Saturday, March 3, 2012

Paramount Pictures Dominates 2012 Saturn Awards with 46 Nominations

Hugo and Harry Potter Cast Their Spells and Lead Film Nominations for 38th Saturn Awards

Breaking Bad and American Horror Story Scare Up Most TV Nominations in Banner Year for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror; Winners to be Announced June 20

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hugo and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 each received 10 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announced nominations for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 20.

Other leading titles in the Academy’s film category were Super 8 (eight nominations); Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger (seven); The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (six each); and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (five).

In TV categories, AMC’s Breaking Bad cooked up six nominations, while F/X’s first foray into a genre series, American Horror Story, scored five nominations. TV series with four nominations each are: Fringe (Fox), Dexter (Showtime), Leverage (TNT), Game of Thrones (HBO), The Killing (AMC) and Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz). Once Upon a Time (ABC), TNT’s The Closer and Falling Skies, and The Walking Dead (AMC) each earned two nominations.

The 2012 Saturn Award nominees for Best Science Fiction film are The Adjustment Bureau, Captain America: The First Avenger, Limitless, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8 and X-Men: First Class. Best Fantasy film nominees are Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Immortals, Midnight in Paris, The Muppets and Thor. Best Horror/Thriller film nominees are Contagion, The Devil’s Double, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Grey, Take Shelter and The Thing. Best Action/Adventure film nominees are Fast Five, The Lincoln Lawyer, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Red Tails, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and War Horse.

In addition to the competitive Saturn Awards, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced that filmmaker Martin Scorsese will receive its prestigious George Pal Memorial Award.

“This was a phenomenal year for genre films and TV series, which broadened the horizons of storytelling and technology, bringing audiences new ways to dream,” said Robert Holguin, president of the Academy, which this year marks its 40th anniversary. The Academy was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards. Over the years, the Academy has expanded its reach to include recognizing excellence in television and home entertainment, as well as other genres, including adventure, thriller and action.

The organization’s qualifying period for the 38th annual Saturn Awards was Feb. 1, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2012. This year’s Saturn Awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 20, in Burbank. For a complete list of nominations and more information about the Academy, visit

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