It may not be as popular as the Emmys or the Academy Awards, but the Saturn Awards can be considered as the Oscars for the sci-fi/horror/fantasy genre and at last night’s awards ceremony, there was no shortage of A list celebrities.
From Joss Whedon to Quentin Tarantino, stars, producers and directors known for their work in the genre appeared at the Saturn Awards to honor and be honored. Lance Reddick (‘Fringe’) was the host for the event and considering he just flew in after appearing at the premiere of the film ‘White House Down’ that he stars in, he was in great form.
The ceremonies opened with a tribute to Richard Matheson who was scheduled to receive the Visionary Award for his extraordinary contributions to the genre before died. The award was accepted on his behalf by his son who commented that his father was looking forward to receiving the honor before he passed.
As for the big winners, it was a stellar night for Joss Whedon and ‘The Avengers’. The film received four Saturn Awards, the most of any film nominated this year, winning in the categories of Best Science Fiction Film Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), Best Direction (Joss Whedon) and Best Special Effects (Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick). But that wasn’t all, as Joss Whedon other genre film, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ was honored as Best Horror/Thriller Film.
While Whedon was nominated for two of his works for Best Writing (‘The Avengers’, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’), it was Quentin Tarantino who took the award home for his screenplay for ‘Django Unchained’.
On the television side of the awards, ‘Revolution was named Best Network Television Series, while ‘The Walking Dead’ received the Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series and Teen Wolf was named Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television being out ‘Doctor Who’.
The past year has been one of the best for the genre and from the talent that was nominated and won, it’s easy to see that it’s truly hip to be a geek.
Here is the full list of winners at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards:
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Best Supporting Actor: Clark Gregg (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi)
Best Director: Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Writing: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Best Production Design: Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Best Editing: Alexander Berner (Cloud Atlas)
Best Music: Danny Elfman (Frankenweenie)
Best Costume: Paco Delgado (Les Miserables)
Best Make-Up: Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead (Cloud Atlas)
Best Special Effects: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Independent Film Release: Killer Joe
Best International Film: Headhunters
Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kevin Bacon (The Following) – tie
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead)
Best Guest Star on Television: Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter)
HOME ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
Best DVD/BD Release: Touchback
Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release: Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut
Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1 & 2
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FROM THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION,
FANTASY & HORROR FILMS
The Lifetime Achievement Award: William Friedkin
The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Vince Gilligan
The Visionary Award: Richard Matheson
The Life Career Award: Jonathan Frakes
Theater Showcase Award: Silence! The Musical