'Avatar' Wins Big at 2010 Saturn Awards

Nominated in ten categories, the film wins all including for Best Science Fiction Film.
"Avatar" may have lost to "The Hurt Locker" at the 82nd annual Academy Awards, but it does not stop the sci-fi from dominating another award show. The movie has gone home as a big winner on Thursday, June 24 as it picked up ten prizes at the 36th annual Saturn Awards.

This James Cameron-directed flick was chosen as the Best Science Fiction Film, while the cast, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver got one trophy each from Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories respectively.

Cameron, meanwhile, was presented with Best Director and Best Writer prizes, in addition to The Visionary Award which was specially given to honor his works outside the particular film. "Avatar" got other two nods for Best Music, thanks to James Horner, and Best Production Design which resulted from Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg's collaboration.

Another film which got multiple kudos at 2010 Saturn Awards was "Watchmen". It was named the Best Fantasy Film and led Michael Wilkinson to win Best Costume kudo. Meanwhile, though "Star Trek" and "District 9" were beaten out by "Avatar" in many categories, they still managed to take home one prize each. The J.J. Abrams' film won Best Make-Up kudo for Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow, while the Neill Blomkamp-directed flick was dubbed the Best International Film.

Other winners included "Drag Me To Hell" which came out as the winner in Best Horror Film category, "Inglourious Basterds" which won Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film trophy, and "Monsters vs. Aliens" which was named Best Animation Film. Saoirse Ronan, moreover, picked Best Performance by a Younger Actor prize for her role in "The Lovely Bones".

The 36th annual Saturn Awards also gave away The George Pal Memorial Award to Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, The Producers Showcase Award to Lauren Shuler Donner as well as The Life Career Award to Irvin Kershner. Additionally, the awards show also recognized excellence in TV, home entertainment (DVD) and stage presentation.

Winners List of 36th annual Saturn Awards:
Movie: Home Entertainment (DVD) - Movie: Stage Presentation:
  • Best Local Stage Production: Fantasy/Musical: "Mary Poppins" (Ahmanson Theatre)
  • Best Local Stage Production: Play/Dramatic Musical: "Parade" (Mark Taper Forum)
  • Best Local Stage Production: Small Theatre: Fellowship: "The Musical" (Falcon Theatre)
Special Awards:
  • The Visionary Award: James Cameron
  • The George Pal Memorial Award: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
  • The Producers Showcase Award: Lauren Shuler Donner
  • The Life Career Award: Irvin Kershner

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