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

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

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


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]

Year Winner(s) Work
1991[6] Cameron, JamesJames Cameron (writer/director) and William Wisher (writer)* Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1998[6] Straczynski, J. MichaelJ. Michael Straczynski* Babylon 5
2000[6] Rasovsky, YuriYuri Rasovsky and Ellison, HarlanHarlan Ellison* 2000X: Tales of the Next Millennia
2008[6] Whedon, JossJoss Whedon* Joss Whedon filmography


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]

Year Creator(s) Work Publisher(s)
2009[8] Blomkamp, NeillNeill Blomkamp* District 9 TriStar Pictures
Abrams, J. J.J. J. Abrams (director), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (writers) Star Trek Paramount Pictures
Cameron, JamesJames Cameron Avatar Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Docter, PetePete Docter (writer/director), Bob Peterson and Tom McCarthy (writers) Up Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
Selick, HenryHenry Selick (writer/director), Neil Gaiman (original story) Coraline Focus Features
2010[9] Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan* Inception Warner Brothers
Coffin, PierrePierre Coffin, Chris Renaud (directors), Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio and Sergio Pablos (writers) Despicable Me Universal Pictures
Campbell, JonnyJonny Campbell (director) and Richard Curtis (writer) Doctor Who: "Vincent and the Doctor" BBC
DeBlois, DeanDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders (writers/directors) and William Davies (writer) How To Train Your Dragon Paramount Pictures
Wright, EdgarEdgar Wright (writer/director) and Michael Bacall (writer) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Universal Pictures
Unkrich, LeeLee Unkrich (writer/director), Michael Arndt, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton (writers) Toy Story 3 Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
2011[10] Clark, RichardRichard Clark (director) and Neil Gaiman (writer)* Doctor Who: "The Doctor's Wife" BBC Wales
Nolfi, GeorgeGeorge Nolfi The Adjustment Bureau Universal Pictures
Cornish, JoeJoe Cornish Attack the Block Optimum Releasing and Screen Gems
Johnston, JoeJoe Johnston (director), Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (writers) Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount Pictures
Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese (director) and John Logan (writer) Hugo Paramount Pictures
Allen, WoodyWoody Allen Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures
Jones, DuncanDuncan Jones (director) and Ben Ripley (writer) Source Code Summit
2012[11] Zeitlin, BenhBenh Zeitlin (writer/director) and Lucy Alibar (writer)* Beasts of the Southern Wild Journeyman, Cinereach, and Court 13
Whedon, JossJoss Whedon (writer/director) and Zak Penn (writer) The Avengers Marvel Studios
Goddard, DrewDrew Goddard (writer/director) and Joss Whedon (writer) The Cabin in the Woods Mutant Enemy Productions
Stanton, AndrewAndrew Stanton (writer/director), Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon (writers) John Carter Walt Disney Pictures
Johnson, RianRian Johnson Looper DMG Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment
2013[12] Cuarón, AlfonsoAlfonso Cuarón (director/writer) and Jonás Cuarón, (writer)* Gravity Warner Brothers
Hurran, NickNick Hurran (director) and Steven Moffat (writer) Doctor Who: "The Day of the Doctor BBC Wales
Cordero, SebastiánSebastián Cordero (director) and Philip Gelatt (writer) Europa Report Start Motion Pictures
Jonze, SpikeSpike Jonze Her Warner Brothers
Lawrence, FrancisFrancis Lawrence (director), Simon Beaufoy, and Michael deBruyn (writers) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Lionsgate
del Toro, GuillermoGuillermo del Toro (director/writer) and Travis Beacham (writer) Pacific Rim Warner Brothers
2014[13] Gunn , JamesJames Gunn (writer/director) and Nicole Perlman (writer) * Guardians of the Galaxy Walt Disney Pictures
G., AlejandroAlejandro G. (writer/director) and Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bó (writers) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Fox Searchlight
Markus, ChristopherChristopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Captain America: The Winter Soldier Walt Disney Pictures
McQuarrie, ChristopherChristopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (writers) Edge of Tomorrow Warner Brothers
Nolan, JonathanJonathan Nolan (writer) and Christopher Nolan (writer/director) Interstellar Paramount Pictures
Lord, PhilPhil Lord and Christopher Miller The Lego Movie Warner Brothers
2015[14] Miller, GeorgeGeorge Miller (writer/director), Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris (writers)* Mad Max: Fury Road Village Roadshow Pictures, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Garland, AlexAlex Garland, Bradley Thompson, and David Weddle Ex Machina Film4 and DNA Films
Docter, PetePete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen (writers/directors), Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley (writers) Inside Out Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios
Reynolds, ScottScott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King (writers) Jessica Jones: "AKA Smile" Marvel Television, ABC Studios, and Tall Girls Productions
Scott, RidleyRidley Scott (writer/director), Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt (writers) The Martian Scott Free Productions, Kinberg Genre, and TSG Entertainment
Abrams, J. J.J. J. Abrams, Bradley Thompson, and David Weddle Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions
2016[15] Heisserer, EricEric Heisserer* Arrival 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics
Derrickson, ScottScott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill Doctor Strange Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures
Haimes, MarkMark Haimes and Chris Butler Kubo and the Two Strings LAIKA
Weitz, ChrisChris Weitz and Tony Gilroy Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures
Joy, LisaLisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (writers) Westworld: "The Bicameral Mind" HBO
Bush, JaredJared Bush and Phil Johnston Zootopia Walt Disney Pictures
2017[16] Peele, JordanJordan Peele* Get Out Universal Pictures
Schur, MichaelMichael Schur The Good Place: "Michael's Gambit" NBC
Frank, ScottScott Frank, James Gilroy and Michael Green Logan 20th Century Fox
del Toro, GuillermoGuillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor The Shape of Water Fox Searchlight Pictures
Johnson, RianRian Johnson Star Wars: The Last Jedi Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Heinberg, AllanAllan Heinberg Wonder Woman Warner Brothers Pictures

Other uses

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.


  1. ^ Nebula Awards Ceremony 2009. Los Angeles, CA: SFWA. 2009. p. 12. 
  2. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/nominated-work/2000x-tales-next-millennia-yuri-rasovsky/
  3. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/nominated-work/terminator-2/
  4. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/nominated-work/babylon-5-j-michael-straczynski/
  5. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/nominated-work/joss-whedon/
  6. ^ a b c d "Nebula Awards Nominees and Winners: Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Nebula Awards - The Nebula Awards". The Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  7. ^ "Ray Bradbury Award". Locus Online. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 
  8. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2009/
  9. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2010/
  10. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2011/
  11. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2012/
  12. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2013/
  13. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2014/
  14. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2015/
  15. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2016/
  16. ^ https://nebulas.sfwa.org/2017-nebula-award-finalists-announced/
  17. ^ "Eerie Archives Volume 7". Eerie Archives Volume 7. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 

External links

  • The Nebula Awards
  • YouTube of Ray Bradbury Award acceptance video by Joss Whedon 2009
  • image of the Ray Bradbury award
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