Monday, June 12, 2017

'Simpsons,' 'Westworld,' 'American Horror Story' among Golden Trailer winners


At the end of 'Wonder Woman' is already winning awards — for its trailer, I told my readers to "stay tuned for more about the speculative fiction nominees and winners in movies and television later this week."  Monday is later, I may as well start making good on my promise with the television winners and nominees.

"The Simpsons" earned the most honors in advertising for television shows with three awards, only one of which was for a TV spot, Best Animation/Family (TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser For A Series).  The others were for Most Original Poster and Best Comedy TV Series Poster.  In the first category, it beat "BoJack Horseman," "Buddy Thunderstruck," "Home," and "Voltron."  Even in advertising, "The Simpsons" and "BoJack Horseman" contend for best animated series.  In the second, it defeated "Dark Tower," "Get Out," and "Split."  Damn, a TV comedy beat out three of the best horror films of the year (at least, I hope so for "Dark Tower").  As for the last, I won't bother, as I don't write about comedies unless they have a speculative fiction or political element, such as "The Last Man on Earth," "The Good Place," "Jane the Virgin," or "Veep."  Instead, I'll note that the longest running scripted show on television was also nominated for Most Original TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser For A Series (see below) and Best Trailerbyte for a TV Series/Streaming Series, losing to "Fargo."

As for the series that won the most awards for actual trailers, "Westworld" and "American Horror Story" earned two each.  "Westworld" won for Best Horror/Thriller and Best Music, beating "And Then There Were None," "Bates Motel," "Fear The Walking Dead," and "Penny Dreadful" for the former and "Bloodline," "Outsiders," "The Americans," and "The Get Down" for the latter.  "American Horror Story" won for Best Graphics and Most Original, defeating "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown," "Feud," "Outcast," and "The Strain" for the former and  "Chelsea," "The Americans," "The Simpsons 600," and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt " for the latter.  The FX horror anothology was also nominated for Best Horror/Thriller TV Series Poster along with "Fear The Walking Dead" and "Guilt," all of which lost to "Fight Of The Living Dead."

Two other speculative fiction shows won awards.  "Stranger Things," which won Best Fantasy Adventure over "A Series Of Unfortunate Events," "The OA," and "Game of Thrones," which was nominated for two different trailers.  That's a victory over worthy competition.  Speaking of which, the Netflix series was also nominated for Best Sound Editing along with "24: Legacy," "Black Sails," and "Pitch," all of which lost to the other speculative fiction TV series winner, "Legion," my pick for Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series at the Saturn Awards.  I'm glad to see it won an award already.

Finally, speculative fiction shows were nominated for other awards, but didn't win.  In addition to its two nominations for Best Fantasy Adventure, "Game of Thrones" was nominated for Best Action along with "Luke Cage."  Both lost to "Narcos."  "The Handmaid’s Tale" was nominated for Best Drama/Action TV Series Poster, losing to "Big Little Lies."  "The Last Ship" and "The Strain" were nominated for Best Opening Title Sequence or Closing Credit Sequence for a TV/Streaming Series, losing to "Big Little Lies."  No "Westworld" or "Stranger Things?"  I'm surprised.  On the other hand, I'll know to look for "Big Little Lies" among the Emmy nominees next month, as it also won for Best Drama TV Spot/Trailer/Teaser, tying "The Simpsons" for most honored TV show.  Why didn't I mention "Big Little Lies" at the top?  It's not speculative fiction and this is secondarily a speculative fiction blog.

I might delay my look at the speculative fiction winners among movies other than "Wonder Woman" until the end of the week.  Reality awaits.  Stay tuned.

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