This is a follow-up on Spazz’s article, but My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has become the first TV animated series to be nominated for a Hugo Award with its nod for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form). The award was first given in 1958 and the nominees are very diverse ranging from records, to TV, to movies, to even news reports of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission which won in 1970. Since 2002, the category has been split between long and short with a 90-minute run time being the dividing line.
The first animated movie to be nominated was Yellow Submarine in 1969. It lost to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The only TV animated movie to be nominated was Rankin-Bass’s production of The Hobbit in 1978. It lost to a film called Star Wars.Watership Down was nominated the next year and lost to Superman. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? did win the award in 1989, but only twice has an animated film won the award out of 19 films nominated and both were since the split in the Long Form category: The Incredibles in 2005 and WALL-E in 2009.
Two Warner Brothers shorts in the 1950s were retroactively nominated for Hugos in the category as was Cinderella. “The Rabbit of Seville” was nominated in 2001 for the 1951 award as was Cinderella. Both lost to Destination Moon. “Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century” got a nod in 2004 for 1954, but it got nipped by the movie version of War of the Worlds.
“The Cutie Map” will be up against Doctor Who (“Heaven Scent”), Grimm (“Headache”), Jessica Jones (“AKA Smile”), and Supernatural (“Just My Imagination”). Doctor Who has been nominated in the Short Form category every year since 2006 winning six times in a span of seven years between 2006 and 2012. Game of Thrones won in the Long Form category for Season One as a whole in 2012 and then singular episodes won in the Short Form category in 2013 and 2014. But again, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the first TV animated series ever to be nominated for a Hugo Award.
The Hugos will be awards at 74th World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) which is MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City on August 17-21.