Saturn Award

The Saturn Award[1] is an American award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films; it was initially created to honor science fiction, fantasy, and horror on film, but has since grown to reward other films belonging to genre fiction, as well as on television and home media releases.

The award was originally referred to as a Golden Scroll. The Saturn Awards were created in 1973.

Saturn Awards
38th Annual Saturn Awards - James Remar from Dexter (13971790887)
James Remar holding a Saturn Award at the 2011 ceremony.
Awarded forBest in science fiction, fantasy, and horror film and television
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded1973
Websitewww.saturnawards.org

History

The Saturn Awards were devised by Donald A. Reed in 1973, who felt that work in films in the genre of science fiction at that time lacked recognition within the established Hollywood film industry's award system.[2] The physical award is a representation of the planet Saturn, with its ring(s) composed of film.

The Saturn Awards are voted upon by members of the presenting Academy. The Academy is a non-profit organization with membership open to the public. Its President and Executive Producer is Robert Holguin, and Producer/Writers Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus[3] Its members include filmmakers JJ Abrams, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Fuller, Mark A. Altman, Vince Gilligan and James Cameron, among others.[4]

Although the Award still primarily focuses on films and television in the science fiction, fantasy and horror categories, the Saturns have also recognized productions in other dramatic genres. There are also special awards for lifetime achievement in film production.

Criticism

The Saturn Awards are often criticized for having a broad and inconsistent definition of genres, as well as for nominating and awarding movies not related to sci-fi, fantasy or horror.[5][6][7][8][9]

Award categories

Film

Television

Home video

Special awards

Discontinued categories

Records

Superlative Work/person Record Set Year(s)
Most awards (individual) James Cameron 11 awards 19842009
Most nominations (individual) John Williams 21 nominations 19772017
Most awards (film) Star Wars 15 awards1 1977
Most nominations (film) 18 nominations2
Most awards (TV series) Lost 13 awards 2004–2009
Most nominations (TV series) 53 nominations 2004–2010
Most awards (acting) Anna Torv 4 awards 2009–2012
Most nominations (acting) Tom Cruise 10 nominations 19942014
Most awards (same category) John Williams 9 wins for Best Music 1977–2015
Most nominations (same category) 21 nominations for Best Music 1977-2017
Most awards (film franchise) Star Wars 44 wins2
Most nominations (film franchise) Marvel Cinematic Universe 112 nominations3 2008-2017

1Star Wars was originally nominated for 16 awards, and won 12; The actual number of wins include a Special Award to reward Gilbert Taylor's cinematography, a Special 1997 Award to celebrate its 20th Anniversary and a 2005 win as a part of a compilation. The actual number of nominations include two nominations as part of compilations; as the two Special Awards were non-competitive, they do not count as nominations.

214 wins for Star Wars, 4 wins for The Empire Strikes Back, 5 wins for Return of the Jedi, 2 wins for The Phantom Menace, 2 wins for Attack of the Clones, 2 wins for Revenge of the Sith, 8 wins for The Force Awakens, 3 wins for Rogue One, 3 wins for The Last Jedi, and 1 win for a compilation comprising several films of the franchise.

38 nominations for Iron Man, 1 nomination for The Incredible Hulk, 4 nominations for Iron Man 2, 4 nominations for Thor, 7 nominations for Captain America: The First Avenger, 6 nominations for The Avengers, 5 nominations for Iron Man 3, 5 nominations for Thor: The Dark World, 11 nominations for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 9 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy, 4 nominations for Avengers: Age of Ultron, 6 nominations for Ant-Man, 8 nominations for Captain America: Civil War, 10 nominations for Doctor Strange, 4 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, 4 nominations for Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2 nominations for Thor: Ragnarok, and 14 nominations for Black Panther.

