Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each

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Now that the Oscars are finally over, the Saturn Awards have come along and graced with nominations that are actually fun/infuriating-in-their-own-way.  There’s some cross-over between Oscars and Saturn Awards this year with Hugo racking up 10 nominations.  But since the Academy doesn’t want to recognize genre movies, they ignored Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  The Saturns are giving Mr. Potter his due, and the final chapter of the saga also nabbed 10 nominations.  Also doing well on the film side were Super 8 (8 nominations), Captain America: The First Avenger (7 nominations), The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (6 nominations each).  As for TV, Breaking Bad led with six nominations.  I can live with all of these (although eight nominations for Super 8 is pushing it).

Wait.  I just saw that there were no nominations for Drive.  Never mind.  The Saturn Awards are sham.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced on June 20th (a long ways off, but meant to hit in the heart of the summer movie season).

hugo-movie-poster-saturn-awardsHere’s the press release, which includes the full list of nominees:

Hugo and Harry Potter Cast Their Spells and Lead Film Nominations for 38th Saturn Awards

Breaking Bad and American Horror Story Scare Up Most
TV Nominations in Banner Year for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror; Winners to be Announced June 20

LOS ANGELES – February 29, 2012 – Hugo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 each received 10 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announced nominations for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 20.

Other leading titles in the Academy’s film categories were Super 8 (eight nominations); Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger (seven); and The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (six each).  Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed new life into a classic sci-fi franchise with five nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Andy Serkis.

In TV categories, AMC’s Breaking Bad cooked up six nominations, while F/X’s first foray into a genre series, American Horror Story, scored five nominations.  TV series with four nominations each are: Fringe (Fox), Dexter (Showtime), Leverage (TNT), Game of Thrones (HBO), The Killing (AMC) and Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz).  Once Upon a Time (ABC), TNT’s The Closer and Falling Skies, and The Walking Dead (AMC) each earned two nominations.

In addition to the competitive Saturn Awards, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced that filmmaker Martin Scorsese will receive its prestigious special award, The George Pal Memorial Award, for his brilliant ode to the triumphant spirit of early cinema in Hugo.

“This was a phenomenal year for genre films and TV series, which broadened the horizons of storytelling and technology, bringing audiences new ways to dream,” said Academy President Robert Holguin. “Every one of the nominated films, TV series and individuals made a major contribution to science fiction, fantasy and horror – and Martin Scorsese truly exemplified what is best about films and filmmaking.  We are thrilled to honor him with the George Pal Memorial Award.”

Among film studios, Paramount Pictures led the Saturn Award nominations, with 46.  This year’s nominations included strong showings from Warner Bros. (13 nominations), Sony Pictures Classics (11, including Take Shelter, The Skin I Live In and Midnight in Paris).  Twentieth Century Fox earned nine Saturn Award nominations, Universal Pictures received seven, and both Magnolia Pictures and Walt Disney Studios received five nominations.  Lionsgate and Relativity Media each scored four nominations.

The organization’s qualifying period for the 38th annual Saturn Awards was Feb. 1, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2012.

harry-potter-deathly-hallows-part-2-final-poster-01-saturn-awardsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the Academy, which was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize genre entertainment, which is frequently overlooked by mainstream entertainment-industry awards.

Over the years, the Academy has expanded its reach to include other genres, including recognizing excellence in television and home entertainment.

This year’s Saturn Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, in Burbank.  For complete nomination details as well as more information about the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films and the Saturn Awards, please visit www.saturnawards.org for a complete list of nominations.

Here is a complete list of the 38th Annual Saturn Award nominations

FILM NOMINATIONS

Best Science Fiction Film:

The Adjustment Bureau Universal
Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount/Marvel
Limitless Relativity Media
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox
Super 8 Paramount
X-Men: First Class 20th Century Fox

Best Fantasy Film:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Warner Bros.
Hugo Paramount
Immortals Relativity Media
Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics
The Muppets Walt Disney Studios
Thor Paramount/Marvel

the-grey-movie-poster-01-saturn-awardsBest Horror/Thriller Film:

Contagion Warner Bros.
The Devil’s Double Lionsgate
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sony
The Grey Open Road Films
Take Shelter Sony Pictures Classics
The Thing Universal

Best Action/Adventure Film:

Fast Five Universal
The Lincoln Lawyer Lionsgate
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Paramount
Red Tails 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm Ltd.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Warner Bros.
War Horse Walt Disney/DreamWorks

