2016 Saturn Awards Nominees: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Tops the List

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega Star Wars The Force Awakens Photo
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega star in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Nominees have been announced for the 42nd Annual Saturn Awards which recognize the best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in films and TV. Leading the pack of the nominees for the 2016 awards is Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a record-breaking 15 nominations including Best Science Fiction Film. The new Star Wars film is followed by Crimson Peak and Mad Max: Fury Road with nine nominations each. Jurassic World picked up seven and Ant-Man, Ex Machina, and The Martian all earned six nominations.

On the television side it was The Walking Dead that was the top nominee with seven. Game of Thrones earned five and Daredevil, Hannibal, Supergirl, and Wayward Pines were all recognized with four nominations. The Saturn Awards added Best New Media Television to its categories this year and Netflix really benefited from the addition. Netflix picked up nine nominations for programs including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and Amazon received two for The Man in the High Castle and Bosch.

Winners of the 2016 Saturn Awards will be announced in June.



Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:
Ant-Man (Marvel / Walt Disney)
Attack on Titan, Part 1 (FUNimation Films)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel / Walt Disney)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (20th Century Fox)
The Peanuts Movie (20th Century Fox)

Best Science Fiction Film Release:
Ex Machina (A24)
Jurassic World (Universal Pictures)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)
The Martian (20th Century Fox)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Terminator: Genisys (Paramount)

Best Fantasy Film Release:
The Age of Adaline (Lionsgate)
Baahubali: The Beginning (Arka Mediaworks)
Cinderella (Walt Disney)
Goosebumps (Sony)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Lionsgate)
Ted 2 (Universal Pictures)

Best Horror Film Release:
Crimson Peak (Universal Pictures)
Insidious: Chapter 3 (Focus Features)
It Follows (Radius / TWC)
Krampus (Universal Pictures)
The Visit (Universal Pictures)
What We Do In the Shadows (The Orchard)

Best Action/Adventure Film Release:
Everest (Universal Pictures)
Furious 7 (Universal Pictures)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Paramount)
The Revenant (20th Century Fox)
Spectre (Sony)
Spy (20th Century Fox)

Best Thriller Film Release:
Black Mass (Warner Bros.)
Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks / Walt Disney)
The Gift (STX Entertainment)
The Hateful Eight (The Weinstein Company)
Mr. Holmes (Roadside Attractions)
Sicario (Lionsgate)

Best Actor in a Film:
Matt Damon “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)
Leonardo DiCaprio “The Revenant” (20th Century Fox)
Taron Egerton “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (20th Century Fox)
Harrison Ford “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Domhnall Gleeson “Ex Machina” (A24)
Samuel L. Jackson “The Hateful Eight” (The Weinstein Company)
Paul Rudd “Ant-Man” (Marvel / Walt Disney)

Best Actress in a Film:
Emily Blunt “Sicario” (Lionsgate)
Jessica Chastain “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)
Blake Lively “The Age of Adaline” (Lionsgate)
Daisy Ridley “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Charlize Theron “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)
Mia Wasikowska “Crimson Peak” (Universal Pictures)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film:
Paul Bettany “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Marvel / Walt Disney)
John Boyega “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Michael Douglas “Ant-Man” (Marvel / Walt Disney)
Adam Driver “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Walter Goggins “The Hateful Eight” (The Weinstein Company)
Simon Pegg “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Paramount)
Michael Shannon “99 Homes” (Broad Green Pictures)

Best Supporting Actress in a Film
Jessica Chastain “Crimson Peak” (Universal Pictures)
Carrie Fisher “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Evangeline Lily “Ant-Man” (Marvel / Walt Disney)
Lupita Nyong’o “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Tamannaah “Baahubali: The Beginning” (Arka Mediaworks)
Alicia Vikander “Ex Machina” (A24)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film:
Olivia DeJonge “The Visit” (Universal Pictures)
James Freedson-Jackson “Cop Car” (Image Entertainment)
Milo Parker “Mr. Holmes” (Roadside Attractions)
Elias/Lukas Schwartz “Goodnight Mommy” (Radius / TWC)
Ty Simpkins “Jurassic World” (Universal Pictures)
Jacob Tremblay “Room” (A24)

