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Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation

Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Awarded for The best dramatized production devoted primarily to science fiction or fantasy
Presented by World Science Fiction Society
First awarded 1958
Last awarded 2002; replaced by Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) and Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) from 2003–present
Most recent winner Guardians of the Galaxy (Long Form)
Orphan Black: "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried" (Short Form)
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The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, and was once officially known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award.[1] The award has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction".[2] The Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation was given each year for theatrical films, television episodes, or other dramatized works related to science fiction or fantasy released in the previous calendar year.[3]

The award was first presented in 1958, and with the exceptions of 1964 and 1966 was given annually through 2002 when it was retired in favor of the newly created Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) and Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) categories, which divided the category depending on whether the work was longer or shorter than 90 minutes. In the 1964 and 1966 awards there were insufficient nominations made to support the category.[4][5] Prior to 1971 the category was defined as including works from "radio, television, stage or screen", and thereafter was expanded to "any medium of dramatized science fiction or fantasy", resulting in the nomination of recorded songs and other works.[6] In addition to the regular Hugo awards, beginning in 1996 Retrospective Hugo Awards, or "Retro Hugos", have been available to be awarded for years 50, 75, or 100 years prior in which no awards were given.[7] To date, Retro Hugo awards have been awarded for 1939, 1946, 1951, and 1954; the 1946 and 1951 awards were for the Best Dramatic Presentation category while the 1939 and 1954 awards were for the Short Form category. There were insufficient nominations to support an award in the Long Form category for those years.[8]

Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with five nominees, except in the case of a tie. These five works on the ballot are the five most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of works that can be nominated. The 1958 awards did not include any recognition of runner-up magazines, but since 1959 all five candidates were recorded.[7] Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of five nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held.[9] Worldcons are generally held near the start of September, and are held in a different city around the world each year.[1][10] Members are permitted to vote "no award", if they feel that none of the nominees is deserving of the award that year, and in the case that "no award" takes the majority the Hugo is not given in that category. This has happened in the Dramatic Presentation category four times, in 1959, 1963, 1971, and 1977.[11][12][13][14]

During the 60 nomination years, 43 awards for Best Dramatic Presentation, 13 awards each for Short Form and Long Form, and 4 Retro Hugo awards have been given. One of these was for non-fiction; in 1970 it was awarded to news coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.[15] The individual shows with the most awards are the revived 2000s-era Doctor Who with 6 Short Form awards out of 28 nominations, The Twilight Zone with 3 Best Dramatic Presentation awards out of 4 nominations, and Game of Thrones with 3 wins out of a long form and three short form nominations. Other shows or series with multiple awards or nominations include the original Star Trek series with 2 wins out of 8 nominations, Star Trek: The Next Generation with 2 wins out of 3 nominations, and Babylon 5 with 2 wins out of 4 nominations. Less successful were Buffy the Vampire Slayer with 1 out of 6, Battlestar Galactica (2004) with 1 of 5, and Harry Potter with no awards after 7 nominations.


  • Winners and nominees 1
    • 1958-2002 1.1
      • Best Dramatic Presentation 1.1.1
    • 2003-present 1.2
      • Long Form 1.2.1
      • Short Form 1.2.2
    • Retro Hugos 1.3
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Winners and nominees

In the following tables, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the work was first published. Entries with a blue background and an asterisk (*) next to the work's name have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list. Entries with a gray background and a plus sign (+) mark a year when "no award" was selected as the winner. In the case of television presentations, the award is generally for a particular episode rather than for a program as a whole; however, sometimes, as in the case of The Twilight Zone, it was given for the series' body of work that year rather than for any particular episode.


