Presenting The 45th Annual Saturn Awards Nominees

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Hey there my friends, its the time of the year for the nominees for the annual Saturn Awards and while this celebration has been around for a number of years we’ve only begun sharing their updates here on PiercingMetal with the 2018 event. If you’d like to examine last years winners you can click HERE since it was quick interesting. Now the reason for being supportive of these awards is based on how much they play to the interests of our fellow Pop Culture enthusiasts. I leave the coverage of The Oscars, the full Grammy Awards and numerous others over to “The Chronicles of Piercing Ken” side of my creative fence. Before we continue along, the newbies to this particular topic should know that unlike The Oscars, these awards lend strong focus to the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. They even include a number of action films and more. They are curated by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Let’s take a look at this years nominees.

FILM:

Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:
Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Captain Marvel (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Shazam! (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony / Marvel Studios)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)

Best Science Fiction Film Release:
Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century Fox)
Bumblebee (Paramount)
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom (Universal Pictures)
Ready Player One (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm Ltd. / Walt Disney Studios)
Sorry to Bother You (Mirror Releasing – Annapurna Pictures)
Upgrade (BH Tilt)

Best Fantasy Film Release:
Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)
Dumbo (Walt Disney Studios)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Warner Bros. / Legendary Pictures)
Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios)
Toy Story 4 (Pixar Animation / Walt Disney Studios)
Yesterday (Universal Pictures)

Best Horror Film Release:
The Dead Don’t Die (Focus Features)
Halloween (Universal Pictures)
Hereditary (A24)
Overlord (Paramount)
Pet Sematary (Paramount)
A Quiet Place (Paramount)
Us (Universal Pictures)

Best Action / Adventure Film Release:
Cold Pursuit (Lionsgate / Summit)
Escape Room (Columbia Pictures/Sony)
Glass (Universal)
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Lionsgate / Summit)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount)
Skyscraper (Universal Pictures)

Best Thriller Film Release:
Bad Samaritan (Electric Entertainment)
Bad Times at The El Royale (20th Century Fox)
Destroyer (Mirror / Annapurna Pictures)
Dragged Across Concrete (Lionsgate / Summit)
Greta (Focus Features)
Ma (Universal Pictures)
Searching (Sony Pictures)

Best Animated Film Release:
The Grinch (Universal Pictures)
How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World (Universal Pictures)
The Incredibles 2 (Pixar Animation / Walt Disney Studios)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Walt Disney Studios)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
Toy Story 4 (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Independent Film Release:
American Animals (The Orchard)
Anna and the Apocalypse (Orion Pictures)
The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot (RLJ Entertainment)
Mandy (RLJ Entertainment)
Ophelia (IFC Films)
Summer of 84 (Gunpowder & Sky)
Tomorrow Man (Bleecker St.)

Best International Film Release:
Aniara (Magnet / Magnolia Pictures)
Border (Neon)
Burning (Well Go USA)
Ghost Stories (IFC Films)
The Guilty (Magnolia Pictures)
Shadow (Well Go USA)

Best Actor in a Film:
Jeff Bridges – Bad Times at The El Royale (20th Century Fox)
Nicolas Cage – Mandy (RLJ Entertainment)
Tom Cruise – Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount)
Chris Evans – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Mel Gibson – Dragged Across Concrete (Lionsgate / Summit)
Keanu Reeves – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Lionsgate / Summit)

Best Actress in a Film:
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios)
Toni Collette – Hereditary (A24)
Jamie Lee Curtis – Halloween (Universal)
Nicole Kidman – Destroyer (Mirror / Annapurna Pictures)
Brie Larson – Captain Marvel (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Lupita Nyong’o – Us (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – Ma (Universal Pictures)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film:
Josh Brolin – Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
John Lithgow – Pet Sematary (Paramount)
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios)
Lewis Pullman – Bad Times at The El Royale (20th Century Fox)
Jeremy Renner – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Will Smith – Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)
Steven Yeun – Burning (Well Go USA)

Best Supporting Actress in a Film:
Cynthia Erivo – Bad Times at The El Royale (20th Century Fox)
Karen Gillan – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Amber Heard – Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Naomi Scott – Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)
Hailee Steinfeld – Bumblebee (Paramount)
Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home (Marvel / Sony Studios)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:
Evan Alex – Us (Universal Pictures)
Asher Angel – Shazam! (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Millie Bobby Brown – Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Warner Bros. / Legendary)
Jack Dylan Grazer – Shazam! (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home (Marvel / Sony Pictures)
Shahadi Wright Joseph – Us (Universal Pictures)
Millicent Simmonds – A Quiet Place (Paramount)

