The Saturn Awards

The Acadamy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films just released their nominations for the 34th annual Saturn Awards, one of the big heavyweight awards in the genre. Here’s the nominations. I’ve bolded the ones that I think should win.

Best Science Fiction Film

Cloverfield – Runner Up – Visually interesting, although the story is nothing new.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

I Am Legend

This film was really stunning – it was extremely well thought out and concieved, and it’s got what’s probably Will Smith’s best performance to date.


The Last Mimzy
Sunshine – Runner Up – Very interesting, trippy film.
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

This film just rocked. It was funny, well acted and one of the better fantasy films that I’ve seen in a long time.

Best Horror Film

30 Days of Night
1408
Ghost Rider
Grindhouse
The Mist
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Didn’t see any of these.

Best Action / Adventure / Thriller Film

3:10 to Yuma

I have to go with this film, because it’s spectacularly acted, has a fantastic cast and amazing story. Hands down one of the best films of 2007.

300
The Bourne Ultimatum – Runner Up.
Live Free or Die Hard
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Zodiac

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”)

This is probably Will Smith’s best acting job that I’ve ever seen him do. He deserves this one.

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”)

Haven’t seen any of these.

Best Supporting Actor

Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”)
Ben Foster (“3:10 to Yuma”)

Ben Foster’s portrayal of a somewhat insane sidekick to Russell Crowe here was just an amazing job.


James Franco (“Spider-Man 3”)
Justin Long (“Live Free or Die Hard”)
Alan Rickman (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”)
David Wenham (“300”)

Best Supporting Actress

Lizzy Caplan (“Cloverfield”)
Marcia Gay Harden (“The Mist”)
Lena Headey (“300”)
Rose McGowan (“Grindhouse” – “Planet Terror”)
Michelle Pfeiffer (“Stardust”)
Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor

Alex Etel (“The Water Horse”)
Freddie Highmore (“August Rush”)
Josh Hutcherson (“Bridge to Terabithia”)
Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
Dakota Blue Richards (“The Golden Compass”)

Even though the movie wasn’t the best, Richards did a wonderful job as Lyra


Rhiannon Leigh Wryn (“The Last Mimzy”)

Best Direction

Tim Burton (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”)
Frank Darabont (“The Mist”)
Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Ultimatum”)
Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man 3”)
Zack Snyder (“300”)
David Yates (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)

Best Writing

Roger Avary, Neil Gaiman (“Beowulf”)
Brad Bird (“Ratatouille”)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”)
Michael Goldenberg (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
Michael Gordon, Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad (“300”)
John Logan (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”)

Haven’t seen, but No Country for Old Men will probably take this one.

Best Music

Tyler Bates (“300”)
Jonny Greenwood (“There Will Be Blood”)
Nicholas Hooper (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
Mark Mancina (“August Rush”)
Alan Menken (“Enchanted”)
John Powell (“The Bourne Ultimatum”)

Eh, none of these are really all that great. I’d pick Bourne, but that’s because I have that one.

Best Costume

Colleen Atwood (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”)
Ruth Myers (“The Golden Compass”)
Penny Rose (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”)
Sammy Sheldon (“Stardust”)
Jany Temime (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
Michael Wilkinson (“300”)

Best Make-Up

Howard Berger,
Greg Nicotero,
Jake Garber – (“Grindhouse” – “Planet Terror”)
Nick Dudman,
Amanda Knight – (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
Davina Lamont – (“30 Days of Night”)
Ve Neill,
Martin Samuel – (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”)
Peter Owen,
Ivana Primorac – (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”)
Shaun Smith,
Mark Rappaport – (“300”)

Best Special Effects

Tim Burke,
John Richardson,
Paul Franklin,
Greg Butler – (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
Scott Farrar,
Scott Benza,
Russell Earl,
John Frazier – (“Transformers”)
Michael Fink,
Bill Westenhofer,
Ben Morris,
Trevor Wood – (“The Golden Compass”)
John Knoll,
Hal Hickel,
Charles Gibson,
John Frazier – (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”)
Scott Stokdyk,
Peter Nofz,
Spencer Cook,
John R. Frazier – (“Spider-Man 3”)
Chris Watts,
Grant Freckelton,
Derek Wentworth,
Daniel Leduc – (“300”)

Best International Film

Black Book
Day Watch
Eastern Promises
Goya’s Ghosts
The Orphanage
Sleuth

Best Animated Film

Beowulf
Meet the Robinsons
Ratatouille
Shrek the Third
The Simpsons Movie
Surf’s Up

TELEVISION NOMINATIONS

Best Network Television Series

Heroes
Lost
Pushing Daisies

Best new show. Period. If you’re not watching this, you should be.


