When they finally opened the doors of the Civic Auditorium, we raced up to the balcony and got front center seats. It was farther away from the stage, but we didn't have to worry about anyone's costume hat rearing up in front of us. It was warm ... but the cement floor felt so good to my poor tired feet.
It was the usually pre-Hugo Show. The Seiuns were awarded. The Big Heart was awarded. And more that I didn't pay attention to. I really wish they would do these other awards at a different time. Toastmaster Tad Williams gave a wonderful speech about paying forward. Connie Willis gave an entertaining presentation with a Feghoot story, that ended in a pun concerning The Day The Earth Stood Still.
The awards went to:
Best Novel: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Best Novella: "Fast Times at Fairmont High" by Vernor Vinge
Best Novelette: "Hell Is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang
Best Short Story: "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" by Michael Swanwick
Best Related Book: The Art of Chesley Bonestell by Ron Miller & Frederick C. Durant III, with Melvin H. Schuetz
Best Dramatic Presentation: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Professional Editor: Ellen Datlow
Best Pro Artist: Michael Whelan
Best Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown
Best Fanzine: Ansible, edited by Dave Langford
Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford
Best Fan Artist: Teddy Harvia
Best Web Site: Locus Online, Mark R. Kelly editor/webmaster
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 2000 or 2001: Jo Walton
Ellen Datlow finally won out over Dozois! Hurrah!
Locus and Ansible will go head to head (page to page?) for the Hugo next year. Ansible is changing categories.
Sean Astin (Sam) and Sala Baker (Sauron) showed up to accept the Hugo for LotR.