‘Star Trek: Picard,’ ‘Strange New Worlds’ And ‘Lower Decks’ Pick Up 15 Saturn Awards Nominations

Just a day after picking up big nominations for the Critics Choice Awards, Star Trek is once again being recognized, this time for the Saturn Awards. The annual awards event from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films honors the best in genre film and television. This year Star Trek dominates the event with a total of 15 nominations in 7 categories.

Star Trek leads the way for Saturns 2023

Today the nominations for the 51st-anniversary edition of the Saturn Awards were announced, and Star Trek Universe shows brought in a total of 14 nominations across 3 different series: Picard (season 3), Strange New Worlds (season 2), and Lower Decks (season 4). One of the home media releases was also nominated, bringing the total to 15 nominations, a franchise record for the Saturn Awards. Picard picked up the most nominations in television categories with a total of 7, beating out Strange New Worlds with 6 and the Star Wars series Andor with 5.

In many cases, different Star Trek actors and shows compete against each other in the same category, starting with Best Science Fiction Series, in which both Picard and Strange New Worlds nominated. The stars of both shows (Sir Patrick Stewart and Anson Mount) also go head-to-head for Best Actor in a Television Series. In the category of Best Supporting Actor, four of the seven nominees are from Star Trek (Jonathan Frakes, Ethan Peck, Ed Speleers, and Todd Stashwick). Three of the seven Best Actress nominees (Jess Bush, Celia Rose Gooding, and Jeri Ryan) are from Star Trek shows. Paul Wesley and Amanda Plummer are also going up against each other in the Best Guest Star category. The animated series Lower Decks was also nominated for Best Animated Series and the Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition was nominated for Best 4K Home Media Release

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Patrick Stewart as Picard, Jonathan Frakes as Will Riker and Todd Stashwick as Captain Liam Shaw in Star Trek: Picard‘s “Imposters”

15 Star Trek nominations

Here is a complete list of the 7 categories where Star Trek is nominated for 2023…

Best Science Fiction Television Series:

Andor (Lucasfilm/Disney+)
Foundation (Apple TV+)
The Mandalorian (Lucasfilm/Disney+)
The Peripheral (Amazon)
Silo  (Apple TV+)
Star Trek: Picard (Paramount+/CBS)
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds  (Paramount+/CBS)

Best Animated Television Series or Special:

Chainsaw Man  (Crunchyroll)
Gremlins: Secrets of Mogwai (HBO/Max)
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix)
Harley Quinn (HBO/Max)
My Adventures with Superman (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim)
Star Trek: Lower Decks (Paramount+)
Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Lucasfilm/Disney+)

Lower Decks’ “Old Friends, New Planets” (Paramount+)

Best Actor in a Television Series:

Tyler Hoechlin , Superman & Lois (Warner Bros. Television)
Sam Heughan, Outlander (Starz)
Diego Luna, Andor (Lucasfilm/Disney+)
Anson Mount, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+/CBS)
Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us (HBO/Max)
Harold Perrineau, From (MGM+)
Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: Picard (Paramount+/CBS)

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series:

Jonathan Frakes, Star Trek: Picard (Paramount+/CBS)
Harvey Guillen, What We Do in the Shadows  (FX/Hulu)
Ernie Hudson, Quantum Leap (NBC/Universal)
Ethan Peck, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds  (Paramount+/CBS)
Ed Speleers, Star Trek: Picard  (Paramount+/CBS)
Matt Smit, House of the Dragon  (HBO/Max)
Todd Stashwick, Star Trek: Picard (Paramount+/CBS)

 Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series:

Jess Bush, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds  (Paramount+/CBS)
Celia Rose Gooding, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds  (Paramount+/CBS)
Genevieve O’Reilly, Andor  (Lucasfilm/Disney+)
Jeri Ryan, Star Trek: Picard  (Paramount+/CBS)
Katee Sackhoff, The Mandalorian (Lucasfilm/Disney+)
Sophie Skelton, Outlander (Starz)
Rebecca Wisocky, Ghosts  (CBS)

