Posted by: Nar Williams | February 28, 2008

Saturn Awards Suffer From 1st Level Confusion Spell


The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, a nonprofit organization devoted to honoring, recognizing and promoting genre entertainment, has announced the nominees for it’s 34th annual Saturn Awards.

In film categories, 300 leads the field with 10 nominations, followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with nine nominations, and Sweeney Todd with eight. In television, Lost leads with 7 nominations.

Those are all good picks. But a closer look at the full list of nominees may raise a few eyebrows. In fact, I think somebody might of spiked the Mountain Dew at the nominating panel. Ghost Rider for best horror movie? There Will Be Blood nominated as an action-adventure? Fantastic Four 2 as best sci-fi film?!? (I’m convinced they didn’t watch that piece of ass crust).

The Saturn Awards are a great tradition and I think it’s important to recognize high quality genre film and TV. The key words in that sentence are high quality.

Most perplexing to me: Viggo Mortensen nominated as best actor for Eastern Promises. He was fantastic in the film, and deserved the Oscar nod, but I’m pretty sure a contemporary drama about the Russian mafia in London isn’t genre entertainment. I guess the folks nominating still have the post-Lord of the Rings Aragorn man crush…

The winners will be announced in June at the annual show in Universal City.

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