VARIETY – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leads this year’s Saturn Awards nominations with 15. Its next closest competitors, “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Crimson Peak,” are far behind with nine noms each.
Box office smash “Jurassic World” followed with seven nominations. The Marvel films “Ant-Man” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” were up next, bringing in six and four nominations, respectively.
On the TV side, AMC stalwart “The Walking Dead” shambled off with seven nominations, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” netted five. There was a four-way tie among “Daredevil,” “Hannibal,” “Supergirl” and “Wayward Pines,” each with four nominations.
The Saturn Awards — now in their 42nd year — are presented annually to films and television series by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
The award show is known for its eclectic groupings of films in unique categories. In the best action/adventure film category, Oscar favorite “The Revenant” will compete against Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Spy.” Meanwhile, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” leading man Taron Egerton will square off against Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor.
This year’s Saturn Awards are adding a new category: best new-media television. The nominees include Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Sense8”; Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” and “Bosch”; and PlayStation/Crackle’s “Powers.”
The award ceremony will take place in June in Burbank.
Here are the film nominations:
Best Supporting Actor
Paul Bethany – Avengers: Age of Ultron
John Boyega – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Michael Douglas – Ant-Man
Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Walter Goggins – The Hateful Eight
Simon Pegg – Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Best Film Costume Design
Alexandra Byrne – Avengers: Age of Ultron
Kate Hawley – Crimson Peak
Michael Kaplan – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Arianne Phillips – Kingsman: The Secret Service
Sandy Powell – Cinderella
Rama Rajamouli, Prashanti Tipirineni – Baahubali: The Beginning
Best Film Special / Visual Effects
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams – Mad Max: Fury Road
Andrew Whithurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett – Ex Machina
Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner – The Martian
John Rosengrant, Michael Lantieri, Tim Alexander – Jurassic World
Paul Corbould, Chris Townsend, Ben Snow, Paul Butterworth – Avengers: Age of Ultron