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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
SPACE.COM SENIOR SPACE WRITER — Michael has been writing for since 2010. 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.