The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films have announced the nominees for their 34th Annual Saturn Awards, ie the awards show for us. 300 leads the pack with a major ten nods. Weirdly enough There Will Be Blood is nominated for three awards, including Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. Did the Saturns see the same movie I did?

The Saturn Awards will be handed out on June 24th within walking distance of my new apartment. I’m excited to have this be the first year I cover the awards. It’ll certainly be cool to see Guillermo del Toro receive the George Pal Memorial Award. He’s going to be fucking psyched.

Best
Science Fiction Film


Cloverfield

(Paramount)

Fantastic Four: Rise of
the Silver Surfer (20th
Century Fox)

I Am Legend

(Warner Bros.)

The Last Mimzy

(New Line Cinema)

Sunshine

(Fox Searchlight)

Transformers
(DreamWorks SKG
/ Paramount)



Best
Fantasy Film


Enchanted

(Buena Vista)

The Golden Compass

(New Line Cinema)

Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix
(Warner Bros.)

Pirates of the
Caribbean: At World’s End
(Buena Vista)

Spider-Man 3

(Sony)

Stardust

(Paramount)



Best
Horror Film


30 Days of Night

(Sony)

1408

(The Weinstein Co.)

Ghost Rider

(Sony)

Grindhouse

(The Weinstein Co.)

The Mist

(The Weinstein Co.)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon
Barber of Fleet Street (DreamWorks SKG / Paramount)



Best
Action / Adventure / Thriller Film


3:10 to Yuma

(Lionsgate)

300

(Warner Bros.)

The Bourne Ultimatum

(Universal)

Live Free or Die Hard

(20th Century Fox)

No Country for Old Men

(Miramax)

There Will Be Blood

(Paramount Vantage)

Zodiac

(Paramount)



(Additional
nominations continued
)





Best
Actor


Gerard Butler
(“300”)
(Warner Bros.)

John Cusack
(“1408”)
(The Weinstein Co.)

Daniel Day-Lewis
(“There Will Be Blood”)
(Paramount Vantage)

Johnny Depp
(“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”)
(DreamWorks SKG / Paramount)

Viggo Mortensen
(“Eastern Promises”)
(Focus Features)

Will Smith
(“I Am Legend”)
(Warner Bros.)



Best
Actress


Amy Adams
(“Enchanted”)
(Buena Vista)

Ashley Judd
(“Bug”)
(Lionsgate)

Helena Bonham Carter
(“Sweeney Todd: The
Demon Barber of Fleet Street
”) (DreamWorks SKG /
Paramount)

Naomi Watts
(“Eastern Promises”)
(Focus Features)

Belen Rueda
(“The Orphanage”)
(Picturehouse)

Carice van Houten
(“Black Book”)
(Sony Pictures Classics)



Best
Supporting Actor


Javier Bardem
(“No Country for Old Men”)
(Miramax)

Ben Foster
(“3:10 to Yuma”)
(Lionsgate)

James Franco
(“Spider-Man 3”)
(Sony)

Justin Long
(“Live Free or Die Hard”)
(20th Century Fox)

Alan Rickman
(“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet
Street
”) (DreamWorks SKG / Paramount)

David Wenham
(“300”)
(Warner Bros.)



Best
Supporting Actress


Lizzy Caplan
(“Cloverfield”)
(Paramount)

Marcia Gay Harden
(“The Mist”)
(The Weinstein Co.)

Lena Headey
(“300”)
(Warner Bros.)

Rose McGowan
(“Grindhouse” – “Planet
Terror
”) (The Weinstein Co.)

Michelle Pfeiffer
(“Stardust”)
(Paramount)

Imelda Staunton
(“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
(Warner Bros.)



Best
Performance by a Younger Actor


Alex Etel
(“The Water Horse”)
(Sony)

Freddie Highmore
(“August Rush”)
(Warner Bros.)

Josh Hutcherson
(“Bridge to Terabithia”)
(Buena Vista)

Daniel Radcliffe
(“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
(Warner Bros.)

Dakota Blue Richards
(“The Golden Compass”)
(New Line Cinema)

Rhiannon Leigh Wryn
(“The Last Mimzy”)
(New Line Cinema)

Best
Direction


Tim Burton
(“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet
Street
”) (DreamWorks SKG / Paramount)

Frank Darabont
(“The Mist”)
(The Weinstein Co.)

Paul Greengrass
(“The Bourne Ultimatum”)
(Universal)

Sam Raimi
(“Spider-Man 3”)
(Sony)

Zack Snyder
(“300”)
(Warner Bros.)

David Yates
(“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
(Warner Bros.)



Best
Writing


Roger Avary, Neil
Gaiman (“Beowulf”)
(Paramount)

Brad Bird
(“Ratatouille”)
(Buena Vista)

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
(“No Country for Old Men”)
(Miramax)

Michael Goldenberg
(“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”)
(Warner Bros.)

Michael Gordon, Zack
Snyder, Kurt Johnstad (“300”)
(Warner Bros.)

