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‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Among Top Saturn Award Nominees Media Play News

December 6, 2023

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water and the Paramount+ series “Star Trek: Picard” led the nominations for the 51st Annual Saturn Awards announced Dec. 6.

The awards recognize extraordinary programming, performances and special effects in genre entertainment within the film and television categories. 

Since 1972, the Saturn Awards have been presented each year by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The nominees were announced on Electric Entertainment’s streaming platform ElectricNow, the exclusive streaming partner of the Saturn Awards, by entertainment journalist Scott Mantz and scientist and actor Rachel Pizzolato.

The Saturn Awards ceremony celebrating the best in genre film and television will return in Los Angeles on Feb. 4 at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, and will be exclusively streamed live on Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment’s ElectricNow, with the Saturn Awards producing team of Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus.

Universal Pictures garnered the top spot in nominations in the film category, amassing 23 nominations for films such as Oppenheimer, Renfield, M3GAN, Fast X, Knock at the Cabin and The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Paramount Pictures picked up 18 nominations for Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Scream VI, Smile, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and Transformers: Rise of The Beasts.

Avatar: The Way of Water garnered 12 nominations, surpassing director Cameron’s own record set back in 2010 when his Avatar received 10 nominations. The film is a contender for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actor in a Film (Sam Worthington), Best Actress in a Film (Zoe Saldana), Best Supporting Actor in a Film (Stephen Lang) and Best Younger Performer in a Film (Jack Champion), along with directing and writing noms for Cameron and screenwriting partners Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

Christopher Nolan’s biopic Oppenheimer earned 11 nominations, including Best Thriller Film, Best Actor in a Film (Cillian Murphy), Best Supporting Actor in a Film (Robert Downey, Jr.),  Best Supporting Actress in a Film (Emily Blunt) with Christopher Nolan’s noms for Best Direction and Best Film Screenwriting.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny picked up nine nominations including Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor in a Film (Harrison Ford),  Best Supporting Actor in a Film (Mads Mikkelsen) Best Supporting Actress in a Film (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Best Film Direction (James Mangold).

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie received eight nominations, including Best Fantasy Film, Best Film Actress (Margot Robbie), Best Supporting Film Actor: (Ryan Gosling),  Best Film Direction (Greta Gerwig) and  Best Film Screenwriting (Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig).

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 garnered seven nominations, including Best Superhero Film,  Best Actor in a Film (Chris Pratt), Best Film Direction (James Gunn), Best Film Make-Up (Alexei Dmitriew) and Best Visual/Special Effects (Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick). 

Paramount+’s “Star Trek: Picard” received seven nominations in the TV series category, while “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” followed closely behind with six nominations. Lucasfilm’s/Disney+s’ latest addition to the Star Wars universe, the prequel series “Andor,” received five nominations. while Max’s adaptation of the video game franchise “The Last of Us” also garnered five nominations.

The nominations for acting included Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch (“Superman & Lois”), Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”), Diego Luna (“Andor”), Anson Mount (“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”), Pedro Pascal (“The Last of Us”), Harold Perrineau (“From”), Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: Picard”), Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead: Dead City”), Emma D’Arcy (“House of the Dragon”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Silo”), Tatiana Maslany (“She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law”), and Rose McIver (“Ghosts”).

Stephanie Prange

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