Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo Category

The Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo category has a long and complicated history. Fittingly enough, it was first awarded in 1958 at the Solacon where it was called the Outstanding Movie category. In 1959, the Detention followed up by awarding a Best SF or Fantasy Movie Hugo. Starting in 1960 at Pittcon, it got its long-term title of Best Dramatic Presentation.

The "BDP" category has failed to appear on the final ballot three times due to insufficient nominations: 1964, 1966, and in the 1946 Retro Hugos. It has also had more No Awards than any other category.

In 2004, the Best Dramatic Presentation category was split into Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form and Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form with the dividing line being a running time of 90 minutes. See Hugo category boundaries for a discussion of some of the finer points of defining Hugo categories.

See also the Hugo Awards and List of Hugo Categories.

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Year Winner
1946 The Picture of Dorian Gray
1951 Destination Moon
1954 Retro Hugo: There were insufficient nominations and the category was not include on the final ballot.
1958 The Incredible Shrinking Man (the category was called "Outstanding Movie" this year)
1959 No Award (the category was called "STF or Fantasy Movie" on the nominations ballot this year and "Hollywood Movie" on the final ballot)
1960 The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
1961 The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
1962 The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
1963 No Award
1964 No Award
1965 Dr. Strangelove
1966 No Award
1967 Star Trek - "The Menagerie"
1968 Star Trek - "The City on the Edge of Forever"
1969 2001 -- A Space Odyssey
1970 TV Coverage of Apollo XI
1971 No Award
1972 A Clockwork Orange
1973 Slaughterhouse-Five
1974 Sleeper
1975 Young Frankenstein
1976 A Boy and His Dog
1977 No Award
1978 Star Wars
1979 Superman
1980 Alien
1981 The Empire Strikes Back
1982 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1983 Blade Runner
1984 Return of the Jedi
1985 2010: Odyssey Two
1986 Back to the Future
1987 Aliens
1988 The Princess Bride
1989 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
1990 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1991 Edward Scissorhands
1992 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation - "The Inner Light"
1994 Jurassic Park
1995 Star Trek: The Next Generation - "All Good Things…"
1996 Babylon 5 - "The Coming of Shadows"
1997 Babylon 5 - "Severed Dreams"
1998 Contact
1999 The Truman Show
2000 Galaxy Quest
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(starting here, the category becomes "Dramatic Presentation, Long Form" with a separate Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form category)
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2005 The Incredibles
2006 Serenity
2007 Pan's Labyrinth
2008 Stardust
2009 WALL-E
2010 Moon
2011 Inception
2012 Game of Thrones (Season 1)
2013 The Avengers
2014 Gravity