Saturn Awards: ‘Avengers,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ lead sci-fi-fantasy-horror pack
“Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Breaking Bad” collected the most statuettes as the Academy Of Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Films handed out its Saturn Awards Wednesday night in Burbank.
“Avengers” took home honors for top science fiction film; Joss Whedon as director; Clark Gregg as supporting actor; and for special effects — that kudo going to the team of Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick.
Other pictures getting “best” honors were “Life of Pi” as fantasy film; “The Cabin in the Woods” as horror/thriller; and “Skyfall” as action/adventure. Matthew McConaughey was honored as actor for “Killer Joe.”
The Saturns are an unapologetic geekfest where genre shows and stars take center stage. This year that produced an unusual echo of the Oscars. While AMPAS honored Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables,” the Saturns for film acting went to the same pair for different roles: Best Actress went to Lawrence for “The Hunger Games,” and Supporting Actress to Hathaway instead for her movie-stealing turn as Selena Kyle/Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“Breaking Bad” took three TV awards: Best Presentation on Television; Jonathan Banks for supporting actor; and Bryan Cranston for best actor, shared with Kevin Bacon (“The Following”) in a tie vote.
“The Walking Dead” was honored as top syndicated/cable series. “Revolution” was top network series and “Teen Wolf” was top youth-oriented series. Anna Torv of “Fringe” was top TV actress.
Clark Gregg have the night’s most impassioned acceptance: “I’m such a sci-Fi geek,” he confessed, remembering that when he first played Agent Colson in “Iron Man” “I was as geeking out to meet Robert Downey Jr. as to talk to Tony Stark.”
Among the special achievement awards handed out this year was the Lifetime Achievement Award to William Friedkin; the inaugural Dan Curtis Legacy Award to “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and the Visionary Award to Richard Matheson, who died Sunday at 87.
Matheson’s son Richard Christian Matheson accepted for him, admitting “It’s been a rough week,” and saying he felt his father was at the event “in some way.”
Accepting his own award,”Revolution” creator Eric Kripke explained that his boyhood dream had been to film a Matheson story as his film school project. When Matheson’s reps said no, he contacted Matheson directly. Matheson faxed back his blessing for the pic, which launched his career. “So thank you, Richard Matheson, for my career,” said Kripke.
Quentin Tarantino, accepting the award for film writing, said that Matheson was the first screenwriter whose name he knew. He said he’d just rewatched Matheson’s “The Night Stalker” and “if anyone out there is thinking of remaking it, you don’t need to change a fuckin’ thing.”
Luminaries and genre stars in attendance ranged from Friedkin with wife Sherry Lansing (“the best award I’ve ever won” Friedkin called her from the dais); writer-directors Tarantino, Shane Black and Joss Whedon; to original “Dark Shadows” actresses Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott and “Creature of the Black Lagoon” star Julie Adams. “Fringe” thesp Lance Reddick was Masters of Ceremonies.
Presenter Wayne Brady spoke at length about how happy he was to finally make it to the Saturns, “How many brothers are there in sci-fi? I’m not Lando Calrissian and I’m not Lance (Reddick).”