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Saturn Award
Awarded for Best in science fiction, fantasy and horror film and television
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded 1972
Official website

The Saturn Award[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Its members include filmmakers Jeff Rector, Rich Correll, Tom De Santo, Mark A. Altman and Irwin Keyes, among others.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6][7][8][9][10]

Award categories

Special awards

Motion picture

In addition there was an Award for Best Foreign Film in 1980, and an Award for Best Low-Budget Film from 1980 to 1982.


Home video

Year-by-year results

See also


  1. "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror ... and the Saturn Goes to ..." The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. About the founder: Dr. Donald A. Reed (1935-2001)
  3. Membership and / or Donation information
  4. "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films". Retrieved 15 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Goldberg, Matt (February 29, 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Retrieved March 1, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 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".
  7. Natalie Zutter. It’s About Time the Saturn Awards Introduced a Superhero Category., Feb 22, 2013
  8. 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.
  9. Thomas M. Sipos. Saturn Awards Betray Horror. Horror Magazine, 1997
  10. 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."

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