Star Trek Movie Picks Up 6 Saturn Nominations

Today the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominations for the 36th Annual Saturn Awards. JJ Abrams Star Trek movie picked up a total of 6 nominations, including Best Science Fiction Film. And TOS Star Trek movies picked up a DVD nomination as well. We have all the details below, including the full list of Saturn nominations.


Six Saturn nominations for Star Trek 2009 + TOS movies nominated too

The 2009 Star Trek movie has been recognized in six categories by the Saturns, here is the list of the categories Trek is in:

  • Best Science Fiction Film
  • Best Director: J.J. Abrams
  • Best Writing: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
  • Best Make-Up: Barney Burman, Minday Hall, Joel Harlow
  • Best Production Design: Scott Chambliss
  • Best Special Effects: Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

The Star Trek franchise also picked up an additional nomination, as the
"Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection" picked up a nomination for Best DVD Collection.

Although Star Trek scored six nominations, it was actually James Cameron’s  Avatar that led the field with 10. Other movies that picked up a lot of nominations were Sherlock Holmes with 8, Inglourious Basterds and Watchmen with 7, and District 9 tied with Star Trek with 6 nominations.

Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana was nominated for Best Actress for her work in Avatar, and Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino picked up a nod for his Up score.

Lost, Fringe & Nimoy pick up TV nominations

In the world of television JJ Abrams TV projects have also picked up a lot of nominations. Lost from JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof leads the TV list with 8 nominations. Also Fringe from Abrams, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman picked up a total of 5 nominations, including a nomination for Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy for Best Guest Star. One of the other TV Guest Star nominees was Michelle Forbes (TNG: Ro Laren), for her work on True Blood.

The 36th Annual Saturn Awards will take place on June 24 in Burbank, California.


Full list of Saturn nominations

from press release

The 36th Annual Saturn Award Nominations

Best Science Fiction Film

The Book of Eli (Warner Bros)

Knowing (Summit Entertainment)

Moon (Sony Pictures Classics)

Star Trek (Paramount)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (20th Century Fox)

Best Fantasy Film

Avatar (20th Century Fox)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros)

The Lovely Bones (Paramount)

The Time Traveler’s Wife (Warner Bros.)

Watchmen (Warner Bros.)

Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Bros.)

Best Horror Film

The Box (Warner Bros.)

Drag Me to Hell (Universal)

Frozen (Anchor Bay Films)

The Last House on the Left (Rogue / Universal)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Summit Entertainment)

Zombieland (Sony)

Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film

2012 (Sony)

Brothers (Lionsgate)

The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)

Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Co.)

Law Abiding Citizen (Overture)

The Messenger (Oscilloscope Pictures)

Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.)


Best Actor

Robert Downey, Jr. (Sherlock Holmes) (Warner Bros.)

Tobey Maguire (Brothers) (Lionsgate)

Viggo Mortensen (The Road) (The Weinstein Co.)

Sam Rockwell (Moon) (Sony Pictures Classics)

Denzel Washington (The Book of Eli) (Warner Bros.)

Sam Worthington (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)

Best Actress

Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things Are) (Warner Bros.)

Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) (The Weinstein Co.)

Alison Lohman (Drag Me to Hell) (Universal)

Natalie Portman (Brothers) (Lionsgate)

Zoe Saldana (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)

Charlize Theron (The Burning Plain) (Magnolia)

Best Supporting Actor

Woody Harrelson (Zombieland) (Sony)

Stephen Lang (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)

Frank Langella (The Box) (Warner Bros.)

Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) (Warner Bros.)

Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) (Paramount)

Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) (The Weinstein Co.)

Best Supporting Actress

Malin Akerman (Watchmen) (Warner Bros.)

Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) (The Weinstein Co.)

Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes) (Warner Bros.)

Lorna Raver (Drag Me to Hell) (Universal)

Susan Sarandon (The Lovely Bones) (Paramount)

Sigourney Weaver (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor

Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) (Summit Entertainment)

Bailee Madison (Brothers) (Lionsgate)

Brooklynn Proulx (The Time Traveler’s Wife) (Warner Bros.)

Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) (Warner Bros.)

Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) (Paramount)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) (The Weinstein Co.)

Best Director

J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) (Paramount)

Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) (Summit Entertainment)

Neill Blomkamp (District 9) (Sony)

James Cameron (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)

Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) (Warner Bros.)

