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'Battlestar Galactica' Dominates Portal Awards With 11 Nods

On the movie side, 'Star Trek' led with five nominations

The final season of "Battlestar Galactica" resonated well with the nomination committee behind Airlock Alpha's 2009 Portal Awards, and the now legendary SciFi Channel series leads the way with 11 nominations including the usual suspects at Best Actor/Television and Best Actress/Television (that is Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell) and Best Series/Television.

Fox's "Dollhouse" didn't do too badly itself. The Joss Whedon series picked up five nominations on its first time out including Best Actress/Television for Eliza Dushku and Best Series/Television.

"Doctor Who" was close behind with four nominations including nods to David Tennant and Catherine Tate for Best Actor/Television and Best Actress/Television, but surprisingly, the show isn't up for Best Series/Television this year, the first time it has not made the final cut.

The 2009 Portal Awards International Nominating Committee spent months discussing and debating hundreds of possible nominees to get to the final list, and there were a lot of tough decisions across the board. "Doctor Who" may not be up for Best Series, but the list includes the aforementioned "Battlestar Galactica," "Dollhouse," "Fringe" on Fox, "Lost" on ABC, and last year's winner, "Supernatural" on The CW.

Competing for Best Actor in television along with Olmos and Tennant are Jensen Ackles from "Supernatural," Joshua Jackson from "Fringe" and Jason O'Mara from "Life on Mars."

Dushku, McDonnell and Tate are competing against Gretchen Mol from "Life on Mars" and Anna Paquin from "True Blood" in the Best Actress category.

As always, the categories with the most debate, and closest vote, were in the Best Guest Star/Television and Best Episode/Television categories.

Whoopi Goldberg gets her first Portal Awards nomination ever with her work on the "Life on Mars" episode "Wild in the Streets." She will compete against Richard Hatch from the "Battlestar Galactica" episode "Blood on the Scales," Billie Piper form the "Doctor Who" episode "Stolen Earth," Alan Tudyk from the "Dollhouse" episode "Omega," and Kate Vernon from the "Battlestar Galactica" episode "No Exit."

Competing for Best Episode are "Daybreak, Part 2" from "Battlestar Galactica," "The Monster at the End of this Book" from "Supernatural," "The Oath" from "Battlestar Galactica," "Omega" from "Dollhouse" and "Turn Left" from "Doctor Who."

In the movie category, "Star Trek" was the leader with five nominations, including Best Movie, while "Dark Knight" wasn't too far behind with four, including one for the late Heath Ledger.

Who will be the winner in each of our 14 categories? Just as it was from our very first version of these awards, when they were known as the SyFy Genre Awards, back in 1999, it will be you that decides!

Voting begins June 25 and runs through July 25. You can vote once per day for 30 days in all 14 categories.

So make your vote count, and be sure to return to Airlock Alpha over the next couple weeks as we get you ready for the 2009 Portal Awards!

Here is our fill list of nominees:

  1. BEST ACTOR/Television
  2. Jensen Ackles, "Supernatural"
  3. Joshua Jackson, "Fringe"
  4. Edward James Olmos, "Battlestar Galactica"
  5. Jason O'Mara, "Life On Mars"
  6. David Tennant, "Doctor Who"

  1. BEST ACTRESS/Television
  2. Eliza Dushku, "Dollhouse"
  3. Mary McDonnell, "Battlestar Galactica"
  4. Gretchen Mol, "Life On Mars"
  5. Anna Paquin, "True Blood"
  6. Catherine Tate, "Doctor Who"

  1. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/Television
  2. James Callis, "Battlestar Galactica"
  3. Michael Emerson, "Lost"
  4. Alessandro Juliani, "Battlestar Galactica"
  5. Ian McShane, "Kings"
  6. John Noble, "Fringe"

  1. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS/Television
  2. Summer Glau, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"
  3. Grace Park, "Battlestar Galactica"
  4. Katee Sackhoff, "Battlestar Galactica"
  5. Jewel Staite, "Stargate: Atlantis"
  6. Olivia Williams, "Dollhouse"

  1. BEST YOUNG ACTOR
  2. Thomas Dekker, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"
  3. Jordan Hinson, "Eureka"
  4. Thomas Knight, "The Sarah Jane Adventures"
  5. Jacob Kogan, "Star Trek"
  6. Hayden Panettiere, "Heroes"

  1. BEST GUEST STAR/Television
  2. Whoopi Goldberg, "Wild in the Streets," Life on Mars
  3. Richard Hatch, "Blood on the Scales," Battlestar Galactica
  4. Billie Piper, "The Stolen Earth," Doctor Who
  5. Alan Tudyk, "Omega," Dollhouse
  6. Kate Vernon, "No Exit," Battlestar Galactica

  1. BEST EPISODE/Television
  2. "Daybreak, Part 2," Battlestar Galactica
  3. "The Monster at the End of this Book," Supernatural
  4. "The Oath," Battlestar Galactica
  5. "Omega," Dollhouse
  6. "Turn Left," Doctor Who

  1. BEST SERIES/Television
  2. Battlestar Galactica
  3. Dollhouse
  4. Fringe
  5. Lost
  6. Supernatural

  1. BEST WEB SITE
  2. Dollverse
  3. GateWorld
  4. SupernaturalTV
  5. TrekMovie
  6. Whedonesque

  1. BEST WEB PRODUCTION
  2. Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy
  3. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
  4. Heroes: Going Postal
  5. The House Between
  6. Star Trek: Phase II

  1. BEST MOVIE
  2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. The Incredible Hulk
  5. Star Trek
  6. Watchmen

  1. BEST ACTOR/Movie
  2. Christian Bale, "The Dark Knight"
  3. Jackie Earle Haley, "Watchmen"
  4. Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
  5. Chris Pine, "Star Trek"
  6. Zachary Quinto, "Star Trek"

  1. BEST ACTRESS/Movie
  2. Gillian Anderson, "The X-Files: I Want To Believe"
  3. Cate Blanchett, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
  4. Moon Bloodgood, "Terminator: Salvation"
  5. Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Dark Knight"
  6. Zoe Saldana, "Star Trek"

  1. GENE RODDENBERRY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  2. James Cameron
  3. Gene L. Coon
  4. Matt Jefferies
  5. Majel Barrett Roddenberry
  6. H.G. Wells

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