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Jeffrey Jacob Abrams (/ˈeɪbrəmz/;[1] born June 27, 1966) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and composer. He is known for work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. Abrams wrote or produced such films as Regarding Henry (1991), Forever Young (1992), Armageddon (1998), Cloverfield
(2008), Star Trek (2009), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX (2019). Abrams has created numerous television series, including Felicity (co-creator, 1998–2003), Alias (creator, 2001–2006), Lost (co-creator, 2004–2010), and Fringe (co-creator, 2008–2013). He won two Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
for Lost — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series. His directorial film work includes Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness
(2013), and Super 8 (2011). He also directed and co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the first film in the Star Wars
Star Wars
sequel trilogy and his highest-grossing film, as well as the third highest-grossing film of all time. He will return to Star Wars
Star Wars
by co-writing and directing Episode IX.[2] Abrams's frequent collaborators include producer Bryan Burk, actors Greg Grunberg
Greg Grunberg
and Simon Pegg, writers Alex Kurtzman
Alex Kurtzman
and Roberto Orci, composer Michael Giacchino, cinematographers Daniel Mindel and Larry Fong, and editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early career 2.2 2000s 2.3 2010s 2.4 Upcoming projects 2.5 Unrealized projects

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Music videos 4.4 Theatre

5 Awards and nominations 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

Early life[edit] Abrams was born in New York City
New York City
and raised in Los Angeles, the son of television producer Gerald W. Abrams (born 1939) and executive producer Carol Ann Abrams (née Kelvin; 1942–2012).[3] His sister is screenwriter Tracy Rosen.[3] He attended Palisades High School. After graduating high school, Abrams planned on going to dental school rather than an arts college, but eventually enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, following his father's advice: "it's more important that you go off and learn what to make movies about than how to make movies."[4] Career[edit] Early career[edit] Abrams's first job in the movie business started at 15 when he wrote the music for Don Dohler's 1982 film Nightbeast. During his senior year at college, he teamed with Jill Mazursky to write a feature film treatment.[5] Purchased by Touchstone Pictures, the treatment was the basis for Taking Care of Business, Abrams's first produced film, which starred Charles Grodin
Charles Grodin
and James Belushi. He followed with Regarding Henry, starring Harrison Ford, and Forever Young, starring Mel Gibson. He also co-wrote with Mazursky the script for the comedy Gone Fishin' starring Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
and Danny Glover. In 1994, he was part of the "Propellerheads" with Rob Letterman, Loren Soman, and Andy Waisler, a group of Sarah Lawrence alums experimenting with computer animation technology who were contracted by Jeffrey Katzenberg to develop animation for the film Shrek.[6] Abrams worked on the screenplay for the 1998 film Armageddon with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay. That same year, he made his first foray into television with Felicity, which ran for four seasons on The WB Network, serving as the series' co-creator (with Matt Reeves) and executive producer. He also composed its opening theme music. 2000s[edit]

