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Saturn Awards Nominees Announced

34th Annual Saturn Awards Nominees AnnouncedGood news for anyone suffering from awards show deprivation now that the Oscars are over: The nominees for the 34th Annual Saturn Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a race!

Saturn Awards are handed out by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, a non-profit organization founded in 1972 whose membership is open to the public. Categories include Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action/Adventure/Thriller, Animated, and International Films; and among those vying for that beautiful statue you see on the right are:

Best Horror Film
30 Days of Night
1408
Ghost Rider (!)
Grindhouse
The Mist
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Science Fiction Film
Cloverfield
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
I Am Legend
The Last Mimzy
Sunshine
Transformers

Best Fantasy Film
Enchanted
The Golden Compass
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Spider-Man 3
Stardust

Best Actor
Gerard Butler (300)
John Cusack (1408)
Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)
Will Smith (I Am Legend)

Best Actress
Amy Adams (Enchanted)
Ashley Judd (Bug)
Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
Naomi Watts (Eastern Promises)
Belen Rueda (The Orphanage)
Carice van Houten (Black Book)

TV shows and performers are entered into the mix as well with nominations for such favorites as:

Best Network Television Series
“Heroes”
“Lost”
“Pushing Daisies”
“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
“Journeyman”
“Supernatural”

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
“Dexter”
“Battlestar Galactica”
“Stargate SG-1″
“The Closer”
“Kyle XY”
“Saving Grace”

Two special awards will be given this year: Guillermo del Toro will receive the coveted George Pal Memorial Award, and author Tim Lucas has been singled out to receive a Special Achievement Award for his 2007 book Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, which he worked on for over 20 years along with his wife, Donna Lucas.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Click here for the Saturn Awards official site and a full list of all the nominees. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 24, in Universal City, California. The envelope please…

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7 Comments

  1. I’m pulling for Journeyman in this one. Someone needs to recognize how great this show was, and that it doesn’t deserve the fate it got.

  2. Ummm … Ghost Rider?

    My picks:

    Best Horror Film
    The Mist

    Best Science Fiction Film
    Cloverfield

    Best Fantasy Film
    Spider-Man 3

    Best Actor
    Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)

    Best Actress
    Ashley Judd (Bug)

    Best Network Television Series
    “Supernatural”

    Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
    “Dexter”

  3. There are a lot of questionable nominations (No Country garnered a few along with There Will Be Blood), but overall it’s a nice representation of the genre. I’d love to join and attend the awards show — maybe next year!

  4. Alright, I haven’t seen “There Will Be Blood” yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a ‘genre’ flick. Big fan of Daniel Day and all, but does he really need to step in and grab THIS award, too? Just sayin’ …

    Same goes for Eastern Promises, although I’d be much more willing to let that slide because of the Cronenberg connection.

  5. Great nominations. My choices:

    Best Horror Film
    The Mist (Grindhouse is wonderful, but I liked the Mist much more)

    Best Science Fiction Film
    Sunshine (I loved Cloverfield, but Sunshine was fantastic)

    Best Fantasy Film
    Pass.

    Best Actor
    Daniel Day Lewis (or Viggo)

    Best Actress
    Naomi Watts or Belen Rueda

    TV shows and performers are entered into the mix as well with nominations for such favorites as:

    Best Network Television Series
    “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” or “Supernatural”

    Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
    “Dexter”

    I look forward to the winners.

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