Best Guest Star in a Television Series:

Gael Garcia Bernal, Marvel’s Werewolf by Night (Marvel/Disney+)
Giancarlo Esposito,  The Mandalorian (Lucasfilm/Disney+)
Nick Offerman, The Last of Us (HBO/Max)
Amanda Plummer, Star Trek: Picard (Paramount+/CBS)
Andy Serkis, Andor  (Lucasfilm/Disney+)
Paul Wesley, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds  (Paramount+/CBS)
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Wednesday (Netflix)

Anson Mount as Capt. Pike and Ethan Peck as Spock in “Charades” from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)

Best 4K Home Media Release:

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 4K (Criterion)
The Exorcist 50th Anniversary Edition 4K (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Cujo 4K (Kino Lorber)
John Wick, Chapter 4 – 4K (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Needful Things 4K (Kino Lorber)
To Live and Die in L.A. 4K (Kino Lorber)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition 4K (Paramount Home Entertainment)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture 4K Blu-ray

The Saturn Awards ceremony will be held on February 4, 2024, livestreamed on ElectricNOW.

Find more news and analysis on Star Trek Universe TV shows at TrekMovie.com.

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Well deserved nominations! This was a great year for Star Trek.

I think Star Trek will win Best Supporting Actor (probably Speleers) and Best 4k Media Release.

Personally, I would rate Frakes’s and Stashwick’s performances as being well above Speleers.

Frakes’, definitely. Sashwick’s character was pretty non-memorable, in my opinion.

Yup. Frakes was outstanding — and better than he had ever been before.

Absolutely! Would love to see him getting awarded.

It’ll be either Frakes or Peck, if a Trek actor gets the nod.

Peck’s performance this season was the most disappointing by far — admittedly, some of this was due to the Neelixifcation of his character by the writers, but his acting choices, such as wearing a dopey grin all the time, didn’t help.

It’s Babs Olasanmokun who deserves a supporting actor nomination.

Personally, he showed a helluva lot of range for the character this season, which is why I believe he got the nod. But this is a nomination for a creative endeavor, so opinions are going to vary.

I do agree though, Babs Olasanmokun is deserving of a nomination.

Totally agree with you.

Nice to see the recognition. I’d love to see a category for TV directing, as Frakes in episode 4 of Picard did a bang up job in that one, as well as in the SNW/LD crossover. I don’t think they’ll end up winning much. Maybe Stewart as the sentimental favorite. Celia has certainly done some fine work in season 2, but don’t know if she can break through that particular group she’s up against.

Wait Stellan Skarsgaard wasn’t nominated for Supporting Actor?

And how did Katee Sackhoff win for The Mandalorian?

Her wooden performance was actually one of the many problems with S3. And she’s usually a very good actor, but not on this series.

Wooden performances/dialogue are a trademark of Filoni/Favreau Star Wars, it’s very strange given how high quality the rest of those productions are for the most part.

Tony Gilroy alluded to this when he talked about managing your actors so they aren’t acting like they’re Doing a Star Wars — because then they become self-conscious and stiff. Dave Filoni also doesn’t seem like the type to tell a Rosario Dawson to loosen up a tad — not every single sentence needs to convey Intergalactic Zen Master.

Interesting, makes sense. Given the rest of the Mandoverse is full of stiff, stoic characters without much personality, it wouldn’t surprise me if Filoni loved emotionless zen master Ahsoka. I’m just glad she lightened up a bit towards the end. Ezra was a breath of fresh air too, though even he could have loosened up a bit more too.

There are some Trek partisans among the Academy of SciF+, who probably figure a Saturn wouldn’t mean much to someone of Stellan’s stature so might as well load up the Trek noms. Still, Stellan’s little speech to Cassian about sacrifices is as good as genre TV acting got in the past year+.

There are some Trek partisans among the Academy of SciF+, who probably figure a Saturn wouldn’t mean much to someone of Stellan’s stature so might as well load up the Trek noms.”


“little speech to Cassian”

You mean the one to the Imperial Intelligence officer whose name escapes me? Yeah, that was great.

