The 2009 Hugo Awards were announced earlier this week, which, for those who don’t know, are probably the highest-profile awards to honour creative works that fall strictly within the realm of science-fiction and fantasy. The categories includes novels, short stories, graphic novels, film and TV, among others, and I was a little bit surprised to learn that the winner for the past year in “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” was Pixar’s animated film Wall-E. Upon hearing this my first thought was, sure it’s a good movie, but is it really the best science-fiction film to be released in 2008?
The more I think about it though, it just makes me realize that 2008 was a pretty weak year for science-fiction movies in general. The other nominees were The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and METAtropolis (an audiobook anthology). I guess looking at those choices, I might be more inclined to vote for Wall-E. Plus, if anything, Brad Bird’s The Incredibles seemed even more out of place when it won the same category back in 2005. The real upset this year, in my opinion, was Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog beating out the Lost episode “The Constant” for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form! Maybe I just don’t understand the criteria though. What do you think, was Wall-E the best science-fiction flick of 2008, and is 2009 already shaping up to be a better year for sci-fi? Check out the full list of winners via the link below.» Related Link: 2009 Hugo Award Winners