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The Scream Awards is an award show dedicated to the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres of feature films. Originally only having Scream Queen and Heroic Performance awards for actors, the personnel awards have expanded to include actors and actresses of all three recognized genres. In addition, comic books awards were also given and have been recently expanded. It is broadcast on Spike TV and has been branded in the past as the Spike TV Scream Awards. Recently, the show has become labeled simply Scream with the respective year, i.e. Scream 2009. The show was created by executive producers Michael Levitt, Cindy Levitt, and Casey Patterson.
For unknown reasons, the Scream Awards ceremonies were cancelled following the 2011 Scream Awards.
Award coverage includes the year between the previous awards show and the live ceremony in October of each year. The event is recorded on a Saturday evening and is aired on a later Tuesday. To condense the show into its two-hour running time, not all awards are aired. For some categories, only the winners are announced. Some other categories are skipped altogether.
The inaugural ceremony was held at the Pantages Theatre on October 7, 2006. From 2007 to 2010, it was held at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The 2011 ceremony was held at the backlot of Universal Studios.
The show also includes "World Premiere" trailers of upcoming films, television series, behind the scenes videos, and outtakes from movies not yet released to home video.
Originally only having Scream Queen and Heroic Performance awards for actors, the personnel awards have expanded to include actors and actresses of all three recognized genres. In addition, comic book awards have also been given and have recently been expanded.
Categories include, but are not limited to:
- The Ultimate Scream
- Best Horror Movie
- Best Fantasy Movie
- Best Science Fiction Movie
- Best TV Show
- Best Superhero
- Best Comic-to-Screen Adaptation
- Renamed "Best Comic Book Movie" beginning in 2008.
- Most Memorable Mutilation
- Most Vile Villain
- Renamed "Best Villain" beginning in 2008.
- Breakout Performance
- The Scene of the Year Award
- Called one of the alternative titles "Holy Sh!t" or "Jump-From-Your-Seat" in differing years.
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