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Wildfire v. The Doctor

GAME OF THRONES will be taking on The Doctor this year in the Hugos... and FRINGE as well.

LoneStarCon 3 just announced this year's Hugo nominations. "Blackwater," the ninth episode of the second season, has been nominated in Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form. That was the episode with the wildfire and the big battle, I am sure you all recall, written by yours truly (with considerable help from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who added one of the shows's best original scenes) and directed by Neil Marshall. We'll be up against an episode of FRINGE, and no less than three episodes of DOCTOR WHO, which has owned the Short Form category for most of the past decade.

Blackwater-Game-of-Thrones

The full list of nominees can be found at:

http://www.lonestarcon3.org/hugo-awards/index.shtml

The Short Form finalists:
Doctor Who:"The Angels Take Manhattan" Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who:"Asylum of the Daleks" Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who:"The Snowmen" Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Wales)
Fringe:"Letters of Transit" Written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Joe Chappelle (Fox)
Game of Thrones:"Blackwater" Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

Thanks to all those who sent in nominations, whether you nominated us, or someone else. As I have said time and time again, the nominations are in many ways the most crucial part of the process.

Should be an interesting contest. I haven't seen any of the last season of DR. WHO, so I don't know which of those episodes is the strongest contender... but the Whofans are many and formidable, so I figure we are rather a long shot to upset the Doctor's applecart. I know even less about FRINGE. But hey, you pays your money and you takes your pick, and the Hugos fall where they may.

Congratulations to all the other nominees, and my thanks to David, Dan, Bryan, Neil, and all the rest of the great cast and crew who make HBO's GAME OF THRONES the hit it is.

wildfireblackwatergot9

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Eric Heimann
Mar. 30th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! By the way, meeting you at the "Deeper than Swords event(s) was AWESOME!!!! 'Twas truly an honor and a privilege to share meat and mead (vino) with ya!!!! Your speech/lecture on Friday was pretty flippin' inspiring too... I laughed, I cried, I clapped until my hands hurt!!! Thank you again for making the trek down to Texas, kind Ser. You are an inspiration to us all.
gianetta
Mar. 30th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Win or lose, being in the same race as Steven Moffat and JJ Abrams is, in the words of our fearless VP, a big f'ing deal. Congratulations.
dragonborngurl
Mar. 30th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the nomination
WOW! That's very cool!! Honestly, awards should go to all 3 nominee's! I'm not so into competition when it comes to art.
cyberalien
Mar. 30th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Can't wait to see it win!!!
sabotabby
Mar. 31st, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
Chad Saunders
Mar. 31st, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
Good luck
That was a great episode. You are in great company with the other nominations. I have seen all of them and think that they are all great, but I must admit that I hope Blackwater wins. Though, I am biased.
thefirstalicat
Mar. 31st, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Congrats on the nomination! I'm not good with remembering the names of television episodes (except "Blackwater" of course), so though I've watched all the other nominees, I don't know offhand which episode is being honoured for the other two shows. That said, although I really enjoyed "Fringe" and absolutely love Matt Smith's current incarnation of "Doctor Who," GoT is so much *more* than either of those could aspire to, in terms of writing and complexity of characters.

And that said, I will be happy with whoever wins this one, because all are excellent!
Bryan Cogman
Mar. 31st, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
Congrats, George. And your shout-out is too, too kind.

B
huskerfan_84
Mar. 31st, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Emmy Panel
Mr. Martin,

I just watched the Emmy panel you did with Mac from it's always sunny. I was struck by your answer about each character in Game of Thrones capacity for great good and great evil. Seeing the work though that lens and observing every little decision as a shade of their overall make up was a great way of defining what makes it so interesting. Trying to explain something like that can be difficult with simple words that couldn't hope to achieve their purpose but I thought that was great.

Not just all the good guys getting together and going against the bad guys but a full spectrum of humanity in every character and every choice, complex and vivid but relate-able and identifiable and fun within the larger story and lesson.
krtwood
Mar. 31st, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
While I do enjoy Dr Who, and really like Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, I don't think there's been an episode of the show that has been truly stellar since "Blink" six years ago, and "The Girl in the Fireplace" before that. While there have been episodes with great moments they always seemed to be mixed with so much stuff that doesn't even make any sense to make it a wash. "The Doctor's Wife", last year's winner, was a good episode, but better than "Baelor"? Not hardly.

The Fringe episode is noteworthy for taking a huge step outside the box and just throwing the viewer into the future of the story with new characters without any explanation. I like it because it expected much more of the viewer than most everything else on tv, which is also how I reacted to the first episode of a certain series on HBO. But I guess my perception of it is now colored by having completely lost interest in that future story in the next season.

So having "Blackwater" actually nominated, better luck next year, Doctor. But I suppose he's already seen "The Rains of Castamere" and knows next year isn't going to be any better.
pulvatory
Mar. 31st, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't know
I think "Doctor Who" has had spectacular episodes and, with stuff like "The Doctor's Wife" and "The Girl Who Waited" under its belt, is as strong as ever. Although I think "The Angels Take Manhattan" does not deserve a nomination, "Asylum of the Daleks" is very strong, and I think it will win.

That having been said, "Blackwater" should prove ample competition.
stillking
Mar. 31st, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)

I think Blackwater has a shot. Much as I love both Fringe and (classic/new) Who, these last couple of seasons (of both series) have sucked rocks. Besides, the incumbent(s) can't stay on top forever.
Keith Russell Dulak
Mar. 31st, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Mr. Martin, step away from work, sit down and watch fringe from the beginning. Thanks.
eowyn
Mar. 31st, 2013 08:22 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!
alcanis_ivennil
Mar. 31st, 2013 10:12 am (UTC)
I hope GoT wins. I love DW but it just isn't the same since Moffat took over.

Can't wait for today' GoT! ASoS was my favourite book of the series, and I admit I'm waiting for the non-reader summer children's reactions on "The Rains of Castamere". It will be sooo much fun.
sweetgonzotooth
Mar. 31st, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
Moffat is a beast (in the high-praise sense of the term); best of luck!
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