Every year this award gets more eye-openingly bemusing and seems to drift even further from the tastes of the general SF&F-reading public. It wasn't helped by 2008 not being the best year for the genre, but still, SF fans should really have been able to come up with something better than this.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
A bit of a lukewarm list, with the Hugo's blatant anti-fantasy bias in the face of the continued decline of quality SF becoming more tiresome. The absence of Terry Pratchett's Nation and Daniel Abraham's An Autumn War is naturally ludicrous, but Stephenson and Doctorow were always going to get nominated (even though Little Brother is a bit of a misfire, although enjoyable to read). The seemingly automatic inclusion of Charles Stross every year regardless is starting to get a little bit silly though, especially given the continued absences of the other British SF powerhouses of the moment, Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds and Richard Morgan. The Temporal Void, House of Suns and The Steel Remains would all have been worthy inclusions on the list, but suffered from the traditional split publication problem (all three came out in the UK in 2008 and 2009 in the USA).
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The massively overrated Dark Knight will no doubt walk off with this (although better than the so-bad-it's-brilliant Iron Man, for which Robert Downey Jr. deserves a special award for single-handedly preventing the movie from being totally unwatchable), although a nod to the far more SFnal WALL-E is possible.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Lost: The Constant
Battlestar Galactica: Revelations
Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog
Doctor Who: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
Doctor Who: Turn Left
A better selection that other recent years, where the most SF shows on TV (Battlestar Galactica and increasingly Lost) have gone totally ignored. In a logical universe this would be a closely-fought battle to the death between BSG's best episode in ages, Lost's best episode ever and Doctor Horrible (proof that, Dollhouse not withstanding, Joss Whedon can still be one of the funniest and cleverest writers in television). In reality we know that Doctor Who will win. Even more irritatingly, whilst last year the genuinely best episode of new Who won, this year the best episode of the season (Midnight) was ignored in favour of the illogical and bitty Silence in the Library two-parter. Turn Left isn't too bad and proves that Catherine Tate can actually act, but it's a long way from batting at the same level as the other shows nominated.
Best Editor, Long Form
David G. Hartwell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
It's understandable this is award is usually an Americans-only club, but it would be nice if one year some of the excellent British or international editors got a look-in.