The Nebula Awards nominees were announced today, including the six films up for the Ray Bradbury Award, their equivalent of an Academy Award. This award was given sporadically since 1992, and became a regular award with nominees in 2009. Since then, the movies (or TV shows, which are also eligible) they’ve honored have proven in some cases more entertaining than those nominated for the Oscars. Past winners have included District 9, Inception, and The Doctor’s Wife, while past nominees have included Attack the Block, Moon, and Source Code. I’ve enjoyed many of the movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this year, but the list put up for the Bradbury award is a stellar one.
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight )
The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard (director), Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (writers) (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate)
The Hunger Games, Gary Ross (director), Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray writers), (Lionsgate)
John Carter, Andrew Stanton (director), Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton (writers), (Disney)
Looper, Rian Johnson (director), Rian Johnson (writer), (FilmDistrict/TriStar)
Aside from John Carter (which I haven’t seen and therefore would swap out for Frankenweenie), these are all excellent movies I can absolutely see returning to repeatedly in the coming years. The rest of the Nebula nominees in the writing categories are also quite good, but as we’re moving towards the Oscars on Sunday, I wanted to take a moment to point these out.
What are your thoughts? Are there any you’d take off or add on?