'Buffy' Slays 'Enterprise's' Hugo Hopes

By Caillan
August 31, 2003 - 12:44 PM

Star Trek went home empty handed when the 2003 Hugo Award winners were anounced yesterday at Torcon 3 in Toronto, Canada.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer rose from the grave to claim the gong for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, ahead of Enterprise's two nominees, Canoe.ca reported. The winning Buffy episode, "Conversations With Dead People", was penned by Drew Goddard and Jane Espenson, who was on hand to accept the award.

Enterprise's two nominees, "Carbon Creek" and "A Night In Sickbay", were the first Star Trek episodes or films to receive a Hugo nomination since Star Trek Insurrection was up for Best Dramatic Presentation at 1999's Aussiecon in Melbourne, Australia.

For the first time this year the Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo was split into two categories, Long Form and Short Form, allowing for more television episodes to be recognised. In addition to Buffy and Enterprise, the Short Form nominees included Angel's "Waiting in the Wings" and Firefly's "Serenity". Star Trek Nemesis was also eligible for consideration this year in the Long Form category, but failed to score a nomination.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers took home the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form ahead of films such as Minority Report and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The first part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, won the same category last year.

The Hugos, which celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, are awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Society to honour the best in genre literature, art and film-making. Previous Star Trek winners include "The City on the Edge of Forever", "The Inner Light" and creator Gene Roddenberry.

The full list of this year's Hugo Award winners can be found at Canoe.ca.

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