Abrams at the 2010 Time 100
Time 100
Gala in Manhattan

Under his production company, Bad Robot, which he founded with Bryan Burk in 2001,[7] Abrams created and executive-produced ABC's Alias and is co-creator (along with Damon Lindelof
Damon Lindelof
and Jeffrey Lieber) and was executive producer of Lost. As with Felicity, Abrams also composed the opening theme music for Alias and Lost. Abrams directed and wrote the two-part pilot for Lost and remained active producer for the first half of the season. Also in 2001, Abrams co-wrote and produced the horror-thriller Joy Ride.[8] In 2006, he served as executive producer of What About Brian
What About Brian
and Six Degrees, also on ABC. He also co-wrote the teleplay for Lost's third season premiere "A Tale of Two Cities" and the same year, he made his feature directorial debut with Mission: Impossible III, starring Tom Cruise. Abrams spoke at the TED conference in 2007.[9] In 2008, Abrams produced the monster movie Cloverfield.[10] In 2009, he directed the science fiction film Star Trek,[11] which he produced with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. While it was speculated that they would be writing and producing an adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series of novels, they publicly stated in November 2009 that they were no longer looking to take on that project.[12] In 2008, Abrams co-created, executive produced, and co-wrote (along with Roberto Orci
Roberto Orci
and Alex Kurtzman) the FOX science fiction series Fringe, for which he also composed the theme music. He was featured in the 2009 MTV Movie Awards
2009 MTV Movie Awards
1980s-style digital short "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions", with Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg
and Will Ferrell, in which he plays a keyboard solo. NBC
picked up Abrams's Undercovers as its first new drama series for the 2010–11 season.[13] However, it was subsequently cancelled by the network in November 2010. In 2008, it was reported that Abrams purchased the rights to a New York Times article "Mystery on Fifth Avenue" about the renovation of an 8.5 million dollar co-op, a division of property originally owned by E. F. Hutton & Co. and Marjorie Merriweather Post, for six figures and was developing a film titled Mystery on Fifth Avenue, with Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
and Bad Robot Productions,[14] and comedy writers Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky to write the adaptation. According to the article, a wealthy couple Steven B. Klinsky and Maureen Sherry purchased the apartment in 2003 and live there with their four children. Soon after purchasing the apartment, they hired young architectural designer Eric Clough, who devised an elaborately clever "scavenger hunt" built into the apartment that involved dozens of historical figures, a fictional book and a soundtrack, woven throughout the apartment in puzzles, riddles, secret panels, compartments, and hidden codes, without the couple's knowledge. The family didn't discover the embedded mystery until months after moving into the apartment.[15][16] After Abrams purchased the article, Clough left him an encrypted message in the wall tiles of a Christian Louboutin shoe store he designed in West Hollywood.[17] 2010s[edit] He wrote and directed the Paramount science fiction thriller Super 8, starring Joel Courtney
Joel Courtney
and Elle Fanning, while co-producing with Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
and Bryan Burk; it was released on June 10, 2011.[18] Abrams directed the sequel to Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, released in May 2013.[19] Abrams announced at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit
D.I.C.E. Summit
that Bad Robot Productions had made a deal with Valve Corporation
Valve Corporation
to produce a film based on either the video game title Portal
or Half-Life.[20] On September 9, 2013, it was announced that Abrams would release a novel, S., written by Doug Dorst. The book was released on October 29, 2013.[21] On January 25, 2013, The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm
officially announced Abrams as director and producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh entry in the Star Wars
Star Wars
film saga.[22] Disney/ Lucasfilm
also announced that Bryan Burk
Bryan Burk
and Bad Robot Productions would produce the feature.[23] Following the news that he would direct The Force Awakens, speculation arose as to Abrams's future with Paramount Pictures, with whom he had released all of his previously directed feature work, and which had a first-look deal with his Bad Robot Productions. Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore stated that Abrams will continue to have a hand in the highly successful Star Trek and Mission: Impossible franchises going forward.[24] Abrams directed, produced, and co-wrote the screenplay for, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, working alongside Lawrence Kasdan, following the departure of co-writer Michael Arndt.[25] Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theaters on December 18, 2015. It grossed over $2 billion at the box office, making him the second director to make a $2 billion movie since James Cameron's Avatar.[26][27] He served as a producer on the 2016 sci-fi sequel Star Trek Beyond. Abrams produced The Cloverfield
Paradox, a sequel to 10 Cloverfield Lane. It was released on Netflix
in February 2018.[28][29] Upcoming projects[edit] In 2009, it was reported that Abrams and Bad Robot Productions
Bad Robot Productions
would produce a film based on the Micronauts
toy line.[30][31] As of December 2013, the film hasn't been made, but it is stated that the film is still in production.[32] In January 2014, during the promotion of the TV series Believe, it was reported that Abrams was interested in making film adaptations of Alias, Lost and Felicity.[33] In November 2015, it was reported that a sixth Mission: Impossible film was in the works and that Abrams was expected to return to produce the film, along Tom Cruise, Don Granger, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg.[34] In July 2016, Abrams reported that a fourth Star Trek installment was in the works and that he is confident that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
will return for the sequel.[35][36] In March 2017, it was reported that Abrams was working on a new film titled Overlord, a horror film set in World War II set to be directed by Julius Avery.[37] It was reported by /Film in January 2018, that the film will serve as the fourth installment in the Cloverfield
film series.[38] In September 2017, it was announced by Lucasfilm
president, Kathleen Kennedy, that Abrams would be returning to Star Wars
Star Wars
to direct and co-write the upcoming Episode IX with co-writer Chris Terrio.[39] In February 2018, HBO
ordered Abrams sci-fi drama Demimonde to series.[40] Unrealized projects[edit] In 1989, Abrams met Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
at a film festival, where Spielberg spoke about a possible Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
sequel, with Abrams as a possible writer and with Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
as producer.[41] Nothing came up from this project, although Abrams has some storyboards for a Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
short.[41] In July 2002, Abrams wrote a script for a possible fifth Superman
film entitled Superman: Flyby.[42] Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner
and McG
entered into talks to direct,[43] although Abrams tried to get the chance to direct his own script.[44] However, the project was finally cancelled in 2004 and instead Superman
Returns was released in 2006. In November 2009, it was reported that Abrams and Bad Robot Productions were producing, along with Cartoon Network Movies, Warner Bros., Frederator Films and Paramount Pictures, a film adaptation of Samurai Jack.[45] However, in June 2012, series creator Genndy Tartakovsky stated that the production of the film was scrapped after Abrams' departure from the project to direct Star Trek.[46] For this and other reasons, Tartakovsky decided to make a new season instead of a feature film. Personal life[edit] Abrams is married to public relations executive Katie McGrath and has three children.[5][47] He resides in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California.[48][49] He is Jewish and his wife is Roman Catholic, and he sometimes takes his children to religious services on Jewish holidays.[50] Abrams serves on the Creative Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[51] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Film Writer Director Producer Actor Notes

