|Awarded for||Best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film and television|
|Presented by||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films|
The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films to honor the top works mainly in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. The award was initially, and is still sometimes, loosely referred to as a Golden Scroll.
The Saturn Awards were devised by Dr. Donald A. Reed in 1972, 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. 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 members include filmmakers Jeff Rector, Rich Correll, Tom De Santo, Mark A. Altman and Irwin Keyes, among others.
Although the Award still primarily focusses on films and television in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror categories, the Saturns have also recognized productions in other dramatic genres. There is also special awards for lifetime achievement in the film-production. The 40th Saturn Awards were held on June 26, 2014, in Burbank, California.
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.
- The George Pal Memorial Award
- The Life Career Award
- The President's Memorial Award
- Special Recognition Award
- Best Science Fiction Film
- Best Fantasy Film
- Best Horror Film
- Best Thriller Film
- Best Action or Adventure Film
- Best Animated Film
- Best International Film
- Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
- Best Performance by a Younger Actor
- Best Writing
- Best Music
- Best Make-up
- Best Costume
- Best Special Effects
- Best Production Design
- Best Editing
In addition there was an Award for Best Foreign Film in 1980, and an Award for Best Low-Budget Film from 1980 to 1982.
- Best Network Television Series
- Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
- Best Youth-Oriented Television Series
- Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series
- Best Television Presentation
- Best Actor on Television
- Best Actress on Television
- Best Supporting Actor on Television
- Best Supporting Actress on Television
- Best Performance by a Younger Actor on Television
- Best Guest Starring Role on Television
- Best DVD or Blu-ray Release
- Best DVD or Blu-ray Special Edition Release
- Best Classic Film DVD Release
- Best DVD or Blu-ray Collection
- Best Television DVD Release
- Best Retro Television Series on DVD
- 1980: 7th Saturn Awards
- 1981: 8th Saturn Awards
- 1982: 9th Saturn Awards
- 1983: 10th Saturn Awards
- 1984: 11th Saturn Awards
- 1985: 12th Saturn Awards
- 1986: 13th Saturn Awards
- 1987: 14th Saturn Awards
- 1988: 15th Saturn Awards
- 1989: 16th Saturn Awards
- 1990: 17th Saturn Awards
- 1991: 18th Saturn Awards
- 1992: 19th Saturn Awards
- 1993: 20th Saturn Awards
- 1994: 21st Saturn Awards
- 1995: 22nd Saturn Awards
- 1997: 23rd Saturn Awards
- 1998: 24th Saturn Awards
- 1999: 25th Saturn Awards
- 2000: 26th Saturn Awards
- 2001: 27th Saturn Awards
- 2002: 28th Saturn Awards
- 2003: 29th Saturn Awards
- 2004: 30th Saturn Awards
- 2005: 31st Saturn Awards
- 2006: 32nd Saturn Awards
- 2007: 33rd Saturn Awards
- 2008: 34th Saturn Awards
- 2009: 35th Saturn Awards
- 2010: 36th Saturn Awards
- 2011: 37th Saturn Awards
- 2012: 38th Saturn Awards
- 2013: 39th Saturn Awards
- 2014: 40th Saturn Awards
- 2015: 41st Saturn Awards
- 2016: 42nd Saturn Awards
- "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror ... and the Saturn Goes to ....". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
- About the founder: Dr. Donald A. Reed (1935-2001)
- Membership and / or Donation information
- "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films". Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- Goldberg, Matt (February 29, 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider.com. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- 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".
- Natalie Zutter. It’s About Time the Saturn Awards Introduced a Superhero Category. Tor.com, Feb 22, 2013
- 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.
- Thomas M. Sipos. Saturn Awards Betray Horror. Horror Magazine, 1997
- Francisco Salazar. Saturn Awards 2015 Date & Nominations. Latinpost, Mar 05, 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."