2010 Dead Letter Awards - Nominees and Ballot

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The official ballot for the 2010 Annual Dead Letter Awards is now on-line! The Dead Letter Awards, or DLAs, is the annual Mail Order Zombie event celebrating the best in zombie movies and media from the previous year. Only one nominee can be selected per category; every category has the option of a write-in vote. You need not vote in every category, but you must include your name and email address for your vote to be counted; only one ballot per person. The voting period runs from 2/12/11-3/6/11. The Dead Letter Awards show will take place during Mail Order Zombie #158, 3/10/11. Dead Letter Award nominees were nominated by the public during an open nomination period in January 2011.

Zombie Books
In order to be eligible for a 2010 Dead Letter Award, the book must have been released for the first time in a print edition in 2010. Paperback editions of previously published hardcover books are not eligible. If a book is a reprint of a book published before 2010, it is not eligible unless the reprint is judged by Mail Order Zombie to be significantly different than the previous release.

Best Book, Anthology
The Living Dead 2 edited by John Joseph Adams
Eye Witness: Zombie edited by T. W. Brown
Dead History: A Zombie Anthology edited by Anthony Giangregorio
Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology edited by Michelle McRary and Joe McKinney
The Undead That Saved Christmas edited by Lyle Perez-Tinics
Zombiality edited by Bill Tucker

Best Book, Non-Fiction/Reference
So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin
Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever Made by Joe Kane
The Art of Zombie Warfare: How to Kick Ass Like the Walking Dead by Scott Kenemore
The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead by Roger Ma
The G.O.R.E. Score: A Review Guide to All Things Zombie by Tony Schaab
The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead by Christian Sellers and Gary Smart

Best Book, Fiction
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall
Ashton Memorial: Book Two of a Zombie Trilogy by Robert R. Best
Tooth and Nail by Craig Dilouie
Dead Beyond the Fence: A Novel of Zombie Apocalypse by Brian Kaufman
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Rise Again by Ben Tripp

Zombie Movies
In order to be eligible for a 2010 Dead Letter Award, the movie/release or movie/release represented in its category must have been released for the first time in a fixed digital format for home viewing somewhere in the world. A DVD re-release or Blu-ray release of a movie previously released on DVD would not qualify; a movie being released as a Region 1 DVD release that has been previously released in another DVD Region would not qualify. A DVD or Blu-ray release of a movie only previously released on VHS would qualify. Director's Cuts, Extended Editions, Collector's Editions do not qualify unless this release was also the first release of the movie. A television series does qualify if the television series was released on DVD or Blu-ray for the first time in 2010 (in which case the DVD/Blu-ray release will be referred to as a "movie" for purposes of this Dead Letter Award Ballot).

Best Score in a Zombie Movie
The Dead Matter music by Edward Douglas and Midnight Syndicate
Rammbock (Siege of the Dead) music by Marco Dreckkötter and Stefan Will
Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Episodes 5 & 6 music by Bernadette McCallion
La Horde (The Horde) music by Christopher Lennertz
Alice Jacobs is Dead music by Bill Sherman
Resident Evil: Afterlife music by Tomandandy

Best Special Make-Up Effects in a Zombie Movie
BloodPigs
The Dead Matter
La Horde (The Horde)
Rammbock (Siege of the Dead)
Survival of the Dead
Zombieland

Best Screenplay of a Zombie Movie
Death of the Dead written by Bo Buckley
Make-Out with Violence written by The Deagol Brothers, Cody DeVos and Eric Lehning
The Dead Matter written by Tony Demci and Edward Douglas
Hell is Full written by Steve Hudgins
Rammbock (Siege of the Dead) written by Benjamin Hessler
ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction written by Ramon Isao and Kevin Hamedani

Best Zombie
Adrienne Barbeau (Alice Jacobs is Dead)
Derek Graf (Zombieland)
Alastair Kirton (Colin)
Shellie Marie Shartzer (Make-Out with Violence)
Treva Tegtmeier (Not Even Death)
Brian Van Camp (The Dead Matter)

Best Cameo or Surprise Appearance in a Zombie Movie
Steven Barton (Survival of the Dead)
Richard Dyszel (The Dead Matter)
Lloyd Kaufman (The Last Zombi Hunter)
Heidi Martinuzzi (Fistful of Brains)
Ian McKellen (E'gad, Zombies!)
Bill Murray (Zombieland)

Best Actress in a Zombie Movie
Janette Armand (ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction)
Linda Jensen (ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction)
Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Afterlife)
Claude Perron (La Horde/The Horde)
Christina Rose (Death of the Dead)
H. Lynn Smith (Attack of the Vegan Zombies!)