Best Dramatic Presentation

  *   Winner(s)   +   No winner selected

Year Work Creator(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
1958 The Incredible Shrinking Man* Jack Arnold (director), Richard Matheson (screenplay, story) Universal Studios [16]
1959 (no award)+ [11]
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad Nathan Juran (director), Ken Kolb (screenplay), Ray Harryhausen (story) Morningside Movies/Columbia Pictures [11]
Dracula Terence Fisher (director), Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Bram Stoker (original novel) Hammer Film Productions [11]
The Fly story) 20th Century Fox [11]
1960 The Twilight Zone* Rod Serling (creator, screenplay) CBS [17]
Men into Space (multiple directors and writers) CBS [17]
Murder and the Android Alex Segal (director), Alfred Bester (original story) NBC [17]
The Turn of the Screw John Frankenheimer (director), James Costigan (screenplay), Henry James (original story) NBC [17]
The World, the Flesh and the Devil Ranald MacDougall (director, screenplay), Ferdinand Reyher (story), M. P. Shiel (original novel) HarBel/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [17]
1961 The Twilight Zone* Rod Serling (creator, screenplay) CBS [18]
The Time Machine David Duncan (screenplay), H. G. Wells (original novel) Galaxy Films/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [18]
Village of the Damned Wolf Rilla (director, screenplay), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [18]
1962 The Twilight Zone* Rod Serling (creator, screenplay) CBS [19]
Thriller (multiple directors and writers) NBC [19]
The United States Steel Hour: "The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon" James Yaffe (screenplay), Daniel Keyes (original story) CBS [19]
Village of the Damned Wolf Rilla (director, screenplay), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [19]
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne Karel Zeman (director, screenplay), František Hrubín (screenplay), Jules Verne (original novel) Warner Bros. [19]
1963 (no award)+ [12]
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling (creator, screenplay) CBS [12]
Last Year at Marienbad Alain Resnais (director, screenplay), Alain Robbe-Grillet (screenplay), Adolfo Bioy Casares (original novel) Argos Films [12]
The Day the Earth Caught Fire Val Guest (director, screenplay), Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay) British Lion Films/Pax [12]
Night of the Eagle Fritz Leiber (original novel) Anglo-Amalgamated/Independent Artists [12]
1965 Dr. Strangelove* original novel) Hawk Films/Columbia Pictures [20]
7 Faces of Dr. Lao Charles Beaumont (screenplay), Charles G. Finney (original novel) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [20]
1967 Star Trek: "The Menagerie"* Marc Daniels (director), Gene Roddenberry (screenplay) Desilu Productions [21]
Star Trek: "The Corbomite Maneuver" Joseph Sargent (director), Jerry Sohl (screenplay) Desilu Productions [21]
Star Trek: "The Naked Time" Marc Daniels (director), John D. F. Black (screenplay) Desilu Productions [21]
Fahrenheit 451 François Truffaut (director, screenplay), Jean-Louis Richard (screenplay), Helen Scott (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (original novel) Anglo Enterprises/Vineyard [21]
Fantastic Voyage Richard Fleischer (director), Harry Kleiner (screenplay), David Duncan (screenplay), Jerome Bixby (story), Otto Klement (story) 20th Century Fox [21]
1968 Star Trek: "The City on the Edge of Forever"* Joseph Pevney (director), Harlan Ellison (screenplay) Desilu Productions [22]
Star Trek: "Amok Time" Joseph Pevney (director), Theodore Sturgeon (screenplay) Desilu Productions [22]
Star Trek: "Mirror, Mirror" Marc Daniels (director), Jerome Bixby (screenplay) Desilu Productions [22]
Star Trek: "The Doomsday Machine" Marc Daniels (director), Norman Spinrad (screenplay) Desilu Productions [22]
Star Trek: "The Trouble With Tribbles" Joseph Pevney (director), David Gerrold (screenplay) Desilu Productions [22]
1969 2001: A Space Odyssey* Stanley Kubrick (director, screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (screenplay, original story) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [23]
The Prisoner: "Fall Out" Patrick McGoohan (director, screenplay) Everyman/ITC Entertainment [23]
Charly Ralph Nelson (director), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay), Daniel Keyes (original story) ABC Pictures/Selmer [23]
Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski (director, screenplay), Ira Levin (original novel) Paramount Pictures [23]
Yellow Submarine Al Brodax (screenplay), Roger McGough (screenplay), Jack Mendelsohn (screenplay), Lee Minoff (screenplay), Erich Segal (screenplay) Apple Corps/Hearst/King Features Syndicate [23]
1970 News coverage of Apollo 11* Multiple sources Multiple publishers, NASA [15]
The Bed Sitting Room Richard Lester (director), John Antrobus (screenplay), Charles Wood (screenplay), John Antrobus (original play), Spike Milligan (original play) Oscar Lewenstein Productions [15]
The Illustrated Man Jack Smight (director), Howard B. Kreitsek (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (original story collection) SKM [15]
The Immortal Allen Baron (director), Joseph Sargent (director), Lou Morheim (screenplay), Robert Specht (screenplay), James Gunn (original novel) Paramount Pictures [15]
Marooned John Sturges (director), Mayo Simon (screenplay), Martin Caidin (original novel) Columbia Pictures [15]
1971 (no award)+ [13]
Blows Against the Empire Paul Kantner (lyrics, music) RCA Records [13]
Colossus: The Forbin Project Joseph Sargent (director), James Bridges (screenplay), D. F. Jones (original novel) Universal Studios [13]
Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers The Firesign Theatre (lyrics, music) Columbia Records [13]
Hauser's Memory Boris Sagal (director), Adrian Spies (screenplay), Curt Siodmak (original novel) Universal Studios [13]
No Blade of Grass Cornel Wilde (director), Sean Forestal (screenplay), Jefferson Pascal (screenplay), John Christopher (original novel) Theodora/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [13]
1972 A Clockwork Orange* Stanley Kubrick (director, screenplay), Anthony Burgess (original novel) Hawk Films/Polaris/Warner Bros. [24]
The Andromeda Strain Robert Wise (director), Nelson Gidding (screenplay), Michael Crichton (original novel) Universal Studios [24]
I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus The Firesign Theatre (lyrics, music) Columbia Records [24]
The Name of the Game: "L.A. 2017" Steven Spielberg (director), Philip Wylie (screenplay) Universal Studios/NBC [24]
THX 1138 Walter Murch (screenplay) Warner Bros./American Zoetrope [24]
1973 Slaughterhouse-Five* Stephen Geller (screenplay), Kurt Vonnegut (original novel) Universal Studios [25]
Between Time and Timbuktu Fred Barzyk (director), Kurt Vonnegut (screenplay, story) NET Playhouse/Public Broadcasting Service [25]
The People John Korty (director), James M. Miller (screenplay), Zenna Henderson (original stories) American Zoetrope/ABC [25]