1982 Nightbeast

Composer Sound effects

1990 Taking Care of Business Yes

1991 Regarding Henry Yes

Yes Yes Delivery Boy Co-producer

1992 Forever Young Yes


Executive producer

1993 Six Degrees
Six Degrees
of Separation

Yes Doug

1996 The Pallbearer



Yes Video Photographer #2

1997 Gone Fishin' Yes

1998 Armageddon Yes

1999 The Suburbans

Yes Yes Rock Journalist

2001 Joy Ride Yes


2006 Mission: Impossible III Yes Yes

Feature directorial debut Also digital artist

2008 Cloverfield


2009 Star Trek

Yes Yes

2010 Morning Glory


2011 Super 8 Yes Yes Yes

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol


2013 Star Trek Into Darkness

Yes Yes

2014 Infinitely Polar Bear


Executive producer

2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Yes Yes Yes Yes Vocal cameo

2016 10 Cloverfield


Star Trek Beyond


2017 The Disaster Artist

Yes Himself

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Executive producer

2018 The Cloverfield





Mission: Impossible – Fallout



2019 Star Wars: Episode IX[52] Yes Yes Yes



Year Title Credited as Notes

Writer Director Executive Producer Composer

1998–2002 Felicity Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (17 episodes), director (2 episodes), theme music co-composer

2001–2006 Alias Yes Yes Yes Yes Creator; writer (13 episodes), director (3 episodes), theme music composer

2004–2010 Lost Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (3 episodes), director (2 episodes), theme music composer

2005 The Catch Yes


Co-creator; pilot

2006–2007 What About Brian


Six Degrees


2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live!


Episode guest directed: "Episode #4.269"

2007 The Office


Episode directed: "Cocktails"

2008–2013 Fringe Yes

Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (6 episodes), theme music composer

2009 Anatomy of Hope

Yes Yes


2010 Undercovers Yes Yes Yes Yes Co-creator; writer (3 episodes), director (1 episode), theme music composer

2011–2016 Person of Interest

Yes Yes Theme music composer

2012 Alcatraz

Yes Yes Theme music composer




Family Guy

Guest star; episode: "Ratings Guy"

2012–2014 Revolution

Yes Yes Theme music composer

2013–2014 Almost Human

Yes Yes Theme music composer

2014 Believe


2015 Dead People



2016 11.22.63


Limited series[55]




2016–present Westworld


2018 Castle Rock


Music videos[edit]

