Siskoid Awards 2008 - Technical Achievement Ceremony

Unlike the Oscars, where they give out statues to audio board designers and software programmers in an underground ceremony far from the red carpet, we here at the SBG like to give the technical achievement awards right in the open. No starting another blog on MySpace just for them. One thing we do the same however is getting a pretty actress to host the evening.

Last year, we had the amazing luck of having Carey Mulligan wit us, but Sally Sparrow wasn't available this year. No problem, Naoko Mori agreed to fill in. It's her year. Torchwood fans know why.

Character find of 2008 - Donna Noble. I am astonished at how quickly I forgot all about Martha Jones.

Worst character find of 2008 - Susie on Survivor Gabon. Dullest, most boring and insipid Survivor to get so near the big prize since Vicepia. If she'd won, I'd have self-destructed on the spot.

Best movie trailer moment of 2008 - Iron Man, for the second year in a row! How is that possible? Thanks to the good people at the Onion.

Also available on the Iron Man DVD!

Best use of a Top Gun song in a movie I saw in 2008 - As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-Wai)

Oh those crazy kissing cousins!

Best comeback of 2008 - The wooden stick. I was really happy for it when it was inducted into the Toy Museum Hall of Fame. Perhaps unnaturally so.

Continent on the rise in 2008 - Africa. It's about time the "Dark Continent" got some love in entertainment media. DC Comics visited it in both Vixen and Unknown Soldier, and 24 kicked off its newest season with an African story. In all three cases, even when the specific country was fictitious, it felt like a legitimate representation of that long-ignored part of the world.
Biggest disappointment in gaming - The end of Pyramid Online. We'll see how well the pdf monthly version will do, but the loss of Pyramid's searchable database of articles alone is a great loss to the role-playing community.

Greatest and worst thing about Grand Theft Auto IV all rolled into one - Little Jacob's dialect

Favorite to replace David Tennant as the Doctor - Arabella Weir. Yes, I'd like a woman in the role and thought she did a great job in the Big Finish audio Exile. Or perhaps someone her type, but a little younger (like early 40s). Controversial choice? Bite me.

Well, my thanks to Naoko for a wonderful night. We miss you already!


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