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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags.

The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention).

The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or…ah…have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.

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The Human Machine

Neila Rey’s Nerdy Workouts Make Me Actually Want to Work Out, and That’s Saying Something

Maybe it’s just that for the first time in my life I actually miss having time to work out, but Neila Rey’s pop culture themed work outs are really  as physically challenging and logistically easy as one could hope, and for every kind of nerd reference you might care to make. We’ve posted only a few here, there are lots more at her site.

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Faster than a speeding bullet!

Gravity Would Be A Lot Shorter If Superman Was Around

There are a lot of movies that would be substantially shorter if Superman were around. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there also might be a lot of new movies that would exist if Superman was around.

Previously in Gravity

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Spaaaaaaaaaaace

Contemplate The Infinite Void With These Unused Gravity Poster Designs

Even I, who thinks dying adrift in space would be an outstanding way to go, have to admit that these posters are a bit chilling. You’re looking at the artwork of Framestore, the design firm who not only put together Gravity’s final poster, but worked on the film’s Oscar-winning visual effects as well.

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Oh Hollywood

The 2014 Oscars: The Good, The Awesome, and the Silly

If you watched the Oscars broadcast, you should know that Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t joking: this really was the star-studded selfie tweeted ’round the world, breaking the previous record set by President Obama’s re-election victory tweet and becoming the first user to top  one million retweets on a single tweet.

For everything else you need to know about the Oscars today in order to have a water cooler conversation about it, and, of course, the winners, read on!

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Superheroines In Love

Kat Leyh’s webcomic Supercakes chronicles the off-duty moments of super-couple Molly and May. Dang it, now I want pancakes. (via io9)

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I Want to Believe

Gravity Summed Up In 60 Seconds [VIDEO]

Didn’t catch the Academy Award-nominated Gravity in theaters? Thanks to Leigh Lehav, you can catch up before the big night. Plus, it’s less scary this way.

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Real Or Not Real?

Feed Your Oscar Fever With Honest Posters Of This Year’s Nominees

CollegeHumor‘s posters are only of the nine films up for the big award, but it does make me wonder what titles for the other nominees (complete list here) would be. Like Pacific Rim. EXCEPT, OH WAIT, PACIFIC RIM DIDN’T GET NOMINATED FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS. EVEN TRANSFORMERS GOT THREE OSCAR NOMINATIONS. DAMMIT.

Ahem. Thus begins my yearly litany of “Don’t take the Oscars seriously, Rebecca. Don’t take them seriously. They don’t deserve it. Simmer down.”

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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Catching Fire And Frozen Very Close To 2 Big Box Office Milestones

Is it the braids? I think it’s the braids.

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Don't Try This At Home

Going Behind-The-Scenes Of Gravity Makes Us Love Sandra Bullock Even More

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is amazing, but incredibly difficult to watch (what with the intense anxiety and inevitable spontaneous crying). Now, take that feeling, multiple it by a million, and that’s approximately how challenging it was to actually make the film. If you didn’t think Sandra Bullock deserved an Oscar before, you just might change your mind after watching this Behind-the-Scenes featurette.

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