Ray Bradbury Award

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The Ray Bradbury Award (full name "Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation") is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to recognize excellence in screenwriting, in place of the discontinued Nebula Award for Best Script. Originally presented in 1992 and given for specific work, the award was not presented annually and was dormant from 2001 through 2008, when it was presented for a body of work rather than an individual work.

The award[edit]

Named in honor of Ray Bradbury, the physical award was designed by Vincent Villafranca.[1] The cast bronze statuette references Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, while the IBM Selectric type ball used for the figure's head is indicative of Bradbury's stated preference for using an IBM Selectric typewriter.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the work was first released. Entries with a blue background and an asterisk (*) next to the writer's name have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominees on the shortlist.

  *   Winners and joint winners

1991–2008[edit]

This Ray Bradbury Award was not the current Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. Before 2009 the winner was chosen by the President of SFWA, not by vote of the organization’s members.[2][3][4][5]

YearWinner(s)Work
1991[6]James Cameron (writer/director) and William Wisher (writer)*Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1998[6]J. Michael Straczynski*Babylon 5
2000[6]Yuri Rasovsky and Harlan Ellison*2000X: Tales of the Next Millennia
2008[6]Joss Whedon*Joss Whedon filmography

2009–present[edit]

Starting with the 2009 award, the Nebula Award for Best Script was eliminated and the Ray Bradbury Award given in its place. While no longer a Nebula, the award will be presented at the Nebula Awards Ceremony and will follow Nebula rules and procedures.[7]

YearCreator(s)WorkPublisher(s)
2009[8]Neill Blomkamp*District 9TriStar Pictures
J. J. Abrams (director), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (writers)Star TrekParamount Pictures
James CameronAvatarTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Pete Docter (writer/director), Bob Peterson and Tom McCarthy (writers)UpPixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
Henry Selick (writer/director), Neil Gaiman (original story)CoralineFocus Features
2010[9]Christopher Nolan*InceptionWarner Brothers
Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud (directors), Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio and Sergio Pablos (writers)Despicable MeUniversal Pictures
Jonny Campbell (director) and Richard Curtis (writer)Doctor Who: "Vincent and the Doctor"BBC
Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders (writers/directors) and William Davies (writer)How To Train Your DragonParamount Pictures
Edgar Wright (writer/director) and Michael Bacall (writer)Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldUniversal Pictures
Lee Unkrich (writer/director), Michael Arndt, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton (writers)Toy Story 3Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
2011[10]Richard Clark (director) and Neil Gaiman (writer)*Doctor Who: "The Doctor's Wife"BBC Wales
George NolfiThe Adjustment BureauUniversal Pictures
Joe CornishAttack the BlockOptimum Releasing and Screen Gems
Joe Johnston (director), Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (writers)Captain America: The First AvengerParamount Pictures
Martin Scorsese (director) and John Logan (writer)HugoParamount Pictures
Woody AllenMidnight in ParisSony Pictures
Duncan Jones (director) and Ben Ripley (writer)Source CodeSummit
2012[11]Benh Zeitlin (writer/director) and Lucy Alibar (writer)*Beasts of the Southern WildJourneyman, Cinereach, and Court 13
Joss Whedon (writer/director) and Zak Penn (writer)The AvengersMarvel Studios
Drew Goddard (writer/director) and Joss Whedon (writer)The Cabin in the WoodsMutant Enemy Productions
Andrew Stanton (writer/director), Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon (writers)John CarterWalt Disney Pictures
Rian JohnsonLooperDMG Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment
2013[12]Alfonso Cuarón (director/writer) and Jonás Cuarón, (writer)*GravityWarner Brothers
Nick Hurran (director) and Steven Moffat (writer)Doctor Who: "The Day of the DoctorBBC Wales
Sebastián Cordero (director) and Philip Gelatt (writer)Europa ReportStart Motion Pictures
Spike JonzeHerWarner Brothers
Francis Lawrence (director), Simon Beaufoy, and Michael deBruyn (writers)The Hunger Games: Catching FireLionsgate
Guillermo del Toro (director/writer) and Travis Beacham (writer)Pacific RimWarner Brothers
2014[13]James Gunn (writer/director) and Nicole Perlman (writer) *Guardians of the GalaxyWalt Disney Pictures
Alejandro G. (writer/director) and Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bó (writers)Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)Fox Searchlight
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeelyCaptain America: The Winter SoldierWalt Disney Pictures
Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (writers)Edge of TomorrowWarner Brothers
Jonathan Nolan (writer) and Christopher Nolan (writer/director)InterstellarParamount Pictures
Phil Lord and Christopher MillerThe Lego MovieWarner Brothers
2015[14]George Miller (writer/director), Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris (writers)*Mad Max: Fury RoadVillage Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Alex Garland, Bradley Thompson, and David WeddleEx MachinaFilm4 and DNA Films
Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen (writers/directors), Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley (writers)Inside OutWalt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios
Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King (writers)Jessica Jones: "AKA Smile"Marvel Television, ABC Studios, and Tall Girls Productions
Ridley Scott (writer/director), Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt (writers)The MartianScott Free Productions, Kinberg Genre, and TSG Entertainment
J. J. Abrams, Bradley Thompson, and David WeddleStar Wars: The Force AwakensLucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions
2016[15]Eric Heisserer*Arrival21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics
Scott Derrickson and C. Robert CargillDoctor StrangeMarvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
Mark Haimes and Chris ButlerKubo and the Two StringsLAIKA
Chris Weitz and Tony GilroyRogue One: A Star Wars StoryLucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (writers)Westworld: "The Bicameral Mind"HBO
Jared Bush and Phil JohnstonZootopiaWalt Disney Pictures
2017[16]Jordan Peele*Get OutUniversal Pictures
Michael SchurThe Good Place: "Michael's Gambit"NBC
Scott Frank, James Gilroy and Michael GreenLogan20th Century Fox
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa TaylorThe Shape of WaterFox Searchlight Pictures
Rian JohnsonStar Wars: The Last JediWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Allan HeinbergWonder WomanWarner Brothers Pictures

Other uses[edit]

In 1971, James Warren, the publisher of Warren Publishing began giving out a series of awards at the New York Comic Con, including one called the Ray Bradbury Award for Best Story, which went to Tom Sutton for the story "Snowman" publishing in Creepy issue 31. In subsequent years, the award for Best Story from Warren Publishing was not referred to as the Ray Bradbury Award.[17] This award is completely unrelated to the award presented by SFWA.

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