Saturn Award for Best Writing

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The Saturn Award for Best Writing is a Saturn Award presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for the best writing in any motion picture genre.

Winners and nominees[edit]

"†" indicates an Academy Award-winning movie on the same category.

"‡" indicates an Academy Award-nominated movie on the same category.

1970s[edit]

Year Writer(s) Motion Picture
1973
(2nd)
William Peter Blatty The Exorcist
1974/75
(3rd)
Ib Melchior (for his career)
Harlan Ellison (for his career)
1976
(4th)
Jimmy Sangster (for his career)
1977
(5th)
George Lucas Star Wars
Steven Spielberg Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Laird Koenig The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
Larry Gelbart Oh, God!
Michael Winner, Jeffrey Konvitz The Sentinel
1978
(6th)
Elaine May, Warren Beatty Heaven Can Wait
Heywood Gould The Boys from Brazil
Alfred Sole, Rosemary Ritvo Alice, Sweet Alice (Communion)
Cliff Green Picnic at Hanging Rock
Anthony Shaffer The Wicker Man
1979
(7th)
Nicholas Meyer Time After Time
Dan O'Bannon Alien
Jeb Rosebrook, Gerry Day The Black Hole
Robert Kaufman Love at First Bite
Jerry Juhl, Jack Burns The Muppet Movie

1980s[edit]

Year Writer(s) Motion Picture
1980
(8th)
William Peter Blatty The Ninth Configuration
Paddy Chayefsky (as Sidney Aaron) Altered States
Lewis John Carlino Resurrection
John Sayles Alligator
Leigh Brackett (posthumous nomination), Lawrence Kasdan Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1981
(9th)
Lawrence Kasdan Raiders of the Lost Ark
John Landis An American Werewolf in London
Peter Hyams Outland
Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin Time Bandits
David Eyre, Michael Wadleigh Wolfen
1982
(10th)
Melissa Mathison E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Jay Presson Allen Deathtrap
Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Jack B. Sowards Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Albert Pyun, Tom Karnowski, John V. Stuckmeyer The Sword and the Sorcerer
1983
(11th)
Ray Bradbury Something Wicked This Way Comes
Jeffrey Boam The Dead Zone
Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Bill Condon, Michael Laughlin Strange Invaders
Lawrence Lasker, Walter Parkes WarGames
1984
(12th)
James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd The Terminator
Earl Mac Rauch The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Chris Columbus Gremlins
Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Alex Cox Repo Man
1985
(13th)
Tom Holland Fright Night
Tom Benedek Cocoon
Terry Hayes, George Miller Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome
Woody Allen The Purple Rose of Cairo
Chris Columbus Young Sherlock Holmes
1986
(14th)
James Cameron Aliens
Nick Castle The Boy Who Could Fly
Paul Hogan, Ken Shadie, John Cornell "Crocodile" Dundee
Howard Ashman Little Shop of Horrors
Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
1987
(15th)
Michael Miner, Edward Neumeier RoboCop
Alan Parker Angel Heart
James Dearden Fatal Attraction
Jim Kouf (as Bob Hunt) The Hidden
William Goldman The Princess Bride
Michael Cristofer The Witches of Eastwick
1988
(16th)
Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg Big
Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren Beetlejuice
Tom Holland, John Lafia, Don Mancini Child's Play
David Cronenberg, Norman Snider Dead Ringers
Alan B. McElroy Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1989/90
(17th)
William Peter Blatty The Exorcist III
James Cameron The Abyss
Jerry Belson Always
Don Jakoby, Wesley Strick Arachnophobia
Phil Alden Robinson Field of Dreams
Bruce Joel Rubin Ghost
Jeffrey Boam Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Gary Goldman Total Recall

1990s[edit]