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Journeyman
Supernatural

Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series

Dexter
Battlestar Galactica

Still the best SciFi Show out there.


Stargate SG-1
The Closer
Kyle XY
Saving Grace

Best Presentation on Television

Battlestar Galactica: Razor
The Company
Fallen
The Family Guy: “Blue Harvest”
Masters of Science Fiction
Shrek the Halls
Tin Man

Either Razor or Blue Harvest. Can’t tell which.

Best International Series

Doctor Who
Torchwood
Meadowlands (aka Cape Wrath)
Jekyll
Life On Mars

Life on Mars, hands down. Brilliant drama.


Robin Hood

Best Actor on Television

Matt Dallas (Kyle XY)
Matthew Fox (Lost)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Kevin McKidd (Journeyman)
Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica)
Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies)

Best Actress on Television

Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies)
Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)
Evangeline Lily (Lost)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Best Supporting Actor on Television

Michael Emerson (Lost)
Greg Grunberg (Heroes)
Josh Holloway (Lost)
Erik King (Dexter)
Terry O’Quinn (Lost)
Masi Oka (Heroes)

Best Supporting Actress on Television

Jaime Alexander (Kyle XY)
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter)
Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)

Firefly loyalty here – Summer’s doing a good job though.

Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)
Jaime Murray (Dexter)
Hayden Panettiere (Heroes)

DVD NOMINATIONS

Best DVD Release

Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (remix)
Driftwood
The Man From Earth
The Nines
White Noise 2

Best Special Edition DVD Release

Big (Extended Edition)
Blade Runner (5 Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (30th Anniversary – Blu Ray)
Death Proof (Grindhouse Presentation: Extended & Unrated)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Platinum Series)
Troy: Director’s Cut (Ultimate Collector’s Edition)

Best Classic Film DVD Release

Alligator
The Dark Crystal
Face/Off
Flash Gordon
The Monster Squad
Witchfinder General

Best Collection on DVD

The Godzilla Collection
The Mario Bava Collection (Vol. 1 & 2)
The Sergio Leone Anthology
The Sonny Chiba Collection
Stanley Kubrick (Warner Home Video Directors Series)
Vincent Price (MGM Scream Legends Collection)

Best Television Series on DVD

Eureka (Season 1)
Heroes (Season 1)

Really, really good DVD Set.


Hustle (Complete Seasons 2 and 3)
Lost (The Complete Third Season)
MI:5 (Volumes 4 & 5)
Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series

Best Retro Television Series on DVD

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (Volume 1: The Early Years)
Count Dracula (BBC Mini-series 1977)
Land of the Giants (The Full Series)
Mission Impossible (The Second and Third Seasons)
Twin Peaks (The Definitive Gold Box Edition)
The Wild Wild West (The Second and Third Seasons)

Eh?

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2 thoughts on “The Saturn Awards

  1. hey this is doc from the itunes podcast: Heroes of Science Fiction and Fantasy, enjoyed looking at your picks. The one main thing, i did not like is the comment after Summer Glau. I think she easily earns this without even an attachment to firefly. Her acting ability is very solid. I understand though the spirit of what you are saying, but wrapping it up the Sarah Connor Chronicles has a cast that can act on the same level at BSG.(including suprisingly Brian Austin Green). website http://www.heroesofsciencefictionandfantasy.com

  2. I disagree – the Terminator series was fun to watch, but I thought that a lot of the acting and some of the story wasn’t really up there. Summer did a good job, but not as well as her work in Firefly. I’m a little afraid that she’s boxing herself into a certain role. I also put her down on there because I thought out of the other actresses there, she was the best of the lot, not just because she was in Firefly.

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