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2012 Saturn Award Nominees AnnouncedFor everyone who has been complaining about the Oscars, it’s time to announce the nominees for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films’ 38th Annual Saturn Awards. Most of these names should definitely help make you feel better about things!

From the Press Release:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Hugo each received 10 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced nominations for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 20.

Other leading titles in the Academy’s film category were Super 8 (eight nominations), Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger (seven), 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 The George Pal Memorial Award in recognition of his illustrious career, culminating with his masterpiece, Hugo, which is his brilliant ode to the triumphant spirit of early cinema.

“This was a phenomenal year for genre films and television 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 genre entertainment – 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 a total of 46. This year’s nominations included strong showings from Warner Bros. (13 nominations) and Sony Pictures Classics (11 nominations including Take Shelter, The Skin I Live In, and Midnight in Paris). 20th Century Fox earned nine nominations, Universal Pictures received seven, and both Magnolia Pictures and Walt Disney Studios received five nominations. Lionsgate and Relativity Media each scored with four nominations. The organization’s qualifying period for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards was February 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Academy, which was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed. His endeavor was 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, such as action, adventure, and edgy entertainment. Television and home entertainment are also recognized.

This year’s Saturn Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, in Burbank, California.

Below are the highlights. For complete nomination details as well as more information about the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and the Saturn Awards, visit the official Saturn Awards website.

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 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)

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 & 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)

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 & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.)

Best Network 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)
“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)
“THE SECRET CIRCLE” (CW)
“TEEN WOLF” (MTV)
“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” (CW)

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