Warner Bros./New Line’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the Saturn Award nominations, nabbing nine of the precious slots for recognition given out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Fox’s Life of Pi and Sony/MGM’s Skyfall were also leading contenders, with eight and seven respectively.
On the TV side, Fox TV‘s Fringe led the nominations with six, elbowing out Showtime’s Dexter, which nabbed five. Also receiving Saturn love were AMC’s Breaking Bad, TNT’sFalling Skies, Leverage, NBC’s Revolution and AMC’s The Walking Dead.
The Saturns give props to so-called “genre” movies, which encompass sci-fi, fantasy, comic book adaptations and horror films. In the Hollywood of yore, the movies were given second class status, but now the geekified pop culture of the 21st century are the films that often receive the most lavish of attention.
But interestingly, this year saw the Saturns stretch the definition of genre to encompass prestige films of not only just Pi, but also awards season favorites such as Argo and Les Miserables.
“From the grand adventure of Les Miserables to the visionary fantasy of Life of Pi and the magical realism of Beasts of the Southern Wild, this year’s films transcended the notion of genre filmmaking and brought us extraordinary visions of exaggerated or enhanced reality, making this one of the most intriguing list of Saturn Awards nominees in a long time,” said Academy president Robert Holguin.
The nominations for best science fiction films included Marvel’s The Avengers, Fox’s Chronicle, Warners’ Cloud Altas, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, Sony’s Looper and Fox’s Prometheus.
The best fantasy category included Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit, Pi, Snow White and the Huntsman, and category-stretching Ruby Sparks, from Fox Searchlight, and Universal’s Ted.
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The Saturns are awarded in 20 film categories, nine TV categories and four in home entertainment.