Zack Snyder (Watchmen) (Warner Bros.)

Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) (The Weinstein Co.)

Best Writing

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell (District 9) (Sony)

James Cameron (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)

Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are) (Warner Bros.)

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Star Trek) (Paramount)

Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) (The Weinstein Co.)

Alex Tse, David Hayter (Watchmen) (Warner Bros.)

Best Music

Brian Eno (The Lovely Bones) (Paramount)

Michael Giacchino (Up) (Walt Disney/Pixar)

James Horner (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)
Taro Iwashiro (Red Cliff) (Magnolia)

Christopher Young (Drag Me To Hell) (Universal)

Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes) (Warner Bros.)


Best Costume

Colleen Atwood (Nine) (The Weinstein Co.)

Jenny Beavan (Sherlock Holmes) (Warner Bros.)

Anna Sheppard (Inglourious Basterds) (The Weinstein Co.)

Jany Temime (Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince) (Warner Bros.)

Michael Wilkinson (Watchmen) (Warner Bros.)

Tim Yip (Red Cliff) (Magnolia)

Best Make-Up

Barney Burman, Minday Hall,

Joel Harlow (Star Trek) (Paramount)

Joe Dunckley, Sarah Rubano,

Frances Richardson (District 9) (Sony)

Sarah Monzani (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus) (Sony Pictures Classics)

Gregory Nicotero,

Howard Berger (The Book of Eli) (Warner Bros.)

Gregory Nicotero,

Howard Berger (Drag Me to Hell) (Universal)

Mike Smithson,

John Rosengrant (Terminator: Salvation) (Warner Bros.)

Best Production Design

Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)

Scott Chambliss (Star Trek) (Paramount)

Stuart Craig (Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince) (Warner Bros.)

Sarah Greenwood (Sherlock Holmes) (Warner Bros.)

Philip Ivey (District 9) (Sony)

Alex McDowell (Watchmen) (Warner Bros.)

Best Special Effects

Tim Burke, John Richardson,

Nicholas Aithadi,

Tim Alexander – (Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince) (Warner Bros.)

John DesJardin,

Peter G. Travers, Joel Whist,

Jessica Norman – (Watchmen) (Warner Bros.)

Volker Engel, Marc Weingert,

Mike Vezina – (2012) (Sony)

Roger Guyett, Russell Earl,

Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton – (Star Trek) (Paramount)

Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers,

Robert Habros, Matt Aitken – (District 9) (Sony)

Joe Letteri,

Stephen Rosenbaum,

Richard Baneham,

Andrew R. Jones – (Avatar) (20th Century Fox)


Best International Film

District 9 (Sony)

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (Sony Pictures Classics)

Lorna’s Silence (Sony Pictures Classics)

Red Cliff (Magnolia)

Taken (20th Century Fox)

Thirst (Focus Features)

Best Animated Film

Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Walt Disney Studios)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (20th Century Fox)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (20th Century Fox)

Monsters Vs. Aliens (Paramount/DreamWorks)

The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney Studios)

Up (Walt Disney Studios/Pixar)



Best Network Series:

Chuck (NBC)

Fringe (Fox)

The Ghost Whisperer (CBS)

Heroes (NBC)

Lost (ABC)

The Vampire Diaries (CW)


Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series:

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Battlestar Galactica (SyFy)

The Closer (TNT)

Dexter (Showtime)

Leverage (TNT)

True Blood (HBO)


Best Television Presentation:

Doctor Who: The End of Time (BBC America)

Alice (SyFy)

The Prisoner (AMC)

Torchwood: Children of Earth (BBC America)

The Tudors (Showtime)


Best Actor in Television:

Josh Holloway (Lost) (ABC)

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) (AMC)

Matthew Fox (Lost) (ABC)

Michael C. Hall (Dexter) (Showtime)

Zachary Levi (Chuck) (NBC)

Stephen Moyer (True Blood) (HBO)

David Tennant (Doctor Who: The End of Time) (BBC America)


Best Actress on Television:

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) (AMC)

Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Ghost Whisperer) (CBS)

Evangeline Lily (Lost) (ABC)

Anna Paquin (True Blood) (HBO)

Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) (TNT)

Anna Torv (Fringe) (Fox)


Best Supporting Actor on Television:

