Only three this year:
Qwirkle - a new favourite of ours and we taught my partner's mom just this weekend. Fun, super, super simple, and much subtler than you think. Read how much I love the game here.
Forbidden Island - Oh my god, I've owned this for months and I have yet to play it (I know, GamerChris, I know!) I am certain I will love this game but the co-op aspect makes it a no-go in my house. Blame the partner....
Asara - Haven't played this but now I must. Kramer/Kiesling is not always successful, but they're always interesting.
I actually kinda hope that Qwirkle takes it. It's such a simple and elegant game/pastime and it's really quite enjoyable for all the members of a family. That, and Matt Leacock has already won tons of awards for Pandemic.
As for the special (more strategic) prize, I've only played one but I know it deserves it: 7 Wonders. Read why I think so here.