Year Program Credit Notes

2009 "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions" Performer


Year Title Credit Notes

2017 The Play That Goes Wrong Producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

1999 Razzie Award Worst Screenplay Armageddon Nominated

2002 Emmy Award[57] Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Alias Nominated

2004 PGA Award Best Drama Nominated

2005 ASCAP
Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series Lost Won

Directors Guild of America Best Director Nominated

Emmy Award[57] Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Pilot Won

Outstanding Drama Series[57] Won

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – Pilot[57] Nominated

2006 ASCAP
Film and Television Music Awards Top TV Series Won

PGA Award Best Drama Won

Writers Guild of America[58] Dramatic Series Won

2007 Saturn Award Best Director Mission: Impossible III Nominated

Award Best International Lost Nominated

PGA Award Best Drama Nominated

Writers Guild of America Dramatic Series Nominated

2008 Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated

2009 Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated

Writers Guild of America Long Form Fringe Nominated

New Series Nominated

2010 Emmy Award[57] Outstanding Drama Series Lost Nominated

Saturn Award Best Director Star Trek Nominated

Empire Awards Best Director Nominated

PGA Award Theatrical Motion Picture Nominated

2012 Saturn Award Best Director Super 8 Won

Best Writing Nominated

2013 PGA Award Norman Lear
Norman Lear
Achievement Award in Television


2014 Saturn Award Best Director Star Trek Into Darkness Nominated

2016 Best Director Star Wars: The Force Awakens Nominated

Best Writing Won

Empire Awards Best Director Won

See also[edit]

Biography portal Film portal

Saturn Award
Saturn Award
for Best Director


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Further reading[edit]

Kamp, David (Jun 2013). "What you should know about J. J. Abrams". In the Details. Vanity Fair. 634: 36. 

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Mission: Impossible III (2006, also wrote) Star Trek (2009, also produced) Super 8 (2011, also wrote, produced) Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness
(2013, also produced) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, also wrote, produced)


Taking Care of Business (1990) Regarding Henry
Regarding Henry
(1991) Forever Young (1992) Gone Fishin' (1997) Armageddon (1998) Joy Ride (2001, also produced)


The Pallbearer
The Pallbearer
(1996) The Suburbans
The Suburbans
(1999) Cloverfield
(2008) Morning Glory (2010) Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) 10 Cloverfield
Lane (2016) Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond
(2016) The Cloverfield
Paradox (2018) Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) Overlord (2018)


Felicity (1998–2002) Alias (2001–2006) Lost (2004–2010) Fringe (2008–2013) Undercovers (2010) Demimonde (TBA)


Bad Robot Productions

Awards for J. J. Abrams

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Jack Smight for "Eddie" (1959) Robert Mulligan
Robert Mulligan
for The Moon and Sixpence (1960) George Schaefer for Macbeth (1961) Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
(1962) Stuart Rosenberg for "The Madman" (1963) Tom Gries for "Who Do You Kill?" (1964) Paul Bogart for "The 700 Year Old Gang" (1965) Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack
for "The Game" (1966) Alex Segal for Death of a Salesman (1967) Lee H. Katzin (1968) David Greene for "The People Next Door" (1969) Paul Bogart for "Shadow Game" (1970) Daryl Duke
Daryl Duke
for "The Day the Lion Died" / Fielder Cook for "The Price" (1971) Alexander Singer for "The Invasion of Kevin Ireland" (1972) Jerry Thorpe for "An Eye for an Eye" / Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" (1973) John Korty for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman / Robert Butler for "Part III" (1974) Bill Bain for "A Sudden Storm" (1975) David Greene for Episode 8 (Rich Man, Poor Man) (1976) David Greene for Roots ("Part 1") (1977) Marvin J. Chomsky for Holocaust (1978) Jackie Cooper
Jackie Cooper
for "Pilot" (The White Shadow) (1979) Roger Young for "Cop" (1980) Robert Butler for "Hill Street Station"(1981) Harry Harris for "To Soar and Never Falter" (1982) Jeff Bleckner for "Life in the Minors" (1983) Corey Allen for "Goodbye, Mr. Scripps" (1984) Karen Arthur for "Heat" (1985) Georg Stanford Brown
Georg Stanford Brown
for "Parting Shots" (1986) Gregory Hoblit for "Pilot" (L.A. Law) (1987) Mark Tinker for "Weigh In, Way Out" (1988) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
for "The Boiler Room" (1989) Thomas Carter for "Promises to Keep" / Scott Winant for "The Go-Between" (1990) Thomas Carter for "In Confidence" (1991) Eric Laneuville
Eric Laneuville
for "All God's Children" (1992) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
for "Gone for Goode" (1993) Daniel Sackheim for "Tempest in a C-Cup" (1994) Mimi Leder
Mimi Leder
for "Love's Labor Lost" (1995) Jeremy Kagan for "Leave of Absence" (1996) Mark Tinker for "Where's 'Swaldo?" (1997) Mark Tinker for "Pilot" (Brooklyn South) / Paris Barclay
Paris Barclay
for "Brain Salad Surgery" (1998) Paris Barclay
Paris Barclay
for "Hearts and Souls" (1999) Thomas Schlamme for "Pilot" (The West Wing) (2000) Thomas Schlamme for "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I" & "Part II" (2001) Alan Ball for "Pilot" (Six Feet Under) (2002) Christopher Misiano for "Twenty Five" (2003) Walter Hill for "Deadwood" (2004) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
for "Pilot" (Lost) (2005) Jon Cassar
Jon Cassar
for "Day 5: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." (2006) Alan Taylor for "Kennedy and Heidi" (2007) Greg Yaitanes for "House's Head" (2008) Rod Holcomb for "And in the End..." (2009) Steve Shill for "The Getaway" (2010) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
for "Boardwalk Empire" (2011) Tim Van Patten for "To the Lost" (2012) David Fincher
David Fincher
for "Chapter 1" (2013) Cary Joji Fukunaga for "Who Goes There" (2014) David Nutter
David Nutter
for "Mother's Mercy" (2015) Miguel Sapochnik
Miguel Sapochnik
for "Battle of the Bastards" (2016) Reed Morano for "Offred" (2017)

