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Saturn Award Nominations Snub Attack The Block, Reclassify Doctor Who As Kids Programming

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Normally the Saturn Awards are the last refuge of everyone who might like anything outside the extremely narrow view of the Oscars. Usually they’re a reliable way to reward deserving genre work, which is otherwise ignored by the over 65 crowd of the Academy. But not this year.

The 2012 Saturn Award nominees have just been announced and they’ve managed to snub the best science fiction film of last year by ignoring Attack the Block in the Best Sci-Fi Film category. Instead they’ve nominated mediocre, studio produced fare like Limitless.

Things aren’t much better in the television category where Doctor Who has somehow been reclassified as “youth-oriented” programming while the almost universally reviled Terra Nova receives a best on television nomination.

Something has gone horribly wrong with the Satties. Here’s the full list of 2012 nominees in which Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 and Hugo (which isn’t a genre movie at all and shouldn’t even be eligible) lead the pack with the most nominations…

Best Science Fiction Film
–The Adjustment Bureau
–Captain America: The First Avenger
–Limitless
–Rise of the Planet of the Apes
–Super 8
–X-Men: First Class

Best Fantasy Film
–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
–Hugo
–Immortals
–Midnight in Paris
–The Muppets
–Thor

Best Horror/Thriller Film
–Contagion
–The Devil’s Double
–The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
–The Grey
–Take Shelter
–The Thing

Best Action/Adventure Film
–Fast Five
–The Lincoln Lawyer
–Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
–Red Tails
–Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
–War Horse

Best Actor
–Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In
–Dominic Cooper, The Devil’s Double
–Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
–Chris Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger
–Ben Kingsley, Hugo
–Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress
–Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
–Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
–Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
–Brit Marling, Another Earth
–Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method
–Elizabeth Olson, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Supporting Actor
–Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
–Harrison Ford, Cowboys and Aliens
–Tom Hiddleston, Thor
–Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
–Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
–Stanley Tucci, Captain America: The First Avenger

Best Supporting Actress
–Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In
–Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau
–Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia
–Paula Patton, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
–Lin Shaye, Insidious
–Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Performance by a Younger Actor
–Asa Butterfield, Hugo
–Joel Courtney, Super 8
–Elle Fanning, Super 8
–Dakota Goyo, Real Steel
–Chloe Grace Moretz, Hugo
–Saoirse Ronan, Hanna

Best Direction
–J.J. Abrams, Super 8
–Brad Bird, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
–Martin Scorsese, Hugo
–Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin
–Rupert Wyatt, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
–David Yates, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Writing
–J.J. Abrams, Super 8
–Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
–Mike Cahill, Brit Marling, Another Earth
–Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
–John Logan, Hugo
–Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter

Best Music
–Michael Giacchino, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
–Michael Giacchino, Super 8
–Howard Shore, Hugo
–Alan Silvestri, Captain America: The First Avenger
–John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin
–John Williams, War Horse

Best Production Design
–Stuart Craig, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
–Dante Ferretti, Hugo
–Tom Foden, Immortals
–Rick Heinrichs, Captain America: The First Avenger
–Kim Sinclair, The Adventures of Tintin
–Bo Welch, Thor

Best Editing
–Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey, Super 8
–Mark Day, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
–Paul Hirsch, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
–Michael Kahn, The Adventures of Tintin
–Kelly Matsumoto, Fred Raskin, Christian Watner, Five Five
–Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo

Best Costume
–Jenny Beavan, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
–Alexandra Byrne, Thor
–Lisy Christl, Anonymous
–Sandy Powell, Hugo
–Anna B. Sheppard, Captain America: The First Avenger
–Jany Temime, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Make-Up
–Shaun Smith, Scott Wheeler, Conan the Barbarian
–Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
–Annick Chartier, Adrien Morot, Nikoletta Skarlatos, Immortals
–Tamar Aviv, The Skin I Live In
–Tom Woodruff Jr., Alec Gillis, The Thing
–Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O’ Sullivan, X-Men: First Class

Best Special Effects
–Scott E. Anderson, Matt Aitken, Joe Letteri, Matthias Menz,
–Keith Miller, The Adventures of Tintin
–Tim Burke, Greg Butler, John Richardson, David Vickery,
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
–Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett,
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
–Steven Riley, Russell Earl, Kim Libreri, Dennis Muren, Super 8
–Scott Benza, John Frazier, Matthew Butler, Scott Farar,
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best International Film
–Attack the Block
–The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch
–Melancholia
–Point Blank
–The Skin I Live In
–Troll Hunter

Best Animated Film
–The Adventures of Tintin
–Cars 2
–Kung Fu Panda 2
–Puss in Boots
–Rango
–Rio

Best Network Television Series
–Fringe
–A Gifted Man
–Grimm
–Once Upon a Time
–Supernatural
–Terra Nova