Jeremy Davies (Lost) (ABC)

Michael Emerson (Lost) (ABC)

Aldis Hodge (Leverage) (TNT)

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) (AMC)

John Noble (Fringe) (Fox)

Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) (HBO)


Best Supporting Actress in Television:

Morena Baccarin (V) (ABC)

Gina Bellman (Leverage) (TNT)

Julie Benz (Dexter) (Showtime)

Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) (Showtime)

Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) (ABC)

Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) (NBC)


Best Guest Starring Role in Television:

Bernard Cribbins (Doctor Who: The End of Time) (BBC America)

Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad) (AMC)

Michelle Forbes (True Blood) (HBO)

John Lithgow (Dexter) (Showtime)

Leonard Nimoy (Fringe) (ABC)

Mark Pellegrino (Lost) (ABC)




Best DVD Release:

House of the Devil (Dark Sky/Magnet)

Laid to Rest (Anchor Bay)

Not Forgotten (Anchor Bay)

Nothing But the Truth (Sony)

Pontypool (MPI)

Super Capers (Lionsgate)

Surveillance (Magnolia)


Best DVD Television Release:

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (BBC America)

Torchwood: Children of Earth (BBC America)

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season (Warner)

Primeval, Volume 2 (BBC America)

Lost: The Complete Fifth Season (Buena Vista)

Life on Mars: The Complete Series (Buena Vista)


Best DVD Special Edition:

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (Warner)

300 Complete Experience (Warner)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Blu-Ray) (Walt Disney)

District 9 (Two-Disc Edition) (Sony)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day: Skynet Edition (Lionsgate)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two Disc Special Edition) (Fox)



Best Collection:

Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Volume 1 (Sony)

The Hannibal Lector Anthology (MGM)

Hellraiser Boxed Set (Anchor Bay)

Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection (Sony)

Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection (Paramount)

The William Castle Collection (Sony)


Stage Presentation:


Best Local Stage Production: Musical:

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Orange County Performing Arts Center)

Fiddler on the Roof (Pantages Theatre)

Mary Poppins (Ahmanson Theatre)


Best Local Stage Production: Play

Frost/Nixon (Ahmanson Theatre)

The Night is a Child (Pasadena Playhouse)

Parade (Mark Taper Forum)


Best Local Stage Production: Small Theater:

Big, The Musical (El Centro Theatre)

Dracula (Noho Arts Center)

Nevermore (Steve Allen Theatre)

Fellowship (Falcon Theatre)


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Hope Star Trek wins, nominations are good but let’s close them out!

Avatar being nominated under Fantasy instead of Sci-fi means Star Trek could definitely win this!

Should be a horse race between Star Trek and Moon.

Way to go Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for best wrighting! I hope you both win!

What the?! Hurt Locker as a sci-fi/fantasy/horror movie? Is any movie with images of war now considered horror?

oh. I see. Now “action” movies are part of the Saturn Awards? When we they add romantic comedies?

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has nominated THE HURT LOCKER and BROTHERS both, for Saturn Awards.

At least Sherlock Holmes is peripherally connected to science. If only the leadership of this “academy” were as peripherally connected to logic.

Hopefully I won’t get penalised for sending a message here.

But Star Trek XI will do better here. Star Trek has won at the Saturns and will do here.

good luck for Trek XI

Nope. “District 9” will win best Sci-Fi Movie. James Cameron will win best director and “Star Trek” will be shut out in all categories. Sorry.

I am very disappointed that ‘GI Joe’ and ‘Transformers 2’ were not nominated for best stories.

um, just KIDDING!!!!

Best of luck for its seven nominations (the TOS collection included).

#10, while it seems somewhat confusing, “District 9” is was wisely nominated for Best International Film (which seems to mix all the domestic categories), and has not been nominated for best SciFi film.

This gives Star Trek a shot assuming Moon does not finally get its proper recognition (which is why I suspect District 9 was moved to international). But Iron Man won last year, so it looks like Star Trek might finally win one.

But gosh don’t these awards look so politically correct.

#12 OOoops, you are right. While I haven’t seen “Moon” yet( I plan to do so one of these days) but based on what I have heard and read, it is a classic. I suspect that it may end up winning since it is generally thought it was snubbed by the Oscars. Of course, there is a good chance “Transformers 2” could win. While “District 9” is an international film, it should have been in the Sci-Fi category.

