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Imaginary Awards for TV and Film

The Imaginary Awards for Film and TV

2017 Nominees for Best TV Show

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Since TV shows are so serialized (not to mention not necessarily TV shows--clock how many on our list are from streaming services!), this award recognizes the best full or partial season of a show that aired in 2017. For some, it's pretty straightforward, but for others (Star Trek: Discovery and Steven Universe) that doesn't equate to a full season. Still, you may rest assured we viewed all of the eligible episodes for each of our nominees!

The nominees are listed below, with the winners in bold.

BoJack Horseman, season 4

 The Expanse, season 2

The Handmaid's Tale, season 1

Runaways, season 1

Star Trek: Discovery, season 1, part 1

Steven Universe, season 4

Stranger Things, season 2


2017 Nominees for Best TV Show Episode or Multi-Episode Arc

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So, what we said above about serialized shows? It goes double here, because the continuous nature of most of our nominated shows means that it's really hard to pick just one episode (or even an arc of several episodes) as better than any of the others in a given season. We tried out best below, and we believe our nominees represent the very best in SFF television for 2017.

The nominees are listed below, with the winners in bold.

BoJack Horseman, "Time's Arrow"

The Expanse, "Godspeed"

The Handmaid's Tale, "Offred"

Star Trek: Discovery, "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"

Steven Universe, "Stuck Together," "The Trial," "Off Colors," and "Lars's Head"


2017 Nominees for Best Movie

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From budget blockbusters to indie films to foreign imports and more, our favorite SFF films range far and wide! Our only criteria in selecting these was that they had to have had a release in the US in 2017.

The nominees are listed below, with our tied winners in bold.


2017 Nominees for Best Onscreen Moment

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Which moments from 2017's films and shows most stuck with us? For this award, we're looking for the most memorable scenes or moments from our screens. We've tried to be as vague and spoiler-free as possible with our specific descriptions (oxymoron much?): if you've seen these moments, we want you to immediately recognize them--but if you haven't, we want you to be able to enjoy them for the first time without knowing exactly what happens.

The nominees are listed below, with the winner in bold.

Colossal: Gloria contemplates killing Oscar

The Expanse, "Godspeed": the asteroid moves

The Shape of Water: Elisa dances with Amphibian Man

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Leia re-enters the ship

Stranger Things, "The Spy": hairstyle tips from Steve the babysitter

Stranger Things, "Will the Wise": Joyce asks Will to stop lying, Will tells all

Wonder Woman: Diana in no-man's land

Your Name: the first journey to the shrine