Would love to see Frakes get this. Pic S3 was a muddled mess, but he nailed it.

Also, a ton of great work went into the 4K remaster/edit of the TMP — that really needs to win!

PS: Maybe LDS FINALLY wins something this time? The lack of any wins year after year on any of these significant annual awards programs is becoming an inside fandom joke lol

A joke only to you, as you keep reminding us year after year after year… A lot of shows don’t even get nominated. LDS gets nominated and you b*tch about it. Now you’re going to b*tch about getting called out on it…

I bring it up every year because it doesn’t win Jack Squat every year. In fact, it’s the only Star Trek series ever to not win any of these types of awards over several seasons. I mean, it can’t even get a Saturn, which Enterprise even won 3. Not even a Saturn?

Get back to me when it actually wins something. It’s embarrassingly funny, lol It would actually be a relief at this point if say the Kiwanis Club of Toledo or the Harper Valley PTA just gave it an award…lol

It hasn’t won so far, so what? What’s your point anyway? LDS is a bad show because you don’t like it? So, all those who do like it are wrong and idiots? What is it you’re trying to say here, continually, but don’t have the courage to be direct about it you have to go through this rigmarole of nonsense?

I’m OBVIOUSLY just having fun with this. Your continued harassment of nearly everything I comment on over the last month is getting tiresome. And now you are trying to put words in my mouth, making up shit about what I think about people, and personally attacking me by basically labeling me as a coward — and in all of this acting like you are speaking for all fans.

You really need to relax. It’s all going to be OK! :-)

We should really stop engaging with this troll. They’re just looking for a reaction.

Yes I tell myself this every time. But I’ll stop because I imagine this is getting annoying for everyone and frankly there’s no point. But thank you for reminding me…

Glad to hear, because when you can’t control your emotions and end up embarrassingly reducing yourself to personal attacks and harassment, a self -controlled time out is not a bad idea at all

Frankly, your increasingly personal but otherwise repetitive attacks on UD-NN are just as boring — and even more inappropriate — than the boringly repetitive posts that are riling you so much.
Perhaps the two of you could consider a 10 paces at dawn duel (with water pistols) and put the rest of us out of our misery.

THANKS! I plead guilty to having perhaps a couple comments per week that some may consider a repetitive and boring. But you are correct to point out that I’m not personally singling out and harassing others here with personal attacks — that type of behavior is just so inappropriate as you correctly called out.

My comments are just me having fun here and there is no malice intended towards anyone participating here, boring and repetitive as my comments may sometimes be…lol

You’re quite right, which is why I wrote what I wrote to M1701 on Dec 7th.

I beg your pardon, but you’re the one feeding the only troll here.

Who’s the one making personal attacks and trying to put words in somebody else’s mouth?

Congrats for enabling all that with your infered stamp of approval

There was this Outer Limits episode wherein this guy thinks his neighbor’s yard is a muddled mess but in the end you find out that it was this guy’s brain that was the muddled mess.

Lol, great point! Thanks, I needed that today.

Very happy to see Frakes get a nod and Star Trek: Picard to get back in their good graces – often doesn’t happen when a show falls off for a year.

Andor is stiff competition for best series. Also, For All Mankind maybe just missed out by way of when season 3 was released? The Peripheral was cool-looking and well-acted but there were better series in the running.

Yeah, what is the timeframe for this, because I was wondering why I didn’t see Foundation or Invasion anywhere on all this?

I love For All Mankind, but that’s an alternate history show with sf elements, so I’m not sure it’s fully considered sf in terms of Saturn awards?

For All Mankind was nominated last year and Foundation is nominated this year. The bar for some categories is a little low, but IMO it’s too high for Invasion to make the grade for Best Science Fiction Series, even though season 2 was a slight improvement on 1.

Regarding Invasion, my thought there was Shioli Kutsuna’s amazing performance only. She single handily saves that series.

Best supporting performance looks very competitive with comedy and drama are all vying for the same spots. Agreed she would have been a deserving nominee.


The Danny Stevens storyline should disqualify For All Mankind. Terribly disappointing season.