Silent Running Douglas Trumbull (director), Deric Washburn (screenplay), Michael Cimino (screenplay), Steven Bochco (screenplay) Universal Studios [25]
1974 Sleeper* Woody Allen (director, screenplay), Marshall Brickman (screenplay) Rollins-Joffe/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists [26]
Genesis II John Llewellyn Moxey (director), Gene Roddenberry (screenplay) Norway/Warner Bros. [26]
The Six Million Dollar Man Richard Irving (director), Tom Greene (screenplay), Howard Rodman (screenplay), original novel) Universal Studios [26]
Soylent Green Richard Fleischer (director), Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay), Harry Harrison (original novel) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [26]
Westworld Michael Crichton (director, screenplay) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [26]
1975 Young Frankenstein* Mel Brooks (director, screenplay, story), Gene Wilder (screenplay, story), Mary Shelley (original novel) 20th Century Fox [27]
Flesh Gordon Michael Benveniste (director, screenplay), Howard Ziehm (director) Graffiti Productions [27]
Phantom of the Paradise Brian De Palma (director, screenplay) Harbor/20th Century Fox [27]
The Questor Tapes Richard A. Colla (director), Gene L. Coon (screenplay), Gene Roddenberry (screenplay, story) Universal Studios [27]
Zardoz John Boorman (director, screenplay) 20th Century Fox [27]
1976 A Boy and His Dog* Directed by L. Q. Jones (director, screenplay), Wayne Cruseturner (screenplay), Harlan Ellison (original story) LQ/JAF [28]
Dark Star John Carpenter (director, screenplay), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay) USC [28]
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Terry Gilliam (director, screenplay) Terry Jones (director, screenplay), Graham Chapman (screenplay), John Cleese (screenplay), Eric Idle (screenplay), Michael Palin (screenplay) Python (Monty) Pictures [28]
Rollerball Norman Jewison (director), William Harrison (screenplay, original story) Algonquin/United Artists [28]
The Capture Robert Asprin (writer), Phil Foglio (artist) Boojums Press[29] [28]
1977 (no award)+ [14]
Carrie Brian De Palma (director), Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay), Stephen King (original novel) Redbank/United Artists [14]
Logan's Run George Clayton Johnson (original novel) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [14]
The Man Who Fell to Earth Nicolas Roeg (director), Paul Mayersberg (screenplay), Walter Tevis (original novel) British Lion Films [14]
Futureworld Mayo Simon (screenplay) American International Pictures [14]
1978 Star Wars* George Lucas (director, screenplay) Lucasfilm [30]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Steven Spielberg (director, screenplay) Columbia Pictures/EMI Films [30]
Blood!: The Life and Future Times of Jack the Ripper Shelley Torgeson (director), Robert Bloch (script), Harlan Ellison (script), Roy Torgeson (producer) Alternate Worlds Recordings [30]
Wizards Ralph Bakshi (director, screenplay) 20th Century Fox [30]
The Hobbit Jules Bass (director), Arthur Rankin, Jr. (director), Romeo Muller (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (original novel) Rankin/Bass [30]
1979 Superman* Richard Donner (director), Mario Puzo (screenplay), David Newman (screenplay), Leslie Newman (screenplay), Robert Benton (screenplay), Mario Puzo (story), Jerry Siegel (original character), Joe Shuster (original character) Alexander Salkind [31]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Philip Kaufmann (director), W. D. Richter (screenplay), Jack Finney (original novel) Solofilm/United Artists [31]
The Lord of the Rings Ralph Bakshi (director), Peter S. Beagle (screenplay), Chris Conkling (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (original novels) Fantasy Films [31]
Watership Down Martin Rosen (director, screenplay), Richard Adams (original novel) Nepenthe Productions [31]
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams (script), Geoffrey Perkins (producer) BBC Radio 4 [31]
1980 Alien* Ridley Scott (director), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay, story), Ronald Shusett (story) 20th Century Fox [32]
The Black Hole Gary Nelson (director), Jeb Rosebrook (screenplay, story), Gerry Day (screenplay), Bob Barbash (story), Richard H. Landau (story) The Walt Disney Company [32]
The Muppet Movie James Frawley (director), Jack Burns (screenplay), Jerry Juhl (screenplay) The Jim Henson Company/ITC Entertainment [32]
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Robert Wise (director), Harold Livingstonn (screenplay), Alan Dean Foster (story), Gene Roddenberry (story) Century/Paramount Pictures [32]
Time After Time Nicholas Meyer (director, screenplay), Karl Alexander (story, original novel), Steve Hayes (story) Warner Bros. [32]
1981 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back* George Lucas (story) Lucasfilm [33]
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage Carl Sagan (director, screenplay), Ann Druyan (director, screenplay) KCET/Public Broadcasting Service [33]
Flash Gordon Mike Hodges (director), Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (screenplay), Michael Allin (adaptation), Alex Raymond (original comic strip) 20th Century Fox/De Laurentiis [33]
The Lathe of Heaven Fred Barzyk (director), David R. Loxton (director), Diane English (screenplay), Roger Swaybill (screenplay), Ursula K. Le Guin (original novel) WNET/Public Broadcasting Service [33]
The Martian Chronicles Michael Anderson (director), Richard Matheson (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (original stories) BBC/NBC [33]
1982 Raiders of the Lost Ark* Philip Kaufman (story) Lucasfilm [34]
Dragonslayer Matthew Robbins (director, screenplay), Hal Barwood (screenplay) Paramount Pictures/The Walt Disney Company [34]
Excalibur John Boorman (director, screenplay), Rospo Pallenberg (screenplay, adaptation), Thomas Malory (original novel) Warner Bros. [34]
Outland Peter Hyams (director, screenplay) Outland/The Ladd Company [34]
Time Bandits Terry Gilliam (director, screenplay), Michael Palin (screenplay) HandMade Films [34]
1983 Blade Runner* Ridley Scott (director), Hampton Fancher (screenplay), David Peoples (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (original novel) Blade Runner Partnership [35]
The Dark Crystal Jim Henson (director, story), Frank Oz (director), Gary Kurtz (director), David Odell (screenplay) The Jim Henson Company/ITC Entertainment/Universal Studios [35]
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Steven Spielberg (director), Melissa Mathison (screenplay) Amblin Entertainment/Universal Studios [35]
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Terry Hayes (screenplay), Brian Hannant (screenplay) Kennedy Miller/Warner Bros. [35]
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Nicholas Meyer (director, screenplay), Jack B. Sowards (screenplay, story), Harve Bennett (story), Samuel A. Peeples (story) Paramount Pictures [35]
1984 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi* George Lucas (screenplay, story) Lucasfilm [36]
