Saturn Awards nominations announced

Avatar leads the pack...


The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films are hosting their 36th Annual Saturn Awards on June 24th - and the nominations are in.

Since it's founding in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed, the Academy has been the only major organisation to seriously honour genre films and film-makers.

Now under the leadership of Robert Holguin, the Academy and the Saturns continue to attract the biggest names in genre film and honour the kinds of films too often overlooked by other awards shows.

This year will see new categories including Production Design, Theatre Production and the return of the Television Awards.

Avatar has received a staggering 10 nominations, followed by Sherlock Holmes bagging 8 with Inglourious Basterds and Watchmen rolling in with 7 each.

Last year, The Dark Knight took home the most awards, with Benjamin Button and Iron Man following closely behind. But which films will triumph in 2010?

Here are a select list of nominations for the 36th Annual Saturn Awards;

Best Science Fiction Film

The Book of Eli
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Star Trek
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Best Fantasy Film

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince               
The Lovely Bones               
The Time Traveler’s Wife                   
Where the Wild Things Are                       

Best Horror Film

The Last House on the Left
The Box
Drag Me to Hell
The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film

The Hurt Locker                       
Inglourious Basterds                       
Law Abiding Citizen   
The Messenger                       
Sherlock Holmes           

Best Actor

Robert Downey, Jr. - Sherlock Holmes
Tobey Maguire - Brothers
Viggo Mortensen - The Road
Sam Rockwell - Moon
Denzel Washington - The Book of Eli
Sam Worthington - Avatar

Best Actress

Catherine Keener - Where the Wild Things Are
Melanie Laurent - Inglourious Basterds
Alison Lohman - Drag Me to Hell
Natalie Portman - Brothers               
Zoe Saldana - Avatar
Charlize Theron - The Burning Plain           

Best Supporting Actor

Woody Harrelson - Zombieland
Stephen Lang - Avatar
Frank Langella - The Box
Jude Law - Sherlock Holmes
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds   

Best Supporting Actress

Malin Akerman - Watchmen
Diane Kruger - Inglourious Basterds
Rachel McAdams - Sherlock Holmes
Lorna Raver - Drag Me to Hell
Susan Sarandon - The Lovely Bones
Sigourney Weaver - Avatar

Best Director

J.J. Abrams - Star Trek       
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Neill Blomkamp - District 9
James Cameron - Avatar
Guy Ritchie - Sherlock Holmes
Zack Snyder - Watchmen
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Best Writing

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - District 9
James Cameron - Avatar
Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers - Where the Wild Things Are
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci - Star Trek
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Alex Tse, David Hayter - Watchmen

Best Music

Brian Eno - The Lovely Bones
Michael Giacchino - Up
James Horner - AvatarTaro Iwashiro - Red Cliff
Christopher Young - Drag Me To Hell
Hans Zimmer - Sherlock H

Best Costume

Colleen Atwood - Nine
Jenny Beavan - Sherlock Holmes
Anna Sheppard - Inglourious Basterds
Jany Temime - Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Michael Wilkinson - Watchmen
Tim Yip - Red Cliff

Best Special Effects

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Star Trek
District 9   

Best International Film

District 9
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus               
Lorna’s Silence
Red Cliff

Best Animated Film

Disney’s A Christmas Carol                                                       
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs               
Monsters Vs. Aliens   
The Princess and the Frog   
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Click here for the full list of nominations and more info on the Saturn awards.

And tell us your predictions....


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    • ManMadeMonkey

      Feb 19th 2010, 16:49

      Never really heard of these awards before but I have to assume they are a sort of p**s-take since Transformers 2 is up for an award other than most disappointing film ever along with Avatar. Ridiculous. I would complain about Avatar too but most people seem to enjoy that film. Why is beyond me though.

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