The 43rd Saturn Awards, honoring the greats in the genre of fantasy, horror as well as science fiction were held this week on June 28th 2017 in Burbank, California. As is the norm, they were presented by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and hosted by the celebrated Sean Gunn (of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise). The awards featured a few surprises such as the introduction of a new category dubbed ‘Best Animated Series in Film or Television’. As usual, the red carpet was full of pomp and color as the celebrities flowed in by the numbers, but the annunciation of the winners in their respective categories was the main headliner that evening.
The nominations for the various categories had been rolled out earlier in the year. In the film category, Rogue one: A Star Wars’ Story led the pack with a whooping 11 nominations and went on to clinch 3 awards for best science fiction film, best director as well as best special effects. It shared the same number of wins with Paramount’s chart topping film 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Within the television category, The Walking Dead was in the lead with seven nominations which would make it a third time in a row. The second to follow within this category was Westworld which is relatively new to viewers and almost came as a surprise considering Game of Thrones has enjoyed a considerable number of nominations in this category than in the previous years. However, That evening saw The Walking Dead bag 3 awards for best horror television series, best guest performance in television series and best actor on television which was taken by the talented Andrew Lincoln. Other winners within this television category worth mentioning are; The Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things and Supergirl that took home two awards each.
Moving on to the home entertainment category, Universal pictures’ Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection became the proud statuette owners for the best DVD/Blu Ray collection while Hannibal: The complete series collection won the award for Best DVD/Blu Ray Television Series Release.
To crown the evening, the visionaries within the Sci-Fi Fantasy community were also honored by being awarded statuettes for their contributions to the success of this genre. Such is one Lee Major who was awarded the Life Career award and Akiva Goldsman who earned himself a Visionary Award. For more information on the list of winners, one can check out The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films