Brainstorm Douglas Trumbull (director), Philip Frank Messina (screenplay), Robert Stitzel (screenplay), Bruce Joel Rubin (story) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [36]
The Right Stuff Philip Kaufmann (director, screenplay), Tom Wolfe (original novel) The Ladd Company [36]
Something Wicked This Way Comes Jack Clayton (director), Ray Bradbury (screenplay, original novel) Bryna/The Walt Disney Company [36]
WarGames John Badham (director), Lawrence Lasker (screenplay), Walter F. Parkes (screenplay) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [36]
1985 2010* Peter Hyams (director, screenplay), Arthur C. Clarke (original novel) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [37]
Dune David Lynch (director, screenplay), Frank Herbert (original novel) De Laurentiis/Universal Studios [37]
Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman (director), Dan Aykroyd (screenplay), Harold Ramis (screenplay) Black Rhino/Columbia Pictures [37]
The Last Starfighter Nick Castle (director), Jonathan R. Betuel (screenplay) Lorimar Productions/Universal Studios [37]
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Leonard Nimoy (director), Harve Bennett (screenplay) Cinema Group/Paramount Pictures [37]
1986 Back to the Future* Robert Zemeckis (director, screenplay), Bob Gale (screenplay) Amblin Entertainment/Universal Studios [38]
Brazil Terry Gilliam (director, screenplay), Charles McKeown (screenplay), Tom Stoppard (screenplay) Embassy/Universal Studios [38]
Cocoon Ron Howard (director), Tom Benedek (screenplay), David Saperstein (original novel) 20th Century Fox/Zanuck/Brown [38]
Enemy Mine Wolfgang Petersen (director), Edward Khmara (screenplay), Barry B. Longyear (original story) 20th Century Fox/King's Road [38]
Ladyhawke Richard Donner (director), Edward Khmara (screenplay, story), Michael Thomas (screenplay), Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay), David Peoples (screenplay) 20th Century Fox/Warner Bros. [38]
1987 Aliens* James Cameron (director, screenplay, story), David Giler (story), Walter Hill (story) 20th Century Fox [39]
The Fly George Langelaan (story) Brooksfilms/20th Century Fox [39]
Labyrinth Jim Henson (director, story), Terry Jones (screenplay), Dennis Lee (story) Delphi/The Jim Henson Company/Lucasfilm/TriStar Pictures [39]
Little Shop of Horrors Frank Oz (director), Howard Ashman (screenplay), Charles B. Griffith (original story) The Geffen Film Company [39]
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Leonard Nimoy (director, story), Harve Bennett (screenplay, story), Steve Meerson (screenplay), Peter Krikes (screenplay), Nicholas Meyer (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [39]
1988 The Princess Bride* Rob Reiner (director), William Goldman (screenplay, original novel) Act III/20th Century Fox [40]
Predator John McTiernan (director), Jim Thomas (screenplay), John Thomas (screenplay) 20th Century Fox [40]
RoboCop Paul Verhoeven (director), Michael Miner (screenplay), Edward Neumeier (screenplay) Orion Pictures [40]
Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Encounter at Farpoint" Corey Allen (director), D. C. Fontana (screenplay), Gene Roddenberry (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [40]
The Witches of Eastwick Michael Cristofer (screenplay), John Updike (original novel) Guber-Peters/Kennedy Miller/Warner Bros. [40]
1989 Who Framed Roger Rabbit* Robert Zemeckis (director), Jeffrey Price (screenplay), Peter S. Seaman (screenplay), Gary K. Wolf (original novel) Amblin Entertainment/Touchstone Pictures [41]
Alien Nation Graham Baker (director), Rockne S. O'Bannon (screenplay) 20th Century Fox [41]
Beetlejuice Tim Burton (director), Michael McDowell (screenplay, story), Warren Skaaren (screenplay), Larry Wilson (story) Geffen/Warner Bros. [41]
Big Penny Marshall (director), Gary Ross (screenplay), Anne Spielberg (screenplay) 20th Century Fox [41]
Willow George Lucas (story) Imagine/Lucasfilm/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [41]
1990 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade* Menno Meyjes (story) Lucasfilm/Paramount Pictures [42]
The Abyss James Cameron (director, screenplay) 20th Century Fox/Lightstorm/Pacific Western [42]
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Terry Gilliam (director, screenplay), Charles McKeown (screenplay), Rudolf Erich Raspe (original stories), Gottfried August Bürger (original stories) Allied Artists International/Columbia Pictures/Laura/Prominent [42]
Batman Tim Burton (director), Sam Hamm (screenplay, story), Warren Skaaren (screenplay), Bob Kane (original characters) Guber-Peters/PolyGram/Warner Bros. [42]
Field of Dreams Phil Alden Robinson (director, screenplay), W. P. Kinsella (original novel) Gordon/Universal Studios [42]
1991 Edward Scissorhands* Tim Burton (director, story), Caroline Thompson (screenplay, story) 20th Century Fox [43]
Back to the Future Part III Robert Zemeckis (director, story), Bob Gale (screenplay, story) Amblin Entertainment/Universal Studios [43]
Ghost Jerry Zucker (director), Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [43]
Total Recall Paul Verhoeven (director), Ronald Shusett (screenplay, story), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay, story), Gary Goldman (screenplay), Jon Povill (story), Philip K. Dick (original story) Carolco Pictures/TriStar Pictures [43]
The Witches Nicolas Roeg (director), Allan Scott (screenplay), Roald Dahl (original novel) The Jim Henson Company/Lorimar Productions [43]
1992 Terminator 2: Judgment Day* James Cameron (director, screenplay), William Wisher, Jr. (screenplay) Carolco Pictures/Lightstorm/Pacific Western [44]
The Addams Family Barry Sonnenfeld (director), Caroline Thompson (screenplay), Larry Wilson (screenplay), Charles Addams (original characters) Orion Pictures/Paramount Pictures [44]
Beauty and the Beast Gary Trousdale (director), Kirk Wise (director), Linda Woolverton (screenplay) Silver Screen Partners/The Walt Disney Company [44]
The Rocketeer Joe Johnston (director), Danny Bilson (screenplay, story), Paul De Meo (screenplay, story), William Dear (story), Dave Stevens (original comic book Gordon/Silver Screen Partners/Touchstone Pictures/The Walt Disney Company [44]
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Nicholas Meyer (director, screenplay), Denny Martin Flinn (screenplay), Leonard Nimoy (story), Lawrence Konner (story), Mark Rosenthal (story) Paramount Pictures [44]
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation: "The Inner Light"* Morgan Gendel (screenplay, story) Paramount Pictures [45]
Aladdin Ron Clements (director, screenplay), John Musker (director, screenplay), Ted Elliott (screenplay), Terry Rossio (screenplay) The Walt Disney Company [45]
Alien 3 David Fincher (director), David Giler (screenplay), Walter Hill (screenplay), Larry Ferguson (screenplay), Vincent Ward (story) 20th Century Fox/Brandywine [45]
Batman Returns Tim Burton (director), Daniel Waters (screenplay, story), Sam Hamm (story), Bob Kane (original characters) PolyGram/Warner Bros. [45]
Bram Stoker's Dracula Francis Ford Coppola (director), James V. Hart (screenplay), Bram Stoker (original novel) American Zoetrope/Columbia Pictures [45]
