This shall entertain me greatly.
Award: Best Major Character Portrayal
Author/Story: Memento Mori by Liandrin (featuring Draco Malfoy)
Reason: One of Lia's favourite things in the Potterverse is Draco Malfoy, and the way she paints him in this story, the slightly cowardly old man who carries a healthy dose of remorse and bitterness with him, is utterly fantastic. There is also a more serious element which addresses one of many theories on afterlife, and I think Lia did this without stepping on any toes, and the whole of it is just inspired -- especially for a plot bunny picked up in Fiction Junction. I knew this when I nominated it for the PH QSQ, and I knew it even more when it won.
Best Minor Character Portrayal
Becoming Rita by hestiajones
No one ever takes the time to make us feel bad for Rita Skeeter, and not many feel the need to show us how she became the loathsome individual who maligned a fourteen year old boy in GoF, but Natalie delivered in beautiful form. You will feel like you KNOW Rita after reading the story. There are also a beautiful cast of OCs that fill in the missing pieces of Rita's life, and their presence enhances the Ritalina experience so well.
Award: Best Smut
Author/Story: The Bookshop Owner's Gift by h vic
Reason: This is some of the best, un-cliche Scorose smut I've ever read. It overjoys me that there is an even smuttier version to be found on LJ, as well. It's so original in its characterisation, and the story is just so sensual. This was the first thing of Hannah's that I'd ever read, and it made me literally go to her author page and read every single fic (I'm not even joking)... all 24 of them.
Oblivion by Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak x
Holy crap. Just... wow. There is nothing about this story that I don't adore. I felt like I was really there inside Alice Longbottom's head as her illness mocked her every time she might have an idea of who she is and who she was. It's simply splendid. Often the subject of mental illness is not done very well, or it's done with little or no understanding of the actual illness, but Emma did right by Alice -- told her story to the point where one can't help but think that it's a piece of canon that fell right out of JKR's notebook.
Award: Best Original Plot
Author/Story: The Bacchus Book by Equinox Chick
Reason: The whole concept of the story is brilliant with drunk!Hermione and how she got that way. The twists and turns (not to mention the twisted turns, lol) are fab, and the ending made me l-o-freaking-l. So often, humour gives author the perception that torching characterisation is a good idea or okay, but this story retains such a lovely balance between humour and canon portrayal that you can't help but think that Hermione WOULD act this way in this situation. Please read.
Best Epilogue Alternative
Shattered by Gmariam
The idea that Harry could have a mental illness wrought from his resurrection in the forest makes perfect sense, and this story deals with it. While thinking of Harry as weakened and dying as I watch causes me immense sadness as a reader, Gina really gave me a vested interest in the story by telling it in the perspective of someone who loves Harry a great deal. I found the aspect of the violent mood swings to be realistic and fascinating all at once, and it rapidly went from being a fan fic to being a study on humanity and how we react to things that upset us.
Award: Best Infidelity Moment
Author/Story: The Colour of Distance by the opaleye
Reason: Holywowmangeez, I have to invent a word to describe the overt hotness of this bit of Harmony infidelity. It's so sexy and so wistful and bittersweet; I could read it over and over. It isn't just that it's my favourite ship or that it's smutty (which it's not); there is such an elegance in the way Julia wrote Harry and Hermione's descent into the madness that is cheating on their 'soul mates'. Even a canon shipper could appreciate the soul-melting writing that went into this story.
The Two Left Behind by the opaleye
This fic could make me cry with its gorgeousness. Seriously, I want to read it every time I need something beautiful in my life. It makes me weak at the knees. I have this problem every time I read Julia's writing; I can never think of what to say. Sometimes it could take me up to an hour to think of something coherent to say, and it ends up being about four or five lines. Really, just read the story, and you'll fall in love with it and maybe even not hate the Harry/Hermione dance scene from the DH movie.
This was immensely fun! I know it seems like my f-list swept the board for me, but considering their general level of amazing-ness, it's to be expected. Just... gah! READ THESE STORIES!!!