Best Film Director:
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck – Captain Marvel (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Karyn Kusama – Destroyer (Mirror / Annapurna Pictures)
Jordan Peele – Us (Universal Pictures)
Guy Ritchie – Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Steven Spielberg – Ready Player One (Warner Bros. Pictures)
James Wan – Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Zhang Yimou – Shadow (Well Go USA)

Best Film Screenplay:
Drew Goddard – Bad Times at The El Royale (20th Century Fox)
Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Christopher McQuarrie – Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount)
Oh Jung-mi, Lee Chang-Dong – Burning (Well Go USA)
Jordan Peele – Us (Universal Pictures)
Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski – A Quiet Place (Paramount)
S. Craig Zahler – Dragged Across Concrete (Lionsgate / Summit)

Best Film Production Design:
Bill Brzeski – Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Ruth De Jong – Us (Universal Pictures)
Rick Heinrichs – Dumbo (Walt Disney Studios)
Gemma Jackson – Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)
Horace Ma Gwong-Wing – Shadows (Well Go USA)
John Myhre – Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios)
Charles Wood – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Editing:
Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
James Herbert – Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)
Nicholas Monsour – Us (Universal Pictures)
Kirk Morri – Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Evan Schiff – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Lionsgate / Summit)
Christopher Tellefsen – A Quiet Place (Paramount)

Best Film Music:
Danny Elfman – Dumbo (Walt Disney Pictures)
Bear McCreary – Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Warner Bros. / Legendary)
Alan Menken – Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)
Marc Shaiman- Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios)
Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Alan Silvestri – Ready Player One (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Best Film Costume:
Kym Barrett – Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Leah Butler – Shazam! (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Judianna Makovsky – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Chen Minzheng – Shadow (Well Go USA)
Sandy Powell – Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Studios)
Michael Wilkinson – Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Film Make-Up:
John Blake, Brian Sipe – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Judy Chin, Mike Marino – The Dead Don’t Die (Focus Features)
Bill Corso – Destroyer (Mirror / Annapurna Pictures)
Lisa Love, Tate Steinsiek – Dragged Across Concrete (Lionsgate / Summit)
Tristan Versluis, Naomi Dunne, Duncan Jarman – Overlord (Paramount)
Annick Chartier, Adrien Morot – Pet Sematary (Paramount)
Mark Coulier, Fernanda Perez – Suspiria (Amazon)

Best Film Special/Visual Effects:
A Quiet Place (Paramount)
Aladdin (Walt Disney Studios)
Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters (Warner Bros. / Legendary)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount)
Ready Player One (Warner Bros.)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)

TV:

Best Superhero Television Series:
Arrow (The CW)
Black Lightning (The CW)
Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger (Freeform)
DC’s Legend of Tomorrow (The CW)
The Flash (The CW)
Gotham (Fox)
Supergirl (The CW)

Best Fantasy Television Series:
American Gods (Starz)
Charmed (The CW)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Place (NBC)
The Good Witch (Hallmark Channel)
The Magicians (SyFy)
Outlander (Starz)
The Outpost (The CW)

Best Science Fiction Television Series:
The 100 (The CW)
Counterpart (Starz)
Doctor Who (BBC America)
Krypton (SyFy)
Manifest (NBC)
The Orville (Fox)
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW)
Westworld (HBO)

Best Horror Television Series:
NOS4A2 (AMC)
American Horror Story: Apocalypse (FX)
A Discovery of Witches (AMC)
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Preacher (AMC)
Supernatural (The CW)
The Walking Dead (AMC)
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Best Action / Thriller Television Series:
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Last Ship (TNT)
Mr. Mercedes (Audience TV Network)
The Purge (USA Network)
Riverdale (The CW)
The Sinner (USA Network)

Best Animated Series on Television:
Archer (FX)
Duck Tales (Disney Channel)
Family Guy (Fox)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Star Wars Resistance (Disney Channel)

Best Actor on a Television Series:
Grant Gustin – The Flash (The CW)
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Sam Heughan – Outlander (Starz)
Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Seth MacFarlane – The Orville (Fox)
Bill Pullman – The Sinner (USA Network)
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld (HBO)

Best Actress on a Television Series:
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander (Starz)
Melissa Benoist – Supergirl (The CW)
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve (BBC America)
Adrianne Palicki – The Orville (Fox)
Candice Patton – The Flash (The CW)
Jodie Whittaker – Doctor Who (BBC America)

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series:
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones (HBO)
David Harewood – Supergirl (The CW)
Ed Harris – Westworld (HBO)
Lennie James – Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Khary Payton – The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:
Gwendoline Christie – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Danai Gurira – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Melissa McBride – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Sophie Skelton – Outlander (Starz)
Sophie Turner – Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series:
KJ Apa – Riverdale (The CW)
Tosin Cole – Doctor Who (BBC America)
Cameron Cuffe – Krypton (SyFy)
Benjamin Wadsworth – Deadly Class (SyFy)
David Mazouz – Gotham (Fox)
Cole Sprouse – Riverdale (The CW)
Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best Guest Starring Performance on a Television Series:
Rainer Bock – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Jon Cryer – Supergirl (The CW)
Sydney Lemmon – Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Tonya Pinkins – Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Ed Speleers – Outlander (Starz)

