Saturn Awards List of Winners

by Chris Braly

The Saturn Awards is the annual prize ceremony from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The non-profit organization was founded in 1972 with a mission to honor and recognize the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror films. Their focus was later broadened to include additional genres to the awards and eventually began to include the fields of television, home entertainment and even live stage production.


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 and its members include filmmakers JJ Abrams, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Fuller, Mark A. Altman, Vince Gilligan and James Cameron, among others.


On June 27, the 2018 Saturn Awards were held again, and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther walked away as the big winner, winning five Saturn awards in total, including Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture, Best Director for Ryan Coogler, and Best Production Design for Hannah Beachler. The other top awards went to Blade Runner 2049 (Best Sci-Fi Film), The Shape of Water (Best Fantasy Film), Get Out (Best Horror Film), Star Wars The Last Jedi (Best Screenplay), The Greatest Showman (Best Action/Adventure Film), and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (Best Thriller Film).


The Last Jedi for Best Screenplay? The Greatest Showman for Best Action/Adventure film? Three Billboards for Best Thriller?? Well, while there are some strange choices in here to be sure, not every critical darling won an award and not every award recipient was a critical darling.


Check out the winners below and let us know in the comment section what you feel was proper, what was unmerited, or what or who was overlooked.

Here’s the complete list of award recipients:



Best Science Fiction FilmBlade Runner 2049

Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture:  Black Panther

Best Fantasy FilmThe Shape of Water

Best Horror FilmGet Out

Best Action/Adventure FilmThe Greatest Showman

Best Thriller Film:  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best International Film:  Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Best Animated Film:  Coco

Best Independent Film:  Wonder

Best Actor: Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Best Actress: Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)

Best Supporting Actor: Patrick Stewart (Logan)

Best Supporting Actress:  Danai Gurira (Black Panther)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:  Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Best Director: Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)

Best Writing:  Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Best Production Design: Hannah Beachler (Black Panther)

Best Editing: Bob Ducsay (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Best Music: Michael Giacchino (Coco)

Best Costume: Jacqueline Durran (Beauty and the Beast)

Best Make-Up: Joel Harlow, Ken Diaz  (Black Panther)

Best Special Effects: Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
(Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)



Best Science Fiction TV SeriesThe Orville

Best Horror TV SeriesThe Walking Dead

Best Action/Thriller TV Series Better Call Saul

Best Fantasy TV SeriesOutlander

Best Presentation on Television:
  Twin Peaks

Best Animated TV Series:  Star Wars Rebels

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series:  The Flash

Best New Media TV Series:  
Star Trek: Discovery

Best New Media Superhero Series:  Marvel’s The Punisher

 Best Actor on Television:  Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks)

Best Actress on Television:  Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery)

Best Supporting Actor on Television: Michael McKean (Better Call Saul)

Best Supporting Actress on Television: Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul)

Best Younger TV Actor:  Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)

Best Guest Star on Television:  David Lynch (Twin Peaks)



Best DVD/BD ReleaseDave Made a Maze 

Best DVD/BD Classic Film ReleaseLifeboat

Best DVD/BD Collection ReleaseDracula Complete Legacy Collection

Best DVD/BD Television Series ReleaseAmerican Gods (Season 1)

Best DVD/BD Special Edition:  Night of the Living Dead (Criterion Collection)

Best Local Stage Production:  Something Rotten



The Producers Showcase Award: Jason Blum

The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Sarah Schechter

The Special Achievement Award
: Don Mancini (“Chucky”)

The Filmmakers Showcase Award:  Jake Kasdan

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