1994 Jurassic Park* Steven Spielberg (director), David Koepp (screenplay), Michael Crichton (screenplay, original novel) Universal Studios/Amblin Entertainment [46]
Addams Family Values Barry Sonnenfeld (director), Paul Rudnick (screenplay), Charles Addams (original characters) Orion Pictures/Paramount Pictures [46]
Babylon 5: "The Gathering" Richard Compton (director), J. Michael Straczynski (screenplay) Babylonian Productions [46]
Groundhog Day Harold Ramis (director, screenplay), Danny Rubin (screenplay, story) Columbia Pictures [46]
The Nightmare Before Christmas Henry Selick (director), Caroline Thompson (screenplay), Michael McDowell (adaptation), Tim Burton (story) Skellington Productions/Touchstone Pictures [46]
1995 Star Trek: The Next Generation: "All Good Things..."* Winrich Kolbe (director), Ronald D. Moore (screenplay), Brannon Braga (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [47]
Interview with the Vampire Neil Jordan (director), Anne Rice (screenplay, original novel) The Geffen Film Company [47]
The Mask Chuck Russell (director), Mike Werb (screenplay), Michael Fallon (story), Mark Verheiden (story) Dark Horse Entertainment/New Line Cinema [47]
Stargate Roland Emmerich (director, screenplay), Dean Devlin (screenplay) Carolco Pictures/Centropolis [47]
Star Trek Generations David Carson (director), Ronald D. Moore (screenplay, story), Brannon Braga (screenplay, story), Rick Berman (story) Paramount Pictures [47]
1996 Babylon 5: "The Coming of Shadows"* Janet Greek (director), J. Michael Straczynski (screenplay) Babylonian Productions [48]
Apollo 13 Ron Howard (director), William Broyles, Jr. (screenplay), Al Reinert (screenplay), Jim Lovell (original novel), Jeffrey Kluger (original novel) Imagine Entertainment/Universal Studios [48]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "The Visitor" David Livingston (director), Michael Taylor (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [48]
Toy Story John Lasseter (director, story), Joss Whedon (screenplay), Joel Cohen (screenplay), Alec Sokolow (screenplay), Andrew Stanton (screenplay, story), Pete Docter (story), Joe Ranft (story) The Walt Disney Company/Pixar [48]
12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam (director), David Peoples (screenplay), Janet Peoples (screenplay), Chris Marker (original film) Atlas/Universal Studios [48]
1997 Babylon 5: "Severed Dreams"* David J. Eagle (director), J. Michael Straczynski (screenplay) Babylonian Productions [49]
Independence Day Roland Emmerich (director, screenplay), Dean Devlin (screenplay) 20th Century Fox/Centropolis [49]
Mars Attacks! Tim Burton (director), Jonathan Gems (screenplay, story), Len Brown (original trading card game), Woody Gelman (original trading card game), Wally Wood (original trading card game), Bob Powell (original trading card game), Norman Saunders (original trading card game) Warner Bros. [49]
Star Trek: First Contact Jonathan Frakes (director), Ronald D. Moore (screenplay, story), Brannon Braga (screenplay, story), Rick Berman (story) Paramount Pictures [49]
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Trials and Tribble-ations" Jonathan West (director), Ronald D. Moore (screenplay), René Echevarria (screenplay), Ira Steven Behr (story), Hans Beimler (story), Robert Hewitt Wolfe (story) Paramount Pictures [49]
1998 Contact* Robert Zemeckis (director), James V. Hart (screenplay), Michael Goldenberg (screenplay), Carl Sagan (story, original novel), Ann Druyan (story) SouthSide Amusement/Warner Bros. [50]
The Fifth Element Luc Besson (director, screenplay, story), Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay) Gaumont Film Company/Columbia Pictures [50]
Gattaca Andrew Niccol (director, screenplay) Columbia Pictures/Jersey [50]
Men in Black Barry Sonnenfeld (director), Ed Solomon (screenplay, story), Lowell Cunningham (original comic) Amblin Entertainment/Columbia Pictures/McDonald/Parkes [50]
Starship Troopers Paul Verhoeven (director), Edward Neumeier (screenplay), Robert A. Heinlein (original novel) Touchstone Pictures/TriStar Pictures [50]
1999 The Truman Show* Peter Weir (director), Andrew Niccol (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [51]
Babylon 5: "Sleeping in Light" J. Michael Straczynski (director, screenplay) Babylonian Productions [51]
Dark City Alex Proyas (director, screenplay, story), Lem Dobbs (screenplay), David S. Goyer (screenplay) New Line Cinema [51]
Pleasantville Gary Ross (director, screenplay) New Line Cinema [51]
Star Trek: Insurrection Jonathan Frakes (director), Michael Piller (screenplay, story), Rick Berman (story) Paramount Pictures [51]
2000 Galaxy Quest* Dean Parisot (director), David Howard (screenplay, story), Robert Gordon (screenplay) DreamWorks [52]
Being John Malkovich Spike Jonze (director), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay) Gramercy Pictures/Propaganda Films/Single Cell [52]
The Iron Giant Brad Bird (director, story), Tim McCanlies (screenplay), Ted Hughes (original novel) Warner Bros. [52]
The Matrix Andy Wachowski (director, screenplay), Larry Wachowski (director, screenplay) Silver Pictures [52]
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan (director, screenplay) Hollywood Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment/Kennedy/Marshall [52]
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon* Ang Lee (director), Wang Hui-Ling (screenplay), James Schamus (screenplay), Tsai Kuo Jung (screenplay), Wang Dulu (original novel) China Film Group Corporation [53]
Chicken Run Peter Lord (director, story), Nick Park (director, story), Kary Kirkpatrick (screenplay), Randy Cartwright (story) Aardman Animations/Allied Artists International/DreamWorks [53]
Frank Herbert's Dune John Harrison (director, screenplay), Frank Herbert (original novel) New Amsterdam [53]
Frequency Gregory Hoblit (director), Toby Emmerich (screenplay) New Line Cinema [53]
X-Men Bryan Singer (director, story), David Hayter (screenplay), Tom DeSanto (story) 20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios [53]
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring* Peter Jackson (director, screenplay), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (original novel) New Line Cinema/The Saul Zaentz Company/WingNut Films [54]
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Chris Columbus (director), Steve Kloves (screenplay) 1492 Pictures/Heyday Films/Warner Bros. [54]
Monsters, Inc. Pete Docter (director, story), David Silverman (director), Lee Unkrich (director), Dan Gerson (screenplay), Andrew Stanton (screenplay), Jill Culton (story), Ralph Eggleston (story) Jeff Pidgeon (story) Pixar/The Walt Disney Company [54]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Once More, with Feeling" Joss Whedon (director, screenplay) Fox Television Studios/Mutant Enemy Productions [54]
Shrek Andrew Adamson (director), Vicky Jenson (director), Ted Elliott (screenplay), Terry Rossio (screenplay), Joe Stillman (screenplay), Roger S. H. Schulman (screenplay), Edmund Fong (story), Ken Harsha (story) DreamWorks/Pacific Data Images [54]