The Stevens boys psyche issues plot devices definitely weakened the seasoned. Not all that dissimilar to the Picard Anakin-like son thing plot device in Picard S3

Season three of For All Mankind aired in mid-2022 and season four just started in November, so it likely wasn’t eligible this year due to timing.

Also, if Outlander is considered SF/fantasy for the Saturn Awards, For All Mankind certainly would be too (and it actually IS science fiction.) :)

Thanks, and I agree with your comment as well. My point was that voters for these awards may not consider alternate history series on the same level as more standard sf.

How do the actor nominations work? Is the best (supporting) actor nominated for a particular episode or for their entire work in a season? I may be forgetting a particular episode but throughout season 2 I’d say Anson Mount was just a more or less relevant supporting actor in all episodes. This is not a reflection on his acting skills. I just don’t think he had much opportunity to showcase much of his acting in season 2. They didn’t write him lots of good material, and I think I read he asked for a lighter schedule for personal reasons.

Best supporting actress is a tough one. Jeri Ryan was great overall in P3. But I don’t recall an episode where Seven stood out more than in other episodes. Celia Rose Gooding, however, was simply stellar in the musical episode.

Agreed! The writing didn’t do Anson justice. Celia was great though. She’s an outstanding actress.

Paul Wesley was an odd choice. I’m not a fan of his kirk. I’m rooting for Plummer.

I think Plummer was only okay at best, but Wesley? Strictly for the Razzies, such a mistake. Ditto for Speleers, but magnitudes less painful because, Picard’s son, so what?
Now Frakes really delivered, I’ll give you that.

The BARON M. disc is an absolutely fantastic presentation, altering my perception of the film and elevating it beyond my already-high opinion of the movie, very much deserving over any version of TMP, especially given that I still find most of what Fein & co did to be disimprovements.

I agree with your first comment. In your second comment, what is the connection to The Adventures of Baron Munchausen?

in competition with the tmp disc this year.

Ah, OK thanks. I have mixed feelings from that movie not really resonating with me back in the day — I only saw it once in the theater.

Based on your recommendation, I am going to get the 4K disc — thanks!

I’ve only seen MUNCHAUSEN once, in the theatre, and wasn’t much impressed (aside from the gob-smacking unveiling of Uma Thurman as Venus, very much appreciated). Gilliam packs his films to the rafters with tons of incredible production detail, but like Tim Burton his films only really work for me on the rare occasions (TWELVE MONKEYS, BRAZIL*) where his sensibilities mesh with the subject matter. Otherwise, to me they just feel like a muddled mess.

*And LIFE OF BRIAN, of course, but that’s really first and foremost a Python film.

Life of Brian — great concept to be satiric and funny, but sort of a miss in my book.

Damn, really?! It’s no HOLY GRAIL, but doesn’t suffer against too many other comedies in my book. To each, his own.

LIFE OF BRIAN was my first exposure to Python, and I was with people who were totally into them (well shoot, my whole high school seemed into them while I was making films and rewatching TREK over & over), so at first I felt like I wasn’t in on the joke. That’s especially true with the characters in drag, which I’ve never found to be intrinsically funny (well, okay, TOOTSIE.) But I do remember utterly losing it over their brief STAR WARS tribute and the bare-balled opening the bedroom door bit to the adoring crowd, along with the Shirley Bassey-esque opening song and seeing some guy in a sport coat walking along a hill in the background during the mass crucifying (I think he is cropped out on vhs.)

If for nothing else, ‘blessed are the cheesemakers’ is classic, though my main takeaway when I rewatched it on homevid in the late 80s is that it was going to kill me for LAST TEMPTATION followups (and it did for a number of years, but now the two films co-exist comfortably for me.)

HOLY GRAIL is IMO a better movie, but is hampered for me by the lack of horses, to the point that I don’t watch it anymore. The way they handle that suggests a level of chutzpah I’d associate with Orson Welles’ covering for OTHELLO’s costuming mishap, but it still just doesn’t work for me.

