'Rises of the Planet of the Apes' claims the coveted Best Science Fiction Film award, while 'Super 8' brings J.J. Abrams in winning the Best Director prize.
Winners of the 38th Annual Saturn Awards have been announced on Thursday, July 26. In movie category, Rupert Wyatt's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" led the pack by claiming three nods each.
"Rise" was named the Best Science Fiction Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The James Franco-starring movie also brought Andy Serkis in winning the Best Supporting actor gong thanks to his mo-cap performance while playing Caesar. Additionally, the film grabbed the Best Special Effects prize.
Though failing to claim the top prize, "Super 8" successfully brought its director J.J. Abrams in claiming the Best Director award. It also won Best Music for composser Michael Giacchino, as well as Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Joel Courtney.
Other movie winners at the annual awards included "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" (Best Fantasy Film), "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)" (Best Horror/Thriller Film), and "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" (Best Action/Adventure Film).
Taking home the Best Actor and Best Actress prizes respectively were Michael Shannon from "Take Shelter" and Kirsten Dunst" from "Melancholia". On the other hand, "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" snatched the Best Costume and Best Make-Up kudos respectively.
The 2012 Saturn Awards were presented for the period covering from February 1, 2011 to January 31 this year. Of this year's event, Academy President Robert Holguin said, "In one of the most rewarding years ever for genre entertainment, these films and TV shows proved that imaginations, creativity, and technology are blending in extraordinary ways, allowing these previously specialized genres to become the very heart of the entertainment industry."
In addition to movie winners, Saturn Awards revealed the winners in TV category which included "Breaking Bad", "Fringe" and "The Walking Dead" among others.
2012 Saturn Awards Movie Winners:
- Best Science Fiction Film: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
- Best Fantasy Film: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II"
- Best Horror/Thriller Film: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)"
- Best Action/Adventure Film: "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol"
- Best Actor: Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter")
- Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst ("Melancholia")
- Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes")
- Best Supporting Actress: Emily Blunt ("The Adjustment Bureau")
- Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Joel Courtney ("Super 8")
- Best Director: J.J. Abrams ("Super 8")
- Best Writing: Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter")
- Best Music: Michael Giacchino ("Super 8")
- Best Editor: Paul Hirsch ("Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol")
- Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti ("Hugo")
- Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne ("Thor")
- Best Make-Up: Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O'Sullivan ("X-Men: First Class")
- Best Special Effects: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes")
- Best International Film: "The Skin I Live In"
- Best Animated Film: "Puss in Boots"