Best Streaming Superhero Television Series:
DC’s Doom Patrol (DC Universe)
DC’s Swamp Thing (DC Universe)
Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix)
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix)
Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu)
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

Best Streaming Science Fiction, Action, & Fantasy Series:
Black Mirror (Netflix)
The Expanse (Amazon)
Lost in Space (Netflix)
Good Omens (Amazon)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon)

Best Streaming Horror & Thriller Series:
Castle Rock (Hulu)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access)
You (Netflix / Lifetime)

Best Actor in Streaming Presentation:
Penn Badgley – You (Netflix / Lifetime)
Jon Bernthal – Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix)
Charlie Cox – Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix)
John Krasinski – Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon)
Zac Efron – Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Netflix)
David Tennant – Good Omens (Amazon)
Henry Thomas – The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)

Best Actress in Streaming Presentation:
Carla Gugino The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
Sonequa Martin-Green Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Elizabeth Lail You (Netflix / Lifetime)
Natasha Lyonne Russian Doll (Netflix)
Molly Parker Lost in Space (Netflix)
Krysten Ritter Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Kiernan Shipka Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)

Best Supporting Actor in Streaming Presentation:
Wilson Cruz – Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Michiel Huisman – The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
Timothy Hutton – The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
Doug Jones – Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Ethan Peck – Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Maxwell Jenkins – Lost in Space (Netflix)
Michael Sheen – Good Omens (Amazon)

Best Supporting Actress in Streaming Presentation:
Maya Hawke – Stranger Things) (Netflix)
Ellen Page – The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Parker Posey – Lost in Space (Netflix)
Victoria Pedretti – The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
Taylor Russell – Lost in Space (Netflix)
Sissy Spacek – Castle Rock (Hulu)
Deborah Ann Woll – Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix)

HOME VIDEO + OTHER:

Best DVD / BD Release:
Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
Jonathan (Well Go USA)
Kin (Lionsgate)
King Cohen (La La Land)
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (Warner)
Time Freak (Lionsgate)

Best DVD / BD Classic Film Release:
2001: A Space Odyssey (4K) (Warner)
Deep Rising (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Jack the Giant Killer (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Maximum Overdrive (Lionsgate/Vestron)
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Spiral Staircase (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Best DVD / BD Special Edition Release:
12 Monkeys (Collector’s Edition) (Arrow)
The Changeling (Limited Edition) (Severin)
Crimson Peak (Limited Edition) (Arrow)
A Fistful of Dollars (Special Edition) (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Horror Express (Special Edition) (Arrow)
Waterworld (Limited Edition) (Arrow)

Best DVD / BD Collection Release:
The Bloodthirsty Trilogy (Arrow)
The Complete Sartana (Arrow)
Jack Ryan: 5 Film Collection (4K) (Paramount)
The Matrix Trilogy (4K) (Warner)
The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film Collection (Universal)

Best DVD / BD Television Movie or Series Release:
The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Martian Chronicles (Complete Mini-Series) (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Night Stalker (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Night Strangler (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
The Outer Limits (Season 1 and 2) (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)
Trilogy of Terror (Kino Lorber Studio Classics)

Best Local Live Stage Production:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Segerstrom Center for the Arts)
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (3-D Theatricals at Cerritos Center)
An Inspector Calls (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts)
The Old Man and the Old Moon (The PigPen Theatre Company at The Wallis)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – The Immersive Experience (After Hours Theatre Company)
Puppet Up! Uncensored (Henson Alternative)
The Secret Garden (3-D Theatricals at Cerritos Center)

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Whew that was some list wasn’t it? So I have to admit that while I’ve seen a LOT of the nominated films and television series there are a healthy chuck that I still haven’t based on the fact that I didn’t have this or that network. We’ve started to see more than just Netflix being placed in nominated categories and that’s a good thing in my opinion. Seeing all of the recently cancelled Marvel Netflix shows reminds me that I need to get back on them. You probably guessed that I am one of those geeks that likes to follow a sense of continuity and I am not even completely done with “Daredevil” S3. Don’t even get me started on how far back I am in “The Walking Dead” but I digress. I’ll leave out my personal picks for the winners of the awards but I am hopeful for “Avengers: Endgame” since that was mind-blowing and has broken numerous records already as a film. You readers can for sure chime in down below if you’d like to tell me which release you hope wins a particular award. We always love hearing from the readers so do feel free down in the comments section below. I will be back for the winners circle post in September so watch out for that and now its time for me to say “see you next time”.

Official Website: http://www.saturnawards.org

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