Best Actor:

Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In Sony Pictures Classics
Dominic Cooper, The Devil’s Double Lionsgate
Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Paramount
Chris Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount/Marvel
Ben Kingsley, Hugo Paramount
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter Sony Pictures Classics

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter Sony Pictures Classics
Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia Magnolia
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sony
Brit Marling, Another Earth Fox Searchlight
Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method Sony Pictures Classics
Elizabeth Olson, Martha Marcy May Marlene Fox Searchlight

Best Supporting Actor:

Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Warner Bros.
Harrison Ford, Cowboys and Aliens Universal
Tom Hiddleston, Thor Paramount/Marvel
Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Warner Bros.
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox
Stanley Tucci, Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount/Marvel

mission-impossible-ghost-protocol-movie-poster-02-saturn-awardsBest Supporting Actress:

Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In Sony Pictures Classics
Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau Universal
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia Magnolia
Paula Patton, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Paramount
Lin Shaye, Insidious FilmDistrict
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Warner Bros.

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:

Asa Butterfield, Hugo Paramount
Joel Courtney, Super 8 Paramount
Elle Fanning, Super 8 Paramount
Dakota Goyo, Real Steel Walt Disney
Chloe Grace Moretz, Hugo Paramount
Saoirse Ronan, Hanna Focus

Best Direction:

J.J. Abrams, Super 8 Paramount
Brad Bird, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Paramount
Martin Scorsese, Hugo Paramount
Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin Paramount
Rupert Wyatt, Rise of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox
David Yates, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Warner Bros.

Best Writing:

J.J. Abrams, Super 8 Paramount
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris Sony Pictures Classics
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling, Another Earth Fox Searchlight
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Rise of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox
John Logan, Hugo Paramount
Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter Sony Pictures Classics

Best Music:

Michael Giacchino, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Paramount
Michael Giacchino, Super 8 Paramount
Howard Shore, Hugo Paramount
Alan Silvestri, Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount/Marvel
John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin Paramount
John Williams, War Horse Walt Disney/DreamWorks

Best Production Design:

Stuart Craig, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Warner Bros.
Dante Ferretti, Hugo Paramount
Tom Foden, Immortals Relativity
Rick Heinrichs, Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount/Marvel
Kim Sinclair, The Adventures of Tintin Paramount
Bo Welch, Thor Paramount/Marvel

Super_8_poster_movie (2) saturn-awardsBest Editing:

Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey, Super 8 Paramount
Mark Day, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Warner Bros.
Paul Hirsch, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Paramount
Michael Kahn, The Adventures of Tintin Paramount
Kelly Matsumoto, Fred Raskin, Christian Watner, Five Five Universal
Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo Paramount

Best Costume:

Jenny Beavan, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Warner Bros.
Alexandra Byrne, Thor Paramount/Marvel
Lisy Christl, Anonymous Sony
Sandy Powell, Hugo Paramount
Anna B. Sheppard, Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount/Marvel
Jany Temime, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Warner Bros.

Best Make-Up:

Shaun Smith, Scott Wheeler, Conan the Barbarian Lionsgate
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Warner Bros.
Annick Chartier, Adrien Morot, Nikoletta Skarlatos, Immortals Relativity Media
Tamar Aviv, The Skin I Live In Sony Pictures Classics
Tom Woodruff Jr., Alec Gillis, The Thing Universal
Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O’ Sullivan, X-Men: First Class 20th Century Fox

Best Special Effects:

Scott E. Anderson, Matt Aitken, Joe Letteri, Matthias Menz,
Keith Miller, The Adventures of Tintin
Paramount
Tim Burke, Greg Butler, John Richardson, David Vickery,

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Warner Bros.
Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett,
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
20th Century Fox
Steven Riley, Russell Earl, Kim Libreri, Dennis Muren, Super 8 Paramount
Scott Benza, John Frazier, Matthew Butler, Scott Farar, Transformers: Dark of the Moon Paramount

Best International Film:

Attack the Block Screen Gems/Sony
The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch Music Box
Melancholia Magnolia
Point Blank Magnolia
The Skin I Live In Sony Pictures Classics
Troll Hunter Magnet/Magnolia

adventures-of-tintin-movie-poster-01-saturn-awardsBest Animated Film:

The Adventures of Tintin Paramount
Cars 2 Walt Disney/Pixar
Kung Fu Panda 2 Paramount/DreamWorks Animation
Puss in Boots Paramount/DreamWorks Animation
Rango Paramount
Rio 20th Century Fox

