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Firefly, Harry Potter Sweep Genre Awards

Battlestar Galactica cancels itself out

(October 01 2006) - When it comes to the Emmy and the SyFy Genre Awards, it's tough being "Battlestar Galactica."

For the second year in a row, the critically-acclaimed SciFi Channel series led nominations, but was completely shut out once again in the seventh SyFy Genre Awards, this time playing second fiddle to a show that hasn't even been on the air for more than two years: "Firefly."

That short-lived series from Joss Whedon moved into the nominations this year because SciFi Channel broadcast previously unaired episodes from the Fox series, qualifying it for all major category nominations, and ended up walking away with five awards, including Best Series/Television.

Nathan Fillion was named Best Actor/Television, beating out runner up Matthew Fox from ABC's "Lost" 41 percent to 24 percent. Fillion's co-star, Adam Baldwin took home honors in the Best Supporting Actor/Television category, finishing ahead of another "Lost" actor, Terry O'Quinn, 43 percent to 27 percent.

Christina Hendricks, who played Saffron in the "Firefly" episodes "Trash" and "Our Mrs. Reynolds," defeated longtime SyFy Genre Awards darling Claudia Black for Best Special Guest/Television. The episode she was nominated for, "Trash," easily won Best Episode/Television, beating out its closest competitor, "Dalek" from "Doctor Who," 55 percent to 18 percent.

"These types of wins shows how important fan bases are, and how effective they can be in fan-voted awards such as this," said Michael Hinman, founder of SyFy Portal. "While some might question how much power these fanbases have, it is the fanbases that ultimately helps decide the fates of television shows and movies. That's why we let the fanbases decide what's best, and not just a few of us sitting around and talking about it over cigars and cupcakes.

"I know that in the coming days people will debate, as they have in previous years, how effective fan-choice awards are in determining favorites such as this, but we had a very talented slate this year and whether they were winners or nominees, this is a great way to earn much deserved recognition ... something that always seems to be missing from the Emmy awards," Hinman said.

"Firefly" didn't take all the television categories. Evangeline Lilly, who plays Kate in "Lost," won Best Actress/Television honors over "Battlestar Galactica's" Mary McDonnell. And Amy Acker from "Alias" won her third Genre Award, beating out both Rachel Luttrell from "Stargate: Atlantis" and Katee Sackhoff from "Battlestar Galactica," who were in the runners-up positions.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was a big winner on the movie side. Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the title character, easily won Best Actor/Movie, while Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, won Best Actress/Movie. Watson also took home the Best Young Actor award, a category that in the past has been won by Radcliffe. The latest Harry Potter film also won "Best Movie," beating out runner-up "Serenity" 50 percent to 35 percent.

Comic book creator Stan Lee was named the Gene Roddenberry Lifetime Achievement Award winner, joining a group that already includes Steven Spielberg, Joss Whedon, J.R.R. Tolkien, Leonard Nimoy, George Lucas, and the award's namesake, Gene Roddenberry. That means runners-up William Shatner, J.J. Abrams, Ronald D. Moore, Dan Curtis and Gene Coon will be eligible to be nominated again in later years.

Finally, fans chose Whedonesque as the net's best Web site, beating out some strong competitors such as runner-up SciFi Wire, GateWorld, KryptonSite and Bloody Disgusting.

The following is a list of this year's winners and runners-up. For a complete list of all our winners dating back to 1999, check out the SyFy Genre Awards listing at Wikipedia.

BEST ACTOR/Television
WINNER:
Nathan Fillion, "Firefly"
RUNNER-UP: Matthew Fox, "Lost."

BEST ACTRESS/Television
WINNER:
Evangeline Lilly, "Lost"
RUNNER-UP: Mary McDonnell, "Battlestar Galactica."

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/Television
WINNER:
Adam Baldwin, "Firefly"
RUNNER-UP: Terry O'Quinn, "Lost."

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS/Television
WINNER:
Amy Acker, "Alias"
RUNNERS-UP: Rachel Luttrell, "Stargate: Atlantis" and Katee Sackhoff, "Battlestar Galactica"

BEST ACTOR/Movie
WINNER:
Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
RUNNER-UP: Nathan Fillion, "Serenity."

BEST ACTRESS/Movie
WINNER:
Emma Watson, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
RUNNER-UP: Summer Glau, "Serenity."

BEST YOUNG ACTOR
WINNER:
Emma Watson, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
RUNNER-UP: Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

BEST WEB SITE
WINNER:
Whedonesque
RUNNER-UP: SciFi Wire

BEST SPECIAL GUEST/Television
WINNER:
Christina Hendricks, "Trash," Firefly
RUNNER-UP: Claudia Black, "Avalon, Part 1," Stargate SG-1

BEST EPISODE/Television
WINNER:
"Trash," Firefly
RUNNER-UP: "Dalek," Doctor Who

BEST Series/Television
WINNER:
Firefly
RUNNER-UP: Lost

BEST MOVIE
WINNER:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
RUNNER-UP: Serenity

GENE RODDENBERRY
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

WINNER:
Stan Lee
RUNNER-UP: William Shatner

- Article by Staff Writer

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