Gravity, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad Reign Supreme at the 2014 Saturn Awards

Credit: The Saturn Awards
Credit: The Saturn Awards

The 40th annual Saturn Awards took place last night (Thursday) at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, hosted for the 11th time by Jeffrey Ross. The Saturn Awards are a celebration of a hugely popular and creative genre, and handed out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. This Academy honours the brightest shows and stars of the titular genres on both the silver and small screen, specifically film, television, and home entertainment releases.

Basically, they are the best of the geek world, and proud of it, as The Walking Dead’s executive producer Scott Gimple said on the night, “You have to be a geek to do this. We’re proud to be geeks”.

AMC’s The Walking Dead were, in fact, hugely successful in the TV categories, being honoured as the best syndicated/cable television series, as well as taking individual prizes for Melissa McBride and 15-year-old Chandler Riggs.

The late Breaking Bad also received three awards, including Aaron Paul for supporting actor, and Robert Forster for best guest star, who claimed “It’s great to be overrated”.

4YE’s resident fannibal Jamie Harsip will be pleased to know Hannibal took home two honours, with Mads Mikkelson beating co-star Hugh Dancy to the best actor title, and the show then tying with Revolution for top network series.

As for the best of sci-fi, fantasy and horror at the movies, Gravity, unsurprisingly, was a big winner, and successful in five out of eight nominations, winning for science fiction film, editing, special/visual effects, lead actress in Sandra Bullock, and director for Alfonso Cuaron.

Despite tying with Gravity on eight nominations, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took home just one award for production design.

I’m pleased to report that Her, a movie I loved and felt has so far been tragically unrecognised in the 2014 award season, also triumphed. The Spike Jonze-penned flick took top fantasy film, best writing, and best supporting actress for Scarlett Johansson, who was denied even a nomination at the Oscars, and declared ineligible by the Golden Globes as she does not physically appear on screen.

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 won three prizes, and was the first winner of the comic-to-film adaptation accolade. Robert Downey Jr. was also honoured as best actor, and then went on to announce his upcoming films for which he would like to win a Saturn Award (to balance the feng shui), including Bill and Ted, Cap and Tony: Ultron’s Excellent Adventure, and Sherlock vs. Mothra. Thor: The Dark World, however, went home empty-handed regardless of five initial nods.

Gregory Nicotero, Mark Cushman, Bryan Fuller, and The Clockwork Orange’s Malcolm McDowell were honoured with special awards.

You can check out the full list of Saturn winners below. Congratulations to everyone from all of us here at 4YE – you’re out of this world (sorry, I had to)!

Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture: Iron Man 3 (Marvel /Disney)

Best Science-Fiction Film: Gravity (Warner Bros.)

Best Fantasy Film: Her (Warner Bros.)

Best Horror Film: The Conjuring (Warner Bros.)

Best Thriller Film:  World War Z (Paramount Pictures)

Best Action / Adventure Film: Fast & Furious 6 (Universal Pictures)

Best Independent Film: 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)

Best International Film: Big Bad Wolves (Magnolia Pictures / Magnet)

Best Animated Film: Frozen (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Actor: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 3)

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3)

Best Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson (Her)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie)

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

Best Writing: Spike Jonze (Her)

Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger (Gravity)

Best Production Design: Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)

Best Music: Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves)

Best Costume: Trish Summerville (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

Best Makeup: Donald Mowat (Prisoners)

Best Special / Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould (Gravity)

Best Network Television Series Release: Tie between Hannibal (NBC) and Revolution (NBC)

Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Television Presentation of a Limited Run Series: Breaking Bad (AMC)

Best Youth-Oriented Television Series: Teen Wolf (MTV)

Best Actor in a Television Series: Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal)

Best Actress in a Television Series: Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series: Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead)

Best Guest Star in a Television Series: Robert Forster (Breaking Bad)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series: Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)

Best DVD Release: Big Ass Spider (Epic Pictures)

Best DVD Collection: Chucky: The Complete Collection (Universal)

Best Classic Film Home Entertainment Release: Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition (Anchor Bay)

Best Television Home Entertainment Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Seasons 3, 4, 5 (CBS Paramount)