A preface (of sorts): It has becomes somewhat customary to greet the announcement of a shortlist for an award, or even of its winner(s), with comments about how in one’s (actually not all that) humble opinion, it’s really a shame that XXX was not in fact included and/or the winner. But an award is really just an award. Should someone else have won? Well, no, because the jury picked the winner. If you don’t like that then you probably need to hand out your own award.