‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Walking Dead’ top Saturn Award nominations

Feb. 20, 2013 | 2:58 p.m.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" -- the first film in Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" -- opened in theaters Dec. 14. Here's a look at the film's images. (Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, left, and Graham McTavish as Dwalin in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Graham McTavish as Dwalin, left, Ken Stott as Balin and Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Director Peter Jackson, left, and Martin Freeman on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf the Grey in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman, left, and Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen, left, and Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Hugo Weaving as Elrond, left, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Hugo Weaving, left, Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Galadriel actress Cate Blanchett, left, and director Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Actors and director Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Dean O'Gorman as Fili, left, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Dean O'Gorman, left, and Richard Armitage in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, left, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Christopher Lee as Saruman and Hugo Weaving as Elrond in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Elijah Wood as Frodo, left, and Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Christopher Lee as Saruman the White in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Gollum, reprised by Andy Serkis in motion capture performance, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Director Peter Jackson on the Bag End set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Ken Stott as Balin, left, John Callen as Oin, William Kircher as Bifur, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Graham McTavish as Dwalin in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

John Callen, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner and Stephen Hunter in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy and Peter Hambleton in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Gollum, performed by Andy Serkis, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Gollum, performed by Andy Serkis, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Trolls William, Tom and Bert, performed by Peter Hambleton, Mark Hadlow and William Kircher, respectively, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Stephen Hunter as Bombur the dwarf, left, and Tom the troll in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

Dwarfs and stone giants in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

The Great Goblin, performed by Barry Humphries, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” topped the Saturn Award nominations Wednesday, with nine nods including best fantasy film, best director for Peter Jackson, best actor for Martin Freeman and best supporting actor for Ian McKellen.

Other films being honored with nominations for the 39th annual Saturn Awards include “Life of Pi,” “Skyfall,” “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Looper,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Argo” and “Les Miserables.”

The diversity of films underscores “the ways in which genre filmmaking has expanded beyond its roots as niche entertainment,” the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films said in its announcement.

‘Hobbit’ Blu-ray release March 19 won’t have extended edition

Although much of Hollywood is focused this week on Sunday’s Oscar ceremony — considered by many to be the highlight of the awards season — the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films is just getting started.   The academy announced the awards as the only major awards dedicated to “honoring the finest in genre entertainment in film, television and home entertainment.”

The awards will be handed out in June.

On the TV side, “Fringe” led the pack with six nominations. “Dexter” and “The Walking Dead” were also among the top TV nominees, along with “Revolution,” “Doctor Who” and “Merlin.”

The academy introduced a new category this year to honor independent films. You can find a full list of the nominees here.

What do you think about “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” getting the lion’s share of nominations? Well-deserved?

Keep reading for a look back at Hero Complex’s vast coverage of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

–Rene Lynch
@ReneLynch

GALLERIES:

PHOTOS: 60 images from ‘The Hobbit’

PHOTOS: Meet the dwarfs from ‘The Hobbit’

VIDEOS:

‘Hobbit’ FX wiz Joe Letteri on Gollum, the Goblin King and Azog

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Gandalf warns Saruman of a powerful evil

Peter Jackson, the Hero Complex interview

Peter Jackson talks Smaug cameo, creature design

‘Hobbit’ offers more ‘sophisticated’ Gollum, Peter Jackson says

Peter Jackson’s ‘absolute belief’ in 48-frame format

Happy birthday, Peter Jackson, and happy flying

Live New Zealand world premiere’s red-carpet event

INTERVIEWS & STORIES:

Martin Freeman on Bilbo’s courage, moral code

Ian McKellen, Tolkien guardian, acting wizard

Philippa Boyens: Del Toro’s ‘Hobbit’ would have been ‘amazing’

Andy Serkis admits it was difficult to return to Gollum

William Kircher speaks Dwarvish, talks Bifur’s injury

Richard Armitage finds Thorin Oakenshield in ‘Macbeth’

Stephen Hunter on Bombur’s blubber, dwarf boot camp

Reactions mixed to the 48-frame film transformation

Dan Hennah brings eastern influence to production design

Peter King on yak wigs and the language of Middle-earth

Sylvester McCoy’s twin loves: Radagast, ‘Doctor Who’

Costume designer Ann Maskrey’s favorite look? Radagast

Fili actor Dean O’Gorman on taking risks, sexy dwarfs

Tami Lane on dwarf wrangling, silicone magic

Peter Jackson will craft Shire sound in Dolby Atmos

New Zealand releases Tolkien-themed currency, stamps

Comic-Con: Peter Jackson tours the Shire and beyond

‘The Hobbit’: An unexpected journey on- and off-screen

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‘The Hobbit’ collected: Complete coverage

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‘Hobbit’: William Kircher speaks Dwarvish

Armitage finds Thorin Oakenshield in ‘Macbeth’

VIDEO: Gandalf warns Saruman, Galadriel

Hair designer Peter King on dwarfs’ yak wigs

Dan Hennah brings eastern influence to ‘Hobbit’

Sylvester McCoy’s loves: Radagast, ‘Doctor Who’

Costume designer’s favorite look? Radagast

Fili actor Dean O’Gorman talks sexy dwarfs

Stephen Hunter on Bombur’s blubber

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