Since most mainstream awards like the Oscars or the Golden Globes are biased against genre entertainment, we used to look to the Saturn Awards as a way to recognize great science fiction. This year though, as discussed previously on this site, the Satties dropped the ball and joined the Oscars in awarding Hollywood garbage. Maybe it’s time to look to the Constellation Awards instead.
The Constellation Awards are Canada’s awards for excellence in Science Fiction film and television. They’ve been running for six years and they’ve just announced their latest batch of nominees. They’re focused more on shows and actors with a connection to Canada, so that skews the results so much. But at least they’ve actually nominated science fiction.
These are the Constellation Award nominees for 2011′s best science fiction
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN 2011 SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISIONAlaina Huffman, Stargate Universe
Amanda Tapping, Sanctuary
Chasty Ballesteros, Divine: The Series
Karen Gillan, Doctor Who
Meaghan Rath, Being Human
Ming-Na, Stargate Universe
Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck