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The Hugo Awards have been in existence since 1953 and are among the most prominent awards given out for works of Science Fiction and Fantasy (the other most known one being the Nebula Award). The name comes from Hugo Gernsback, the magazine editor who founded Amazing Stories magazine back in 1926 and was influential in bringing the sci-fi genre to popularity. The award design is a pulp-era SF rocketship, given it the Fan Nickname of "the rocket".

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Contenders for a Hugo are nominated and voted on by the World Science Fiction Society, whose paid membership is open to the general public. The current award categories include Best written works (novel, novella, novelette, short story; fanfiction is eligible for these awards), long and short form "Dramatic Presentation" (which includes "film, television, radio, live theater, computer games or music"), anthology and magazine editors, professional artist, Best Graphic Story (added in 2009) and categories for Fan Art, fanzines and fan writing (including nonfiction essays and books about other works).

Two other, seperate awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, are not technically Hugos, but are given by the same folks at the same time, at the same event, using the same voting method.

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The Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Award is the Seiun Award.

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Works with a Hugo nomination that have pages on this wiki include:

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    Anime (Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form) 

    Audio Play (Best Dramatic Presentation) 

    Comic Books (Best Graphic Story except as noted) 
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    Creators - Artists (Best Professional Artist) 

    Creators - Writers 
See also: Astounding Award for Best New Writer

    Film - Animated (Best Dramatic Presentation/Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form unless noted) 

     Film - Live Action (Best Dramatic Presentation/Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form) 

    Literature (Best Novel except as noted) 

     Live Action TV (Best Dramatic Presentation/Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form except as noted) 

     Music (Best Dramatic Presentation) 

    Radio (Best Dramatic Presentation) 

     Real Life 
  • News coverage of Apollo 11 (won Best Dramatic Presentation in 1970)
  • Jeanette Ng, 2019 John W. Campbell Award acceptance speech (won Best Related Work in 2020)

     Semiprozine 
  • Interzone (Nominated every year from 1986 to 2012, and in 2014; won in 1995)

     Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History (nominated for Best Art Book in 2019)

     Theater (Best Dramatic Presentation) 

     Video Games (Best Video Game) 

     Webcomics (Best Graphic Story) 

    Websites 

    Web Video (Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form except as noted) 

    Western Animation (Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form) 

Retro Hugos

These were given for years in which a Worldcon was held but the Hugo Awards were not presented. (Note: The naming follows the same convention as regular Hugos — so, a work can be nominated e.g. for the 1939 Retro Hugos if it appeared in 1938.)

    Comic Books and Comic Strips 
  • Superman
    • Action Comics #1 (received a Special Award for 1939 in 2014note )
    • "The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk" (won for 1945 in 2020)
  • Batman #1 (won for 1941 in 2016)
  • Captain Marvel: "Introducing Captain Marvel" (Whiz Comics #2) (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
  • Flash Gordon:
    • "The Ice Kingdom of Mongo" (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
    • "Fiery Desert of Mongo" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)
    • "Battle for Tropica" (nominated for 1945 in 2020)
    • "Triumph in Tropica" (nominated for 1945 in 2020)
  • The Spirit
    • "The Origin of the Spirit" (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
    • "For the Love of Clara Defoe" (nominated for 1945 in 2020)
  • The Spectre: "The Spectre"/"The Spectre Strikes!" (More Fun Comics #52/53) (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
  • Wonder Woman #5: "Battle for Womanhood" (won for 1944 in 2019)
  • Buck Rogers
    • "Martians Invade Jupiter" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)
    • "Hollow Planetoid" (nominated for 1945 in 2020)
  • Plastic Man #1: "The Game of Death" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)
  • Tintin: "The Secret of the Unicorn" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)
  • Donald Duck: "The Mad Chemist" (nominated for 1945 in 2020)

    Film — Animated (Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form except as noted) 
  • Cinderella (nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form 1951 in 2001)
  • Fantasia (won for Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form 1941 in 2016)
  • Pinocchio (won 1941 in 2016)
  • Bambi (won 1943 in 2018)

    Film — Live Action (Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form except as noted) 

    Literature (Best Novel/Novella/Novelette/Short Story) 

    Live Action TV 
  • R.U.R. (nominated for 1939 in 2014)

    People (Best Editor, except as noted) 

    Radio - Best Dramatic Presentation(Best Dramatic Presentation / Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form, except as noted) 

    Western Animation - Theatrical Short (Best Dramatic Presentation / Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form, except as noted) 


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