Hugo Award Ceremony

The 2011 Hugo Award Ceremony took place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 20 August, in the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Hotel. We expected over 1,500 Renovation members to attend in person, but we don't currently have an actual count.

  • Video streaming was provided via Ustream. For those of you who couldn't make it to the convention, we have a recorded stream of the proceedings.

  • Text coverage was provided via CoverItLive. Kevin Standlee and Mur Lafferty hosted the coverage live from the Tuscany Ballroom starting shortly before the Ceremony started at 8 p.m. Coverage incorporated the official @SFReno and @TheHugoAwards Twitter feeds, as well as Twitter posts using the #hugos, #hugoaward, and #hugoawards hashtags. See the Hugo Awards official web site for the full announcement.

Introducing the Ceremony

The Hugo Award Ceremony is the high point of the convention and follows a traditional format.

Doors are generally opened to allow people to find their seats well before the official start time. The nominees and their guests are brought in shortly before the start - after attending a reception laid on by the host convention. (The nominees may be successful professionals, but they still get nervous, and it's a good idea to ensure they have had something to eat and drink!).

The Ceremony itself starts with an introduction by the MC(s). This is often an occasion in itself (uniquely, the 2005 introduction was itself nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation the following year!)

The first major award to be presented is the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. This Award is traditionally included in the Hugo Ballot and voted on by Worldcon members, although it is not a Hugo (and is given by Dell Magazines).

After the Campbell presentation comes the presentation of the Hugo Base design. Although the Hugo rocket is always the same, the base design changes each year and its unveiling is always a moment of great interest.

And so now, it is time for the Hugos, working through the categories in order - with the four fiction categories always coming last, and Best Novel last of all.

At the end of the Ceremony, there are chances for professional and fan photographers to take pictures of the winners with their Hugos before everyone left the hall, still buzzing over the choices made for this year's awards.

Introducing your Hosts

Jay Lake

Renovation is proud to announce that the Masters of Ceremony for the 2011 Hugo Awards will be Jay Lake and Ken Scholes.

Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects. His 2011 books are Endurance from Tor Books, and Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh from Prime Books, along with paperback releases of two of his other titles. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a past winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.

Ken Scholes is the critically acclaimed author of the Psalms of Isaak series, published in the US by Tor Books. He is also a past winner of the Writers of the Future contest and his short fiction has been collected in two volumes available from Fairwood Press. Ken's eclectic background includes a degree in history, service in two branches of the military, over a decade of nonprofit management experience in community and economic development and six years in public sector procurement for local government. Ken lives in Saint Helens, Oregon, with his wife and twin daughters.

Extra special thanks go to Phil Davis of Phil Davis Books and Treasures for the loan of the black top hat worn by Ken in the Hugo Ceremony.

Ken Scholes