  • Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, and Meg LeFauvre for Inside Out
  • Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for Spotlight

Leading Actor

  • Bryan Cranston for Trubmo
  • Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
  • Matt Damon for The Martian
  • Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs

Supporting Actress

  • Alicia Vikander for Ex Machina
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight
  • Julie Walters for Brooklyn
  • Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs
  • Rooney Mara for Carol

Original Music

  • Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
  • The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
  • The Revenant, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Carsten Nicolai
  • Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams


  • Bridge of Spies, Janusz Kamiński
  • Carol, Ed Lachman
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale
  • The Revenant, Emmanual Lubezki
  • Sicario, Roger Deakins


  • The Big Short, Hank Corwin
  • Bridge of Spies, Michael Kahn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
  • The Martian, Pietro Scalia
  • The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione

Production Design

  • Bridge of Spies, Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo
  • Carol, Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson
  • The Martian, Arthur Max and Celia Bobak
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rick Cater, Darren Gilford, and Lee Sandales

Costume Design

  • Brooklyn, Odile Dicks-Mireaux
  • Carol, Sandy Powell
  • Cinderella, Sandy Powell
  • The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan

Make Up and Hair

  • Brooklyn, Morna Ferguson and Lorraine Glynn
  • Carol, Jerry DeCarlo and Patricia Regan
  • The Danish Girl, Jan Sewell
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt and Damian Martin
  • The Revenant, Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini


  • Bridge of Spies, Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, and Gary Rydstrom
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, and David White
  • The Martian, Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, and Mark Taylor
  • The Revenant, Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, and Randy Thom
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, and Stuart Wilson

Special Visual Effects

  • Ant-Man, Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, and Alex Wuttke
  • Ex Machina, Mark Adington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, and Andrew Whitehurst
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, and Andy Williams
  • The Martian, Chris Lawurence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, and Steven Warner
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan

British Short Animation

  • Edmond
  • Manoman
  • Prologue

The EE Rising Star Award

  • John Boyega
  • Taron Egerton
  • Dakota Johnson
  • Brie Larson
  • Bel Powley

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