I had assumed that Robinson's Nebula winning 2312 would be the odds on favorite. However, John Scalzi's dark, comic Star Trek pastiche about how low ranking officers on a starship keep meeting untimely ends, managed to take the top prize. This is Scalzi's first time winning the Hugo award for Best Novel.
Sanderson, best known for completing the writing of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, scored a Hugo win for this tale of a thief who must create a forgery of an emperor's soul.
Best Short Story
"Mono no Aware" by Ken Liu
A young man in a starship heading towards a distant location only his children will ever see. The story is featured in the collection The Future Is Japanese
Best Graphic Story
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples
Vaughan's terrific story of two lovers from opposing armies escaping: soldiers from both sides, mercenaries, robot royalty and a treacherous planet with their newborn baby gets combined with Staples' elegant art which gives the tale a cinematic feel. This is a mature, witty and deeply involving world. Also the winner of the Eisner Award.
Like the four super powered protagonists, director/writer Whedon makes the impossible look easy. He took four superheroes from four different storylines and wove them into one satisfying story, pleased hardcore fans and summer movie goers and kept the whole movie fun and light on its feet. This movie managed to enhance all the movies it tied together AND win a Hugo to top it all off.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
"Blackwater" from Game of Thrones Season 2, Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall
HBO's sprawling adaptation of Martin's fantasy series broke the winning streak of the BBC's Doctor Who reboot.
The "Blackwater" episode was the season finale and brought the many simmering conflicts to a large scale and incredibly powerful resolution.