Best Film Director:
J.J. Abrams “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Guillermo del Toro “Crimson Peak” (Universal Pictures)
Alex Garland “Ex Machina” (A24)
George Miller “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)
Peyton Reed “Ant-Man” (Marvel / Walt Disney)
Ridley Scott “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)
Colin Trevorrow “Jurassic World” (Universal Pictures)

Best Film Writing:
Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins “Crimson Peak” (Universal Pictures)
Alex Garland “Ex Machina” (A24)
Drew Goddard “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)
Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (20TH Century Fox)
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly “Jurassic World” (Universal Pictures)
Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)

Best Film Editing:
Maryann Brandon,
Mary Jo Markey “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Eddie Hamilton, Jon Harris “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (20th Century Fox)
Dan Lebental, Colby Parker, Jr. “Ant-Man” (Marvel / Walt Disney)
Leigh Folsom Boyd, Dylan Highsmith, Kirk Morri, Christian Wagner “Furious 7” (Universal Pictures)
Kevin Stitt “Jurassic World” (Universal Pictures)
Margaret Sixel “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)

Best Film Production Design:
Rick Carter, Darren Gilford “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Scott Chambliss “Tomorrowland” (Walt Disney)
Sabu Cyril “Baahubali: The Beginning” (Arka Mediaworks)
Colin Gibson “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)
Thomas E. Sanders “Crimson Peak” (Universal Pictures)
Ed Verreaux “Jurassic World” (Universal Pictures)

Best Film Music:
Tom Holkenborg “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)
Johann Johannsson “Sicario” (Lionsgate)
M.M. Keeravani “Baahubali: The Beginning” (Arka Mediaworks)
Ennio Morricone “The Hateful Eight” (The Weinstein Company)
Fernando Velazquez “Crimson Peak” (Universal Pictures)
John Williams “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)

Best Film Costume Design:
Alexandra Byrne “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Marvel / Walt Disney)
Kate Hawley “Crimson Peak” (Universal Pictures)
Michael Kaplan “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Arianne Phillips “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (20th Century Fox)
Sandy Powell “Cinderella” (Walt Disney)
Rama Rajamouli, Prashanti Tipirineni “Baahubali: The Beginning” (Arka Mediaworks)

Best Film Make-Up:
David Marti, Montse Ribe, Xavi Bastida “Crimson Peak” (Universal Pictures)
Damian Martin, Nadine Prigge “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)
Neal Scanlan “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
Joel Harlow, Kenny Niederbaumer “Black Mass” (Warner Bros.)
Gregory Nicotero, Howard Berger, Heba Thorisdottir “The Hateful Eight” (The Weinstein Company)
Donald Mowat “Sicario” (Lionsgate)

Best Film Special/Visual Effects:
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Lucasfilm / Walt Disney)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)
“Ex-Machina” (A24)
“The Martian” (20th Century Fox)
“Jurassic World” (Universal Pictures)
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Marvel / Walt Disney)

Best Independent Film Release:
99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures)
Bone Tomahawk (Image Entertainment)
Cop Car (Focus World)
Experimenter (Magnolia)
Room (A24)
Trumbo (Bleecker Street)

Best International Film Release:
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Music Box Films)
Goodnight Mommy (Radius – TWC)
Labyrinth of Lies (Sony Pictures Classics)
Legend (Universal Pictures)
Turbo Kid (Epic Pictures)
The Wave (Magnolia)

Best Animated Film Release:
Anomalisa (Paramount)
The Good Dinosaur (Walt Disney / Pixar)
Inside Out (Walt Disney)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (20th Century Fox)
Minions (Universal Pictures)
When Marnie Was There (GKids)


Best Science Fiction Series on Television
The 100 (The CW)
Colony (USA Network)
Continuum (SyFy)
Doctor Who (BBC America)
The Expanse (SyFy)
Wayward Pines (Fox)
The X-Files (Fox)

Best Fantasy Series on Television
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Haven (SyFy)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (BBC America)
Outlander (Starz)
The Magicians (SyFy)
The Muppets (ABC)
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV)

Best Horror Series on Television:
American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Salem (WGN America)
Teen Wolf (MTV)
The Strain (FX)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Action/Thriller Series on Television:
Bates Motel (A&E)
Blindspot (NBC)
Fargo (FX)
Hannibal (NBC)
The Last Ship (TNT)
The Librarians (TNT)
Mr. Robot (USA)