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
–American Horror Story
–Breaking Bad
–The Closer
–Dexter
–Leverage
–True Blood

Best Presentation on Television
–Camelot
–Falling Skies
–Game of Thrones
–The Killing
–Torchwood: Miracle Day
–Trek Nation
–The Walking Dead

Best Youth–Oriented Series on Television
–Being Human
–Doctor Who
–The Nine Lives of Chloe King
–Secret Circle
–Teen Wolf
–The Vampire Diaries

Best Actor on Television
–Sean Bean, Game of Thrones
–Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
–Michael C. Hall, Dexter
–Timothy Hutton, Leverage
–Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story
–Noah Wylie, Falling Skies

Best Actress on Television
–Mireille Enos, The Killing
–Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
–Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
–Eve Myles, Torchwood: Miracle Day
–Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
–Anna Torv, Fringe

Best Supporting Actor on Television
–Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
–Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
–Joel Kinnaman, The Killing
–John Noble, Fringe
–Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
–Bill Pullman, Torchwood: Miracle Day
–Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead

Best Supporting Actress on Television
–Lauren Ambrose, Torchwood: Miracle Day
–Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter
–Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
–Michelle Forbes, The Killing
–Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
–Beth Riesgraf, Leverage

Best Guest Performer on Television
–Steven Bauer, Breaking Bad
–Orla Brady, Fringe
–Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
–Edward James Olmos, Dexter
–Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story
–Tom Skerritt, Leverage

Best DVD Release
–13
–Atlas Shrugged: Part One
–City of Life and Death
–The Double
–The Perfect Host
–Kill the Irishman
–The Reef

Best DVD Special Edition Release
–Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
–Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis
–Mimic (The Director’s Cut)
–Phantom of the Opera (1925 Silent, Blu-Ray)
–The Rocketeer (20th Anniversary Edition)
–Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition)

Best DVD Collection
–Jean Rollin Cinema Collection
–Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy
–The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions)
–Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection
–Star Wars: The Complete Saga
–Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978–2006

Best DVD Television Series Release
–The Bionic Woman: Seasons 2 & 3
–Camelot: The Complete First Season
–Farscape: The Complete Series
–Nikita: The Complete First Season
–Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
–The Twilight Zone: Season 3-5

Comments

  1. Deanna says:

    Being Human as Youth Orientated? Seriously? I won’t even let my teenage daughter watch it!!!

    • JT says:

      Agree about Being Human, that makes about as much sense as Doctor Who. Meanwhile Terra Nova which is not only terrible but DEFINITELY almost entirely for kids is treated as a serious show.  Baffling.

  2. Justin Hall says:

    Totally agree with the Doctor Who opinion. It also kinda annoys me that Being Human was thrown in that category. Maybe i’m wrong but I don’t think either of them should be in a category with the Vampire Diaries. Super 8 seems to have alot of nominations which I appreciate. Think the walking dead deserves a bit more recognition, as does Falling Skies. I understand why Attack the Block isn’t in Best Sci-Fi film though. I agree it was an amazing movie, incredibly well put together for the budget they had, but it just wasn’t what the masses are looking for. Sadly good taste does not exist in America en masse. The masses want mass produced, production line, cookie cutter movies music and literature. Attack the Block will have to stick to a cult following because it is different and Americans are cenophobic. 

    • JT says:

      The thing is, the Saturn Awards aren’t supposed to reward just whatever is the most mainstream.  So Attack the Block not being what “the masses” were looking for shouldn’t matter.  It’s worth noting though that Attack the Block got amazingly positive reviews and huge, huge audience scores.  So those who did see it, loved it.

      Meanwhile nearly everyone thought Limitless sucked.

  3. Noel Well says:

    One thing they did get right. I saw no nominations for TWILIGHT anywhere in there.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get how Game of Thrones was passed up for a Best series nom.  The show is nominated for other things.  I mean….Leverage before GoT?  The noms in general are just plain odd.

  5. Anonymous says:

    if only it were a rather large scale joke. like some Helen Keller topical humor gone terribly, terribly, wrong.

  6. Jeremy says:

    Doctor Who earned itself a place in the childrens’ category by being so goddamn juvenile all season. It’s stopped being sci-fi and turned itself into soft-edged cutesy fantasy for seven-year-olds.

    “Attack the Block” was cheap lulz. “Limitless” was genuine “what if” speculative science fiction with a capital science, beautifully written, acted and directed.

  7. Minimal Risk says:

    A bit late to the party but I would like to point out that traditionally Doctor Who is, in fact, regarded as a kids show. It is for this reason alone that the Doctor doesn’t kill anyone and why there is never any blood or gore or overt sexuality on display. Therefore, it is not out of place whatsoever in the Youth Oriented category.

    However, including Being Human in that category is just plain fucking stupid.