Year-by-year results

The year indicates the year of release of the films eligible.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror ... and the Saturn Goes to ..." The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  2. ^ About the founder: Dr. Donald A. Reed (1935–2001)
  3. ^ Membership and / or Donation information
  4. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films". Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Nathaniel Rogers. «Nominations for Everyone!» — Saturn Awards. The Film Experience, February 26, 2014
    "I think the Saturn Awards have lost focus. You're a genre award. You're supposed to be about fantasy, sci-fi and horror. That's your whole goddamn raison d'être".
  6. ^ Natalie Zutter. It’s About Time the Saturn Awards Introduced a Superhero Category. Tor.com, February 22, 2013
  7. ^ Myles McNutt. What’s my Genre Again?: The In(s)anity of the Saturn Awards. Cultural Learnings, February 19, 2010.
    "The problem is that, over time, the Saturn Awards have stretched the meaning of genre so far that it legitimately has no meaning. <...> Rather than seeming like a legitimate celebration of science fiction, fantasy or horror, the Saturn Awards read like an unflattering and at points embarrassing collection of films and television series which reflect not the best that genre has to offer, but rather a desperate attempt to tap into the cultural zeitgeist while masquerading as a celebration of the underappreciated.
  8. ^ Thomas M. Sipos. Saturn Awards Betray Horror. Horror Magazine, 1997
  9. ^ Francisco Salazar. Saturn Awards 2015 Date & Nominations. Latinpost, March 5, 2015
    "However, sometimes the Saturn Awards choose prestige films and ignore some of the more important science fiction, fantasy and horror films of the year."

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Saturn Award for Best Action or Adventure Film

The Saturn Award for Best Action or Adventure Film (formerly Saturn Award for Best Action, Adventure or Thriller Film from 1994 to 2010) is an award presented to the best film in the action, adventure or thriller genres by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Saturn Award for Best Actor

The Saturn Award for Best Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. The Saturn Awards were devised by Dr. Donald A. Reed, who felt that films within those genres were never given the appreciation they deserved. The physical award is a representation of the planet Saturn, surrounded with a ring of film. The award was initially and is still sometimes loosely referred to as a Golden Scroll. The award for Best Actor was first introduced in 1976 for the 1974 and 1975 years, to reward a lead performance by a male actor in film.

The record for most awards is held by Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Hamill with three wins, with Jeff Bridges and Harrison Ford as the only others to have won more than once, each winning twice. Tom Cruise is the most nominated actor in the category with ten nominations, with Arnold Schwarzenegger being second with seven (two of which for playing The Terminator) and Harrison Ford (all of them for playing either Han Solo or Indiana Jones) and Robert Downey, Jr. (three of which for playing Iron Man) being tied for third with six nominations. Arnold Schwarzenegger also holds the record for most nominations without a victory. Anthony Hopkins and Martin Landau are the only actors to have won the Saturn Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award for the same role; however, Landau won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and not Best Actor. Hamill is the only actor to have won the award several times for the same role, doing so three times out of four nominations.

Saturn Award for Best Actress

The Saturn Award for Best Actress is one of the annual Saturn Awards given by the American professional organization, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Saturn Awards are the oldest film-specialized reward of achievements in science fiction, fantasy, and horror (another award, the Hugo Award is older but this is not specialized but broader and includes other genres and non-film media). The Saturn Award included the Best Actress category for the first time in the 1974 film year.

The Saturn Award for Best Actress is the oldest prize to reward actresses in science fiction, fantasy, and horror films: other awards such as the Academy and Golden Globe Awards, despite supposedly disregarding the genre, gave little recognition to acting quality at the time. In 1996 the Saturns began to reward both film and television acting, and created the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television. For the first two years it was awarded there were no nominees announced.

The actresses with the most nominations are Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts and Sigourney Weaver, who are all tied with five. Foster, Portman, Watts and Sandra Bullock are the only actresses to have won it twice. Portman is also the only actress to win both the Saturn Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress for the same film, while Weaver holds the record for most nominations for playing the same character (Ellen Ripley) with four.

Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television

The following is a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Actress on Television. The award is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, honoring the work of actresses in science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction on television. The winners are listed in bold (NOTE: Year refers to year of eligibility, the actual ceremonies are held the following year.).

Saturn Award for Best Director

The Saturn Award for Best Director (or Saturn Award for Best Direction) is one of the annual awards given by the American Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Saturn Awards, which are the oldest film-specialized awards to reward genre fiction achievements, in particular for science fiction, fantasy, and horror (the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is the oldest award for science fiction and fantasy films), included the Best Director category for the first time at the 3rd Saturn Awards, for the 1974/1975 film years.The award is also the oldest to honor film directors in science fiction, fantasy and horror. It has been given 36 times, including a tie for the 1977 film year.

