Trek Passed Over For HugoBy Christian
April 24, 2000 - 6:10 PM
The official web site of Chicon 2000, the 58th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), has just announced the list of Hugo Nominees for this year. Unfortunately, Star Trek received not one nomination in the Dramatic Presentation category. Trek wasn't nominated in any of the other categories either, but that was to be expected, as Trek novels are routinely shut out of the written SF categories - as are practically all other media tie-ins.
This is only the third time since 1993 that Trek hasn't been nominated at least once. Last year, 'Star Trek: Insurrection' was nominated (the awards always cover the previous year's work), while DS9's 'Far Beyond The Stars' only missed the finalists' ballot by a few votes. However, at last year's Worldcon, held in Australia, the award eventually went to 'The Truman Show'.
Two years ago, there were also no nominations for Trek, but in 1997 both 'First Contact' and DS9's 'Trials and Tribble-ations' were nominated. In 1996, DS9's 'The Visitor' made the list, but in both '96 and '97 'Babylon 5' won the Dramatic Presentation award.
More successful recent years for Star Trek were 1995, when TNG's 'All Good Things' won, and 1993, when 'The Inner Light' was presented with the award. In addition, in 1968 the Original Series episode episode 'The City On The Edge Of Forever' won the award.
Of course, it would have been nice if the end of Deep Space Nine would have been recognised by a nomination, and Voyager's complete lack of nominations is also not exactly a good thing.
In more positive news, the Tim Allen-starring Star Trek spoof 'Galaxy Quest' did make the final ballot for the Dramatic Presentation Award, so Trek fans will at least have something to root for. The film's competitors in this category are 'Being John Malkovich', 'The Iron Giant', 'The Matrix' and 'The Sixth Sense'.
Thanks go out to Deb Stone at RanDoM Flight, the official Robert Duncan McNeill fan club, for alerting me of this and researching all the above data!