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The 2008 Saturn Awards Honor the Best in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror

Each year the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films hands out the Saturn Awards, honoring the best actors, movies and TV shows in these genres. It's a pretty all-encompassing way to group things together and the list of projects that earned awards this year runs the gamut, from Cloverfield and Enchanted, to Lost and Dexter. Oh, and August Rush, which I guess fits into some kind of other-worldly realm. Robin Williams does star as some kind of magical urban cowboy, after all.


Looking at the list of winners, I'm struck by how mainstream they are. The sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres have really broadened and become popular over the years, no longer relegated to certain niche circles. It's pretty cool, really.

I'm happy to see that Will Smith and Amy Adams won the movie actor and actress awards (for I Am Legend and Enchanted), though the TV actress award went to Jennifer Love Hewitt for Ghost Whisperer, which just makes my little heart ache for the old Buffy days. And hands down, my favorite winner on the list is Michael Emerson who won for his performance as the crazy/scary/sad/manipulative Ben on Lost. Perhaps an Emmy is not far behind?

Next year's awards should be an incredibly close race, what with all the fantasy-filled movies this year (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight, not to mention The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Watchmen, Frank Miller's The Spirit, and even The Time Traveler's Wife). Batman Begins swept the Saturns in 2006, though The Dark Knight will have some tough competition this year. To check out a full list of the 2008 Saturn Award winners, read more.

To see the other nominees in each category, click here.

BEST SCI-FI FILM:
Cloverfield

FANTASY FILM:
Enchanted

HORROR FILM:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM:
300

ACTOR:
Will Smith (I Am Legend)

ACTRESS:
Amy Adams (Enchanted)

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Marcia Gay Harden (The Mist)

PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTOR:
Freddie Highmore (August Rush)

DIRECTION:
Zack Snyder (300)

WRITING:
Brad Bird (Ratatouille)

MUSIC:
Alan Menken (Enchanted)

COSTUME:
Colleen Atwood (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

MAKE-UP:
Ve Neill, Martin Samuel (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End)

SPECIAL EFFECTS:
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl, John Frazier (Transformers)

ANIMATED FILM:
Ratatouille

INTERNATIONAL FILM:
Eastern Promises

NETWORK TELEVISION SERIES:
Lost

SYNDICATED / CABLE TELEVISION SERIES:
Dexter

PRESENTATION ON TELEVISION:
Family Guy: Blue Harvest

ACTOR ON TELEVISION:
Matthew Fox (Lost)

ACTRESS ON TELEVISION:
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer)

SUPPORTING ACTOR ON TELEVISION:
Michael Emerson (Lost)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS ON TELEVISION: (TIE):
Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)

DVD RELEASE:
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (remix)

DVD SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE:
Blade Runner (5 Disc Ultimate Edition)

DVD CLASSIC FILM RELEASE:
The Monster Squad

DVD COLLECTION:
Mario Bava (Box Sets 1 & 2)

TELEVISION SERIES RELEASE ON DVD:
Heroes (Season 1)

RETRO TELEVISION SERIES RELEASE ON DVD:
Twin Peaks (Definitive Gold Box Ed.)

Special Awards

THE GEORGE PAL MEMORIAL AWARD:
Guillermo del Toro

THE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Tim & Donna Lucas

THE SERVICE AWARD:
Fred Barton

LIFE CAREER AWARD:
Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.

FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE AWARD:
Matt Reeves for Cloverfield

Dexter photo courtesy of CBS
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