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The Kip Thorne Award: Your Vote Wanted for the Best Science on Film

Matt Damon in The Martian
Scene from "The Martian," which was released in October 2015. (Image credit: ™ and © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.)

If you loved the movie "The Martian," here's your chance to show it.

"The Martian," which stars Matt Damon as a NASA astronaut stranded and presumed dead on the Red Planet, is up for Raw Science's 2015 Kip Thorne Gravity Award for the best depiction of a scientific principle in film. (The award is named for renowned physicist Kip Thorne, who won the initial one last year for the representation of gravity in the sci-fi epic "Interstellar.")

"The Martian" is up for its treatment of botany, and it faces two competitors: "Inside Out" (for its depiction of psychology) and "Ex Machina" (artificial intelligence). You can vote for your favorite at Raw Science's website here:

Raw Science will also host its second annual film festival early next month, to celebrate the best of science-oriented movies of 2015. The festival, which features fiction and non-fiction films created by a wide range of auteurs from students to Hollywood veterans, will take place Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at the USC Institute of Creative Technologies in Playa Vista, California.  

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Mike Wall
Senior Space Writer

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.