The 44th annual Saturn Awards, honoring the best in genre entertainment, were held Wednesday night in Burbank, CA. Star Trek: Discovery came into the night with five nominations, and emerged with two wins.
The biggest win for the night for Star Trek: Discovery was for Best New Media Television Series. The latest Trek show beat out genre entries from other steaming services including Altered Carbon (Netflix), Black Mirror (Netflix), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Mindhunter (Netflix), Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Amazon), and Stranger Things (Netflix). On hand to accept the award were Klingon actors Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and Kenneth Mitchell (Kol).
In addition, Sonequa Martin-Green won for Best Actress on a Television Series, for her performance as Michael Burnham. She beat out stiff competition including Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Adrianne Palicki (The Orville), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo). Martin-Green could not attend the event in person, but did beam an acceptance speech in from the Star Trek: Discovery set in Toronto.
Discovery had less luck in its three other nominated categories. Jason Isaacs (Capt. Lorca) lost out for Best Actor in Television to Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks). Michelle Yeoh (Capt. Phillipa Georgiou and Emperor Georgiou) was also denied by Twin Peaks, with David Lynch taking home the Saturn for Best Guest-Starring Performance on Television. And Doug Jones (Saru) was beat out for Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series by Better Call Saul’s Michael McKean, who is also a Star Trek vet, having appeared in an episode of Voyager.
The Orville wins for sci-fi series
Our adopted show The Orville was also honored by the Saturns with a total of three nominations. Neither Seth MacFarlane nor Adrianne Palicki won in their categories of Best Actor and Actress, however the show itself won for Best Science Fiction Television Series. The Orville beat out The 100, Colony, Doctor Who, The Expanse, Salvation, and The X-Files. The Orville executive producer (and former Star Trek: Enterprise writer) David A. Goodman was on hand to accept the award, along with a taped segment from series creator Seth MacFarlane.
Patrick Stewart and other Trek vets pick up Saturns
A number of Trek alums were recognized at this year’s Saturns. Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Sir Patrick Stewart won a Saturn for Best Supporting Actor in a Film, for his role in Logan. One of the actors Stewart beat out was Star Trek movie captain Chris Pine, who was nominated for Wonder Woman.
Joel Harlow (Oscar-nominee for Star Trek Beyond) won the Best Film Makeup award for Black Panther, which was presented to him by Chieffo and Mitchell. Outlander, which was developed by DS9 writer/producer Ronald D. Moore, won for Best Fantasy Television Series. Shape of Water, with a cast that includes Discovery’s Doug Jones, won for Best Fantasy Film. And Michael Giacchino, composer for Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond, won Best Music for Coco.
Chieffo and Mitchell on the red carpet
A full list of winners is available at Deadline.com.
Discovery actors react to Saturn wins
Some Discovery actors stayed up late to celebrate the wins on social media.
Congratulations, my loves! TRULY humbled and grateful to be a part of this labor of LOVE! Cheers to the entire CAST & CREW who bring these new worlds to life! #StarTrekDiscovery ✊🏽🖖🏽❤️ https://t.co/YjOeYemA68— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) June 28, 2018
That’s my show! Congrats to all the amazingly talented and hard-working and dedicated folks who bring @startrekcbs to such vivid life. It’s a joy and privilege to be a part of it. https://t.co/kOWzNYRutl— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) June 28, 2018
Emmys and Hugos still to come
Discovery has been nominated for a number of awards this year, including one for the prestigious Peabody Awards, but previously the only win it had picked up was for Jason Isaacs at the Empire Awards. And there are still more potential awards for Discovery‘s first season to come. Nominations for the Emmys will be announced in July. Also, Discovery was previously nominated for a Hugo Award, with the winners to be announced in August.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.