‘Hobbit,’ ‘Life of Pi,’ ‘Skyfall’ Lead Saturn Noms21 Feb, 2013 By: John Latchem
‘Fringe’ Tops Among TV Nominees
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi and Skyfall were among the top nominees for the 39th annual Saturn Awards announced Feb. 20.
The Saturn Awards honor the top titles in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, action and adventure, and are selected by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The nonprofit organization was founded by film historial Dr. Donald A. Reed in 1972 to find an outlet to honor genre entertainment often overlooked by larger awards organizations, such as the Oscars or Emmys.
Hobbit earned nine noms, including Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor for Martin Freeman and Best Direction for Peter Jackson. Warner Home Video releases the film digitally March 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD March 19.
Life of Pi’s eight noms include Best Fantasy Film and Best Direction for Ang Lee. The film is available digitally now and heads to Blu-ray and DVD March 12 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The James Bond film Skyfall, available now on Blu-ray and DVD, earned seven nominations, including Best Action/Adventure Film, Best Actor for Daniel Craig, Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.
Three films earned six nominations, including The Avengers (on disc from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment), The Dark Knight Rises (on disc from Warner) and Les Misérables (due on disc March 22 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment). Avengers is up for Best Science-Fiction Film, While Dark Knight Rises and Les Mis are nominated for Best Action/Adventure Film.
“Fringe” led all nominees in the TV categories with six, including Best Network Television Series. Warner Home Video releases the fifth and final season on Blu-ray and DVD May 7.
The Saturns also give awards in four specific home entertainment categories.
Nominees for Best DVD/Blu-ray Release are Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike (available from Fox), Chained (Anchor Bay), Cosmopolis (eOne), The Possession (Lionsgate), A Thousand Cuts (Kino Lorber) and Touchback (Anchor Bay).
Up for Best DVD/Blu-ray Special-Edition Release are Jaws: Universal 100th Anniversary Edition (Universal), Lawrence of Arabia: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Sony Pictures), Les Vampires: Classics Edition (Kino Lorber), Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut (Warner) and Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desire (Kino Lorber).
The field for Best DVD/Blu-ray Collection includes Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray (Universal), Battle Royale: The Complete Collection (Anchor Bay), Bond 50 (Fox/MGM), Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (MPI), The Ultimate Buster Keaton Blu-ray Collection (Kino Lorber) and Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray (Universal).
Nominees for Best DVD/Blu-ray TV series are In Search Of: The Complete Series (Visual), Logan’s Run: The Complete Series (Warner), The River: The Complete First Season (Disney/ABC), Shazam! The Complete Live-Action Series (Warner Archive), Spartacus: Vengeance (Anchor Bay) and the first two seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” on Blu-ray (Paramount/CBS).
Winners will be announced in June. A complete list of nominees is available at www.saturnawards.org.