Starting with the 2003 awards, the Dramatic Presentation award was split into two categories: Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) and Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form). The Long Form award is for "a dramatized production in any medium, including film, television, radio, live theater, computer games or music. The work must last 90 minutes or longer (excluding commercials)" in the official Hugo Award rules.[55] The Short Form award is for "a dramatized production in any medium, including film, television, radio, live theater, computer games or music. The work must last less than 90 minutes (excluding commercials)" in the official Hugo Award rules.[55]

Long Form

Year Work Creator(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers* Peter Jackson (director, screenplay), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Stephen Sinclair (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (original novel) New Line Cinema [56]
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chris Columbus (director), Steve Kloves (screenplay), J. K. Rowling (original novel) Warner Bros. [56]
Minority Report Steven Spielberg (director), Scott Frank (screenplay), Jon Cohen (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (original story) 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks [56]
Spider-Man Sam Raimi (director), David Koepp (screenplay), Steve Ditko (original character), Stan Lee (original character) Columbia Pictures [56]
Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki (director, screenplay), Cindy Davis Hewitt (screenplay), Donald H. Hewitt (screenplay) Studio Ghibli/The Walt Disney Company [56]
2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King* Peter Jackson (director, screenplay), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (original novel) New Line Cinema [57]
28 Days Later Danny Boyle (director), Alex Garland (screenplay) DNA Films/Fox Searchlight Pictures [57]
Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton (director, screenplay, story), Lee Unkrich (director), Bob Peterson (screenplay), David Reynolds (screenplay) Pixar/The Walt Disney Company [57]
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Gore Verbinski (director), Screenplay by Ted Elliott (screenplay, story), Terry Rossio (screenplay, story), Stuart Beattie (story), Jay Wolpert (story) The Walt Disney Company [57]
X2: X-Men United Bryan Singer (director, story), Michael Dougherty (screenplay), Dan Harris (screenplay), David Hayter (screenplay, story), Zak Penn (story) 20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios [57]
2005 The Incredibles* Brad Bird (director, screenplay) Pixar/The Walt Disney Company [58]
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michel Gondry (director, story), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay, story), Pierre Bismuth (story) Focus Features [58]
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alfonso Cuarón (director), Steve Kloves (screenplay), J. K. Rowling (original novel) Warner Bros. [58]
Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow Kerry Conran (director, screenplay) Paramount Pictures [58]
Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi (director), Alvin Sargent (screenplay), Alfred Gough (story), Miles Millar (story), Michael Chabon (story), Steve Ditko (original character), Stan Lee (original character) Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures [58]
2006 Serenity* Joss Whedon (director, screenplay) Universal Studios/Mutant Enemy Productions [59]
Batman Begins Christopher Nolan (director, screenplay), David S. Goyer (screenplay, story), Bob Kane (original character) Warner Bros. [59]
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Andrew Adamson (director, screenplay), Ann Peacock (screenplay), Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), C. S. Lewis (original novel) The Walt Disney Company/Walden Media [59]
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Mike Newell (director), Steve Kloves (screenplay), J. K. Rowling (original novel) Warner Bros. [59]
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Nick Park (director, screenplay), Steve Box (director, screenplay), Bob Baker (screenplay), Mark Burton (screenplay) DreamWorks Animation/Aardman Animations [59]
2007 Pan's Labyrinth* Guillermo del Toro (director, screenplay) Picturehouse [60]
Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón (director, screenplay), Timothy J. Sexton (screenplay), David Arata (screenplay), Mark Fergus (screenplay), Hawk Ostby (screenplay), P. D. James (original novel) Universal Studios [60]
The Prestige Christopher Nolan (director, screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Priest (original novel) Touchstone Pictures [60]
A Scanner Darkly Richard Linklater (director, screenplay), Philip K. Dick (original novel) Warner Independent Pictures [60]
V for Vendetta James McTeigue (director), Laurence Wachowski (screenplay), Andrew Paul Wachowski (screenplay), David Lloyd (original graphic novel) Warner Bros. [60]
2008 Stardust* Matthew Vaughn (director, screenplay), Jane Goldman (screenplay), Neil Gaiman (original novel) Paramount Pictures [61]
Enchanted Kevin Lima (director), Bill Kelly (screenplay) The Walt Disney Company [61]
The Golden Compass Chris Weitz (director, screenplay), Philip Pullman (original novel) [61]
Heroes (Season One) Tim Kring (creator), multiple directors and writers NBC Universal Television Group/Tailwind Productions [61]
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix David Yates (director), Michael Goldenberg (screenplay), J. K. Rowling (original novel) Warner Bros. [61]
2009 WALL-E* Andrew Stanton (director, screenplay, story), Jim Reardon (screenplay), Pete Docter (story) Pixar/The Walt Disney Company [62]
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan (director, screenplay, story), Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), David S. Goyer (story), Bob Kane (original character) Warner Bros. [62]
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Guillermo del Toro (director, screenplay, story), Mike Mignola (story, original comic) Dark Horse Entertainment/Universal Studios [62]
Iron Man Jon Favreau (director), Mark Fergus (screenplay), Hawk Ostby (screenplay), Art Marcum (screenplay), Matt Holloway (screenplay), Stan Lee (original characters), Don Heck (original characters), Larry Lieber (original characters), Jack Kirby (original characters) Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios [62]
METAtropolis John Scalzi (editor, story), Elizabeth Bear (story), Jay Lake (story), Tobias S. Buckell (story), Karl Schroeder (story) [62]
2010 Moon* Duncan Jones (director, story), Nathan Parker (screenplay) Liberty Films [63]
Avatar James Cameron (director, screenplay) 20th Century Fox [63]
District 9 Neill Blomkamp (director, screenplay), Terri Tatchell (screenplay) TriStar Pictures [63]
Star Trek J. J. Abrams (director), Roberto Orci (screenplay), Alex Kurtzman (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [63]
Up Bob Peterson (director, screenplay, story), Pete Docter (director, screenplay, story), Thomas McCarthy (story) Pixar/The Walt Disney Company [63]
2011 Inception* Christopher Nolan (director, screenplay, story) Warner Bros. [64]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 David Yates (director), Steve Kloves (screenplay) Warner Bros. [64]
How to Train Your Dragon Dean DeBlois (director, screenplay), Chris Sanders (director, screenplay), William Davies (screenplay) DreamWorks Animation [64]
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Edgar Wright (director, screenplay), Michael Bacall (screenplay) Universal Studios [64]
Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich (director, story), Michael Arndt (screenplay), John Lasseter (story), Andrew Stanton (story) Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures [64]
2012 Game of Thrones (Season One)* David Benioff (creator) D. B. Weiss (creator), multiple directors and writers HBO [65]
Captain America: The First Avenger Joe Johnston (director), Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay) Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios [65]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 David Yates (director), Steve Kloves (screenplay) Warner Bros. [65]
Hugo Martin Scorsese (director), John Logan (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [65]
Source Code Duncan Jones (director), Ben Ripley (screenplay) Summit Entertainment [65]
2013 The Avengers* Joss Whedon (director, screenplay) Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios [66]
The Cabin in the Woods Drew Goddard (director, screenplay), Joss Whedon (screenplay) Mutant Enemy Productions/Lions Gate Entertainment [66]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Jackson (director, screenplay), Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro (screenplay) WingNut Films/New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Warner Bros. [66]
The Hunger Games Gary Ross (director, screenplay), Suzanne Collins (original novel, screenplay) Lions Gate Entertainment/Color Force [66]
Looper Rian Johnson (director, screenplay) FilmDistrict/EndGame Entertainment [66]
2014 Gravity* Alfonso Cuarón (director, screenplay), Jonás Cuarón (screenplay) Esperanto Filmoj/Heyday Films/Warner Bros. [67]
Frozen Chris Buck (director), Jennifer Lee (director, screenplay) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures [67]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Francis Lawrence (director), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (original novel) Lions Gate Entertainment/Color Force [67]
Iron Man 3 Shane Black (director, screenplay), Drew Pearce (screenplay) Marvel Studios/DMG Entertainment/Paramount Pictures [67]
Pacific Rim Guillermo del Toro (director, screenplay), Travis Beacham (screenplay) Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros./Disney Double Dare You [67]
2015 Guardians of the Galaxy* James Gunn (director, screenplay), Nicole Perlman (screenplay) Marvel Studios/Moving Picture Company [68]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Anthony Russo (director), Joe Russo (director), screenplay by Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), Ed Brubaker (original story) Marvel Studios/Perception/Sony Pictures Imageworks [68]
Edge of Tomorrow Doug Liman (director), Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay), and John-Henry Butterworth (screenplay) Village Roadshow/RatPac-Dune Entertainment/3 Arts Entertainment/Viz Productions [68]
Interstellar Christopher Nolan (director, screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (screenplay) Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Lynda Obst Productions/Syncopy [68]
The Lego Movie Phil Lord (director, screenplay, story), Christopher Miller (director, screenplay, story), Dan Hageman (story), Kevin Hageman (story) Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow/RatPac-Dune Entertainment/LEGO System A/S/Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures [68]

