40th Saturn Awards Fly High for Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi Creators

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The Saturn Awards, an annual honors program, is the best, most honest and heartfelt of its kind.

The Academy of Science-Fiction, Fantasy & Horror held the 40th annual awards show on Thursday, June 26, at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in beautiful Burbank, CA, boasting an impressive array of honorees, attendees, presenters and winners. And host and comedian Jeff Ross kept the show flowing with a constant barrage of on-point jokes.

SaturnAward1 40th Saturn Awards Fly High for Horror, Fantasy and Sci Fi Creators

While Alfonso Curon’s Gravity was the big winner of the night, picking up five trophies in major categories including Best Science-Fiction Film, a few of the other on-stage highlights included:

• The Bionic Woman and Col. Wilma Deering taking the stage together as co-
presenters Lindsay Wagner and Erin Gray impressed the crowd with beauty and class.

• George Pal Memorial Award honoree Greg Nicotero — the special effects makeup maestro, producer and director of The Walking Dead — could not attend the event as he was off directing on location, but supplied a hilarious acceptance video featuring Norman Reeds and other Walking Dead castmates battling the undead by cracking skulls with the hefty Saturn trophy.

Chucky writer/director Don Mancini — who wrote the first film in the franchise while still in college — was joined by franchise star Brad Dourif and his daughter Fiona Dourif, star of the most recent outing, Curse of Chucky, to accept the Saturn for Best DVD Collection for Chucky: The Complete Collection.

• Life Career Award honoree Malcolm McDowell offering plenty of laughs from the podium as he told anecdotes about working with Stanley Kubrick (“Now, Malcolm, I’d like to do this shot with a real needle…”) and William Shatner (“Well, Bill, half the audience is going to hate me for killing you off, but the other half is going to love it because they’re up to HERE with you after 30 years!”).

• Chloe Grace Moritz taking the stage to accept her award for Best Actress By A Younger Actor for Carrie and imparting a heartfelt thanks.

• Spike Jones in a clever video acceptance for his win for Best Writing for Her.

• Geek founding publisher and Trekspert Mark A. Altman’s presentation of the Academy’s Special Recognition Award to author Marc Cushman for his essential making-of Star Trek history books “These Are The Voyages.”

• Bryan Fuller’s witty and heartfelt speeches after winning the Saturn for Best Network Television Series for Hannibal and also being honored with the Dan Curtis Legacy Award for his impressive contributions to genre entertainment, including Pushing Daisies, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, HeroesWonderfalls, Dead Like Me, and Hannibal — presented by his lovable and hilarious Pushing Daisies star Kristin Chenoweth.

You can find a complete list of winners at the Saturn Academy’s site.

Image: Courtesy of Joe Braswell

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