James Cameron holds the record of the most wins with five (for six nominations), while Steven Spielberg is the most nominated director with twelve nominations (for four wins). Only three other directors have won the award more than once: Peter Jackson (three times), Bryan Singer and Ridley Scott (two times). At the 22nd Saturn Awards (for the 1995 film year), Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the award, 15 years before becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director.

Spielberg was also the first to win Best Director from both the Saturn Awards and the Academy Awards at the same year, but for different movies (Saturn Award for Jurassic Park, and Academy Award for Schindler's List, both in 1993); Peter Jackson was the first to win both for the same film (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in 2003) while Alfonso Cuarón was the second (for Gravity in 2013).

Notes:

"†" indicates an Academy Award-winning movie on the same category.

"‡" indicates an Academy Award-nominated movie on the same category.

Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film

The Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film is an award presented to the best film in the fantasy genre by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Saturn Award for Best Horror Film

The Saturn Award for Best Horror Film is an award presented to the best film in the horror genre by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

It was introduced in 1973 for the 1972 film year. For the 2010, 2011 and 2012 film years, it was renamed Best Horror or Thriller Film (with the Best Action, Adventure or Thriller Film category becoming Best Action or Adventure Film). In 2013 the award came back to its original form, with a new Best Thriller Film award being created.

Saturn Award for Best Make-up

The Saturn Award for Best Make-up is one of the annual awards given by the American Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The Saturn Awards, which are the oldest film-specialized awards to reward science fiction, fantasy, and horror achievements (the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is the oldest award for science fiction and fantasy films), included the category for the first time at the 2nd Saturn Awards for the 1973 film year, eight years before the creation of the Academy Award for Best Makeup.Rick Baker holds the record for most wins with seven, and for the most nominations with seventeen.

Saturn Award for Best Music

The Saturn Award for Best Music is an award presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films to the best music in film.

John Williams holds the record of the most wins with eight, including a double win due to a tie in 1977.

Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor

The Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor is one of the annual awards given by the American professional organization the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Saturn Awards are the oldest film-specialized awards to reward science fiction, fantasy, and horror achievements (the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, awarded by the World Science Fiction Society who reward science fiction and fantasy in various media, is the oldest award for science fiction and fantasy films).

The category was first introduced for the 1984 film year, specifically to reward young actors and actresses in films, and was the first acting award of the Academy to reward both males and females. Chloë Grace Moretz and Tom Holland are the only actors to have won it twice, with Holland being the only one to have won it two years in a row, and to have won twice for the same role. Moretz and Daniel Radcliffe have received the most nominations, with 5 each. Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst, and Tobey Maguire are the only actors to have won both Best Performance by a Younger Actor and later a Saturn Award for adults.

Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film

The Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film is one of the Saturn Awards that has been presented annually since 1972 by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to the best film in the science fiction genre of the previous year.

Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

The following is a list of Saturn Award winners and nominees for Best Supporting Actor (in a film). Burgess Meredith, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are the only actors that have won the award twice, while only Javier Bardem and Heath Ledger have won both the Saturn Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same performance.

Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television

The Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, honoring the work of actresses in science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction on television.

(NOTE: Year refers to year of eligibility, the actual ceremonies are held the following year.)

The winners are listed in bold.

Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

The following is a list of Saturn Award nominees and winners for Best Supporting Actress, which rewards the best female supporting performance in a genre film. Anne Ramsey and Tilda Swinton are the only actresses to win this award multiple times (twice), while only Whoopi Goldberg and Mercedes Ruehl have won both the Saturn Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the same role.

Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television

The Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television is presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, honoring the work of actresses in science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction on television.

The Walking Dead holds the record for the most wins in the category with four, for three different actress including Melissa McBride, the only person to have won the award twice.

(NOTE: Year refers to year of eligibility, the actual ceremonies are held the following year.).

The winners are listed in bold.

Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation

The following are a list of Saturn Award nominees & winners for Best Television Presentation. The award was introduced in 1994.

Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who are the only series to have won the award twice; additionally, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead have both won the award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series several times. Game of Thrones is the most nominated series in the category, with four nominations.

Saturn Award for Best Writing

The Saturn Award for Best Writing is a Saturn Award presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Unlike most awards rewarding writing in films, it recognizes only the writer(s) of the screenplay, and not those of the story.

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