Saturn Award

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Saturn Award
41st Saturn Awards
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The Saturn Award
Awarded for Best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film and television
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded 1972
Official website saturnawards.org

The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works mainly in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. The award was initially, and is still sometimes, loosely referred to as a Golden Scroll.

History[edit]

The Saturn Awards were devised by Dr. Donald A. Reed in 1972, who felt that films within the genres of science fiction and fantasy were never given the appreciation they deserved at that time.[citation needed] The physical award is a representation of the planet Saturn, with its ring(s) composed of film.

The Saturn Awards are voted on by members of the presenting Academy. The academy is a non-profit organization with membership open to the public.[1] Its members include filmmakers Jeff Rector, Rich Correll, Tom De Santo, Mark A. Altman and Irwin Keyes, among others.

Although the awards still primarily nominate films and TV in the science fiction, fantasy and horror categories, the Saturns have also recognized productions in standard dramatic genres. There are also special awards for lifetime achievement in the field. The 40th Saturn Awards were held on June 26, 2014, in Burbank, California.[2]

Criticism[edit]

Saturn Awards is often criticized for its broad and inconsistent definition of genres, as well as for nominating and awarding the movies not related to sci-fi, fantasy or horror. [3][4][5][6][7]

Award categories[edit]

Special awards[edit]

Motion picture[edit]

In addition there was an Award for Best Foreign Film in 1980, and an Award for Best Low-Budget Film from 1980 to 1982.

Television[edit]

Home video[edit]

Year-by-year results[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films". Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Goldberg, Matt (February 29, 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider.com. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Nathaniel Rogers. «Nominations for Everyone!» — Saturn Awards. The Film Experience, February 26, 2014
    "I think the Saturn Awards have lost focus. You're a genre award. You're supposed to be about fantasy, sci-fi and horror. That's your whole goddamn raison d'être".
  4. ^ Natalie Zutter. It’s About Time the Saturn Awards Introduced a Superhero Category. Tor.com, Feb 22, 2013
  5. ^ Myles McNutt. What’s my Genre Again?: The In(s)anity of the Saturn Awards. Cultural Learnings, February 19, 2010.
    "The problem is that, over time, the Saturn Awards have stretched the meaning of genre so far that it legitimately has no meaning. <...> Rather than seeming like a legitimate celebration of science fiction, fantasy or horror, the Saturn Awards read like an unflattering and at points embarrassing collection of films and television series which reflect not the best that genre has to offer, but rather a desperate attempt to tap into the cultural zeitgeist while masquerading as a celebration of the underappreciated.
  6. ^ Thomas M. Sipos. Saturn Awards Betray Horror. Horror Magazine, 1997
  7. ^ Francisco Salazar. Saturn Awards 2015 Date & Nominations. Latinpost, Mar 05, 2015
    "However, sometimes the Saturn Awards choose prestige films and ignore some of the more important science fiction, fantasy and horror films of the year."

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