The Dark Knight Leads Saturn Award Nominees

By Katey Rich 2009-03-10 16:17:18discussion comments
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Just when you thought it was finally time to unclench your fists and stop complaining about The Dark Knight not winning every possible award in the universe, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror have announced their nominees for the 2008 Saturn Awards. Unsurprisingly, Batman and company led the pack with 11 nominations, including a nod for the top priz of best action/adventure/thriller film.

That top category is so broad, apparently, that includes one of the strangest assortments of 2008 films I've seen yet. TDK is competing against Changeling, Gran Torino, Quantum of Solace, Traitor and Valkyrie-- or rather, all of those films will be happy just to be nominated while TDK walks away with the prize. Iron Man, which I would have expected to see in that top category, still managed eight nods.

The awards won't be handed out until June 25, and at that point we'll already be getting pumped about new stuff like Terminator: Salvation and Wolverine. But hey, nothing like dragging out the Batman mania until nearly a year after its release. Before too long we'll be inventing awards to give these guys.

Below is complete list of this year’s Saturn Film Nominees. For Television nominations go here, for DVD nominations go here.:

FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 35th ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS

Best Science Fiction Film
The Day the Earth Stood Still (20th Century Fox)
Eagle Eye (Paramount / DreamWorks)
The Incredible Hulk (Universal / Marvel)
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Iron Man (Paramount / Marvel)
Jumper (20th Century Fox)

Best Fantasy Film
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Walt Disney Studios)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount)
Hancock (Sony)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount)
Twilight (Summit Entertainment)
Wanted (Universal)

Best Horror Film
The Happening (20th Century Fox)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Universal)
Quarantine (Sony)
Splinter (Magnolia / Magnet)
The Strangers (Rogue / Universal)

Best Action / Adventure / Thriller Film
Changeling (Universal)
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)
Gran Torino (Warner Bros.) Quantum of Solace (Sony)
Traitor (Overture)
Valkyrie (MGM / UA)

Best Actor
Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) (Warner Bros.)
Tom Cruise (Valkyrie) (MGM / UA)
Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) (Paramount / Marvel)
Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) (Paramount)
Will Smith (Hancock) (Sony)

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) (Paramount)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) (Warner Bros.)
Angelina Jolie (Changeling) (Universal)
Julianne Moore (Blindness) (Miramax)
Emily Mortimer (Transsiberian) (First Look Studios)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man) (Paramount / Marvel)

Best Supporting Actor
Jeff Bridges (Iron Man) (Paramount / Marvel)
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) (Warner Bros.)
Woody Harrelson (Transsiberian) (First Look Studios)
Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) (Warner Bros.)
Bill Nighy (Valkyrie) (MGM / UA)

Best Supporting Actress
Joan Allen (Death Race) (Universal)
Judi Dench (Quantum of Solace) (Sony)
Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) (Sony)
Tilda Swinton (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) (Paramount)
Charlize Theron (Hancock) (Sony)
Carice Van Houten (Valkyrie) (MGM / UA)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Freddie Highmore (The Spiderwick Chronicles) (Paramount)
Lina Leandersson (Let the Right One In) (Magnolia / Magnet)
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) (Fox Searchlight)
Jaden Christopher Smith (The Day the Earth Stood Still) (20th Century Fox)
Catinca Untaru (The Fall) (Roadside Attractions)
Brandon Walters (Australia) (20th Century Fox)

Best Director
Clint Eastwood (Changeling) (Universal)
Jon Favreau (Iron Man) (Paramount / Marvel)
David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) (Paramount)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) (Warner Bros.)
Bryan Singer (Valkyrie) (MGM / UA)
Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Writing
Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby,
Art Marcum, Matt Holloway (Iron Man) (Paramount / Marvel)
David Koepp, John Kamps (Ghost Town) (Paramount / DreamWorks)
John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In) (Magnolia / Magnet)
Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) (Warner Bros.)
Eric Roth (Curious Case of Benjamin Button) (Paramount)
J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling) (Universal)

Saturn Award Television Nominees

Saturn Award DVD Nominees

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