For the first time in the history of the Saturn Awards, Young Actors in the genre were recognized in the awards ceremony. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films held their annual event, The Saturn Awards, this year being the 40th installment. More than 500 film and television professionals and fans attended.
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a film was awarded to Chloe Grace Moretz, 17, for “Carrie.”
Best Younger Actor on Television went to Chandler Riggs, 13, for “The Walking Dead.”
More young talent was represented as actress Joey King, 14, accepted the award on behalf of her horror film “The Conjuring.”
The 2 hour ceremony held at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom, honored the best in genre entertainment. This year’s event was hosted by comedian Jeff Ross, who flew in from New York to be a part of what has almost become tradition for him – hosting the Saturn Awards the last eleven of twelve years.
The big winners for the annual event included Gravity which received five Saturn Awards. Marvel’s Iron Man 3 was awarded with 3 Saturn Awards including Best Actor (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Best Supporting Actor (Ben Kingsley), and receiving the inaugural award Best Comic-to- Film Motion Picture. Also receiving 3 awards was Spike Jonze’s Her (Best Fantasy Film, Best Writing, and Best Supporting Actress – Scarlett Johansson).
Television was well represented with both Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead each receiving three Saturn Awards apiece. Hannibal walked away with 2 major awards including Best Network Television Series (tied with NBC Television’s Revolution).
Special Saturn Award recognitions went to writer/producer Bryan Fuller who received The Dan Curtis Legacy Award which was presented to him by singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth. Greg Nicotero was recognized with the George Pal Memorial Award and Marc Cushman earned the Special Recognition Award for his books, (Star Trek) These are the Voyages: Season 1 and 2. The Life Career Award was presented to Malcolm McDowell for his rich career in acting. His best roles include Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and Nicholas Meyer’s Time After Time.
Following the historical event, guests mingled in the courtyard of the Castaway and were able to view the planet Saturn in the sky courtesy of telescopes provided by Celestron Telescopes Company. The show was directed by Steven Carter and produced by Kevin Marcus, Bradley Marcus, and Aaron Griffith. The Executive Producer was Robert Holguin, who is the President of the non-profit organization.
The winners are:
Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture: Iron Man 3 Best Science Fiction Film: Gravity
Best Fantasy Film: Her
Best Horror Film: The Conjuring
Best Action/Adventure Film: Fast & Furious 6 Best Thriller Film: World War Z
Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man 3)
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3)
Best Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson (Her)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie)
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Best Writing: Spike Jonze (Her)
Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger (Gravity)
Best Production Design: Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Best Music: Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves)
Best Costume: Trish Summerville (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Best Make-Up: Donald Mowat (Prisoners)
Best Special / Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould (Gravity)
Best Independent Film: 12 Years a Slave Best International Film: Big Bad Wolves Best Animated Film: Frozen
Best Network Television Series: (tie) Hannibal, Revolution Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead
Best Television Presentation of a Limited Series: Breaking Bad
Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television: Teen Wolf
Best Actor on Television: Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal)
Best Actress on Television: Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead)
Best Younger Actor on Television: Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)
Best Guest Star on Television: Robert Forster (Breaking Bad)
Best DVD/BD Release: Big Ass Spider
Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release: Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition
Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Chucky: The Complete Collection
Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, 4, 5
The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Bryan Fuller
The George Pal Memorial Award: Greg Nicotero The Life Career Award: Malcolm McDowell
The Special Achievement Award: Marc Cushman