41ST ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS HONORS THE BEST IN FANTASY
It was a night of celebration for sci-fi, fantasy and horror geeks in the TV and film realm at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards, at The Castaway in Burbank, California. The awards show, hosted by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, honored those who have made a difference in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genre. Basically, this is the awards show honoring geeks like us!
Watch this thorough overview of all this year’s nominees in every category
Writer and producer Dean Devlin exclaimed, “As a character from my old TV show used to say, “It’s the age of the geek! And, it’s a wonderful thing.”
Host Yvette Nicole Brown expressed her excitement for being at the Saturn Awards, “Gosh, I’m not nervous and I realized I’m not nervous because I’m with my people. The geeks are my people. So this is like, you know, everyone is so understanding and kind. Nerds are great folk. I’m happy to be here with my people!”
Producer Malek Akkad, Saturn Award winner for Best DVD/BD Collection for Halloween: The Complete Collection, had this to say about the show, “This is such a great award show. It’s fun. It’s kind of the geek night. We can just all hang out because I’m a geek. It’s just a really fun awards show. It’s really interesting seeing people to catch up with and see all the characters. It’s different and fun.”
This year, the Saturn Awards gave out special awards to four artists who have made an impact in the world of television and film. Writer and producer Carlton Cuse received the Dan Curtis Legacy award for his work in many sci-fi and horror films such as Lost, The Strain, Bates Motel, The Returned, and most recently, San Andreas.
Cuse commented about receiving the award, “I just feel really honored to have a chance to do this, because I grew up watching these kinds of stories. So for me to have the ability to make stuff and not only that, to be honored for making this stuff, it’s kind of well beyond my dreams. You know, that’s what it is. These are the movies I grew up on, so in TV shows, it’s just super exciting to be here and people appreciate my work.”
Composer Bob Cobert received the Life Career Award for his contribution to the arts through his musical compositions which includes Dark Shadows, The Winds of War, The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror, and several game shows themes. Dark Shadows actors Kathryn Leigh Scott and David Selby presented Cobert with the award.
Noah Wyle was presented with the Artists Showcase Award for his many achievements in film, television, and live productions. Devlin, who works with Wyle on The Librarians, presented the award to him. Wyle recalls Devlin telling him about the Saturn Awards when he first entered his office and questioned about the Saturn Award on his shelf.
Of course, the Saturn Awards also honors the newcomers to the genre and presented the Breakthrough Performance to The Flash’s Grant Gustin for his portrayal of the title character Barry Allen/The Flash.
The Flash producer Andrew Kreisberg expressed his feelings towards Gustin winning the award, “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Grant. If Grant hadn’t walked in the door, there was a moment where we were like, ‘if we don’t find the guy to be Barry Allen, then we just won’t do this at all’. You know, when we saw Grant, we knew we found our guy. As proud as we are with the script, the directions, the visual effects and everything, without Grant, there wouldn’t be a Flash.”
Television series Continuum was presented with the Special Recognition Award for their show having amazing acting, spirited direction, and compelling writing.
Interstellar received the most wins, taking home six Saturns for Best Science Fiction film, Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film, Best Film Writing, Best Film Production, and Best Film Music. Writer Jonathan Nolan was present at the awards show and accepted the screenwriting award.
Nolan, best known for Interstellar and CBS hit show Persons of Interest, quipped about science being a part of his life, “I think it always finds a way in everything I do. There is always some aspect of genre of science fiction. I just fully embrace it now. I think that’s going to be a part of everything I do going forward. It’s playing something in that genre space. I’m obsessed with artificial intelligence. I’m obsessed with the future – the future that is unfolding in front of us. It’s a part of everything we do.”
Guardians of the Galaxy picked up several awards for the night, including Best Comic Book-to-Film Release, Best Actor in a Film, and Best Film Director. Director James Gunn was present at the awards, donning a casual attire with a giant kitten on his sweater. He later accepted Chris Pratt’s award for Best Actor in a Film, reading a text message Pratt had sent him. You can check out his speech here.
For the television realm, AMC’s The Walking Dead and NBC’s Hannibal picked up the majority of the awards. The Walking Dead picked up the award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series with showrunner Scott Gimple and executive producer Greg Nicotero accepting the award.
Actress Melissa McBride, having won the previous year, picked up her second Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series for her role as Carol in The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln tied with Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy for Best Actor in a Television Series, proving once again, the British are indeed taking over.
Hannibal creator and executive producer Bryan Fuller was present to accept the award for Best Network Television Series. With the recent news of the show’s cancellation, Fuller was in good spirits about it and appreciates the fans for their support, “The feeling of community with the Fannibals has always been so strong and tonight’s hashtag is Fannibal Family. So, I really want to do a fourth season to deliver this story to the fans.”
Laurence Fishburne took home the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his portrayal as Jack Crawford. Unfortunately, Fishburne could not attend the awards, so costar Aaron Abrams accepted the Saturn Award on his behalf. Abrams joked if anyone could add Fishburne to the photo with the award.
Congrats to the nominees and winners of the Saturn Awards!