You're probably wondering "Who the heck is Wilhelm, and why are there awards named for him?" Wilhelm is not a person, Wilhelm is a scream. It is a commonly used sound effect made infamous by its use in countless movies, particularly the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. It frequently is used for someone falling, being shot, or otherwise experiencing an unpleasant death. You can read all about it at Hollywood Lost and Found's page dedicated to the Wilhelm scream.
So did we name our website awards for this? Well, that graphic of a guy falling from a broken cliff is something of our site mascot, and if he were making a sound, the Wilhelm scream is the ideal choice. So if there can be Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys, why not Wilhelms?
Like most awards, the Wilhelms are an annual affair, taking place in January. Throughout the year, however, there will be nominations for the next awards series. Almost anything can be nominated in almost any category. If you have a suggestion for a nomination, just use the contact link at the bottom to email it to our editorial staff.
If you'd like to hear the actual scream, just scroll to the bottom of this page and click the play icon below the words "Hear the Wilhelm Scream." You'll need Macromedia flash player version 7.0 or newer.
2011 Wilhelm Awards
2010 Wilhelm Awards, Part II
2010 Wilhelm Awards, Part I
Wilhelm Award Nominations (August 2009)
2009 Wilhelm Awards
2008 Wilhelm Awards
Wilhelm Award Nominations (September 2007)
2007 Wilhelm Awards
Wilhelm Award Nominations (October 2006)
Wilhelm Award Nominations (June 2006)
2006 Wilhelm Awards
Wilhelm Award Nominations (October 2005)
Wilhelm Award Nominations (May 2005)
2005 Wilhelm Awards, Part II
2005 Wilhelm Awards, Part I