2006 Nebula Ballot finalized!

The final ballot for the 2006 Nebula Awards was announced by SFWA (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) late yesterday. The awards will be presented at the annual banquet during Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held May 11-13 in New York City.
Novels:
The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner (also available in the SFBC omnibus Swords of Riverside)
Seeker by Jack McDevitt
The Girl in the Glass by Jeffrey Ford
Farthing by Jo Walton
From the Files of the Time Rangers by Richard Bowes
To Crush the Moon by Wil McCarthy
Novellas:
Burn by James Patrick Kelly (available in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Third Annual Collection)
“Sanctuary” by Michael A. Burstein
“The Walls of the Universe” by Paul Melko
“Inclination” by William Shunn
Novelettes:
“The Language of Moths” by Chris Barzak
“Walpurgis Afternoon” by Delia Sherman
“Journey into the Kingdom” by M. Rickert
“Two Hearts” by Peter S. Beagle
“Little Faces” by Vonda N. McIntyre (available in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Third Annual Collection)
Short Stories:
“Echo” by Elizabeth Hand
“Helen Remembers the Stork Club” by Esther M. Friesner
“The Woman in Schrodinger’s Wave Equations” by Eugene Mirabelli
“Henry James, This One’s For You” by Jack McDevitt
“An End To All Things” by Karina Sumner-Smith
“Pip and the Fairies” by Theodora Goss
Scripts:
Batman Begins by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer
Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt
Battlestar Galactica: Unfinished Business by Michael Taylor
Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace by Steven Moffat
Also to be awarded at that banquet is the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (which is not a Nebula):
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Midnighters #2: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Oscar Winners 2007

Congradulations to the 2007 Oscar Winners!
Some of the Major Winners:
Best Picture: The Departed
Best Director: Martin Scorcese, The Departed.

At long last Martin gets his Oscars. Departed also won for adapted screenplay and Editing.
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, Last King of Scotland.
I was hoping O’Toole would win (funny enough, I watched The Lion in Winter to try and give him some mojo yesterday) but I’ve heard very good things about Whitaker’s performance.
Best Actress: Helen Mirren, The Queen
I hadn’t heard of any serious challenges to her win ever since she was nominated.
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine.
I suppose the Academy couldn’t give an Oscar to Eddie Murphy, or they wanted to give LMS something.
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls.
Like Helen above, it seemed pre-ordained since she was nominated. She lost American Idol…but won an Oscar. Not a bad trade.
Best Animated Feature: Happy Feet.
Disappointed. I was hoping Cars would win.
Best Documentary: An Inconvenient Truth
Lose the White House, win the Oscar for Al. Not such a good trade. It also won for Best Original Song.
Best Foreign Film: The Lives of Others
How Pan’s Labyrinth lost I’ll never know. Pan’s Labyrinth did win a Cinematography Oscar.

Movie Review 2007 #30: For Your Consideration

One of my friends at work is a big Christopher Guest fan (especially but not only for “This is Spinal Tap”), and on his suggestion and given that the Academy Awards are being given out today, I decided to see his latest movie. For Your Consideration gives the director a role, as well as a bevy of actors ranging from Eugene Levy to Fred Willard to Parker Posey

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