I’ve since seen a few of Gilliam’s TV animations for Python, but the show just doesn’t seem to work for me, and I’ve never seen more than a few minutes of the other films, either. I’ve heard the CRIMSON INSURANCE COMPANY bit in their last feature is sensational, and should at least check that out if it is on youtube. Except for FISHER KING, I liked all of Gilliam’s films from BANDITS to FEAR AND LOATHING, owning BRAZIL and BARON in multiple versions. We saw LOATHING in the theater and were genuinely impressed by it (the lounge ‘lizards’ look awesome) but astonished to find the following Monday that the whole CINEFEX office had also gone separately, but they walked out on it as a betrayal of Thompson or something along those lines.

Guess I’m just more of a TOP SECRET! kind of a guy when it comes to comedy.

No worries. I loves me the lack of horses, but “De gustibus non est disputandum” is the relevant phrase here, of which John Cleese’s Roman centurion would no doubt have to correct Brian’s Latin grammar at sword point in what I consider to be the funniest bit in the film. (Second funniest: “What have the Romans ever done for us?”) Humor is tricky — I was almost devastated not that many years ago when the funniest guy I ever worked for borrowed my copy of GRAIL on my enthusiastic recommendation and returned it stating that he didn’t get it at all.

When I was but a lad growing up in Huntington Beach, CA my favorite night of the week was Thursday, when the local PBS affiliate broadcast reruns of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” followed by “The International Animation Festival” hosted by Jean Marsh. (Only Trek could have made it better, but the closest station broadcasting that was KCOP-13 in L.A. which was maddeningly inaccessible to me in those pre-cable days.) Since Terry Gilliam was primarily known as an animator back then, it was not unheard-of to see his work showcased on both shows, including his “The History of Flight” short, which the pubescent-me thought had the funniest twist-ending ever.

And don’t get me wrong about Gilliam, btw. Just as I will always treasure Tim Burton for EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, ED WOOD, and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS no matter how many bad live action Disney remakes he directs (and have even forgiven him that godawful PLANET OF THE APES remake, one of the greatest disappointments of my moviegoing life), so too I bless Gilliam for the gifts mentioned above, BRAZIL in particular, which I consider to be an absolute masterpiece.

If Life of Brian had stuck to the great satire on the birth of Christianity it could have been such a better movie in my opinion. The animated space cartoon interlude completely took me out of the movie and was just dumbass.

I wasn’t such a fan of that sequence myself — but, in the end, so what? LIFE OF BRIAN turned out to be much more thematic than THE HOLY GRAIL, but both are basically a series of comedy sketches held together by the rudiments of a plot and a lot of duct tape, and not all of the humor always works, even for partisans like myself. You’d seriously let a two-minute scene in a comedy ruin your enjoyment of the entire movie?

You’re rather exaggerating what I said. It lessened the impact of the satire by taking me out of the movie. It did not ruin it, but it was certainly was a significant, head scratching weakness for me

Well, there’s no right or wrong way to view a movie or anything else. But to be ‘taken out’ of the experience by a scene put together by a comedy troupe whose previous movie ends with King Arthur and his knights being loaded into paddy wagons and carted-off by Scotland Yard — yeah, that’s a head-scratcher for me.

Plummer was just awful — but I blame that on Matalas, not the very solid actress. The character looked and behaved more like a crack attic than an alien leader who could compete against TNG crew — the character was laugh out loud carboard-silly.

Terry Matalas evidently felt that giving her character the backstory of abuse at the hands of Section 31 justified her acting like a cartoon villain. It didn’t.

Particularly when she started killing members of her own crew because they mildly objected to one of her orders. Not every damn villain needs to be Goldfinger.

Imo, the writing for Anson was pathetic last season. Nice emasculation, there.

If it’s anything like the Emmys, the actor will agree to the submission of one episode they feel shows them at their best. Voters would certainly be free to consider the performance over the entire season, if they watched it.

Anson had a new kid recently so he wanted more time to spend with his family.

I’m hoping Sir Patrick Stewart wins best actor.

Frakes, Speleers and Stashwick were phenomenal, so I’m rooting for them.