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International Emmy Founders Award

Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1980) Shaun Sutton / Roone Arledge (1981) Michael Landon
Michael Landon
(1982) Herbert Brodkin (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1985) Donald L. Taffner (1986) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1987) Goar Mestre (1988) Paul Fox (1989) Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney
(1990) Adrian Cowell (1991) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1992) Richard Dunn (1993) Film on Four (1994) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(1995) Reg Grundy
Reg Grundy
(1996) Jac Venza
Jac Venza
(1997) Robert Halmi Sr. (1998) Hisashi Hieda
Hisashi Hieda
(1999) John Hendricks (2000) Pierre Lescure
Pierre Lescure
(2001) Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2002) HBO
(2003) MTV International
MTV International
(2004) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2005) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2006) Al Gore
Al Gore
(2007) Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
(2008) David Frost
David Frost
(2009) Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
(2010) Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
(2011) Ryan Murphy / Norman Lear
Norman Lear
/ Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(2012) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(2013) Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
(2014) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2015) Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes

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Empire Award for Best Director

Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(1996) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(1997) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(1998) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1999) M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
(2000) Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer
(2001) Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
(2002) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2003) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2004) Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi
(2005) Nick Park
Nick Park
and Steve Box (2006) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2007) David Yates
David Yates
(2008) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2009) James Cameron
James Cameron
(2010) Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright
(2011) David Yates
David Yates
(2012) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(2013) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2014) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2015) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(2016) Gareth Edwards (2017) Rian Johnson
Rian Johnson

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Saturn Award
Saturn Award
for Best Director

Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1974/75) Dan Curtis (1976) George Lucas/ Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1977) Philip Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
(1978) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
(1979) Irvin Kershner
Irvin Kershner
(1980) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1981) Nicholas Meyer
Nicholas Meyer
(1982) John Badham (1983) Joe Dante
Joe Dante
(1984) Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(1985) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1986) Paul Verhoeven
Paul Verhoeven
(1987) Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
(1988) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1989/90) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1991) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1994) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(1995) Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich
(1996) John Woo
John Woo
(1997) Michael Bay
Michael Bay
(1998) Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski (1999) Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer
(2000) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2001) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi
(2004) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2005) Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer
(2006) Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder
(2007) Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau
(2008) James Cameron
James Cameron
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(2011) Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) James Gunn
James Gunn
(2014) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
(2015) Gareth Edwards (2016)

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Saturn Award
Saturn Award
for Best Writing

William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Ib Melchior/ Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison
(1974/75) Jimmy Sangster
Jimmy Sangster
(1976) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1977) Elaine May
Elaine May
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1978) Nicholas Meyer
Nicholas Meyer
(1979) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1980) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
(1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
(1983) James Cameron
James Cameron
and Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd
(1984) Tom Holland (1985) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1986) Michael Miner and Edward Neumeier
Edward Neumeier
(1987) Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg (1988) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1989/90) Ted Tally (1991) James V. Hart
James V. Hart
(1992) Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton
and David Koepp (1993) Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison
and Wesley Strick
Wesley Strick
(1994) Andrew Kevin Walker (1995) Kevin Williamson (1996) Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (1997) Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) David Hayter
David Hayter
(2000) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2001) Scott Frank and Jon Cohen (2002) Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Alvin Sargent (2004) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
and David S. Goyer
David S. Goyer
(2005) Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty
and Dan Harris (2006) Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(2007) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2008) James Cameron
James Cameron
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2014) Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2015) Eric Heisserer (2016)

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