The Ursa Major Awards are Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom’s equivalents of s-f fandom’s Hugo Awards, mystery fandom’s Anthony Awards, horror fandom’s Bram Stoker Awards, and so forth. The Ursa Majors are administered and presented by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), an organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts both within and outside of the fandom. Nominations and voting for the awards are open to the public. The physical award consists of an illustrated trophy certificate or plaque, designed by the artist Heather Bruton.
The winners are as follows:
Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture:
- Guardians of the Galaxy (Directed by James Gunn, July 31)
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Directed by Dean DeBlois, June 5)
- The Lego Movie (Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, February 7)
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Directed by Matt Reeves, July 11)
- Mr. Peabody and Sherman (Directed by Rob Minkoff; March 7) *RV Staff Pick
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series:
- Furry Force (parts 1 and 2, CollegeHumor and Smiley Guy Studios)
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Directed by James Thiessen and Jim Miller for Hasbro, Season 4 Episode 8 to Season 4 Episode 26)
- Bojack Horseman, on Netflix (Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg for Netflix, Aug 22) *RV Staff Pick
- Littlest Pet Shop (Supervising Director Dallas Parker and Directed by Joel Dickie, Season 2 Episode 11 to Season 3 Episode 16)
- The Beach Bears (by MaxGoof, “The Trip to Alberta” Chapter 137 – 170)
Best Anthropomorphic Novel:
- Off the Beaten Path by Rukis
- Huntress, by Renee Carter Hall (in Five Fortunes)
- Chakat in the Alley, by James Jordan.
- The Forges of Dawn, by E.M. Kinsey.
- Impossible Magic, by J.F.R. Coates.
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction:
- When a Cat Loves a Dog, by Mary E. Lowd. (in Five Fortunes)
- A Real Stand-Up Guy, by Daniel and Mary E. Lowd.
- The Best Puppy Ever, by Mary E. Lowd.
- The Wharf Cat’s Mermaid, by Mary E. Lowd.
- The Carousel of Spirits, by Mary E. Lowd.
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work:
- Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido.
- Abandoned Places, edited by Tarl Hoch.
- The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, by various.
- Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten.
- Tales From the Guild, Vol 1: Music to Your Ears, edited by AnthroAquatic.
Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story:
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW Publishing, issue 15 to 26)
- TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach. (Internet, January 8 to December 23)
- Slightly Damned, by Chu. (Internet, page 626 to 674)
- Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake. (Internet, from page 364 to 381)
- Endtown, by Aaron Neathery. (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip:
- Housepets! by Rick Griffin (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
Best Anthropomorphic Magazine:
InFurNation edited by Rod O’Riley (Jan 1 to Dec 30)
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration:
- SabretoothedErmine, book cover for Midwest FurFest 2014 Convention Book, December 4.
Best Anthropomorphic Game:
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Best Anthropomorphic Website:
FurAffinity art website.
Keep up the good work!