Saturn Awards: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead, Interstellar & Freshly Cancelled Hannibal Among Best Of The Year


“Interstellar” drew the most wins at the 41st annual Saturn Awards, taking six awards including top science fiction film. But “Guardians of the Galaxy” also had a big night, picking up awards for top comicbook film, best director and best actor for Chris Pratt.

Jonathan Nolan accepted the screenwriting honor for “Interstellar.” He quipped: ” ‘Interstellar’ is the story of a man who goes on an arduous journey, comes back 100 years later to find that nobody remembers him or gives a f–k about what he was doing. It’s a pretty good metaphor for writing a studio film.”

“Guardians” director James Gunn accepted for Pratt, then was recalled to the podium twice more in quick succession to accept his own kudos and the top honor for the film. Gunn eschewed the “cocktail attire” dress code for a black sweatshirt emblazoned with a kitten. Gunn read a message from Pratt: “James Gunn is the future. He’s a genius. I tried every day to do one thing: Give myself over to the creative vision of the man who is up there accepting this award on my behalf. He will always be my trusted leader and friend… and ladies, he is single. Right? Are you? We haven’t talked in a couple weeks. It doesn’t matter, he is single tonight. I’d like to open the bidding at $1,000 for James. Ha ha, is he blushing? James, ask the audience if you are red.”

The Saturn Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. They treat genre stars and filmmakers with the reverence and enthusiasm they rarely get at more mainstream awards shows. Costumed characters pose for photos during cocktails and the Alien and Predator dance at the after-party, but the real attraction each year at the Castaway ballroom in Burbank is genre stars like “Gilligan Island’s” Dawn Wells, “Rocky Horror Picture Show’s” Barry Bostwick and “Battlestar Galactica’s” Tricia Helfer, all of whom presented this year.

“We’re lucky, we have a big audience,” said “The Walking Dead” showrunner Scott Gimple in accepting one of the show’s four wins, “but this audience is our core audience.”

It was a bittersweet night for “Hannibal,” which took three awards just days after being cancelled. “The Flash” also fared well, winning for superhero TV series and guest performance (Wentworth Miller), while star Grant Gustin collected the Breakthrough Performance Award.

Carlton Cuse was the third recipient of the Dan Curtis Legacy Award. Cuse remembered an early job as a personal assistant to a studio chief, which found him spending a week searching for a mint-green toilet seat. When he found it, “not more than two miles from where we are right now” in Burbank, he was thrilled. “And then I sort of stepped out of my body, and was ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?” he said. “And that’s when I started writing.” He finished by reminding everyone that “you’re never more than a couple of miles from a mint-green toilet seat.”

Life Career Award honoree Bob Cobert, composer of such classic TV scores and themes as “The Winds of War” and “Dark Shadows,” told Variety before the show the award “would look good in the obit.” His friends, “Dark Shadows” thesps Kathryn Leigh Scott and David Selby, presented Cobert his award, and Selby got an ovation for singing Cobert’s popular “Quentin’s Theme” from the show, which became a top-10 hit and earned Cobert a Grammy nomination. The 90-year-old Cobert stepped up with a hilarious acceptance speech in which he answered the show’s request he not say “f–k” with a shower of f-bombs.

Dean Devlin presented Noah Wyle the Artists Showcase Award. Wyle remembered coming into Devlin’s office 12 years ago and seeing a cool trophy on the shelf — a Saturn, naturally — and asking what it was. ” ‘You don’t know about the Saturn Awards?’ They honor what we do,” Wyle recalled Devlin telling him.

David Lynch sent a video message thanking the org for giving “Twin Peaks” the award for best homevideo release. “We’re kind of hungry,” he deadpanned, whereupon an image of Saturn morphed into the show’s iconic foodstuffs: first a donut, then pie.

Afterwards, the revelers retired to the Castaway courtyard for the after-party, where costumed characters danced and partygoers could look to the stars through powerful telescopes. Some were trained on Saturn. Of course.


