Saturn Award Nominations

The Saturn Award Nominations are here. There are some surprises for me, but not disappointing like the Oscars.
Three much deserved noms missing from the Oscars that get there due here: Kirsten Dunst, best actress, Melancholia; Andy Serkis, best supporting actor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (should've been best actor). Elle Fanning, best young atress, Super 8. These three performances were incredible and, to me, standout above most others. I was truly impressed with Fanning & remember sitting in the theater thinking "She is one hell of an actress & will be Oscar worthy one day." Surprisingly absent is True Blood, with only 1 nom for best syndicated/cable television series.
I placed my picks in Bold. Some catagories have 2 picks where I can't decide which is best yet. Other catagories, have no pick because I can't really pick one I feel deserves it. I'm sure Jessica Lange will beat out Kyra Sedgewick, but Kyra has been amazing the entire series and is kicking butt this season. It seems odd to me that The Thing (horrible) is in the same competition as Contagion. The Thing isn't even close to the same calliber. Just my opinions. Let me read your opinions below.

Below is the Saturn Awards Press release:
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.

This 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 for a complete list of nominations.

Here is a complete list of the 38th Annual Saturn Award 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.)
Immortals(Relativity Media)
Midnight in Paris(Sony Pictures Classics)
The Muppets(Walt Disney Studios)

Best 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
Dominic Cooper, The Devil’s Double
Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Chris Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger
Ben Kingsley, Hugo
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Brit Marling, Another Earth
Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method
Elizabeth Olson, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Supporting Actor:
Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Harrison Ford, Cowboys and Aliens
Tom Hiddleston, Thor
Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Stanley Tucci, Captain America: The First Avenger

Best Supporting Actress:
Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In
Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia
Paula Patton, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Lin Shaye, Insidious
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:
Asa Butterfield, Hugo
Joel Courtney, Super 8
Elle Fanning, Super 8
Dakota Goyo, Real Steel
Chloe Grace Moretz, Hugo
Saoirse Ronan, Hanna

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

Best Writing:
J.J. Abrams, Super 8
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling, Another Earth
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
John Logan, Hugo
Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter

Best Network Television Series:
A Gifted Man
Once Upon a Time
Terra Nova

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series:
American Horror Story
Breaking Bad
The Closer
True Blood

Best Presentation on Television (10 Episodes or Less):
(10 Episodes or less)
Falling Skies
Game of Thrones
The Killing
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Trek Nation
The Walking Dead

Best Actor on Television:
Sean Bean, Game of Thrones
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Timothy Hutton, Leverage
Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story
Noah Wylie, Falling Skies

Best Actress on Television:
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Eve Myles, Torchwood: Miracle Day
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Anna Torv, Fringe

Best Supporting Actor on Television:
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Joel Kinnaman, The Killing
John Noble, Fringe
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Bill Pullman, Torchwood: Miracle Day
Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead

Best Supporting Actress on Television:
Lauren Ambrose, Torchwood: Miracle Day
Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
Beth Riesgraf, Leverage

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