They may not get a lot of respect from the Oscars, but “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Super 8” cannot escape the honors from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, as both now have three Saturn Awards to their tally.
Saturns were handed out Thursday night for film and television productions released between Feb. 1, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2012. It named “Planet of the Apes” the Best Science Fiction Film and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” as the Best Fantasy Film.
Other major winners in the film category were “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” as the Best Horror/Thriller Film, and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” as the Best Action/Adventure Film.
Andy Serkis, who cannot seem to get any love from the Oscars either for his portrayal of the CGI character Caesar in “Planet of the Apes,” won for Best Supporting Actor at the Saturns. Joel Courtney, the 16-year-old star of “Super 8,” won for Best Performance by a Younger Actor.
Other awards for “Super 8” include J.J. Abrams for Best Director and Michael Giacchino for Best Music. Dante Ferretti won for Best Production Design for “Hugo” while Alexandra Byrne took home the Best Costume award for “Thor.”
Best Make-Up went to the “X-Men: First Class” team of Dave Elsey, Fran Needham and Conor O’Sullivan, while Best Special Effects was awarded to “Planet of the Apes” for the team of Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett.
On the television side, “Fringe” won two awards — Best Network Television Series and Best Actress on Television for Anna Torv. “The Walking Dead” earned Best Television Presentation while “Teen Wolf” on MTV won for Best Youth-Oriented Television Series.
This is the 40th anniversary of the Academy, which was founded in 1972 by film historian Donald A. Reed. The idea was to honor and recognize genre entertainment, which even then, was frequently overlooked by mainstream entertainment industry awards.
For more winners, check out the official website of the Saturn Awards.