Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated “Gravity” are the top contenders at the upcoming 40th annual Saturn Awards, with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2012′s highest-grossing film, earned seven nominations, while “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” were recognized with five nominations each. On the television side, HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” received five nominations, as did AMC’s drama “Breaking Bad” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Founded in 1972 to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards series, the Saturn Awards fetes projects in a broad swath of genres, including science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller and action/adventure — there are also awards for best independent film with nominees including critical favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”; best international film (a […]
June 27, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
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.) The 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 […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 2:58 p.m.
“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 […]
June 12, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.
Filmmaker and puppeteer Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda, Ms. Piggy and Grover, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 38th annual Saturn Awards, as will actor James Remar, a genre fan-favorite whose credits include “Warriors,” “48 Hrs.” and the Showtime series “Dexter.” The July 26 ceremony in Burbank will also honor the historic run of the Fox series “The Simpsons” — which aired its 500th episode in February — with a Milestone Award while Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead” comic book series and executive producer of the namesake AMC television show, will be presented with Innovator Award for successfully taking the zombie infection beyond genre culture and into the mainstream. “It’s really a tremendous honor,” said Kirkman, whose comic book reaches its 100th issue in July. “Zombies deserve as much prominence as vampires and werewolves, as far as […]