Your hostess this year was a revelation in Fargo, and I'm not happy to see her in everything she's likely (and unlikely) to do: Allison Tolman! Might just be my secret crush this year. (And damn it, no, I didn't go to the Technical Achievement Ceremony this year - who ever DOES? - so I haven't met her personally.) But I've been assured she presented everyone with their made-up awards.
90s Comics Retrial is quite fun, for example, Film and Water is a nice spin-off from Fire and Water, and I ambitiously started listening to the also ambitious From Crisis to Crisis. However, there can only be one winner, and that's Ryan Daily's Secret Origins Podcast. Not only does it cover one of my favorite DC Comics series from the 80s, but Ryan has gone above and beyond by 1) getting different guest hosts to cover each origin, and 2) making this complicated and time-consuming enterprise WEEKLY. That's just crazy, and it's MY kind of crazy. Suddenly, everyone was doing the "special guest" thing, bringing our community of comics podcasters closer together. I'm sure Ryan didn't invent the concept, but he certainly popularized it in our neck of the inter-woods.
Best movie essentially about a pun - Zombeavers for the win! It's one thing to amalgamate two words and make a horror B-movie out of it, but quite another to make it this fun and exciting. Or maybe it just tickles my Canadian soul. From my review: "Zombeavers doesn't take itself as seriously, but succeeds within the scope of its ambitions. It's the old cabin in the woods set-up, with obnoxious teens and their neighbors at the lake just fodder for zombie beavers, with plenty of B-movie gore, dumb sex jokes and gratuitous nudity. The beaver puppets are terrible, but that's part of the fun, and yeah, I was mostly cheering for them to win. I don't want to spoil just how outrageous the movie gets - because I fully intend you to see it, apparently - but writer-director Jordan Rubin understands the tropes well enough to throw some good twists at us. Speaking of twists, be sure to stick around for a bonus sequence after the credits, AND if you're tempted to check out that wonderful lounge hit 'Zombeavers' (which is a perfect credit roll moment), let it be known that after the first 50 seconds or so, it starts spoiling the entire story. But if you don't give a dam..."
Best geeky civil disobedience of 2015 - Ms. Marvel defaces San Francisco buses to fight Islamophobia. One of several (link):
Most watched You-Tube video (well, ANYTHING) in 2015 - I don't know how it started, but I started watching and listening to the production of Sondheim's Company starring Neil Patrick Harris, Steven Colbert, Christina Hendricks and many others) online (it was all on You-Tube), then made a recording to listen to on my iPod, then bought the DVD so I could watch it on my TV, and so for a couple months there, I was watching or listening to this frankly amazing musical all the damn time. There are more "serious" versions of Company, but this one earns its laughs, has a great cast, and I like both the themes and the songs. I didn't stop listening to it so much as have it memorized.
Best robot actor of 2015 - Who will dethrone last year's TARS? It wasn't a one-robot race! This is the year of Ex Machina, Chappie (ok, Chappie's not gonna win), and Age of Ultron, after all! But I don't think I'll be surprising anyone by giving heart-melter BB8 from The Force Awakens the crown. Move over, potty-mouthed R2-D2, the Galaxy far far away has a new cutesy droid, and he's really awesome.
Related: Best use of BB8 outside of the movie - Who doesn't love Batman '66 running with the droid over his head? "Some days, you just can't get rid of a droid."
Voilà! My thanks again to Ms. Tolman for fake-pre-taping the gala. Happy New Year and all that jazz. The Siskoid Awards will return in a year's time.