"The Dark Knight" may not get much from the 2009 Oscars, but it definitely received big recognition from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror as the academy announced the nominations for the 35th annual Saturn Awards. On Tuesday, March 10, it was unraveled the 2008 biggest selling movie has led the pack with 11 nods in its pocket.
One of the counts the superhero movie nabbed was for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. In the category, it will compete against two of Clint Eastwood's films, "Changeling" and "Gran Torino", a James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace", a Don Cheadle-starrer thriller "Traitor" and a Bryan Singer's world war II drama "Valkyrie".
Aside from Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film nom, "Dark Knight" also picked up gongs for its stars, Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger, as well as for director Christopher Nolan. Nolan was also up for the Best Writing category along with brother Jonathan for their work in the movie. Other counts collected included Best Music and Best Special Effects.
Closely following the "Dark Knight" trail in collecting multiple nominations were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Iron Man". While the David Fincher's traveler tale "Benjamin Button" scored nine nods, including Best Fantasy Film, the Marvel's superhero film "Iron Man" hauled in eight counts for category such as Best Science Fiction Film. Other feature film nominees included "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian".
Acknowledging the best in feature film, television and DVD, the gala ceremony for the 35th annual Saturn Awards will be held on June 25 at a site to be announced. More of the feature film nominations can be read via Saturn Awards website.
Partial Feature Film Nominees List for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards:
Science Fiction Film: