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The Saturn Award[1] is an American award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films; it was initially created to honor science fiction, fantasy, and horror on film, but has since grown to reward other films belonging to genre fiction, as well as on television and home media releases.

Saturn Awards
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James Remar holding a Saturn Award at the 2011 ceremony.
Awarded forBest in science fiction, fantasy, and horror film and television
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded1973

The award was originally referred to as a Golden Scroll. The Saturn Awards were created in 1973.



The Saturn Awards were devised by Donald A. Reed in 1973, who felt that work in films in the genre of science fiction at that time lacked recognition within the established Hollywood film industry's award system.[2] The physical award is a representation of the planet Saturn, with its ring(s) composed of film.

The Saturn Awards are voted upon by members of the presenting Academy. The Academy is a non-profit organization with membership open to the public. Its President and Executive Producer is Robert Holguin, and Producer/Writers Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus[3] Its members include filmmakers JJ Abrams, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Fuller, Mark A. Altman, Vince Gilligan and James Cameron, among others.[4]

Although the Award still primarily focuses on films and television in the science fiction, fantasy and horror categories, the Saturns have also recognized productions in other dramatic genres. There are also special awards for lifetime achievement in film production. The 43rd Saturn Awards were held on June 28, 2017, in Burbank, California.[5]


The Saturn Awards are often criticized for having a broad and inconsistent definition of genres, as well as for nominating and awarding movies not related to sci-fi, fantasy or horror.[6][7][8][9][10]

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Superlative Work/person Record Set Year(s)
Most awards (individual) James Cameron 11 awards 19842009
Most nominations (individual) John Williams 21 nominations 19772017
Most awards (film) Star Wars 15 awards1 1977
Most nominations (film) 18 nominations2
Most awards (TV series) Lost 13 awards 2004–2009
Most nominations (TV series) 53 nominations 2004–2010
Most awards (acting) Anna Torv 4 awards 2009–2012
Most nominations (acting) Tom Cruise 10 nominations 19942014
Most wins (same category) John Williams 9 wins for Best Music 1977–2015
Most nominations (same category) 21 nominations for Best Music 1977-2017
Most wins (film franchise) Star Wars 44 wins2
Most nominations (film franchise) Marvel Cinematic Universe 112 nominations3 2008-2017

1Star Wars was originally nominated for 16 awards, and won 12; The actual number of wins include a Special Award to reward Gilbert Taylor's cinematography, a Special 1997 Award to celebrate its 20th Anniversary and a 2005 win as a part of a compilation. The actual number of nominations include two nominations as part of compilations; as the two Special Awards were non-competitive, they do not count as nominations.

214 wins for Star Wars, 4 wins for The Empire Strikes Back, 5 wins for Return of the Jedi, 2 wins for The Phantom Menace, 2 wins for Attack of the Clones, 2 wins for Revenge of the Sith, 8 wins for The Force Awakens, 3 wins for Rogue One, 3 wins for The Last Jedi, and 1 win for a compilation comprising several films of the franchise.

38 nominations for Iron Man, 1 nomination for The Incredible Hulk, 4 nominations for Iron Man 2, 4 nominations for Thor, 7 nominations for Captain America: The First Avenger, 6 nominations for The Avengers, 5 nominations for Iron Man 3, 5 nominations for Thor: The Dark World, 11 nominations for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 9 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy, 4 nominations for Avengers: Age of Ultron, 6 nominations for Ant-Man, 8 nominations for Captain America: Civil War, 10 nominations for Doctor Strange, 4 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, 4 nominations for Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2 nominations for Thor: Ragnarok, and 14 nominations for Black Panther.

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  1. ^ "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror ... and the Saturn Goes to ..." The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  2. ^ About the founder: Dr. Donald A. Reed (1935–2001)
  3. ^ Membership and / or Donation information
  4. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films". Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "The 42nd Annual Saturn Awards nominations are announced for 2016!". Saturn Awards. February 24, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Nathaniel Rogers. «Nominations for Everyone!» — Saturn Awards. The Film Experience, February 26, 2014
    "I think the Saturn Awards have lost focus. You're a genre award. You're supposed to be about fantasy, sci-fi and horror. That's your whole goddamn raison d'être".
  7. ^ Natalie Zutter. It’s About Time the Saturn Awards Introduced a Superhero Category., February 22, 2013
  8. ^ Myles McNutt. What’s my Genre Again?: The In(s)anity of the Saturn Awards. Cultural Learnings, February 19, 2010.
    "The problem is that, over time, the Saturn Awards have stretched the meaning of genre so far that it legitimately has no meaning. <...> Rather than seeming like a legitimate celebration of science fiction, fantasy or horror, the Saturn Awards read like an unflattering and at points embarrassing collection of films and television series which reflect not the best that genre has to offer, but rather a desperate attempt to tap into the cultural zeitgeist while masquerading as a celebration of the underappreciated.
  9. ^ Thomas M. Sipos. Saturn Awards Betray Horror. Horror Magazine, 1997
  10. ^ Francisco Salazar. Saturn Awards 2015 Date & Nominations. Latinpost, March 5, 2015
    "However, sometimes the Saturn Awards choose prestige films and ignore some of the more important science fiction, fantasy and horror films of the year."

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