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Sci-fi genre gets much-needed respect at Saturn Awards

Wednesday, stars came out for the 39th Annual Saturn Awards. The year’s biggest TV and movie titles were honored including The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Walking Dead.

Joss Whedon

When it comes to Hollywood accolades, science fiction rarely gets the respect it deserves. Thankfully, we have the Saturn Awards to pick up the slack. On June 26, they held their annual ceremony, which honors the best in sci-fi, horror and fantasy.

This year, The Avengers topped the winner’s list with four awards: Best Science Fiction Film, Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), Best Direction (Joss Whedon) and Best Special Effects (Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick).

On the TV front, Breaking Bad walked away with three trophies, including Best Television Presentation and Best Actor for Bryan Cranston, who tied with Kevin Bacon for The Following. The Walking Dead, Revolution and Teen Wolf also got some love.

Here’s the full 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 (Marvel’s 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 Television Presentation: Breaking Bad
  • Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television: Teen Wolf
  • Best Actor: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kevin Bacon (The Following) — tie
  • Best Actress: Anna Torv (Fringe)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead)
  • Best Guest Starring Role in a Series: Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter)

DVD/Blu Ray

  • Best DVD/BD Release: Touchback
  • Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release: Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut
  • Best DVD/BD Collection: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
  • Best DVD/BD TV Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation (Seasons 1 & 2)

Special Achievement Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award: William Friedkin
  • The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Vince Gilligan
  • The Visionary Award: Richard Matheson
  • The Life Career Award: Jonathan Frakes

What do you think of this year’s winners?

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