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Return of the King Cleans Up At Saturn Awards

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING was the big winner at the 30th annual Saturn Awards, garnering eight statuettes at the May 5, 2004 ceremonies held at the Universal Sheraton in Los Angeles. KING reigned in awards for best fantasy film, best actor (Elijah Wood), best supporting actor (Sean Astin), best director (Peter Jackson), best writing (Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) and best music (Howard Shore), among others. THE TWO TOWERS also resurfaced taking the best DVD special edition release prize.

On the animation front, FINDING NEMO took home two awards for best animated film and best supporting actress for Ellen DeGeneres' work on the film. As well, BIONICLE: MASK OF LIGHT won the best DVD release award.

When it came to TV, ANGEL was the big winner taking the awards for best network television series (tied with CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION) best actor on television (David Boreanaz), best supporting actor on television (James Marsters) and best supporting actress on television (Amy Acker).

Producer Gale Anne Hurd (THE HULK) accepted this year's Dr. Donald A. Reed award for special achievement. Due to the filming on GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS, director James Cameron attended to accept his 2003 Reed Award, which he was unable to receive last year.

Below is a complete list on winners.

Best Science Fiction FilmX2: X-MEN UNITED

Best Fantasy FilmTHE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING

Best Horror Film28 DAYS LATER

Best Action/Adventure/Thriller FilmKILL BILL: VOLUME 1

Best Animated FilmFINDING NEMO

Best ActorElijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING)

Best ActressUma Thurman (KILL BILL: VOLUME 1)

Best Supporting Actor Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING)

Best Supporting ActressEllen DeGeneres (FINDING NEMO)

Best Performance By A Younger ActorJeremy Sumpter (PETER PAN)

Best DirectorPeter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING)

Best WritingFran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING)

Best MusicHoward Shore (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING)

Best CostumePenny Rose (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL)

Best Make-UpRichard Taylor and Peter King (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING)

Best Special EffectsJim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING)

Best Network Television SeriesANGELCSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

Best Syndicated/Cable Television SeriesSTARGATE SG-1

Best Television PresentationBATTLESTAR GALACTICA (mini-series)

Best Actor on TelevisionDavid Boreanaz (ANGEL)

Best Actress on TelevisionAmber Tamblyn (JOAN OF ARCADIA)

Best Supporting Actor on TelevisionJames Marsters (ANGEL/BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER)

Best Supporting Actress on TelevisionAmy Acker (ANGEL)

Best DVD ReleaseBIONICLE: MASK OF LIGHT

Best DVD Special Edition ReleaseTHE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

Best DVD Classic Film ReleaseTHE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

Best DVD CollectionTHE ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES

Best DVD Television ReleaseTHE COMPLETE FIREFLY

The Saturn Awards are given each year by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films to honor best in sci-fi, fantasy and horror. For more information, visit http://www.saturnawards.org.

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