Short Form

Year Work Creator(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Conversations with Dead People"* Nick Marck (director), Jane Espenson (screenplay), Drew Goddard (screenplay) 20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Productions [56]
Angel: "Waiting in the Wings" Joss Whedon (director, screenplay) 20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Productions [56]
Firefly: "Serenity" Joss Whedon (director, screenplay) 20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Productions [56]
Star Trek: Enterprise: "Carbon Creek" James A. Contner (director), Chris Black (screenplay), Rick Berman (story), Brannon Braga (story), Dan O'Shannon (story) Paramount Pictures [56]
Star Trek: Enterprise: "A Night in Sickbay" David Straiton (director), Rick Berman (screenplay), Brannon Braga (screenplay) Paramount Pictures [56]
2004 Gollum's Acceptance Speech at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards* Fran Walsh (director, screenplay), Philippa Boyens (director, screenplay), Peter Jackson (director, screenplay) Wingnut Films/New Line Cinema [57]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Chosen" Joss Whedon (director, screenplay) 20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Productions [57]
Firefly: "Heart of Gold" Thomas J. Wright (director), Brett Matthews (screenplay) 20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Productions [57]
Firefly: "The Message" Tim Minear (director, screenplay), Joss Whedon (screenplay) 20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Productions [57]
Smallville: "Rosetta" James Marshall (director), Alfred Gough (screenplay), Miles Millar (screenplay) Tollin/Robbins Productions/Warner Bros. [57]
2005 Battlestar Galactica: "33"* Michael Rymer (director), Ronald D. Moore (screenplay) NBC Universal/Sci Fi Channel [58]
Angel: "Not Fade Away" Jeffrey Jackson Bell (director, screenplay), Joss Whedon (screenplay) 20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Productions [58]
Angel: "Smile Time" Ben Edlund (director, screenplay, story), Joss Whedon (story) 20th Century Fox Television/Mutant Enemy Productions [58]
Lost: "Pilot" J. J. Abrams (director, screenplay, story), Damon Lindelof (screenplay, story), Jeffrey Lieber (story) Touchstone Pictures/Bad Robot Productions [58]
Stargate SG-1: "Heroes" Andy Mikita (director), Robert C. Cooper (screenplay) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Sci Fi Channel [58]
2006 Doctor Who: "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances"* James Hawes (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales/BBC One [59]
Battlestar Galactica: "Pegasus" Michael Rymer (director), Anne Cofell Saunders (screenplay) NBC Universal/British Sky Broadcasting [59]
Doctor Who: "Dalek" Joe Ahearne (director), Robert Shearman (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales/BBC One [59]
Doctor Who: "Father's Day" Joe Ahearne (director), Paul Cornell (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales/BBC One [59]
Jack-Jack Attack Brad Bird (director, screenplay) The Walt Disney Company/Pixar [59]
Lucas Back in Anger Phil Raines (director, script), Ian Sorensen (script) Reductio Ad Absurdum Productions [59]
Prix Victor Hugo Awards Ceremony Paul J. McAuley (performer, script), Kim Newman (performer, script), Mike Moir (director), Debby Moir (director) Interaction Events [59]
2007 Doctor Who: "The Girl in the Fireplace"* Euros Lyn (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales/BBC One [60]
Battlestar Galactica: "Downloaded" Jeff Woolnough (director), Bradley Thompson (screenplay), David Weddle (screenplay) NBC Universal/British Sky Broadcasting [60]
Doctor Who: "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday" Graeme Harper (director), Russell T Davies (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales/BBC One [60]
Doctor Who: "School Reunion" James Hawes (director), Toby Whithouse (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales/BBC One [60]
Stargate SG-1: "200" Martin Wood (director), Brad Wright (screenplay), Robert C. Cooper (screenplay), Joseph Mallozzi (screenplay), Paul Mullie (screenplay), Carl Binder (screenplay), Martin Gero (screenplay), Alan McCullough (screenplay) Double Secret Productions/NBC Universal [60]
2008 Doctor Who: "Blink"* Hettie MacDonald (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC [61]
Battlestar Galactica: "Razor" Félix Enríquez Alcalá (director), Wayne Rose (director), Michael Taylor (screenplay) Sci Fi Channel [61]
Doctor Who: "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood" Charles Palmer (director), Paul Cornell (screenplay) BBC [61]
Star Trek New Voyages: "World Enough and Time" Marc Scott Zicree (director, screenplay), Michael Reaves (screenplay) Cawley Entertainment Company/The Magic Time Company [61]
Torchwood: "Captain Jack Harkness" Ashley Way (director), Catherine Tregenna (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [61]
2009 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog* Joss Whedon (director, screenplay), Zack Whedon (screenplay), Jed Whedon (screenplay), Maurissa Tancharoen (screenplay) Mutant Enemy Productions [62]
Battlestar Galactica: "Revelations" Michael Rymer (director), Bradley Thompson (screenplay), David Weddle (screenplay) NBC Universal [61]
Doctor Who: "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" Euros Lyn (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [62]
Doctor Who: "Turn Left" Graeme Harper (director), Russell T Davies (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [62]
Lost: "The Constant" Jack Bender (director), Carlton Cuse (screenplay), Damon Lindelof (screenplay) Bad Robot Productions/ABC Studios [62]
2010 Doctor Who: "The Waters of Mars"* Graeme Harper (director), Russell T Davies (screenplay), Phil Ford (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [63]
Doctor Who: "The Next Doctor" Andy Goddard (director), Russell T Davies (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [63]
Doctor Who: "Planet of the Dead" James Strong (director), Russell T Davies (screenplay), Gareth Roberts (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [63]
Dollhouse: "Epitaph One" David Solomon (director), Maurissa Tancharoen (screenplay), Jed Whedon (screenplay), Joss Whedon (story) Mutant Enemy Productions [63]
FlashForward: "No More Good Days" David S. Goyer (director, screenplay), Brannon Braga (screenplay), Robert J. Sawyer (original novel) American Broadcasting Company [63]
2011 Doctor Who: "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang"* Toby Haynes (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [64]
Doctor Who: "A Christmas Carol" Toby Haynes (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [64]
Doctor Who: "Vincent and the Doctor" Jonny Campbell (director), Richard Curtis (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [64]
Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury Paul Briganti (director), Rachel Bloom (screenplay) [64]
The Lost Thing Shaun Tan (director, original story), Andrew Ruhemann (director) Passion Pictures [64]
2012 Doctor Who: "The Doctor's Wife"* Richard Clark (director), Neil Gaiman (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [65]
Community: "Remedial Chaos Theory" Jeff Melman (director), Dan Harmon (screenplay), Chris McKenna (screenplay) NBC [65]
Doctor Who: "The Girl Who Waited" Nick Hurran (director), Tom MacRae (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [65]
Doctor Who: "A Good Man Goes to War" Peter Hoar (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [65]
The Drink Tank's Hugo Acceptance Speech Christopher J Garcia, James Bacon Renovation [65]
2013 Game of Thrones: "Blackwater"* original novel, screenplay) HBO [66]
Doctor Who: "Asylum of the Daleks" Nick Hurran (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [66]
Doctor Who: "The Angels Take Manhattan" Nick Hurran (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [66]
Doctor Who: "The Snowmen" Saul Metzstein (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Cymru Wales [66]
Fringe: "Letters of Transit" Joe Chappelle (director), J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J. H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner (screenplay) Fox Broadcasting Company [66]
2014 Game of Thrones: "The Rains of Castamere"* original novel) HBO [67]
An Adventure in Space and Time Terry McDonough (director), Mark Gatiss (screenplay) BBC Television [67]
Doctor Who: "The Day of the Doctor" Nick Hurran (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Television [67]
Doctor Who: "The Name of the Doctor" Saul Metzstein (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Television [67]
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Peter Davison (director, screenplay) BBC Television [67]
Orphan Black: "Variations under Domestication" John Fawcett (director), Will Pascoe (screenplay) Temple Street Productions/Space/BBC America [67]
2015 Orphan Black: "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"* John Fawcett (director), Graham Manson (screenplay) Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America [68]
Doctor Who: "Listen" Douglas Mackinnon (director), Steven Moffat (screenplay) BBC Television [68]
The Flash: "Pilot" David Nutter (director), Andrew Kreisberg] (screenplay, story), Geoff Johns] (screenplay, story), Greg Berlanti Berlanti Productions/DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. Television [68]
Game of Thrones: "The Mountain and the Viper" original novel) HBO/Bighead, Littlehead/Television 360/Startling Television/Generator Productions [68]
Grimm: "Once We Were Gods" Steven DePaul (director), Alan Di Fiore (screenplay) GK Productions/Hazy Mills Productions/Universal Television) [68]

