We’re at the point in awards season when the Oscars are so nearly upon us, but a few groups are still squeezing out a few kudos of their own. With the Costume Designers Guild announcing their winners and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America releasing their list of Nebula Award finalists, genre is cleaning up — before the Oscars come to rain on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror’s parade.
First, according to Variety, Hollywood’s premier costume designers held the final industry awards show on Tuesday ahead of the Oscars — and their big winners were familiar to genre fans paying attention to the awards this year. Ruth E. Carter’s work on Black Panther took home the top award for Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film (the guild separates its categories by genre), while Sharen Davis’ Westworld costumes won in Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television.
However, Carter also won the Career Achievement Award — appreciating the three decades that have been brightened by her design work — while Ryan Murphy won a special Distinguished Collaborator Award for his prolific and inventive TV projects.
The Nebula finalists were just as interestingly categorized and recognizable. While fans can find the literary awards listed below, film, TV, and games brought plenty of sci-fi to the table this year.
Charlie Brooker’s inventive, choose-your-own-adventure episode of Black Mirror, “Bandersnatch,” was a finalist in the Game Writing category, alongside God of War, while the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation counted The Good Place episode “Jeremy Bearimy” and the Janelle Monáe album Dirty Computer among a list of finalists that were mostly cinematic. Black Panther, A Quiet Place, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Sorry to Bother You comprised the film finalists.
The winners will be announced during the SFWA Nebula Conference, running from May 16-19. Here are the full finalists for the Nebulas:
The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowa
The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang
Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller
Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
Witchmark, C.L. Polk
Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse
Fire Ant, Jonathan P. Brazee
The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark
The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de Bodard
Alice Payne Arrives, Kate Heartfield
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson
Artificial Condition, Martha Wells
"The Only Harmless Great Thing," Brooke Bolander
“The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections,” Tina Connolly
“An Agent of Utopia,” Andy Duncan
“The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births,” José Pablo Iriarte
“The Rule of Three,” Lawrence M. Schoen
“Messenger,” Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi
“Interview for the End of the World,” Rhett C. Bruno
“The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” Phenderson Djèlí Clark
“Going Dark,” Richard Fox
“And Yet,” A.T. Greenblatt
“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” Alix E. Harrow
“The Court Magician,” Sarah Pinsker
The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book
Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
Aru Shah and the End of Time, Roshani Chokshi
A Light in the Dark, A.K. DuBoff
Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman
Dread Nation, Justina Ireland
Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword, Henry Lien