Best Actor in a Zombie Movie
Jack Abele (Death of the Dead)
Eriq Ebouaney (La Horde/The Horde)
Ken Foree (Zone of the Dead, aka Apocalypse of the Dead)
Boris Kodjoe (Resident Evil: Afterlife)
Larry Purtell (Die-ner (Get It?))
Kenneth Welsh (Survival of the Dead)

Best One-Liner in a Zombie Movie
"Outta the way, dead white woman." - The Dead Can't Dance
"It's your ass. If you want to get it kicked, who am I to stop you?" - Death of the Dead
"Ball me sideways! Preserve my eyes!" - E'gad, Zombies!
"Attention zombie assholes! Anyone who doesn't want their ass kicked begin kicking your own ass right now!" - Ninjas vs. Zombies
"Hey, boys. Is that any way to treat a lady?" - Resident Evil: Afterlife
"Time to nut up or shut up." - Zombieland

Best Death Scene in a Zombie Movie (This category is wide-open and open to write-in votes. The above qualifications for movie award consideration apply. Describe the scene in question and be sure to note the movie in which the scene appears.)

Best Director of a Zombie Movie
Matthew Butler (E'gad, Zombies!)
Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher (La Horde/The Horde)
Patrick Devaney (Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Episodes 5 & 6)
Gary King (Death of the Dead)
Marc Price (Colin)
George A. Romero (Survival of the Dead)

Best Zombie Movie
Colin
Death of the Dead
La Horde/The Horde
Rammbock (Siege of the Dead)
Survival of the Dead
ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction

Other Zombie Media
In order to be eligible for a 2010 Dead Letter Award, the media in question must have been released/updated in 2010.

Best Zombie Audiodrama
Among the Dead
HG World
We're Alive

Best Zombie Comic Book
Descent of the Dead
FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency
I, Zombie
The Last Zombie
Victorian Undead
The Walking Dead

Best Zombie Videogame
(The Best Zombie Videogame category follows the same "release rules" as the Best Movie categories. A re-release or port of a previously released game does not qualify.)
Cowboys vs. Zombies
Dead Nation
Dead Rising 2
Left 4 Dead / Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice (DLC)
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing (DLC)
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Best Zombie Website
Buy Zombie (http://www.buyzombie.com)
The G.O.R.E. Score (http://thegorescore.com)
The Zed Word: Zombie Blog (http://tinyurl.com/zedword)
Zombie Reporting Center (http://www.zombiereportingcenter.com)
Zombie Command (http://www.zombiecommand.com)
Zombies & Toys (http://www.zombiesandtoys.com)

Every category has an "Other" option; you can submit your "write-in" vote if your qualifying favorite is not already represented.

The Shambler - Lifetime Achievement Award
The Shambler is the Mail Order Zombie Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing those who have given much to zombie media. Previous award winners are George A. Romero (2008) and Tom Savini (2009).

Please submit no more than three names.

The Fresh Meat Award - Best Newcomer
The Fresh Meat Award is Mail Order Zombie Newcomer Award, recognizing those who have made a significant impact in zombie media right out of the gate. Previous award winners are Patrick Devaney (creator of Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, 2008) and Wes Young & Ryan Goff (directors of Dead Exit, 2009).

Please submit no more than three names.

The 3rd Annual Mail Order Zombie Dead Letter Awards ballot can be found at http://tinyurl.com/dla2010

Congratulations to all the nominees! Good luck!

(Production music provided HorrorVox and Midnight Syndicate.)

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