Uhhh….if Star Trek loses out to Transformers, than it will be official that these people don’t know a good sci-fi movie when they see one.

In all honesty, Transformers 2 is more of an Action movie than sci-fi. Action movies don’t need a good plot, and Trans2 certainly didn’t. It was fun, but not smart. Star Trek was both.

Why? WHHYY is “New Moon” up there!?! Can I go kill someone? Please? Please? I think I may have been more impressed with Megan Fox’s performance in Transformers than the ridiculous actress who played Bella Swan….

‘Kay I’m done.

Other than that, I see some good stuff in that nominations list. Let’s go, Avatar and Star Trek! Righton!

Now we’re talking; this is the kind of award where Trek09 deserves lots of nominations and one or two wins, even.

That said, any award where the Wolverine movie is nominated for best _anything_ is immediately suspect :(

And the categories are just broken :( I mean, yes, “New Moon” _is_ a horrific experience, but that doesn’t make it an actual horror film – it’s a fantasy romance. A very plodding, tedious fantasy romance. And how is Spock reading minds with his fingers more “science fiction” than Neytiri having USB cable hair or even Dr. Manhattan’s psychic uberpowers? It’s all fantasy.

Anyway, it’s good to see Children of Earth get recognition anywhere it can get it; that was some serious badassery, there.

Twilight New Moon….best horror movie?

Horror movie??

We live in strange times…strange times indeed.

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was definitely the best fantasy film released this year (sorry, that’s inarguable), but they will no doubt hand that award over to ‘Avatar.’ I love that we live in a world where we award derivative and lazy scriptwriting with cardboard cutout-characters just because a movie looks good and is insanely popular. ‘Avatar’ is not a *bad* movie by any means, but certainly not worthy of any nominations outside of the technical & design categories.

Having said that, at least now ‘Star Trek’ has a pretty decent chance of winning Best Science Fiction Film. Actually, it has the best chance, while ‘Moon’ is the only other possibility since all the other nominees are complete crap (except ‘Book of Eli’, that was okay, but hardly worthy of Best Science Fiction Film).

‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon,’ ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,’ ‘The Box,’ ‘The Last House on the Left,’ and ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ were among the worst-reviewed movies of 2009, so I’m not sure how they got nominated for Best anything. ‘Transformers 2’ was especially heinous, and from what I hear (from both men and women), ‘New Moon’ was even worse.

And how the hell did ‘Trannies 2’ and ‘Wolverine’ get a Best Sci-Fi Film nomination, and not ‘District 9?’ Hold on, I have to go turn off my BS alarm… Sorry, but you don’t nominate two of the worst films of the year over one of the best. btw, I’m amazed anyone even remembers ‘Knowing.’

I’m glad Sam Rockwell and Zoe Saldana are getting recognition for their performances, but why is Saldana not the only one getting acting nods? There was nothing special about the other performances at all. How about nominating Pine or Quinto for ‘Star Trek?’ Or even Bruce Greenwood or Ben Cross?

You know what, looking through these nominees, it’s pretty clear to me they just chose random names and movies for the most part. And they’re just meaningless awards, anyway. Not worth an extended rant.

Whoops, too late. Oh, well.

The Saturns were really stretching it this year. I thought the Saturns were about sci-fi. “The Hurt Locker”? “Inglorious Basterds”? “Leverage”? What?
Why did they nominate thriller and action movies as well as t.v drama?
What’s next? SyFy airing “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”? I’m sure there must be some sort of cross-promotional politics going on here, but c’mon when the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films nominate films that have nothing to do with sci-fi, fantasy,and horror they contradicted their own name.

#17: “Or even Bruce Greenwood or Ben Cross?”

Greenwood I could definitely see. The man gave acting far above the call of duty.

#19: “I thought the Saturns were about sci-fi. “The Hurt Locker”? “Inglorious Basterds”? “Leverage”? What?”

