MTV today announced the nominees for the 2015 “Fandom of the Year” award, which features 32 honorees spread across four sub genres – Movies, TV Dramas, TV Comedies and Reality – with winners being decided by bracket-style voting. The network also announced nominees for “Ship of the Year,” celebrating the unspoken relationships that fandoms are dying to see. The awards will be handed out at the second annual “MTV Fandom Awards,” which will take place along with the “MTV Fandom Fest” on Thursday, July 9 at Petco Park during Comic-Con San Diego. MTV will premiere the 60-minute MTV Fandom Awards Special on Sunday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, celebrating the honorees and showcasing some of the best moments from the show.
“Fandom of the Year” nominees include fans of the biggest blockbuster franchises in entertainment like Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, as well as television series, including Empire, Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf, Broad City, Arrow, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The full list of all 32 nominees for the “Fandom of the Year” award presented by Kit Kat bars is included below and fans can vote for all of their favorites at FandomAwards.MTV.com. Social voting for the “Ship of the Year” award, presented by Coca-Cola, will launch on Thursday, June 25 with voting exclusively on Tumblr, the home for fandoms. The nominees in the category are “Clexa” from The 100 (Clarke and Lexa), “Olicity” from Arrow (Felicity and Oliver), “Karmy” from Faking It (Karma and Amy), “Emison” from Pretty Little Liars (Emily and Alison), “Sciles” from Teen Wolf (Scott and Stiles), and “Bamon” from The Vampire Diaries (Bonnie and Damon). Starting June 25, MTV will launch a unique post for each of the “Ship of the Year” nominees on the MTV Tumblr page, with the winner determined by the post with the largest vote count. Voting for this award will run through July 8.
The Vampire Diaries leads the pack of previously announced nominees with three nominations in the “Fandom of the Year,” “Ship of the Year” and “Feels Freak Out of the Year” categories. Previously announced nominees, Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars, Faking It, Arrow, Empire and Teen Wolf round out the standings with two nominations each.
“The ‘Fandom of the Year’ award celebrates some of the loudest fandoms in pop culture,” said Ryan Kroft, Senior Vice President of Programming Specials and Events for MTV. “We love having the bracket back in action for the second year in a row.”
“Shipping on Tumblr is serious business, so I’m thrilled we’re able to celebrate all of the community’s passions by opening it up to a democratic process with MTV Fandom Awards, said Amandalyn Ferri, Tumblr’s Culture & Trends expert. “Personally, I ship #Karmy (“Faking It”), but we’ll see which couple’s hypothetical love prevails when voting on Tumblr ends and San Diego Comic-Con begins.”
Beginning on Wednesday, July 8, MTV will launch “Fandom Week,” a take-over by fans and celebrity fans, alike, across every MTV platform with segments on-air, on digital and across MTV’s social platforms. Stars like Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, MGK, Kit Harrington and many more will share their favorite movies, shows and characters, while “MTV Fandom” correspondents Carly Aquilino (MTV’s Girl Code) and social media star Lohanthony, will be on the ground bringing viewers the best of Comic-Con International: San Diego and all of the fun from “MTV Fandom Fest.” “Fandom Week” will culminate on Sunday, July 12 with the MTV Fandom Awards Special airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.