Wall-E and The Dark Knight have dominated so many awards that it’s no surprise to see them once again nominated for a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Award for best script.
It is however a surprise, and a pleasant one at that, to see the third nomination for best script being handed to Stargate Atlantis for it’s sixth episode of Season 5, ‘The Shrine’.
In ‘The Shrine’ Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) is stricken with what is believed to be an alien virus that is robbing him of his memories, causing a rapid deterioration in his mind similar to Alzheimer’s disease. The Atlantis team have to race against time to find a cure whilst McKay slips further and further towards a loss of all knowledge and memory and ultimately death.
The script to ‘The Shrine’ was written by series creator Brad Wright. Perhaps the unsung hero of the script was Hewlett’s exceptional acting performance which was award worthy in itself.
The nominees for best Science Fiction script are:
- The Dark Knight -- Jonathan Nolan; Christopher Nolan, Christopher, David S. Goyer (Warner Bros., Jul08)
- “WALL-E” Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter (Walt Disney June 2008)
- “The Shrine” -- Brad Wright (Stargate Atlantis, Aug08)
Winners will be announced at the 2009 Nebula Awards in Los Angeles, April 24-26, 2009.
A full list of the nominees across all categories can be viewed at Science Fiction Awards Watch here.
Watch the Sci Fi Trailer for ‘The Shrine:
If you’re in the US, you can watch the entire episode on Hulu here.