The Nominations and Winners are:


Best Comic Book-to-Film Release:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy   (winner)
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Science Fiction Film Release:

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Interstellar  (winner)
The Zero Theorem

Best Fantasy Film Release:

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies  (winner)
Into the Woods

Best Horror Film Release:

The Babadook
Dracula Untold  (winner)
Only Lovers Left Alive
The Purge: Anarchy

Best Thriller Film Release:

American Sniper
The Equalizer
Gone Girl  (winner)
The Guest
The Imitation Game

Best Action / Adventure Film Release:

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Inherent Vice
Unbroken  (winner)

Best Actor in a Film:

Tom Cruise                          Edge of Tomorrow
Chris Evans                         Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Jake Gyllenhaal                   Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton                    Birdman
Matthew McConaughey       Interstellar
Chris Pratt                            Guardians of the Galaxy  (winner)
Dan Stevens                        The Guest

Best Actress in a Film:

Emily Blunt                           Edge of Tomorrow
Essie Davis                          The Babadook
Anne Hathaway                    Interstellar
Angelina Jolie                       Maleficent
Jennifer Lawrence                The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Rosemund Pike                    Gone Girl  (winner)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film:

Richard Armitage                  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies  (winner)
Josh Brolin                             Inherent Vice
Samuel L. Jackson                Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie                     Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Andy Serkis                           Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
J.K. Simmons                        Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Film:

Jessica Chastain                     Interstellar
Scarlett Johansson                 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Evangeline Lily                       The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Rene Russo                            Nightcrawler  (winner)
Emma Stone                           Birdman
Meryl Streep                            Into the Woods

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film:

Elle Fanning                            Maleficent
MacKenzie Foy                        Interstellar  (winner)
Chloe Grace Moretz                The Equalizer
Tony Revolori                          The Grand Budapest Hotel
Kodi Smit-McPhee                   Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Noah Wiseman                        The Babadook

Best Film Director:

Alejandro G. Innarritu                                  Birdman
James Gunn                                                Guardians of the Galaxy  (winner)
Doug Liman                                                 Edge of Tomorrow
Christopher Nolan                                        Interstellar
Matt Reeves                                                Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Joe Russo, Anthony Russo                         Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Bryan Singer                                                X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Film Writing:

Captain America: Winter Soldier                  Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus
Edge of  Tomorrow                                       Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
The Grand Budapest  Hotel                          Wes Anderson
Guardians of the Galaxy                               James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies    Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro
Interstellar                                                     Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan  (winner)
Whiplash                                                       Damien Chazelle

Best Film Editing:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier            Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt
Edge of Tomorrow                                         James Herbert, Laura Jennings  (winner)
Guardians of the Galaxy                                Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, Craig Wood
Interstellar                                                      Lee Smith
Unbroken                                                       William Goldenberg, Tim Squyres
X-Men: Days of Future Past                          John Ottman

Best Film Production Design:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier             Peter Wenham
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes                      James Chinlund
The Grand Budapest Hotel                             Adam Stockhausen
Guardians of the Galaxy                                 Charles Wood
Interstellar                                                       Nathan Crowley  (winner)
Into the Woods                                                Dennis Gassner

Best Film Music:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier              Henry Jackman
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes                       Michael Giacchino
Godzilla                                                            Alexandre Desplat
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies       Howard Shore
How to Train Your Dragon 2                            John Powell
Interstellar                                                        Hans Zimmer  (winner)

Best Film Costume:

Dracula Untold                                                  Ngila Dickson  (winner)
Exodus: Gods and Kings                                  Janty Yates
Guardians of the Galaxy                                   Alexandra Byrne
Into the Woods                                                  Colleen Atwood
Maleficent                                                          Anna B. Sheppard
X-Men: Days of Future Past                              Louise Mingenbach

Best Film Make-Up:

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes                         Bill Terezakis, Lisa Love
Dracula Untold                                                   Mark Coulier, Daniel Phillips
Guardians of the Galaxy                                    David White, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou  (winner)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies         Peter King, Rick Findlater, Gino Acevedo
Into the Woods                                                   Peter King, Matthew Smith
X-Men: Days of Future Past                               Adrien Morot, Norma Hill-Patton

Best Film Special/Visual Effects:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier                 Dan Daleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Dan Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes                          Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist
Edge of Tomorrow                                              Gary Brozenich, Nick Davis, Jonathan Fawkner, Matthew Rouleau
Guardians of the Galaxy                                     Stephane Ceretti, Nicholas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies          Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Interstellar                                                           Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian  Hunter, Scott Fisher  (winner)

Best Independent Film Release:

