It took me a while (and several long journeys) but eventually I managed to watch all four of the nominated films in this category, having seen the first series of Game of Thrones when it was broadcast last year. My votes are as follows:
5) Captain America: The First Avenger. A rather average action romp, lifted by Hugo Weaving as Nazi scientist who decides to become a supervillain. New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman makes an appearance as Second Girlfriend in an early scene.
4) No Award. As usual I have agonised a bit about this ranking, and might go up or down a notch depending on my mood.
3) Source Code. An intricate story of a special ops guy who has to relive the last minutes of someone else’s life over and over again until he is able to prevent a terrorist attack, though he himself is already doomed. I liked the basic plot but didn’t care for the political framing (life as a computer game…) and was not wholly convinced by the resolution.
2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. I enjoyed this much more than I had expected to. While Part 1 was basically about wandering around waiting for the plot to start happening, Part 2 gets you right into the final conflict, with everyone giving it their all, and a very pleasing closure to this incarnation of Rowling’s epic cycle. Radcliffe and Watson have particularly come on over the years; the special effects are great as well.
1) Game of Thrones, Series 1. I was an early advocate of nominating the series as a whole, and I remain an unabashed fanboy. This will be remembered when Captain America has been long forgotten. (Actually, hasn’t that happened already?)
See also: Best Novel | Best Novella | Best Novelette | Best Short Story | Best Related Work | Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) | Best Professional Artist | Best Fan Writer | Best Fan Artist | Best Fancast | The John W. Campbell Award (Not A Hugo)