The Flixies: Netflix awards aim to honor fan-favorite programming

Feb. 28, 2013 | 4:10 p.m.
Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker as Daryl and Merle Dixon in "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)

Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker as Daryl and Merle Dixon in “The Walking Dead.” (Gene Page/AMC)

Just when you thought Hollywood’s awards season had come to a close with the Oscars, Netflix has unveiled a new prize — the Flixies. But this honor is designed to celebrate widely popular entertainment — movies and television series with ardent followings that too often go overlooked by more conventional ceremonies.

“The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” are among the films and TV shows nominated in seven tongue-in-cheek categories including “Best Tantrum Tamer,” “Best Bromance,” “Best Hangover Cure” and “Best Commute Shrtnr.”

Among the other genre nominees: “Lost,” “American Horror Story,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Teen Wolf,” “Commando,” “Super 8,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “Archer,” “Mythbusters,” “Transformers Prime” and “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”

The video streaming services’ new awards are designed to recognize the way audiences now watch TV and films. Services such as Netflix and Hulu, as well as digital video recorders, have transformed the TV viewing experience by enabling viewers to devour multiple episodes or even entire seasons of their favorite series in marathon viewing sessions.

Fans have long complained that more established kudos fests have turned a blind eye to science fiction and fantasy in movies and television. Five stars of “The Avengers” assembled for the Oscars this past weekend, for example, but only to present awards, not to collect them.

Online voting for the new award will be open through March 10, with the winners set to be unveiled March 11.

What do you think about the new honor? Will you vote? Let us know in the comments section.

— Rene Lynch


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