Local author Daniel Kimmel up for Hugo Award

Daniel M. Kimmel, former president of the Boston Society of Film Critics, said he was getting ready for his Passover seder on Saturday when he was informed that he’d been named a finalist for the Hugo Award for his book “Jar Jar Binks Must Die. . . and other Observations About Science Fiction Movies.’’ Kimmel told us by e-mail on Monday: “They had live streaming video online of the announcements at 4 p.m. . . . I caught the one where . . . Chris Garcia (past Hugo winner and an Emerson graduate) was making the announcements. Chris is a friend and when he got to my book he looked into the camera and said, ‘Hi, Dan.’ ’’ The Hugos are awarded to science fiction or fantasy works. Kimmel is nominated in the category of “best related work.’’ Other nominees include the sometimes local Neil Gaiman, who’s up for best dramatic presentation for an episode of “Dr. Who.’’ Winners will be named at the end of August.