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Things We Saw Today: ‘The Old Guard’ and ‘Hades’ Take Home Hugo Awards

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Last night, the winners of the 2021 Hugo Awards were announced at DisCon III in Washington D.C., hosted by the World Science Fiction Convention. Winners included Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Old Guard, which won for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form and the series finale of The Good Place, which won the same category in short form.

But perhaps the biggest news of the evening was the special category Best Video Game, the second time ever the category has been presented (and the first time since 2006). Supergiants’ Hades took home the honors, where players control Zagreus, the son of Hades, as he attempts to escape from the Underworld to reach Mount Olympus.

Supergiant creative director Greg Kasavin posted his thank you speech on Twitter, writing “Wish I could have attended the #HugoAwards in person. I wasn’t able to make an acceptance speech there on behalf of the team though did have a few words here. I’m grateful that the awards are recognizing work in this category, much less the work we did!”

Fellow award winners are listed below:

Best Novel: Network Effect

Best Novella: The Empress Of Salt And Fortune

Best Novelette: Two Truths And A Lie

Best Short Story: “Metal Like Blood In The Dark”

Best Series: The Murderbot Diaries

Best Related Work: Beowulf: A New Translation

Best Graphic Story Or Comic: Parable Of The Sower

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Old Guard

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: “Whenever You’re Ready,” The Good Place

Best Editor, Short Form: Ellen Datlow

Best Editor, Long Form: Diana M. Pho

Best Professional Artist: Rovina Cai

Best Semiprozine: FIYAH Magazine Of Black Speculative Fiction

Best Fanzine: nerds of a feather, flock together

Best Fancast: The Coode Street Podcast

Best Fan Writer: Elsa Sjunneson

Best Fan Artist: Sara Felix

Best Video Game: Hades

Additionally, the Lodestar Award For Best Young Adult Book went to Ursula Vernon’s A Wizard’s Guide To Defensive Baking. And the Astounding Award For The Best New Writer went to Emily Tesh (Greenhollow Duology).

(via DisCon III, image: Supergiant Games)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.