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Saturn Awards
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James Remar holding a Saturn Award at the 2011 ceremony.
Awarded forBest in science fiction, fantasy, and horror film and television
CountryUnited States
Presented by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded 1973
Website www.saturnawards.org

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.

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films is an American non-profit organization established in 1972 and dedicated to the advancement of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. The Academy is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and was founded by Dr. Donald A. Reed.

Science fiction genre of fiction

Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a "literature of ideas".

Fantasy genre of literature, film, television and other artforms

Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels and video games.

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

The 1st Saturn Awards were awarded to media properties and personalities deemed by the Academy to be the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror in 1972. They were awarded on May 18, 1973.

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.

Saturn Sixth planet from the Sun in the Solar System

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. It is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth. It has only one-eighth the average density of Earth, but with its larger volume Saturn is over 95 times more massive. Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture; its astronomical symbol (♄) represents the god's sickle.

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]

Bryan Singer American film director, writer and producer

Bryan Jay Singer is an American director, producer, and writer of film and television. He is the founder of Bad Hat Harry Productions and has produced or co-produced almost all of the films he has directed.

Steven Spielberg American film director & screenwriter

Steven Allan Spielberg is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and producers in film history.

Bryan Fuller American screenwriter and television producer

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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. The 43rd Saturn Awards were held on June 28, 2017, in Burbank, California. [5]

The 43rd Saturn Awards, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other genres belonging to genre fiction in film, television, home media releases, and theatre in 2016 and early 2017, were held on June 28, 2017, in Burbank, California. A new category, Best Animated Series or Film on Television, was introduced. The show was hosted by Sean Gunn.

Burbank, California City in California, United States

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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. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Award categories

Film

Television

Home video

Special awards

Discontinued categories

Records

SuperlativeWork/personRecord SetYear(s)
Most awards (individual) James Cameron 11 awards 19842009
Most nominations (individual) John Williams 21 nominations 19772017
Most awards (film) Star Wars 15 awards11977
Most nominations (film)18 nominations2
Most awards (TV series) Lost 13 awards 2004–2009
Most nominations (TV series)53 nominations2004–2010
Most awards (acting) Anna Torv 4 awards2009–2012
Most nominations (acting) Tom Cruise 10 nominations 19942014
Most wins (same category)John Williams9 wins for Best Music 1977–2015
Most nominations (same category)21 nominations for Best Music1977-2017
Most wins (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

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References

  1. "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror ... and the Saturn Goes to ..." The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  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. "The 42nd Annual Saturn Awards nominations are announced for 2016!". Saturn Awards. February 24, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  6. 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".
  7. Natalie Zutter. It’s About Time the Saturn Awards Introduced a Superhero Category . Tor.com, February 22, 2013
  8. 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.
  9. Thomas M. Sipos. Saturn Awards Betray Horror. Horror Magazine, 1997
  10. 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."