'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Ms. Marvel' win, but many 'No Awards' given at Hugo Awards

Amid heated controversy, the Hugo Awards ceremony went down on Saturday evening. The year has garnered a lot of press attention due to the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy campaigns launched by some who thought certain creators and works were being overlooked in favor of "liberal bias." As the Hugos have an open nomination process, the result was that several categories were completely dominated by works put forth in the Sad Puppy's slate. (Read some great in depth analysis of the who, what, how, and why of all this over at Wired and ICv2.)

However, voters appeared to reject the Puppies' plan, as five categories that were identical to the group's nominations slate --Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form -- ended up being given "No Award." According to their official website, that number matches the amount of No Awards given out in the entire history of the Hugo Awards, and the first time any have been given since 1977. According to i09.com's full live blog of the event, the applause at each No Award announcement was uproarious.

There were, of course, many worthy winners on the night too. "Guardians of the Galaxy" won for Best Dramatic Presentation - Long, while the "Orphan Black" episode "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried" ended "Dr. Who's" reign in the Short category with its win. G. Willo Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jake Wyatt took home the Best Graphic Story award for "Ms Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal."

WE WON!! Clearly the way to win awards is to have last minute scheduling conflicts that prevent you from attending. That's how I won WFA.

— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) August 23, 2015

But seriously, this is an amazing honor. In spite of turmoil and drama, this community--comics, geekdom, SFF--is astonishing and wonderful.

— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) August 23, 2015

There are no ordinary people. There are only extraordinary people in ordinary circumstances. You are all amazing. #HugoAwards

— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) August 23, 2015

Cixin Liu's "Three Body Porblem" won for Best Novel after only making the ballot when a Puppy nominee, Marko Kloos, dropped out. Elsewhere, Best Novelette went to “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, the only non-Puppy nominee in the category, only making it in because one of six nominations for John C. Wright was disqualified for being originally published prior to the qualifying period.

Below, find the entire list of winners (via Comicbook.com).

Best Novel: The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)

Best Novella: NO AWARD

Best Novelette: “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Lightspeed 4/14)

Best Short Story: NO AWARD

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short: Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”

Best Related Work: NO AWARD

Best Graphic Story: Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal, G. Willow Wilson; art by Adrian Alphona & Jake Wyatt (Marvel Comics)

Best Professional Editor Long Form: NO AWARD

Best Professional Editor Short Form: NO AWARD

Best Professional Artist: Julie Dillon

Best Semi-pro zine: Lightspeed

Best Fanzine: Journey Planet

Best Fancast: Galactic Suburbia Podcast

Best Fan Writer: Laura J. Mixon

Best Fan Artist: Elizabeth Leggett

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Wesley Chu

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