2012 Saturn Award Winners Announced! Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Super 8 Win Big!

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2012 Saturn Award Winners Announced! Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Super 8 Win Big!The official list of winners is here from this year’s Saturn Awards. You’ll never believe what won for best Horror/Thriller Film. Read on to find out just who took home the gold, for better or for worse. Dig it.

From the Press Release
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Super 8 each received three Saturn Awards tonight as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films presented the 38th annual Saturn Awards, the top honors for genre entertainment.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was named Best Science Fiction Film, and Super 8 received awards for Best Director (J.J. Abrams), Best Music (Michael Giacchino) and Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Joel Courtney). The Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film was presented to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2; Best Horror Thriller Film was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Best Action/Adventure Film was Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The 38th Annual Saturn Awards were presented for the period covering Feb. 1, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2012.

On television, Breaking Bad was named Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series and also received Saturn Awards for Best Actor on Television (Bryan Cranston) and Best Supporting Actor on Television (Aaron Paul). The Saturn Award for Best Network Television Series was presented to Fringe.

In one of the most rewarding years ever for genre entertainment, these films and TV shows proved that imagination, creativity and technology are blending in extraordinary ways, allowing these previously specialized genres to become the very heart of the entertainment industry,” said Academy President Robert Holguin.

Best Science Fiction Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Best Fantasy Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Action/Adventure Film: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Best Actor: Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Best Supporting Actress: Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Joel Courtney (Super 8)

Best Director: J.J. Abrams (Super 8)
Best Writing: Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter)
Best Music: Michael Giacchino (Super 8)
Best Editor: Paul Hirsch (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol)
Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti (Hugo)
Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne (Thor)
Best Make-Up: Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O’Sullivan (X-Men: First Class)
Best Special Effects: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Best International Film: The Skin I Live In
Best Animated Film: Puss in Boots

Best Network Television Series: Fringe
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: Breaking Bad
Best Television Presentation: The Walking Dead
Best Youth-Oriented Television Series: Teen Wolf

Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Best Guest Star on Television: Tom Skerritt (Leverage)

Best DVD/BD Release: (tie) Atlas Shrugged, Part One and The Perfect Host
Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release: Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis
Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection
Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena


The Life Career Award: Frank Oz
The Life Career Award: James Remar
The Filmmakers Showcase Award: Drew Goddard
The Milestone Award: The Simpsons
The Innovator Award: Robert Kirkman
The Appreciation Award: Jeffrey Ross (for hosting the Saturn Awards)

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Steve Barton

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  • DavidFullam

    Happy to see ROTPOTA win stuff, but really, some of the categories and winners are ridiculous. We have to move past the whole “everybody wins something” mentality.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Dragon Tattoo wasn’t that good; baffelled.

    What’s stranger (or funnier based on your politics) is that Atlad Shrugged Part 1 is here as Science Fiction/Fantasy in the Home Media category; completely forgetting about it’s theatrical run.

    • Masked Slasher

      You’re right. It was amazing. 😉

      • theGoldenSimatar

        Hope you’re being sarcastic about ‘Tattoo’ hehe.

    • Terminal

      Still haven’t seen “Dragon Tattoo.” The Fincher followers have been fetishizing it so much and creaming over it that I’ve been dragging my feet on it.

  • Terminal

    Loved Super 8 and glad to see Rise win.

  • Vanvance1

    These awards are just shameless pandering to the mainstream and certainly don’t represent the best genre efforts released this year.

    Super 8 was craptastic. It’s a joke this derivative 80’s-wanna-be gets anything but panned.