John Logan
(“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet
Street
”) (DreamWorks SKG / Paramount)



Best
International Film


Black Book

(Sony Pictures Classics)

Day Watch

(Fox Searchlight)

Eastern Promises

(Focus Features)

Goya’s Ghosts

(Samuel Goldwyn Films)

The Orphanage

(Picturehouse)

Sleuth

(Sony Pictures Classics)


Best
Animated Film


Beowulf

(Paramount)

Meet the Robinsons

(Buena Vista)

Ratatouille

(Buena Vista)

Shrek the Third
(DreamWorks SKG
/ Paramount)

The Simpsons Movie

(20th Century Fox)

Surf’s Up

(Sony)



TELEVISION
NOMINATIONS


Best
Network Television Series


Heroes (NBC)

Journeyman (NBC)

Lost (ABC)

Pushing
Daisies (ABC)

Supernatural (CW)

Terminator: The Sarah
Connor Chronicles (Fox)



Best
Syndicated / Cable Television Series


Battlestar
Galactica (Sci Fi Channel)

The Closer (TNT)

Dexter (Showtime)

Kyle XY (ABC
Family)

Saving
Grace (TNT)

Stargate
SG-1 (Sci Fi Channel / MGM)



Best
Presentation on Television


Battlestar Galactica:
Razor (Sci Fi Channel)

The Company (TNT)

Fallen (ABC
Family)

The Family Guy: “Blue
Harvest” (Fox)

Masters of Science
Fiction (ABC)

Shrek the
Halls (ABC)

Tin Man (Sci Fi
Channel)




Best
International Series


Doctor Who (Sci
Fi Channel)

Jekyll (BBC
America)

Life On Mars (BBC
America)

Meadowlands (aka Cape
Wrath) (Showtime)

Robin Hood (BBC
America)

Torchwood (BBC
America)





Best
Actor on Television


Matt Dallas (Kyle
XY) (ABC Family)

Matthew
Fox (Lost) (ABC)

Michael C.
Hall (Dexter)
(Showtime)

Kevin
McKidd (Journeyman) (NBC)

Edward James
Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) (Sci Fi Channel)

Lee Pace (Pushing
Daisies) (ABC)






Best
Actress on Television


Anna Friel (Pushing
Daisies) (ABC)

Lena Headey
(Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) (Fox)

Jennifer Love
Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer) (CBS)

Holly Hunter (Saving
Grace) (TNT)

Evangeline
Lily (Lost) (ABC)

Kyra Sedgwick (The
Closer) (TNT)



Best
Supporting Actor on Television


Michael
Emerson (Lost) (ABC)

Greg
Grunberg (Heroes) (NBC)

Josh
Holloway (Lost) (ABC)

Erik King (Dexter)
(Showtime)

Terry
O’Quinn (Lost) (ABC)

Masi
Oka (Heroes) (NBC)



Best
Supporting Actress on Television


Jaime Alexander (Kyle
XY) (ABC Family)

Jennifer
Carpenter (Dexter)
(Showtime)

Summer
Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) (Fox)

Elizabeth
Mitchell (Lost) (ABC)

Jaime Murray
(Dexter)
(Showtime)

Hayden
Panettiere (Heroes) (NBC)




ABOUT
THE SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS


Guillermo
del Toro

(THE
GEORGE PAL MEMORIAL AWARD)

Guillermo del Toro is
one of the most talented and creative filmmakers working in
contemporary film. His films have been widely recognized as genre
classics. His recent film, PAN’S LABYRINTH, won several
Academy awards in 2007. His upcoming film is HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN
ARMY opening in July through Universal Pictures.

President of the
Academy, Robert Holguin, says of del Toro: “Nobody embodies the
full range artistry of classic filmmaker George Pal more than
Guillermo del Toro”.

George Pal was the
genius filmmaker who produced and/or directed such genre classics as
War of the Worlds” (1960), “When Worlds
Collide
” (1951), and “The Time Machine
(1960). He was also the creator of the three-dimensional cartoons,
Puppetoons, in the 30’s. George Pal was a close friend
of Academy founder Dr. Donald A. Reed, and long time supporter of the
Saturn Awards until his passing in 1980.


Tim
Lucas

(THE
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD)

One of the great
achievements of 2007 was the publication of the book, Mario Bava:
All the Colors of the Dark
written by author Tim Lucas. This
book interweaves biography, history and criticism of the life and
work of Filmmaker Mario Bava. This massive project, which took many
years of exhaustive research, is 1128 pages (nearly 800,000 words)
and fully illustrated with well over 1000 stills and annotated poster
art from all over the world. The book itself weighs 12 pounds. The
book is a tribute to a filmmaker who was original and influential to
many contemporary filmmakers including: Tim Burton, Joe Dante,
Guillermo del Toro, and Martin Scorsese (who wrote the introduction).
Bava’s films include: “Black Sunday
(1960), “Black Sabbath” (1963), “Planet
of the Vampires
” (1965), and “Danger: Diabolik
(1968).

Tim Lucas is publisher
and editor of Video Watchdog. He has written other works which
include Throat Sprockets and The Book of Renfield: A Gospel
of Dracula
.