Next Week – Best Movie! (2016)

I have a schedule worked out and will get it posted hopefully later today once I pretty it up some. We will start on May 9 with 2016 Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) since:

  • I would be astounded if those finalists were included in the voter packet,
  • most of us are probably already familiar with the finalists, and should be able to access them easily if not,
  • I don’t see a problem discussing these on their merits alone,
  • it’s an exciting category with some really fun finalists, and
  • I didn’t get to it during nomination season.

The plan is every weekday to open a thread on each of the finalists in order listed on the Hugo site. Then just comment away and discuss them!! I will leave all comment threads open for the duration of the voting period. So, even though we will focus on particular categories each week, you can comment on them from that point on.

My main restriction is that on this site, we will only discuss the finalists on their merits as award worthy or not. Discussions of how they were nominated, larger cultural issues, etc. are all very important, but, those discussions are taking place in dozens upon dozens of other locations. Here we will only talk about the finalist works themselves.

Then on May 16, we will move on to:

  • 1941 Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) to give some time for people to watch them since many of us haven’t seen most of these
  • 2016 Best Related Work & John W. Campbell Award for New Writer since we need to double up some, and with something like the Campbell where there is the possibility of a body of multiple works, it would be useful to early on discuss what might be most award worthy (by those who are familiar with the writer) and then those of us who aren’t can have time to become familiar.



I managed to track down general availability of the movies and listed that below. If anyone has other commonly available sources, let me know.

2016 Finalist Thread opens Netflix Hulu iTunes Amazon YouTube
Avengers: Age of Ultron May 9 no no Yes Yes (no rent?, free with Starz sub) Purchase
Ex Machina May 10 no no Yes Yes, free rent with Amazon Prime Rent or purchase
Mad Max: Fury Road May 11 no no Yes, no rent Yes, no rent Purchase
The Martian May 12 no no Yes Yes Rent or purchase
Star Wars: The Force Awakens May 13 no no Yes Yes Rent or purchase

And for the following wee, here is what I could find for the 1941 Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form). When looking for these, make sure to watch out for other versions from different years. Look for the 1940 version.

1941 Finalist Thread opens Netflix Hulu iTunes Amazon YouTube
Dr. Cyclops May 16 No no no DVD/VHS Yes
Fantasia May 17 Yes Yes no DVD/Blu-Ray no
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe May 18 no no no Rent, Free with CONtv? (free trial), DVD Yes
One Million B.C.  May 19 no no no used VHS Yes
The Thief of Bagdad May 20 no Yes no DVD/Blu-Ray no

3 thoughts on “Next Week – Best Movie! (2016)”

  1. Hopefully it will be readable, but here is my overall plan for the schedule. Might shifts some stuff around week 8 since that’s the most packed, but we will see.

    Week	Year	Category
    1	2016	Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
    2	2016	Best Related Work
    2	2016	The John W. Campbell Award
    2	1941	Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
    3	2016	Best Editor (Long Form)
    3	2016	Best Editor (Short Form)
    3	1941	Best Editor (Short Form)
    4	2016	Best Fan Artist
    4	2016	Best Professional Artist
    4	1941	Best Professional Artist
    5	2016	Best Graphic Story
    5	1941	Best Graphic Story
    6	2016	Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
    6	1941	Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
    7	2016	Best Fan Writer
    7	2016	Best Fancast
    7	1941	Best Fan Writer
    8	2016	Best Fanzine
    8	2016	Best Semiprozine
    8	2016	Best Short Story
    8	1941	Best Fanzine
    8	1941	Best Short Story
    9	2016	Best Novelette
    9	1941	Best Novelette
    10	2016	Best Novella
    10	1941	Best Novella
    11	2016	Best Novel
    11	1941	Best Novel


  2. I added a STARZ sub to my Amazon Prime membership to watch Age of Ultron. It started with a 7-day free trial which I can easily cancel before I’m charged. (I may keep it since it’s $3 less per month than my cable company would charge.)


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