Saturn Awards winners list: ‘Avengers,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and more

June 27, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
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"The Avengers" (4 awards):
Best science fiction film; best director (Joss Whedon); best supporting actor (Clark Gregg); and best special effects (Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick). (Marvel)

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"Breaking Bad" (3 awards):
Best presentation on television; best TV actor (Bryan Cranston); and best supporting actor (Jonathan Banks). (Ursula Coyote / AMC)

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"Cloud Atlas" (2 awards):
Best editing (Alexander Berner); and best make-up (Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead). (Warner Bros.)

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"Killer Joe" (2 awards):
Best independent film release; and best actor (Matthew McConaughey). (Independent Pictures)

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"Life of Pi" (2 awards):
Best fantasy film; and best performance by a younger actor (Suraj Sharma). (20th Century Fox)

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"The Walking Dead" (2 awards):
Best syndicated/cable television series; and best TV supporting actress (Laurie Holden). (Gene Page / AMC)

Marvel’s blockbuster superhero flick “The Avengers” and AMC’s acclaimed series “Breaking Bad” led the 2013 Saturn Awards, winning in more categories than any other film or TV show, respectively.

The Saturn Awards, held Wednesday evening at the Castaway Event Center’s Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, were presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, honoring genre entertainment released between Feb. 1, 2012, and Feb. 11, 2013.  (The academy was founded in 1972 by film historian Donald A. Reed to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards and has expanded in recent years.)

Saturn AwardThe event, in its 39th year, was dedicated to Richard Matheson (“I Am Legend,” “The Twilight Zone”), the prolific sci-fi writer who died Sunday. Matheson had been slated to receive the academy’s Visionary Award for his contributions to literature, film and television. The award was presented posthumously. William Friedkin (“The Exorcist,” “The French Connection”) was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) received the Life Career Award, and “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan received the Dan Curtis Legacy Award, a new honor named for the producer of “Dark Shadows” and the “Night Stalker” TV movies.

“The Avengers” received the award for best science-fiction film, as well as for supporting actor (Clark Gregg), director (Joss Whedon) and special effects. “Life of Pi” was named best fantasy film, “The Cabin in the Woods” was honored as best horror/thriller film, and “Skyfall” took the award for best action/adventure film. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which led the Saturn nominations with nine, took home one award, for Dan Hennah’s production design.

“Breaking Bad” led the TV categories with three awards, winning best presentation on television, best actor (Bryan Cranston in a tie with “The Following’s” Kevin Bacon) and best supporting actor (Jonathan Banks). Other TV winners include “Revolution,” which was named best network series, “The Walking Dead” for best syndicated/cable series and “Teen Wolf” for best youth-oriented series.

“From zombies and super-heroes to some of the best science-fiction stories ever created and the most awesome images of fantasy ever seen, this was a truly phenomenal year for genre entertainment, which is now the very heart of the entire entertainment industry,” said Robert Holguin, the academy’s president, in a statement.

Click through the gallery above for a look at the top winners, and check out the complete list of winners below.


Best Science Fiction Film: “The Avengers”

Best Fantasy Film: “Life of Pi”

Best Horror/Thriller Film: “The Cabin in the Woods”

Best Action/Adventure Film: “Skyfall”

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (“Killer Joe”)

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence  (“The Hunger Games”)

Best Supporting Actor: Clark Gregg (“The Avengers”)

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (“The Dark Knight Rises”)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Suraj Sharma  (“Life of Pi”)

Best Director: Joss Whedon  (“The Avengers”)

Best Writing: Quentin Tarantino  (“Django Unchained”)

Best Production Design: Dan Hennah  (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”)

Best Editing: Alexander Berner  (“Cloud Atlas”)

Best Music: Danny Elfman  (“Frankenweenie”)

Best Costume: Paco Delgado  (“Les Misérables”)

Best Make-Up: Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead  (“Cloud Atlas”)

Best Special Effects: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick (“The Avengers”)

Best Independent Film Release: “Killer Joe”

Best International Film: “Headhunters”

Best Animated Film: “Frankenweenie”


Best Network Television Series: “Revolution”

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: “The Walking Dead”

Best Presentation on Television: “Breaking Bad”

Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television: “Teen Wolf”

Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Kevin Bacon (“The Following”) – tie

Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (“Fringe”)

Best Supporting Actor on Television: Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”)

Best Supporting Actress on Television: Laurie Holden  (“The Walking Dead”)

Best Guest Star on Television: Yvonne Strahovski (“Dexter”)


Best DVD/BD Release: “Touchback”

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release: “Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut”

Best DVD/BD Collection Release: “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection”

Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: “Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1 & 2”


The Lifetime Achievement Award: William Friedkin

The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Vince Gilligan

The Visionary Award: Richard Matheson

The Life Career Award: Jonathan Frakes

Theater Showcase Award: “Silence! The Musical”

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark


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