The 4K edition of TMP is a masterpiece. I love that film. I hope it wins.

Anson Mount was stunning last year, but sadly, he didn’t have that much to do this year.

I’m part of the minority of the fandom who did NOT like Season 3 of Picard, but I thought Frakes was fabulous in it, so I hope he gets the nod there.

Celia Rose Gooding was definitely the MVP of “Subspace Rhapsody” — though Ethan Peck turned out to be a surprisingly good singer who did a great job — and I hope she takes home the prize.

I’m part of the minority of the fandom who did NOT like Season 3 of Picard, but I thought Frakes was fabulous in it, so I hope he gets the nod there.

Agree 100%

Todd Stashwick, Ed Speleers, Ethan Peck, Jonathan Frakes…

over Stellan Skarsgaard?


I would agree that Speleers and Peck’s performances are not up to Stellan’s, but I have no issue with Stashwicks or Frakes’s performances being on the same level.


Yeah, dunno about that one.

There is actually a Cujo 4K release? Do we really need to see Cujo’s salivas in all their 4K glory?

It makes for a cinematic experience so immersive that you’ll feel like you have rabies too.

More likely it will just make everything too dark to be scary, if what I read about most 4K transfers is true.

Wow more great news!!!! 😀

GO PICARD, GO LOWER DECKS AND GO STRANGE NEW WORLDS! Win or lose they are all still winners to me!

Those three shows gave us some of the best Star Trek this year in decades! SNW and LDS literally did it together!

Never thought I would say this, but NuTrek doesn’t completely suck anymore! Who knew that was possible? 😎🖖

@Paramount: PICARD SEASON 3 EVEN BEATS STAR WARS – WHY DON‘T YOU RELEASE A 4K BLU RAY OF IT?!??? It also had higher streaming numbers then SNW, why was released on 4K blu ray!!

tough call between capt riker and capt shaw for best supporting actor….riker has been my boy since 87 but i loved shaw in S3

I would not have nominated this season of Picard for Best Science Fiction Television series. It’s nowhere near Strange New Worlds, and Andor is even better than that (honestly, while Andor is neither the “greatest” [in terms of not just quality, but impact, legacy, etc.] Star Wars thing nor my favorite one, I seriously think it might just be the best production of any kind – TV or cinema, live-action or animation – in the entirety of either Star Trek or Star Wars, and in particular I’m appalled that Stellan Skarsgård wasn’t even nominated here).

That said, complaints aside, congrats to all the nominees.

Are animated productions relegated only to animation-specific categories, or are they eligible for Best Science Fiction Television Series?

I would think they are generally allowed to be Best Series. Considering that they are somewhat limited in terms of tools to tell their stories (or more positively: restrained), there is probably not much opportunity to shine against production-heavy life-action shows with bigger budgets and broader acting. If I compare acting on a live show and (dare I say: mere) voice acting, I understand why life-action shows always trump animated. Also consider runtime: You can usually tell more ambitious stories in a one-hour episode than in a half-hour episode. So again: Not much opportunity to shine.

Personally, I think SNW is nowhere near PICARD.

I really think they’re just two very different shows. Each has its merits. And obviously their flaws. S1 and 2 of Picard were terrible, imo, and SNW S2 was not nearly as good as S1. S3 of PIC made it for me.

Lot’s of Star Trek nominated in each category. All nominations are well deserved. Only issue is that Gate McFadden wasn’t nominated at all. Deserved a nomination for the amazing performance she gave.

At the end of the article is this nugget that would certainly affect Star Trek if it happened:

And on the TV media and streaming fronts, Cahall sees the possible shuttering of loss-making Paramount+ and selling off of PlutoTV and a host of the linear TV channels.

A few of us have been pointing out for a while now that M & A is a distinct possibility as a solution for P+ financial woes….

If it were up to me, I’d nominate Babs Olusanmokun for Best Supporting Actor; he’s been just phenomenal!

I could get on board with that

No news for 6 days, that’s unusual for trekmovie, are you ok? Btw strange new worlds s3 started filming today