Press Release from the Saturn Awards
It was a stellar evening for "The Dark Knight" as the Christopher Nolan film garnered five Saturn Awards at the 35th Annual Saturn Awards. The film was named Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. The Warner Bros. release also received awards for Best Writing: Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan, Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, Best Music: Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, and Best Special Effects.
Also receiving multiple Saturn Awards were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Iron Man" which won three Saturn Awards apiece.
"Battlestar Galactica" proved to be the most decorated series of the evening with three Saturn Awards including Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, Best Actor on Television: Edward James Olmos, and Best Actress on Television: Mary McDonnell. "Lost" received the Saturn Award for Best Network Series. Show co-creator, J.J. Abrams accepted the award on stage.
The highlight at the awards ceremony were the special awards presented throughout the evening. Actor Lance Henriksen received the Life Career Award for his strong body of work in film and television. Actor Ed Harris presented the award to Henriksen on stage.
DreamWorks Animation studio head, Jeffrey Katzenberg, was awarded the inaugural Visionary Award for his efforts in advancing 3D film presentation. Top filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer presented this prestigious award to Mr. Katzenberg at the event.
Genre icon Leonard Nimoy was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in film and television which covers five decades. Mostly known for his portrayal of the Vulcan, Mr. Spock, Leonard's accomplishment extend to many more projects including the series, Mission Impossible, Columbo, and the recent show, Fringe. Presenting the award was top filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who recently directed the hit film, Star Trek, for Paramount Pictures.
Many genre leaders were in attendance including: Michael Emerson and Mark Pellegrino (from Lost), Zachary Levi, Justin Hartley, Kevin Feige, Jack Coleman, Cristine Rose and Adrian Pasdar (from Heroes), Scott Porter, Ann Robinson, Sean Faris, Carlos Bernard (24), Kristin Bell, Andrea Roth, Casper Van Dien, Kevin Sorbo, Jim Parsons & Simon Helberg (from The Big Bang Theory), Larry Cohen, Frank Darabont, Greg Cannom, Michael Biehn, Jennifer Carpenter, Dean Devlin, Edward James Olmos, Tom DeSanto, Vince Gilligan, Aaron Paul (from Breaking Bad), James Newton Howard, and Hans Zimmer. This year's reception was hosted by Entertainment Weekly. The Afterparty was sponsored by Highlander Films.
The 35th Annual Saturn Awards were presented by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, a non-profit organization created in 1972 to honor, recognize and promote genre entertainment. The Academy was founded by noted film historian, Dr. Donald A. Reed, who passed away in 2001. Robert Holguin currently serves as President of the Academy. Mark Altman is Co-President of the Saturn Awards.
Best Science Fiction Film:IRON MAN
Best Fantasy Film:THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Best Horror Film:HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film:THE DARK KNIGHT
Best Actor:ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.(Iron Man)
Best Actress:ANGELINA JOLIE(Changeling)
Best Supporting Actor:HEATH LEDGER(The Dark Knight)
Best Supporting Actress:TILDA SWINTON(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)Best Performance by a Younger Actor:JADEN CHRISTOPHER SMITH(The Day the Earth Stood Still)
Best Director:JON FAVREAU(Iron Man)
Best Writer:CHRISTOPHER NOLAN and JONATHAN NOLAN (The Dark Knight)
Best Music:HANS ZIMMER and JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (The Dark Knight)
Best Costume:MARY ZOPHRES(Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
Best Make-Up:GREG CANNOM(The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Best Special Effects:NICK DAVIS, CHRIS CORBOULD, TIMOTHY WEBBER, PAUL J. FRANKLIN(The Dark Knight)
Best International Film:LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Best Animated Film:WALL-E
Best Television Series:LOST
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Best Presentation on Television:THE LIBRARIAN: THE CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE
Best Actor on Television:EDWARD JAMES OLMOS(Battlestar Galactica)
Best Actress on Television:MARY MCDONNELL(Battlestar Galactica)
Best Supporting Actor on Television:ADRIAN PASDAR(Heroes)
Best Supporting Actress on Televison:JENNIFER CARPENTER(Dexter)
Guest Starring Role on Television:JIMMY SMITS(Dexter)
Best DVD Release:JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER
Best DVD Special Edition Release:STEPHEN KING'S THE MIST (2 disc Special Edition)
Best DVD Classic Film Release:PSYCHO (Universal Legacy Series)
Best DVD Collection:THE GODFATHER-THE COPPOLA RESTORATION
Best Series on DVD:MOONLIGHT
Best Retro Series on DVD:THE INVADERS
The Life Career Award:LANCE HENRIKSEN
The Lifetime Achievement Award:LEONARD NIMOY
The Visionary Award:JEFFREY KATZENBERG