The Force is with Lucasfilm / Disney as “Rogue One” captures 11 nominations for the
43rd annual Saturn Awards; AMC’s “The Walking Dead” clubs TV competition with 7 nods
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films have unveiled the nominations for the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards. Lucasfilm / Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story beamed boldly, leading the pack with 11 nominations in the Motion Picture category. Disney’s dominance extended with 10 nominations apiece for the Steven Spielberg-directed fantasy The BFG, Marvel’s epic mind-bender Doctor Strange, and 8 nods for Captain America: Civil War. Top Motion Picture nominee getters include 7 nominations for Warner Bros’ Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and 6 nominations each for Paramount’s thought provoking alien contact drama Arrival and Disney’s live-action retelling of The Jungle Book. Fans can watch the announcement on the Saturn Awards’ YouTube channel, featuring stars Clare Kramer (Tales of Halloween), and Greg Grunberg (“Heroes,” Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens) revealing the major Motion Picture nominees, with the major Television categories announced by Violett Beane (CW’s “The Flash”) and Janina Gavankar (Fox TV’s “Sleepy Hollow”).
Once again, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” proved unstoppable in the Television category, leading the herd with 7 nominations. HBO’s ambitious reboot “Westworld” lassoed 6 nominations, followed by FX’s “American Horror Story: Roanoke” (5 nominations), AMC’s Walking Dead prequel “Fear The Walking Dead” (4 nominations), Starz’s historical fantasy “Outlander” (4 nominations), and 4 nods for CW’s superheroine show “Supergirl.”
Walt Disney Studios garnered the lion’s share with 20 Motion Picture nominations, followed by 18 for Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios, 16 for Warner Bros, 15 for Paramount , 11 each for Lucasfilm Ltd / Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox, 7 for Universal Pictures, and 4 each for Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company. On the Television side, AMC dominated with 13 nominations, followed by The CW (12), Netflix (11) and HBO (9).
In the Home Entertainment categories, releases singled out for nominations span the gamut from the silent era to contemporary titles including Dog Eat Dog (RLJ Entertainment), Phantasm Remastered (WellGo USA), the Buster Keaton Shorts Collection (Kino Lorber), Star Trek The Animated Series (Paramount), Time After Time (Warner Archive) and The Lobster (Lionsgate).
Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, the Academy was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize genre entertainment. Through the years, the Academy has expanded their reach to recognize excellence in other film genres, as well as encompassing television, home entertainment and live stage. Robert Holguin presently serves as President.
The 43rd Annual Saturn Awards will take place June 28th in Burbank, California.
For more details including a complete list of nominations, visit www.saturnawards.org.