A. Adding an award | B. Correcting existing data | C. Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
A. Adding an award
- To begin submitting data, click and open the relevant event on the IMDb Awards page (shown below) - once on the correct event, scroll to the very bottom and hit the yellow Edit Page button.
- Please note: It is not possible to submit awards data from specific name or title pages. The submissions form is only accessible via IMDb Awards.
- New event required?: We are now accepting submissions for adding events. Please see Event Eligibility Criteria for details about how to submit.
- Award category already live?: If the award is already listed with recipients, titles or companies attached - you cannot add your name to the list. Instead, see the section below titled B. Correcting existing data for more information.
- To submit an award: You need to know the event
name, the award name and possibly the
award's category name if there is one. You'll also need to know the year the award was given in, the
ranking, i.e. win or nomination, and of course the
recipient(s) and title(s) involved.
Additional information can be put into a comment.
Event (e.g. Academy Awards)
Award (e.g. Oscar)
Category (e.g. Best Actor)
Year (e.g. 2012)
Rank (e.g. Win) | Recipient(s) (e.g. Jean Dujardin) | Title(s) (e.g. The Artist (2011))
- A detailed listing
for the awards data with explanations and examples is available for
first timers or to refresh your knowledge.
- Please also enter the source of the data you are submitting. Which
web site, which book or newspaper have you gotten the information
from? Note: giving an accessible data source, preferably a URL, for more recent awards is now mandatory.
- Once contributed, please remember to keep in mind our processing times which will explain how long this should take to go live
B. Correcting existing data
- Events: We are now accepting submissions for adding events. Please see this guide for details about how to submit.
- Categories: To add or correct the name of a category, select the correct award from the drop-down, then type "Please add the new category Category Name" into the COMMENTS field at the bottom of the form.
- Recipient / Title / Company award update: Currently, the only way to edit existing recipient, title and/or company data (for example to add additional relations) is to submit a deletion request for the entire award, and resubmit it with the correct information. If doing this, please ensure to use the 'Explanation' field to provide as much information into your reasoning as possible.
- Please post a question on the IMDb Get Satisfaction User Community if you require more specific assistance.
C. Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- If you should have additional questions not covered here, please
feel free to post those
in the IMDb Get Satisfaction
user community board.
Submitting the correct year of an award to the IMDb awards section
- Please be aware of the fact that as far as the IMDb awards lists are
concerned we refer to the award events and thus to the awards given by
the year these actually took place and not by the year the awards were
given for, i.e. the year of eligibility.
- That basically means if an award ceremony took place in e.g. March
1993 honoring films made or released in 1992, we refer to this
particular event as of 1993, not 1992.
I have followed your submission guidelines
painstakingly, but (some of) my submissions never appear
- Your submissions may not have been processed for several
- The most common reason is that your submissions have been
rejected, because some of the requested data is missing.
- Even if all requested data is provided, your submission may
be discarded for one of the following reasons:
- Your data does not match other/usual data of the same event
in one or more ways and there is no official reference data
available to verify your submission.
- Your data does not match the data which has been published
by the event's organizers, e.g. you may be sending in
some names, but the official body usually publishes
companies or no names at all as award recipients.
- Nominations especially for film festivals do usually not
get added to the IMDb awards list, if no official
reference data is available to verify those. Sending in
nominations for minor or lesser known film festivals is
- The second most common reason is, that your data has not been
processed, because there is a backlog. That is especially
true for the months of December until March when the
Hollywood awards season is in full swing.
- Please also note that your submission may not be processed if it is for a more important - read better known - event and there is no (third party) reference data available to verify the claim. This can often, but not exclusively, happen for awards
dated prior to the mid-1990s. The best way to overcome this hurdle is to always enter a valid data source for your submission in the according field of the submission form.
My award(s) is/are not listed at your site
- Please add your awards according to the submission guidelines or
ask for assistance if you don't know how to do this.
- Submitting comments like 'My five Emmy Awards are not listed.
Please add those.' or 'My film XXX won two awards at the
Cannes Film Festival' will not help much as those are
lacking basic information without your awards cannot be
added to the IMDb awards section.
Movie XXX has been screened/invited at XXX film festival.
Why doesn't it get listed as nominee for the event?
- We will only accept Nominees for Festival Awards if they are named as such on the official site/documentation. Providing evidence of this along with your submission is strongly advised.
- An "official selection" is not equivalent to a nomination for the purpose of submitting the film to our awards database
- Unfortunately we do not have the facility to accurately support tournament style events, so for this reason wins and nominations for any rounds besides the final (e.g. quarter finals, semi finals) are ineligible for listing. We are aware that some such submissions may be live on the site already and we are working on removing these.
- Some festivals don't list nominees, instead
every movie screened is eligible for the festival
awards (e.g. Toronto, Seattle). This is not a festival competition
in the classic sense and a festival screening cannot be considered
an official nomination.
Why doesn't the producer get listed as
awardee/nominee of the 'Best Picture/Movie/Film' category for event
- Although there may be a few exceptions from it, the following
rule of thumb applies:
- Industry events like national film awards (Oscars, etc.) do
usually honor the producer for best film while film festivals
do honor the director.
- Also, please note that there are some events like the Golden Globes or the NAACP Image Awards, where the availability of historic data makes it impossible to list the proper recipients. Although it is clear in those cases, that the awards are given to the producer(s), IMDb lists these particular awards without any recipients, because those cannot be sorted out properly and guessing/assuming would do no justice to the real winners.
Why are awards currently missing from IMDb not to be treated as corrections?
- Please note that awards yet missing from the current IMDb listings are not to be
treated as a fault in the actual data as far as submissions are concerned. Missing
awards should be sent in via the regular awards submission form, but not in free-form
text as a correction.
- Sending in missing awards data in a free form text comment or correction, will likely
lead to your submitted data not being processed.
- For more information, please see the topic Where do you get your information on IMDb? in our FAQs.
Why is my submission of a DGA Award/MPSE Golden Reel
Award win/nomination not accepted?
- There are two guild award events, which need extra care, because of
their rules of eligibility. Those are the DGA and the MPSE awards.
- Both events honor staff members giving out certificates on wins,
while officially only directors or editors respectively are
nominated and/or win the award actually.
Nominees/recipients for the foreign language Oscars
- Please note that although every country in the world may submit one
film for academy award consideration there are only five official
nominees for the foreign language Oscar each year. Only those five
nominations get listed in the IMDb awards section.
- Please also note, that the foreign language Oscar is awarded
to the film and not to the film's director, just the trophy
is handed out to the director.
Submitting data sources
- Please note that we like to see some third party data source for awards. For high profile events that means we definitely like to stick to the official data published.
- The more high profile an event is, the more you will have difficulties to convince us that a person who is not officially listed as recipient needs to be attached to the IMDb listing of that particular award.
- e.g. the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) regularly nominates and awards in the category 'ensemble cast'. In their official press releases on their web site SAG merely lists the main cast for those awards and so does IMDb. If you want to submit a name of an actor or actress who played a minor role or even a bit part in the according movie, your submission will likely be rejected.
Where can I check whether any particular award is already listed?
- Any award or nomination listed on IMDb appears on three pages by design. For example, Lars von Trier won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival 2000 for the film Dancer in the Dark. In that case those pages are:
The recipient's personal awards page, reachable
from the filmography by clicking on 'awards & nominations' on the
The movie's awards page, reachable from the movie's page by clicking
on 'awards & nominations' on the left-hand-side menue. Of course this is not
true for awards not related to a movie like e.g. lifetime achievement awards.
The award event's overview for the according year, reachable from a variety
of places, in general from http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/ or