Year Writer(s) Motion Picture
1991
(18th)
Ted Tally The Silence of the Lambs
Albert Brooks Defending Your Life
Richard LaGravenese The Fisher King
Charles Gale Guilty as Charged
William Goldman Misery
James Cameron, William Wisher, Jr. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1992
(19th)
James V. Hart Dracula
David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson Alien 3
Joe Eszterhas Basic Instinct
Bernard Rose Candyman
Martin Donovan, David Koepp Death Becomes Her
Nicholas Meyer, Denny Martin Flinn Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
David Lynch, Robert Engels Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
1993
(20th)
Michael Crichton, David Koepp Jurassic Park
Tracy Tormé Fire in the Sky
Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis Groundhog Day
Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson, Gregory Hansen, Erik Hansen Heart and Souls
Tim Metcalfe Kalifornia
Shane Black, David Arnott Last Action Hero
Quentin Tarantino True Romance
1994
(21st)
Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick Wolf
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski Ed Wood
Eric Roth Forrest Gump
Steph Lady, Frank Darabont Frankenstein
Frank Darabont The Shawshank Redemption
Mark Verheiden Timecop
1995
(22nd)
Andrew Kevin Walker Se7en
George Miller, Chris Noonan Babe
Quentin Tarantino From Dusk till Dawn
James Cameron, Jay Cocks Strange Days
Joss Whedon, Alec Sokolow, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen Toy Story
David Webb Peoples, Janet Peoples 12 Monkeys
1996
(23rd)
Kevin Williamson Scream
Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski Bound
Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson The Frighteners
Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich Independence Day
Jonathan Gems Mars Attacks!
Brannon Braga, Ronald D. Moore Star Trek: First Contact
1997
(24th)
Mike Werb, Michael Colleary Face/Off
James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg Contact
Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy The Devil's Advocate
Ed Solomon Men in Black
Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Mimic
Edward Neumeier Starship Troopers
1998
(25th)
Andrew Niccol The Truman Show
Brandon Boyce Apt Pupil
Don Mancini Bride of Chucky
Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S. Goyer Dark City
Gary Ross Pleasantville
Joseph Stefano Psycho
1999
(26th)
Charlie Kaufman Being John Malkovich
Ehren Kruger Arlington Road
M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense
Stephen Sommers The Mummy
Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski The Matrix
Andrew Kevin Walker Sleepy Hollow

2000s[edit]

Year Writer(s) Motion Picture
2000
(27th)
David Hayter X-Men
Karey Kirkpatrick Chicken Run
Toby Emmerich Frequency
Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson The Gift
David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson Gladiator
Wang Hui-ling, James Schamus, Tsai Kuo Jung Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2001
(28th)
Steven Spielberg A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Robert L. Baird, Dan Gerson Monsters, Inc.
Alejandro Amenábar The Others
Stéphane Cabel, Christophe Gans Brotherhood of the Wolf
Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger S. H. Schulman Shrek
2002
(29th)
Scott Frank, Jon Cohen Minority Report
Brent Hanley Frailty
Hillary Seitz Insomnia
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Mark Romanek One Hour Photo
Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, Donald H. Hewitt Spirited Away
2003
(30th)
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Alex Garland 28 Days Later
Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds Finding Nemo
Heather Hach, Leslie Dixon Freaky Friday
Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Volume 1
Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty X-Men 2
2004
(31st)
Alvin Sargent Spider-Man 2
Stuart Beattie Collateral
Charlie Kaufman Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Steve Kloves Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Brad Bird The Incredibles
Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Volume 2
2005
(32nd)
Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer Batman Begins
Ann Peacock, Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Steve Kloves Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens King Kong
George Lucas Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
David Koepp War of the Worlds
2006
(33rd)
Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris Superman Returns
Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis Casino Royale
Guillermo del Toro Pan's Labyrinth
Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Tom Tykwer Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Zach Helm Stranger than Fiction
Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski V for Vendetta
2007
(34th)
Brad Bird Ratatouille
Michael B. Gordon, Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad 300
Roger Avary, Neil Gaiman Beowulf
Michael Goldenberg Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
John Logan Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2008
(35th)
Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan The Dark Knight
J. Michael Straczynski Changeling
David Koepp, John Kamps Ghost Town
Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway Iron Man
John Ajvide Lindqvist Let the Right One In
Eric Roth The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2009
(36th)
James Cameron Avatar
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell District 9
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci Star Trek
Alex Tse, David Hayter Watchmen
Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers Where the Wild Things Are

2010s[edit]

Year Writer(s) Motion Picture
2010
(37th)
Christopher Nolan Inception
Matt Reeves Let Me In
Michael Arndt Toy Story 3
Peter Morgan Hereafter
Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin Black Swan
Alex Garland Never Let Me Go
2011
(38th)
Jeff Nichols Take Shelter
J. J. Abrams Super 8
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling Another Earth
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver Rise of the Planet of the Apes
John Logan Hugo
2012
(39th)
Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
Tracy Letts Killer Joe
David Magee Life of Pi
Martin McDonagh Seven Psychopaths
Joss Whedon The Avengers
Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard The Cabin in the Woods
2013
(40th)
Spike Jonze Her
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón Gravity
Jennifer Lee Frozen
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg The World's End
2014
(41st)
Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Interstellar
Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth Edge of Tomorrow
Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
James Gunn, Nicole Perlman Guardians of the Galaxy
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Damien Chazelle Whiplash
2015
(42nd)
Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, Michael Arndt Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Crimson Peak
Alex Garland Ex Machina
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly Jurassic World
Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn Kingsman: The Secret Service
George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris Mad Max: Fury Road
Drew Goddard The Martian

Multiple wins[edit]

4 wins
  • Christopher Nolan
3 wins
  • William Peter Blatty
  • James Cameron

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