TELEVISION NOMINATIONS

Best Network Television Series:

Fringe Fox
A Gifted Man CBS
Grimm NBC
Once Upon a Time ABC
Supernatural CW
Terra Nova Fox

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series:

American Horror Story F/X
Breaking Bad AMC
The Closer TNT
Dexter Showtime
Leverage TNT
True Blood HBO

Best Presentation on Television (10 Episodes or Less):

(10 Episodes or less)

Camelot Starz
Falling Skies TNT
Game of Thrones HBO
The Killing AMC
Torchwood: Miracle Day Starz
Trek Nation The Science Channel
The Walking Dead AMC

Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television:

Being Human Syfy
Doctor Who BBC America
The Nine Lives of Chloe King ABC Family
Secret Circle CW
Teen Wolf MTV
The Vampire Diaries CW

breaking-bad-season-4-poster-01-saturn-awardsBest Actor on Television:

Sean Bean, Game of Thrones HBO
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad AMC
Michael C. Hall, Dexter Showtime
Timothy Hutton, Leverage TNT
Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story F/X
Noah Wylie, Falling Skies TNT

Best Actress on Television:

Mireille Enos, The Killing AMC
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones HBO
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story F/X
Eve Myles, Torchwood: Miracle Day Starz
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer TNT
Anna Torv, Fringe Fox

Best Supporting Actor on Television:

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad AMC
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones HBO
Joel Kinnaman, The Killing AMC
John Noble, Fringe Fox
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad AMC
Bill Pullman, Torchwood: Miracle Day Starz
Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead AMC

Best Supporting Actress on Television:

Lauren Ambrose, Torchwood: Miracle Day Starz
Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter Showtime
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story F/X
Michelle Forbes, The Killing AMC
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time ABC
Beth Riesgraf, Leverage TNT

dexter-poster-season-6-saturn-awardsBest Guest Performer on Television:

Steven Bauer, Breaking Bad AMC
Orla Brady, Fringe Fox
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad AMC
Edward James Olmos, Dexter Showtime
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story F/X
Tom Skerritt, Leverage TNT

HOME-ENTERTAINMENT NOMINATIONS

Best DVD Release:

13 Anchor Bay
Atlas Shrugged: Part One Fox
City of Life and Death Kino International
The Double Image
The Perfect Host Magnolia
Kill the Irishman Anchor Bay
The Reef Image

Best DVD Special Edition Release:

Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition) Warner
Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis Kino International
Mimic (The Director’s Cut) Lionsgate
Phantom of the Opera (1925 Silent, Blu-Ray) Image
The Rocketeer (20th Anniversary Edition) Walt Disney
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) Warner

Best DVD Collection:

Jean Rollin Cinema Collection Kino International
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Universal
The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions) Warner
Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection Warner
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Fox
Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006 Warner

Best DVD Television Series Release:

The Bionic Woman: Seasons 2 & 3 Universal
Camelot: The Complete First Season Starz
Farscape: The Complete Series A&E Entertainment
Nikita: The Complete First Season Warner
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Starz
The Twilight Zone: Season 3-5 Image



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  • Edward Lee

    CORRECTION: Any nomination for SUPER8 was too much. The film was like a visual fart.

  • Eddie

    “The Grey”? But no “Drive”?

    Nah, they’re not a sham, but anytime you ask a group of people for their opinions (i.e., nominations), you will wind up with a pretty odd selection, and this qualifies. THE GREY????

    Very nice nominations overall, though. Shame Oscar doesn’t want to nominate movies that actually further the medium and do something innovative. Oscar would be wise to have Drama, Comedy and some sort of Sci-Fi/Action category. They wonder why they get no ratings, but they don’t honor the films that people actually WATCH.

    Then again, if they did that, there would be no Saturn Awards, so come to think of it…. keep it the way it is. Rock on, Saturn Awards, rock on.

    • Oct

      For one reason or another, I can’t reply to Eddie:

      @Eddie, Drive is in a strange state right now while it was hailed by critics, it’s weird how the awards season kinda brushed it off. Not to say it didn’t win some indy awards.

      But it’s the ultimate underdog movie, and is rapidly developing a cult following so awards won’t mean much. It’s gonna be, perhaps, at the present status of The Big Lebowski in a few years, if I had to guess.

