Universal Pictures Dominate 51st Annual Saturn Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 51st Annual Saturn Awards were announced this week, recognizing extraordinary programming, performances and special effects in genre entertainment within the Film and Television categories. 

Since 1972, The Saturn Awards have been presented each year by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

The nominees were announced on Electric Entertainment’s streaming platform ElectricNOW, the exclusive streaming partner of the Saturn Awards, by award-winning entertainment journalist Scott Mantz and award-winning scientist and actor, Rachel Pizzolato.

The Saturn Awards ceremony celebrating the best in genre film and television will return in Los Angeles, CA on February 4, 2024 at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, and will be exclusively streamed LIVE on Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment’s ElectricNOW, with the Saturn Awards producing team of Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus.

Universal Pictures holds the top spot in nominations in the Film category, amassing 23 nominations for films such as Oppenheimer, Renfield, M3GAN, Fast X, Knock at The Cabin, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Paramount Pictures boasts 18 nominations for Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Scream VI, Smile, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and Transformers: Rise of The Beasts.

James Cameron’s visually stunning Avatar: The Way of Water has soared to new heights garnering 12 nominations. This feat surpasses Cameron’s own record set back in 2010 when his groundbreaking original Avatar film received 10 nominations. The film is a contender for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actor in a Film (Sam Worthington), Best Actress in a Film (Zoe Saldana), Best Supporting Actor in a Film (Stephen Lang) and Best Younger Performer in a Film (Jack Champion), along with directing and writing noms for Cameron and screenwriting partners Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver.

Christopher Nolan’s biopic, Oppenheimer, featuring his signature storytelling style and meticulous attention to detail, crafted an impressive 11 nominations including Best Thriller Film, Best Actor in a Film (Cillian Murphy), Best Supporting Actor in a Film (Robert Downey, Jr.),  Best Supporting Actress in a Film (Emily Blunt) with Christopher Nolan’s noms for Best Direction and Best Film Screenwriting.

Other prominent leaders include the exhilarating adventure, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny with 9 nominations including Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor in a Film: (Harrison Ford),  Best Supporting Actor in a Film: (Mads Mikkelsen) Best Supporting Actress in a Film: (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Best Film Direction: (James Mangold). Greta Gerwig’s innovative film and empowering vision of the iconic doll, Barbie receives 8 nominations including Best Fantasy Film, Best Film Actress: (Margot Robbie), Best Supporting Film Actor: (Ryan Gosling),  Best Film Direction: (Greta Gerwig) and  Best Film Screenwriting: (Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig). Marvel’s epic and thrilling continuation of the franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 garners 7 nominations including Best Superhero Film,  Best Actor in a Film: (Chris Pratt), Best Film Direction: (James Gunn), Best Film Make-Up: (Alexei Dmitriew) and Best Visual/Special Effects: (Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick).

Paramount+ continues to dominate with its iconic and enduring franchise, Star Trek, as Star Trek: Picard receives an impressive 7 nominations, while Star Trek: Strange New Worlds follows closely behind with 6 nominations for Television Series. Lucasfilm’s/Disney+s’ latest addition to the Star Wars universe, the prequel series Andor, has received 5 nominations.

Similarly, the highly anticipated adaptation of the beloved video game franchise The Last of Us has also garnered 5 nominations.

The nominations for acting were filled with an abundance of talent including Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch (Superman & Lois), Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Diego Luna (Andor), Anson Mount (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us), Harold Perrineau (From), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard), Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead: Dead City), Emma D’Arcy (House of the Dragon), Rebecca Ferguson (Silo), Tatiana Maslany (She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law), and Rose McIver (Ghosts), to name just a few.

Click Here for a complete list of Saturn Award nominees.  Special Awards will be announced in the coming weeks as well as this year’s Host.

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