This should probably be in the feedback thread but oh well, this discussion is ticking along
Some musings from me:
Having being port / best original is a good idea. Maybe even best "remake" of a classic era title. There would have to be enough qualifying releases to justify a category being included, not just 1 or 2.
Picking up a little on some of the points raised already, I think consideration should be given to best "Team" category. Some games had a bunch of folks working on them and I think that should be considered when categorising them, my thinking is a bit like the music awards, best band, vs best solo, or something like that. Not the best analogy but you get the idea.
Best New Programmer / Newcomer is also a nice idea, it allows for some recognition outside of some of the elite programmers / teams in the community.
I would also suggest a smaller voting shortlist for each category. I think every category had at least 10 nominations. I think that's too many, 5 or 6 is probably a better number.