However, the category does not seem to warrant the same cache as most of the other categories; often the recipients skip the awards ceremony, there are no podcasts dedicated to revisiting past winners, and Jo Walton repeatedly disparages the category in her Informal History of the Hugos. It is also the category in which Hugo voters have chosen to present no award on the most occasions, voting for “no award” in 1959, 1963, 1971 and 1977, and neglecting to even nominate a shortlist for the category in 1964 and 1966.
It might also be noted that movies are rarely (if ever) marketed using the Hugo Award as a credential. Did
|Galaxy Quest director Dean Parsiot (front row,|
second from right) showed up to accept his
Hugo Award. (Image via Locus)
In the past, this blog has questioned whether the Dramatic Presentation category continues to serve any purpose. In order to answer this question, contributors to this blog including Olav Rokne, Tim Klassen, Paul Senior, Daniel Calder, Christy Foley and Earl Prusak have begun re-watching works from Hugo shortlists from previous years to see how well they hold up, to consider whether other works should have been considered, and to ask whether the Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo has made any impact on how well these works are remembered.
Blog Post 1 - The dawn of the Best Dramatic Presentation (1958)
Supplemental - The Evil of Choosing Among Lessers
Blog Post 19 - Edgelord Cinema Maximalism (1976)