The 38th annual Saturn Awards for best sci-fi, fantasy and horror films and television presented top honors last night in Burbank, California, as selected by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
In the film category, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Super 8 each took three awards each and the top television shows selected were Breaking Bad and Fringe.
Here are the top films in the main genres:
• Rise of the Planet of the Apes was named Best Science Fiction Film
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 was selected as Best Fantasy Film
• The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Best Horror Thriller Film
• Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - Best Action/Adventure Film.
The Saturn Awards ceremony covered releases from February 1, 2011, to January 31, 2012, and while these films are from more than a year ago, there isn't another prize that focuses specifically on these films.
On television, Breaking Bad was named Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series and its star Bryan Cranston received Best Actor on Television, while Best Supporting Actor on Television went to costar Aaron Paul. The Saturn Award for Best Network Television Series was presented to Fringe.
With so many films and television shows to honor, the current President of the Academy, Robert Holguin, summed it up nicely: "In one of the most rewarding years ever for genre entertainment, these films and TV shows proved that imagination, creativity and technology are blending in extraordinary ways, allowing these previously specialized genres to become the very heart of the entertainment industry."
Other film awards went to:
Best Actor: Michael Shannon for Take Shelter
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Best Supporting Actress: Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau
Best Director: J.J. Abrams for Super 8
Also, in technical categories, these awards were presented: Best Make-Up: X-Men: First Class and Best Special Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Other series in the television category that were recognized included The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf and The Killing.
A special career achievement award was given to Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda as well as the Muppete Miss Piggy and Cookie Monster. The academy offered its Milestone Award to The Simpsons.