Retro Hugos

Beginning with the 1996 Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Society created the concept of "Retro Hugos", in which the Hugo award could be retroactively awarded for 50, 75, or 100 years prior. Retro Hugos may only be awarded for years in which a Worldcon was hosted, but no awards were originally given.[7][Note 1] Retro Hugos have been awarded four times, for 1939, 1946, 1951, and 1954. 1939 was given 75 years later, while the other awards were given 50 years later.[8] In 1946 and 1951, an award was given for Best Dramatic Presentation, as the category had not yet been split, while in 1939 and 1954 an award was given for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. The Long Form category did not receive enough nominations for an award to be given in either year. The next year that Retro Hugos can be awarded is 2016, for 1941.[7]

Year Year awarded Work Creator(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
1939 2014 The War of the Worlds* Orson Welles (director, screenplay), H.G. Wells (original novel) The Mercury Theatre on the Air/CBS [69]
Around the World in Eighty Days Orson Welles (director, screenplay), Jules Verne (original novel) The Mercury Theatre on the Air/CBS [69]
A Christmas Carol Orson Welles (director, screenplay), Charles Dickens (original novella) The Campbell Playhouse/CBS [69]
Dracula Orson Welles (director, screenplay), John Houseman (screenplay), Bram Stoker (original novel) The Mercury Theatre on the Air/CBS [69]
R.U.R. Jan Bussell (producer), Karel Čapek (original play) BBC [69]
1946 1996 The Picture of Dorian Gray* Albert Lewin (director, screenplay), Oscar Wilde (original novel) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [70]
Blithe Spirit David Lean (director, screenplay), Anthony Havelock-Allan (screenplay), Ronald Neame (screenplay), Noël Coward (original play) United Artists [70]
The Body Snatcher Robert Wise (director), Philip MacDonald (screenplay), Val Lewton (screenplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (original story) RKO Pictures [70]
The Horn Blows at Midnight Raoul Walsh (director), Sam Hellman (screenplay), James V. Kern (screenplay) Warner Bros. [70]
House of Dracula Erle C. Kenton (director), Edward T. Lowe, Jr. (screenplay) Universal Studios [70]
1951 2001 Destination Moon* Irving Pichel (director), Alford Van Ronkel (screenplay), James O'Hanlon (screenplay), Robert A. Heinlein (screenplay, original novel) George Pal Productions [71]
Cinderella Clyde Geronimi (director) Wilfred Jackson (director) Hamilton Luske (director) Ken Anderson (screenplay), Homer Brightman (screenplay), Winston Hibler (screenplay), Bill Peet (screenplay), Erdman Penner (screenplay), Harry Reeves (screenplay), Joe Rinaldi (screenplay), Ted Sears (screenplay), Charles Perrault (original story) The Walt Disney Company [71]
Harvey Henry Koster (director), Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Myles Connolly (screenplay), Mary Chase (screenplay, original play) Universal Studios [71]
Rabbit of Seville Chuck Jones (director), Michael Maltese (story) Warner Bros. [71]
Rocketship X-M Kurt Neumann (director, screenplay), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) Lippert Pictures [71]
1954 2004 The War of the Worlds* Byron Haskin (director), Barré Lyndon (screenplay), H. G. Wells (original novel) Paramount Pictures [72]
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Eugène Lourié (director), Louis Morheim (screenplay), Fred Freiberger (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (original story) Mutual Pictures/Warner Bros. [72]
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century Chuck Jones (director), Michael Maltese (screenplay) Warner Bros. [72]
Invaders from Mars William Cameron Menzies (director), Richard Blake (screenplay), John Tucker Battle (story) National Pictures/20th Century Fox [72]
It Came from Outer Space Jack Arnold (director), Harry Essex (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (original story) Universal Studios [72]

See also


  1. ^ Although no "Best Dramatic Presentation" Hugo was awarded at the 1957 convention, Hugos were awarded in other categories, hence there was no "Retro Hugo" for 1957 awarded in 2007.


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External links

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