And UP is entirely omitted … and last I checked it’s pretty pure pulp/serial-sci-fi-fantasy (complete with souped-up dirigibles, supertech gadgets that allow dogs to talk and fly little novelty airplanes, etc) …

(omitted from the main [not the animated-film ghetto] movie categories, I mean … I guess I’m already spoiled by the Academy recognizing it as a real film)

I think the cast was shortchanged in these awards-the trek cast were all uniformally excellent perfect acting n casting-they all deserved to be mentioned and nominated–somewhere-i also agree bruce greenwood gave such depth to captain pike–ben cross was good but i dont think anyone could do spocks father better than mark lenard did–

#22 I think overall the cast was pretty good. However, I found Anton Yelchin’s Russian accent over the top, fake and annoying. More subtlety and realism would work better next time.

Wolverine in the category best SF film and Avatar in best Fantasy film? What?? This makes no sense!

Thanks for the coverage and the complete nominations list.

I am hoping Transformers 2 sweeps at the Razzies

Why is it here?

So “Wolverine” is Sci Fi, but Watchmen is “Fantasy”. Riiight.
And “Avatar” is Fantasy, but Trek is Sci Fi. Got it.

These guys are obviously highly advanced life forms if they can make these distinctions. I guess that explains why Karl Urban and Leonard Nimoy weren’t nominated for Best Supporting Actor. (And wasn’t Woody Harrelson the ‘star’ of Zombieland, not a Supporting Actor?)

Still, I guess 6 noms is better than none.

Come on, we all know all these awards ceremonies are a joke. Star Trek never has really won, and never will win, an award ceremony BECAUSE the awards ceremonies are a joke. The day Star Trek wins an award is the day they all pull their heads out of their ***es

Saturn? Clean sweep, baby! Clean sweep!

Call Willie the Groundskeeper, ’cause it’ll be a CLEAN SWEEP!

(I sorta predict.)

27. John in Canada, eh?

“So “Wolverine” is Sci Fi, but Watchmen is “Fantasy”. Riiight.”

They just through movies into random categories for odd reasons.

“And wasn’t Woody Harrelson the ’star’ of Zombieland, not a Supporting Actor?”

Yes. Just another reason to ignore these awards entirely. :)

“Still, I guess 6 noms is better than none.”

True, but it would help if the people doing the nominating knew what they were nominating and why they were nominating it. Looking at these nonsensical nominations, the so-called “Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films” has shown a greater incompetence than even the Golden Globes or Academy Awards were capable of. I didn’t think that was possible, but it apparently is.

#18—I have to agree that “Moon” is the only challenge there to ST09.

I’m surprised so many people glow over Moon. It’s basically an hour of Sam Rockwell swearing at himself, and then they completely copped out with the ending. I was really disappointed in that one.

#27, 30

I’d say Jesse Eisenberg was the star. Woody as supporting cast makes sense to me.

The people who vote on what constitute best movie, best music, best show leave a whole lot to be desired.

33. sean

The movie said Woody was the star, though (he received top billing). Organizations generally take the person who receives top billing to be the lead actor. (A rare exception: Gangs of New York)

Also, as I recall, the studio submitted Woody as Best Actor and Jesse Eisenberg as Best Supporting Actor in their awards consideration release.

In this case, though, both Woody and Jesse Eisenberg could be said to be the leads.

I hope Star Trek wins everything they’ve been nominated for!!

Sherlock Holmes all the way! This was truly a change of direction for Guy Ritchie. Guy Ritchie for Best Director!

J.J Abrams is a one trick pony

James Cameron is a old news

Katheryn Bigelow is the helmer of a film who’s subject matter has already tired everyone out

Quentin Tarantino is just recycling fron Pulp Fiction

My predictions

Best Sci Fi: Star Trek

Best Horror: Drag Me To Hell

Best Fantasy: Avatar

Best Action/Adventure/Thriller: Sherlock Holmes

Best Animated: Up

Best Director: Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes)

Best Young performance: Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are)

Best Writing: Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)

Best Leading Male: Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)

Best Leading Female: Zoe Saldana (Avatar)

Best Supporting Male: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Best Supporting Female: Sigorney Weaver (Avatar)

Best International: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Best Music: Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes)

Best Costume: Sherlock Holmes

Best Makeup: Star Trek

Best Special Effects: Avatar

Best Production Design: Sherlock Holmes

Overall predicted winners and number of predicted wins

Sherlock Holmes (6)
Avatar (4)
Star Trek (2)
Inglourious Basterds (2)
Drag Me To Hell (1)
Up (1)
Where The Wild Things Are (1)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (1)