Star Trek XI producer (and possible director) JJ Abrams has received a Saturn Award nomination as best director for Mission: Impossible III. In addition the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror have nominated M:I:III for best action/adventure thriller. In the directors category Abrams will be going head to head with fellow Trekkie Bryan Singer for Superman Returns. Singer’s Superman racked in a total of 10 nominations and M:I:III garnered a total of 5. Lost (produced by both Trek XI producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof) led the TV nominations with a total of 6, including best series.
Frakes show gets nod and even Trek gets noted
Although there is no best director category for TV, Jonathan Frake’s The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines found 3 nominations including ‘best presentation’ (for movies or mini series). Although last year had no new Trek on TV, Star Trek was not totally shut out. Star Trek The Animated Series got a nomination for best retro TV series on DVD. Mark Altman’s cult Trek homage Free Enterprise was nominated for best DVD classic film release.
The Saturn Awards ceremony will be held May 10th. JJ Abrams best friend (and certain STXI cast member) Greg Grunberg will be hosting. Grunberg is also nominated for his supporting role on NBC’s Heroes. More info at SaturnAwards.org.