The 1963 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo was presented September 1 at Discon I. We do not have a record of the order of finish beyond first place.
Winner: No Award
- Burn, Witch, Burn (alt: Night of the Eagle) [Anglo-Amalgamated/Independent Artists] Screenplay by Charles Beaumont & Richard Matheson and George Baxt; Directed by Sidney Hayers; based on the novel Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
- The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) [British Lion/Pax] Written by Wolf Mankowitz & Val Guest; Directed by Val Guest
- Last Year at Marienbad (1962) [Argos Films] Screenplay by Alain Resnais and Alain Robbe-Grillet; Directed by Alain Resnais; based on the novel The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
- The Twilight Zone (TV series) [CBS] by Rod Serling
Discon 1 published an extensive post-con report (see Discon 1 Guide.) In it they reported:
Final voting on the Hugos was limited to members of the Discon as of the date of the closing of the voting. To encourage voting, we used printed, return addressed, postage prepaid postcards with the names of the nominees thereon. This of course was expensive; about $16, plus printing. On the other hand, it did improve the number of votes (about 226 people voted in the final poll, not counting late votes) and it did insure against anyone not a member sending in a forged card. For future cons, I'd suggest prepaid postcards for both nominations and final votes. Be careful and proofread these final ballots; we left "Burn, Witch, Burn" off our postcard list<footnote> If George wasn't accepting the principle of Collective Responsibility, this would read properly: "Dick Eney left 'Burn, Witch, Burn' off ..."</footnote>, an omission which was very embarrassing indeed.
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