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Below are the Hugo categories in which "No Award" has won (plus one John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer). How would you have voted?

Poll #2012601 No Award

Best SF or Fantasy Movie of 1958?

18(47.4%)
No Award
7(18.4%)

Best New Writer of 1958?

31(79.5%)
2(5.1%)
4(10.3%)
No Award
1(2.6%)

Best Dramatic Presentation of 1962?

Best Dramatic Presentation of 1970?

Best Dramatic Presentation of 1976 (other than Star Wars)?

3(8.1%)
11(29.7%)
0(0.0%)
No Award
6(16.2%)

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May. 31st, 2015 12:32 pm (UTC)
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emmzzi
May. 31st, 2015 12:45 pm (UTC)
I'm floored by 1976 films. Wow.
mcbadger
May. 31st, 2015 02:40 pm (UTC)
It's a tough choice, isn't it? I ruled out Carrie on the grounds of more horror than F/SF, and Futureworld as unmemorable. Amazing that No Award came in ahead of them.
surliminal
Jun. 3rd, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
So. What excluded Star Wars?
nwhyte
Jun. 3rd, 2015 08:08 am (UTC)
It came out in 1977 and won in 1978!
getawaywithit
May. 31st, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
Surprised by No Award winning in 1962, though maybe because all the films were European a lot of the voters hadn't had the chance to see them? The Day The Earth Caught Fire is one of my favourite films, as it's such a British take on the global disaster movie and Leo McKern is wonderful in it. (Mind you, the idea of the Express having a science editor and leading on stories that aren't migrants or Diana seems very SFnal now)
matgb
Jun. 2nd, 2015 02:50 pm (UTC)
(Mind you, the idea of the Express having a science editor and leading on stories that aren't migrants or Diana seems very SFnal now)

It's always been one of my favourite "past is a foreign country" examples, the idea that the Express was a respectable paper of record always breaks my suspension of disbelief.

Need to watch it again, haven't seen it for years.
redfiona99
May. 31st, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: 1958 films, I can only hope that the vote got horribly split and that's why No Award won because any of those three would deserve it. I'm leaning towards the Fly but only just.

I've not seen Last Year In Marienbad, but my mother loves it, which should probably count against it in an SF&F awards.
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redfiona99
Jun. 2nd, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much why I'm leaning towards the Fly, much though I prefer the other two.
bopeepsheep
May. 31st, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
Surely Star Wars is 1977?
bopeepsheep
May. 31st, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt - if it was a May release I doubt it would have been finished by the end of 1976 even if it was mostly shot then.
nickbarnes
May. 31st, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Of course these are impossible to gauge without applying hindsight. Aldiss apparently had "Space, Time, and Nathaniel", and "Non-stop". Neither are his best work, but certainly Hugo worthy. A bit confused by the Twilight Zone (1962) as Wikipedia tells me that season 3 (1961-1962) did win a Hugo (for the third year in a row).
nwhyte
May. 31st, 2015 06:43 pm (UTC)
I really love both Space, Time, and Nathaniel, and Non-Stop. The other five nominees must have really shone.

The Twilight Zone won the Hugos in 1960-62 for Best Dramatic Presentation of 1959-61. In 1963 No Award won for Best Dramatic Presentation of 1962, and in 1964 the category was not presented due to insufficient nominations.

Edited at 2015-05-31 06:43 pm (UTC)
gareth_rees
May. 31st, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
I can hardly believe Aldiss was No Awarded — but I guess the judgement of the Hugo voters has always sucked.

Also, why was Last Year at Marienbad even nominated? — it's nouvelle vague, not science fiction.

Edited at 2015-05-31 09:52 pm (UTC)
unwholesome_fen
Jun. 2nd, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
Since innumerable interpretations of it are possible, presumably one could assign it to innumerable different genres. Personally I would consider it essentially surrealist.
(Anonymous)
May. 31st, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
A small detail but 'Best New Writer of 1958' wasn't the John W Campbell 'Not a Hugo' Award. This one was a real Hugo category, included previously in on the 1953 and 1956 ballots.
Mike Glyer
May. 31st, 2015 10:29 pm (UTC)
Hmmm
"Star Wars" won the Hugo in 1978.

There was a promotional exhibit about the movie at the 1976 Worldcon. In fact, Mark Hammill attended and was heard to gripe, "I'm the star of a major motion picture only nobody knows it."
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