  • Pete

    Can’t believe they didn’t include Ryan Cartwright and Alphas. If there was one obvious choice in anything genre related on TV last year, he would be it.

  • Carlos

    I’m pretty sure Hugo doesn’t classify as horror, fantasy or science-fiction

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  • K. Whitmore

    Eve Myles?! Seriously?!!! Miss ‘Cow-eyes of *EVERYTHING*’! got nominated for ‘Best Actress on Television’???!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can ANYONE take these awards seriously after that?

    I can just picture it now – she wins and accepts the award all the while using her one talent to display her ‘Cow-eyes of Joy & Gratitude’!

    Pardon me while I go retch.

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  • Eddie

    I’m pretty sure that “Hugo,” with its story of a mechanical man who writes a secret message, classifies SQUARELY as fantasy, in every possible way you could define the world.

  • Marc

    Glad to see IMMORTALS get the love it deserves. It was a great popcorn film and more. Totally delivered in the action sequences and I thought the performances were pretty solid as well. The effects and production work were first rate. Overall a very entertaining film, one that had more depth than people give it credit for.

  • Angie

    Glad to see Lana Parrilla’s name on the list. Best thing about Once Upon A Time, hands down.

  • Maxim

    Super 8 is fantastic. Great to see it recognized for its writing and performances.

  • Sometimes my arms bend back

    Hugo was basically Scorsese’s tribute/visual love letter to Georges Melies, one of the pioneers of science fiction and fantasy cinema.

    So yes I’d say it was fantasy, if only by association.

  • TVD

    the vampire diaries ♥♥♥

  • AngelMoonGirl

    Fringe deserves every award it’s nominated for! That show is SO brilliant and SO well-acted but is horribly underappreciated.

    • cortexifan

      Fringe!!!
      Go Anna! Go John! Go Orla!

    • Jennifer

      I couldn’t agree with you more! Go Fringe! Congratulations to Anna, John and Orla on your well deserved nominations. I wish there were so many more awards to offer this gem of a show, and I wish there was a bigger audience watching and rooting for it.

  • Shannen

    Supernatural wins all the awards, just sayin’.

    Also, how the Hell are they supposed to choose between /Captain America/ and /First Class/? I mean, FC was more of a love story, but I think it might be the stronger film over all, but…but I love Cap. I /love/ Cap.

    Also, hoping to see Doctor Who win in their category, and ZQ to win in his. Betting HP will sweep, of course…but it’d be nice to see A Game of Shadows win for Costuming…

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  • Jandy

    And where is the nod to Evan Peters for his AMAZING performance as Tate Langdon in American Horror Story? I’m actually kind of appalled that he has YET to be recognized for his hard work!

  • Steve Rudzinski

    I feel like Mark Strong as Sinestro deserved a supporting actor nomination. Say what you will about the film, he nailed that character in every way possible.

    Biasly I would also say a special effects nomination (not a win though), but I actually think the effects look great.

  • Zadhir

    I hope Norman Reedus wins for his portrayal of Daryl Dixon! I think he does an incredible job and boost ratings given the limited exposure he gets in the walking dead! I love that chararcter!

    • Brandon

      I agree. DARYL DIXON for the win! Just saying I hope that Norman Reedus wins.

    • Nena

      Norman Reedus! Yes! He should win!

  • Leah

    LEVERAGE! Take all 4 awards you guys are nominated please!! <3
    So happy to see this show finally got recognition! Love it to death.

  • Adrian

    It’s about time that Alan Rickman gets some recognition for playing Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies.

    • Bailey

      I agree! although disappionted that Dan or Tom didn’t get nomitated for anything!Best male actor definitly Dan should have been nominated! But so glad for us to get nominated after the other award shows *COUGH.academyawards.COUGH* didn’t really give us anything (only a few nomination)! but we still didn’t win anything! But so glad to see Alan up there…..WHERE HE BELONGS!

    • Bailey

      I agree Alan and all the Potterheads will be so happy if he wins! and of course if we win the others as well!

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  • Kelly Coblio

    Norman Reedus deserves an award for his portrayal of Daryl Dixon! He has managed to make this character into a relatable, sympathetic, 3 dimensional flawed sort of superhero who is yet totally believable. I can envision this character in the comic book series. Probably a stroke of genius to have written him into the script as I’m sure he’s a huge part of the fan base to the show. So happy the show and Norman have been nominated – well done!

  • Jessica

    I would love to see Alan Rickman finally winning an award for his role as Professor Snape. It’s been a long time coming.

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