Greatest Hugo acceptance speech of all time?

Behold! The greatest moment in modern Hugo Award history, as Chris Garcia has a complete (and utterly charming) meltdown when he realizes that he's won a Hugo for Best Fanzine for Drink Tank. I was so close as to be in the splash-zone, and it was a wonder and a delight to behold (yes, I know there's an ad -- it's worth it).

Best Fanzine - The Garcia Moment (via Scalzi)



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  1. “Hey, you think we should deinterlace this video before we scale it?”
    “Nah, it looks cool that way.”

  2. That link goes straight to 1992. Five minutes later and I’m still watching poorly typeset credits. How about some clue as to when the ‘magic’ happens. What say you commentors – is this the fustiest, most uninteresting link ever posted on BoingBoing? 

  3. “Located 38 miles from downtown Reno, Lake Tahoe is approximately 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, with 72 miles of scenic shoreline. The average depth is 989 feet and the deepest point 1,645 feet; the water is 99.7% pure, about the same as distilled water.”


  4. You’ve got to wait a while. Enjoy the rather odd music then do what I did and move it on a good 5 minutes. Its worth it cos the guy who gets the award is very, very happy.

  5. Weird. The ad didn’t play for me (I’m on Linux though).

    That was a sublime moment. I’m glad Cory reposted it here.  And @Grey Devil. You should see the comment around 2:30:58 ;)

  6. if you look on the page it sends you to there is a handy link to the clip “best of hugo awards-the garcia moment”. good stuff, i was moved.

  7. Thank you commentors. I take it all back – Found the link, scrolled past the credits and, yes, it was good!

    1. No, that’s Chris. I’ve known him for years, and he is that passionate about everything. This was his tenth nomination for Best Fanzine or Best Fan Writer. He even owns a t-shirt saying “Six Time Hugo Loser”. But he puts his heart into The Drink Tank, and to finally see him win made all of fandom cheer.

      The day of the Hugos he and another of the nominated folk agreed that File 770 was a lock to win. The day after, when he walked into the main exhibit hall at Worldcon, he got a standing ovation. He let me hold it. He let everyone hold it.

      What you see on that stage is Chris Garcia realizing that he finally made it. He’s a Hugo Award winner.

  8. it wasn’t fake at all.  i was actually in the audience when it happened.  i thought at first he was acting, but good gods no.  totally real.  he has had ten or more nominations over the years for the drink tank and his own work.  but this was his first win.

    he also is a friend of mine and a very very sweet man.  (besides, the drink tank rocks”

    1. Have they stopped giving Hugos to right wing fuck sticks like Orson Scott Card?

      I can’t think of a single author who’s more desperately in need of a fake phallus.

  9. that was awesome. i have no idea who he is or what his fanzine is like, but dammit, now i want to read it just to support him and his work. anyone with that amount of passion deserves to have as much success as they can get. when he sat down and just hugged it, i kinda lost it myself.

  10. Politics aside, what’s with the no love for Orson Scott Card?  He’s a bad right wing guy?  Is that kind of insulting behavior cool here?  What gives and just checking?

  11. Thank you for posting this. Chris is such a sweetheart and it was lovely to see him win for all his hard work. And it clearly means so very much to him. I was a little worried for him Saturday night, to tell you the truth — I wasn’t sure if that was pure joy or a terrible nervous breakdown he was having. ALL THE HUGS, CHRIS

    The three times I’ve had the pleasure of attending a Hugo awards ceremony, I’ve always been impressed with how every recipient has seemed genuinely moved by the award, be it their first or third (or eleventh!). It’s part of why I love this “tribe” so very, very much.

  12. Like Doug Berry said, yep, that’s our Chris.  I was seated next to him afterwards at Match Game SF, where he spent much of the night polishing his new award.  He was nice enough to let me fondle it….

    1.  where he spent much of the night polishing his new award

      Please, for the love of all that is good, tell me this isn’t a euphemism.

      (And congratulations to Chris, who is a lovely guy. Yes, that’s Chris being Chris – I once heard him described as being pretty much Taz the Tasmanian Devil in human form and in a very good mood…)

  13. That is Chris, being his utterly-sincere, completely open self.

    The man is a joy and Drink Tank has been worthy for years.

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