Grand Piano
I, Origins
A Most Violent Year
The One I Love
The Two Faces of January
Whiplash  (winner)

Best International Film Release:

Bird People
Force Majeur
Mood Indigo
The Railway Man
The Theory of Everything  (winner)

Best Animated Film Release:

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie  (winner)
The Wind Rises


Best Network Television Series:

The Blacklist
The Following
Hannibal  (winner)
Person of Interest
Sleepy Hollow

Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series:

12 Monkeys
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Falling Skies
The Strain
The Walking Dead  (winner)

Best Limited Run Television Series:

Bates Motel
From Dusk Till Dawn
Game of Thrones  (winner)
The Last Ship
The Librarians

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series:

Agent Carter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Flash  (winner)

Best Youth-Oriented Television Series:

The 100  (winner)
Doctor Who
Pretty Little Liars
Teen Wolf
The Vampire Diaries

Best Actor in a Television Series:

Hugh Dancy                        Hannibal  (winner-tie)
Grant Gustin                        The Flash
Andrew Lincoln                    The Walking Dead  (winner-tie)
Tobias Menzies                   Outlander
Mads Mikkelsen                   Hannibal
Noah Wyle                           Falling Skies

Best Actress in a Television Series:

Haley Atwell                          Agent Carter
Caitronia Balfe                     Outlander  (winner)
Vera Farmiga                       Bates Motel
Jessica Lange                      American Horror Story: Freak Show
Rachel Nichols                     Continuum
Rebecca Romjin                   The Librarians

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series:

David Bradley                       The Strain
Laurence Fishburne             Hannibal  (winner)
Sam Heughan                      Outlander
Erik Knudsen                        Continuum
Norman Reedus                   The Walking Dead
Richard Sammel                    The Strain

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series:

Emilia Clarke                        Game of Thrones
Jenna Coleman                    Doctor Who
Caroline Dhavernas              Hannibal
Lexa Doig                             Continuum
Emily Kinney                         The Walking Dead
Melissa McBride                   The Walking Dead  (winner)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series:

Camren Bicondova               Gotham
Maxim Knight                        Falling Skies
Tyler Posey                           Teen Wolf
Chandler Riggs                     The Walking Dead
Holly Taylor                           The Americans
Maisie Williams                     Game of Thrones  (winner)

Best Guest Performance in a Television Series:

Dominic Cooper                    Agent Carter
Neil Patrick Harris                 American Horror Story: Freak Show
John Larroquette                   The Librarians
Wentworth Miller                   The Flash  (winner)
Michael Pitt                            Hannibal
Andrew J. West                     The Walking Dead


Best DVD/BD Release:

Beneath  (IFC Film Release)
Blue Ruin
Odd Thomas  (winner)
White Bird in a Blizzard
Wolf Creek 2

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release:

Alexander: The Ultimate Cut
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut  (winner)
Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Best DVD/BD Television Release:

Batman: The Complete Television Series
Hannibal: Season 2
Merlin: The Complete Series
Spartacus: The Complete Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery  (winner)
Wizards and Warriors: The Complete Series

Best DVD/BD Collection Release:

The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology
Halloween: The Complete Collection  (winner)
Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection
Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection
Toho Godzilla Collection
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30 Film Collection


Best Local Live Stage Production:

Damn Yankees                                                                   (3-D Theatricals)  (winner)
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County                                    (Saban Theatre)
The Last Confession                                                           (Ahmanson Theatre)
Pippin                                                                                  (Segerstrom Center for the Arts)
Ragtime                                                                               (3-D Theatricals)
Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton   (Pasadenia Playhouse)
The Wizard of Oz                                                                 (Segerstrom Center for the Arts)


total number of nominations:

Film: (top 11 films):

11 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
10 – Interstellar
09 – Guardians of the Galaxy
08 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
07 – Edge of Tomorrow
07 – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
05 – Into the Woods
05 – X-Men: Days of Future Past
04 – Birdman
04 – The Grand Budapest Hotel
04 – Maleficent

Television: (Top 11 Shows):

07 – The Walking Dead
06 – Hannibal
04 – Continuum
03 – Agent Carter
03 – American Horror Story: Freak Show
03 – Falling Skies
03 – The Flash
03 – Game of Thrones
03 – The Librarians
03 – Outlander
03 – The Strain

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