The 39th Annual Saturn Awards
“[Sci-Fi is] a great genre for two things. One: complete adventure and escapism. And also for attacking great socio-political issues that may be a little too difficult for people to face in pure realism.” – Lance Reddick, host of the 39th Annual Saturn Awards
That love is found at the Saturn Awards.
Since 1972, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has recognized the top tier of talent in genre entertainment. This year was no exception – many of the winners already have dedicated fanbases in their corners. Mega-watt stars like Joss Whedon, Quentin Tarantino, Clark Gregg, Laurie Holden and Bryan Cranston accepted their trophies with humor and humility.
Unlike other bloated programs, the Saturn Awards are all killer with no filler. The only digressions from the main event were meaningful tributes to genre icons William Friedkin (The Exorcist), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and the posthumous Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). These men have left gargantuan impacts in pop culture, and their work will live on to inspire the next generation of dreamers.
Have you ever felt that the much ballyhooed Academy Awards just don’t represent your tastes and interests? Sure, The King’s Speech is a fine film, but it’s not like you’re going to watch it again and again every year for the rest of your life. Where is the love for the star-spanning sagas, the creature features, the white-knuckle thrillers, the blockbuster beat-em-ups and the enchanting flights of fancy?
If you want to experience the Saturn Awards for yourself, check out the nominees at saturnawards.org and work your way down the list. While mainstream hits like The Avengers and The Hunger Games are on there, you’ll find titles like Headhunters, Killer Joe and Seven Psychopaths – lesser known curiosities that have the potential to become one of your new favorites.
“At the end of the day, we’re all working for the same goal. We’re all working to achieve the same thing. And that is to create wonder and to create people’s imagination and to broaden that. And the Saturn Awards do that.” – RJ Mitte, star of Best Presentation on Television winner Breaking Bad
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