SFX Reader Awards News Posted by John Hoare on 1st July 2003, 00:00 Sorry this news is a bit late; we couldn’t afford to go to the SFX Event, or even buy SFX on the day of release. Wah. Anyway, as reported a while back, Chris Barrie hosted the SFX Reader Awards there on the 17th May, and by the magazine’s own account, “‘massive balls up’ is an understatement.” Apparently, “the entire video system conked out. It was bad enough that we couldn’t show clips of the nominees; even worse, no-one got to see the acceptance speeches that were specially filmed for us…”. Not that it mattered: “…it did give host Chris Barrie a chance to shine. He later told us he actually enjoyed the experience, ad-libbing his way through. He certainly earnt his money that night…” Excellent. Dave Golder (the editor) even thanks him for saving the ceremony, and “staying a gentlemen when he had every right to throw a star tantrum”. For full coverage of it, buy SFX #106 (July 2003), out in shops now, which features a couple of great (but far too small) piccies of Chris himself. And best of all, no WRONG OPINIONS about Red Dwarf. As for the awards themselves: Best Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Best Film Actress: Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man) Best Film Actor: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn, The Two Towers) Best Film Director: Peter Jackson (The Two Towers) Best Film Music: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Howard Shore) Worst Film: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Best TV Show: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Best TV Episode: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Once More, With Feeling) Best TV Actress: Alyson Hannigan (Willow, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) Best TV Actor: James Marsters (Spike, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) Most Improved TV Show: Angel Best New TV Show: The Dead Zone Worst TV Show: Andromeda Best Novel: Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse (Robert Rankin) Best SF-Related Non-Fiction Book: The Official Guide to the Making of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Brian Sibley) Best Author: Terry Pratchett Best Comic Book: The Ultimates Best Computer/Console Game: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Sexiest Woman: Claudia Black Sexiest Man: James Marsters Funniest Person: Spike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer Worst Dressed Person: Lorne (Angel) Worst Thing To Happen In 2002: Farscape (Cancellation) Best Thing To Happen In 2002: Daniel Jackson (Coming back to Stargate SG-1) The Minority Report Award For The Person Who Should Be Stopped From Comitting Future Crimes: George Lucas Who Would You Use As The Basis For Your Clone Army?: Orlando Bloom There’s also stuff about the Saturn Awards, where ST:TNG won the Best DVD Television Release award. Grrrrr. And there’s a half-page advert for the upcoming Brittas Empire Series 1 release (on 21st July); good to see that it’s being intelligently marketed. In other bits of news, Groovetown has a news story on Dwarf’s appearance on University Challenge the other night. And all our June 2003 news stories are now archived, which means we can start with a fresh page of insulting everyone. Hooray!