Whedon. Tarantino. Black. Friedkin. Yes, the stars came out for the 39th annual event honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror.
The 39th Annual Saturn Awards (saturnawards.org) were recently held Burbank, CA, at the famed hilltop Castaway restaurant and honored the best in genre entertainment. The Saturns, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror was once again a star-studded affair with highlights including numerous testimonials to the late Richard Matheson — who was scheduled to be honored at the event — a personal tribute from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black while presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to director William Friedkin, a heartfelt speech from Best Screenplay Winner Quentin Tarantino about joining the Academy when he was a mere teen movie lover, and a witty, geek-infused stand-up routine from comedian Wayne Brady.
But long after the gold Saturn Awards statuettes were handed out to such projects as The Avengers (Best Science Fiction Film) to Joss Whedon, Cabin in the Woods (Best Horror Film) to Whedon again (natch), Revolution (Best Network Television Series) to creator Eric Kripke, The Walking Dead (Best Cable Television Series) to producer Gale Anne Hurd, as well as special awards to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, director William Friedkin and the late Richard Matheson, the series stars and creators partied late into the night at the Geek Magazine Saturn Awards After-Party. On hand were such luminaries as Quentin Tarantino, Joss Whedon, Shane Black, Clark Gregg and many others. Here’s a look behind the curtain.
More of Geek’s coverage of the night can be found right here.