Best Superhero Adaptation Series on Television:
Arrow (The CW)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
The Flash (The CW)
Gotham (Fox)
Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Supergirl (CBS)

Best Presentation on Television:
The Cannibal in the Jungle (Animal Planet)
Childhood’s End (SyFy)
Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (BBC America)
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (Lifetime)
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (SyFy)
The Wiz (NBC)

Best New Media Television Series:
Bosch (Amazon)
Daredevil (Netflix)
DreamWorks Dragons (Netflix)
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Powers (Playstation/Crackle)
Sense8 (Netflix)

Best Actor on a Television Series:
Bruce Campbell Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
Charlie Cox Daredevil (Netflix)
Matt Dillon Wayward Pines (Fox)
David Duchovny The X-Files (Fox)
Grant Gustin The Flash (The CW)
Sam Heughan Outlander (Starz)
Andrew Lincoln The Walking Dead (AMC)
Mads Mikkelsen Hannibal (NBC)

Best Actress on a Television Series:
Gillian Anderson The X-Files (Fox)
Caitriona Balfe Outlander (Starz)
Melissa Benoist Supergirl (CBS)
Kim Dickens Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Rachel Nichols Continuum (SyFy)
Krysten Ritter Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Rebecca Romijn The Librarians (TNT)

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series:
Richard Armitage Hannibal (NBC)
Vincent D’Onofrio Daredevil (Netflix)
Kit Harington Game of Thrones (HBO)
Toby Jones Wayward Pines (Fox)
Erik Knudsen Continuum (SyFy)
Lance Reddick Bosch (Amazon)
David Tennant Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Patrick Wilson Fargo (FX)

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:
Gillian Anderson Hannibal (NBC)
Tovah Feldshuh The Walking Dead (AMC)
Calista Flockhart Supergirl (CBS)
Danai Gurira The Walking Dead (AMC)
Lena Headey Game of Thrones (HBO)
Melissa Leo Wayward Pines (Fox)
Melissa McBride The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Younger Actor on a Television Series:
Max Charles The Strain (FX)
Frank Dillane Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Jodelle Ferland Dark Matter (SyFy)
Brenock O’Connor Game of Thrones (HBO)
Chandler Riggs The Walking Dead (AMC)
Dylan Sprayberry Teen Wolf (MTV)
Maisie Williams Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best Guest Performance on a Television Series:
Laura Benanti Supergirl (CBS)
Steven Brand Teen Wolf (MTV)
Victor Garber The Flash (The CW)
Scott Glenn Daredevil (Netflix)
Alex Kingston The Husbands of River Song (BBC America)
John Carroll Lynch The Walking Dead (AMC)
William Shatner Haven (SyFy)


Best DVD/BD Release:
Big Game (Starz/Anchor Bay)
Burying the Ex (Image Entertainment)
Monsters: Dark Continent (Anchor Bay)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Universal)
The Cobbler (Image Entertainment)
Wolf Totem (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release:
Furious 7 (Extended Edition) (Universal)
Society (Limited Edition) (Arrow Video)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Extended Edition) (Warner)
Vanilla Sky (Alternate Ending) (Paramount)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut) (20th Century Fox)

Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release:
Burnt Offerings (Kino Lorber)
Cemetery Without Crosses (Arrow Video)
Ladyhawke (Warner Archive)
Miracle Mile (Kino Lorber)
The Monster That Challenged the World (Kino Lorber)
Tales of Terror (Kino Lorber)
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (Kino Lorber)

Best DVD/BD Television Release:
Black Sails, Season 2 (Anchor Bay)
From Dusk Till Dawn, Season 2 (Entertainment One)
Hannibal: Season 3 (Lionsgate)
Lost in Space (The Complete Adventures) (20TH Century Fox)
My Favorite Martian Complete Series (MPI)
X-Files: The Collector’s Set (20th Century Fox)

Best DVD/BD Collection:
Frank Darabont Collection (Warner)
Horror Classics (Volume 1) (Warner)
Jurassic Park Collection (Universal)
Mad Max Anthology (Warner)
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys (Volume 1) (Arrow Video)
Special Effects Collection (Warner)


An Act of God (Ahmanson Theatre)
Bent (The Mark Taper Forum)
Carrie: The Musical (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts)
Side Show (3D Theatricals)
Tarzan (3D Theatricals)
The Lion King (Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts)