It’s award season and we thought it would be only right if you had a say in who was awarded what. With that, we decided to introduce the 1st Annual Unicorn Awards.
The Project-Nerd staff carefully hand-selected nominees from multiple categories including television, print, and movie and put them up on a ballot for you all to decide who the winners are. So without further ado, we bid congratulations to the 2013 Unicorn Award winners.
Television Series (Drama) of the Year
The Walking Dead
The first winner at the 2013 Project-Nerd Unicorn Awards won in a tight race. The fans have spoken and The Walking Dead is the best drama on television, edging out Game of Thrones. It’s clear that it’s that good when we have an anti-zombie ProNerd who was still able to watch the series.
Television Series (Comedy) of the Year
In a category filled with great nominees it wasn’t even close. You nerds overwhelmingly said Modern Family is the best Comedy Series on television. According to IMDB, in it’s three seasons Modern Family has racked up 54 awards for cast, crew, and the show itself. I guess we can say 55 now.
TV Movie or Miniseries of the Year
Republicans, Democrats, and everybody else saw Julianne Moore transform herself into the controversial Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change. The Television Movie was a smashing success thanks to the great cast. No matter how you felt about 2004’s crazy election year you could sit back and watch Game Change for what it was. Entertaining.
Novel (Fiction) of the Year
The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling left the Harry Potter universe with the novel The Casual Vacancy. Prior to release it appeared as if fans and critics were worried. Could Rowling continue her success without Harry Potter and his friends? The numbers didn’t lie and neither did your votes, as The Casual Vacancy was one of the most popular books of the year and the Unicorn Award Winner for Novel of the Year.
Best Graphic Novel of the Year
Batman: Earth One
In a year full of great new graphic novels and comic series as well as DC and Marvel thinking reboots, one graphic novel in particular stood out amongst the rest. Batman: Earth One took the Best Graphic Novel of the Year Award in a landslide. Project-Nerd readers appear to be Batman fans… who knew.
Sports Champion of the Year
In a year of somewhat predictable sports champions, you all voted in favor of the 2012 NBA Champions, the Miami Heat. Lead by Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, the all-star team found a way to pull their South Beach talent together and get a trophy the entire team could enjoy. Whether they win as many as James predicted is still to be determined, but now King James fans can finally say he has a championship.
Song of the Year
Somebody that I Used to Know – Gotye featuring Kimba
Maybe the most overplayed song of the year, Somebody that I Used to Know broke the barriers of music genres and became a hit favored by fans of alternative, pop, and even other forms of music. Winner of Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy’s made this a clear favorite. The fact that you all had this memorized probably helped sway your votes as well.
Album of the Year
Babel – Mumford & Sons
The Grammy Award Winning Album, Babel by Mumford & Sons, is also now the Unicorn Award Winning Album. Album of the Year was a two horse race but in the end, the readers picked Babel for the top music prize of the year. Babel set sales marks this past year and helped Mumford & Sons reach an even bigger audience than they already had.
Video Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed III
This category ended up having no competition, as Assassin’s Creed III ran away with the majority vote. Taking the assassin story to the Revolutionary War, Assassin’s Creed III tried a few things different and the fans responded in a very positive manner. Winning The Unicorn Award for Video Game of the Year seemed like it would have been hard with the stiff competition, but Assassin’s Creed did what it did best and killed the competition.
Blu-ray Release of the Year
(Tie) The Dark Knight Rises & The Avengers
Obviously the closest race in the awards this year, The Blu-ray Release category found itself in a draw between the two movies that nearly every ballot mentioned. The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers both had amazing and controversial theatrical runs that were capped off by great home video releases. Seeing that we are a geek blog and these are both comic book related movies this really doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Blu-ray Box Set of the Year
Bond: 50 – 50 Years of James Bond
50 Years of James Bond movies all in one box set on Blu-ray. The choice was clear, even with other great box sets being released in 2012, Bond was back and was highly praised. Skyfall gave the hero plenty of momentum at the box office and possibly led to some extra Bond votes here. The Unicorn Award for Blu-ray Box Set of the Year was a no-brainer from the get-go, Bond 50.
Worst (National) Movie of the Year
Probably our most interesting category on the list, the Unicorn Award for Worst Movie of the Year. With plenty of worthy nominees that didn’t even make the list, for as much good as we had in theaters in 2012 we had enough bad. Battleship just happened to be one of those, and according to the voters, was actually the worst. The Razzies didn’t give it Worst Picture of the Year but they did award Rihanna for Worst Supporting Actress in this horrible flop.
Motion Picture of the Year
Sweeping the award circuit this year is Argo, the Ben Affleck directed drama about the 1980 hostage situation in Iran. The movie captured the essence of the situation in very dramatic fashion and gained even more attention when Affleck was snubbed for the Best Director category at the Oscars. Take that drama and wrap it around an amazing cast and it’s clear why 3 ProNerds and you voters have declared this the best movie of the year. Will it win the Oscar for Best Picture as well? We’ll find out tonight.
Thank you to all who voted for the 2013 Project-Nerd Unicorn Awards. Spread the love and let us know what you think about the winners.