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Black Panther, The Last Jedi dominate Saturn Award nominations

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Dec 17, 2018, 7:00 PM EST (Updated)

After a long and successful awards season for genre movies, culminating with Guillermo del Toro’s big wins at the Academy Awards for The Shape of Water, the genre-focused Saturn Awards have announced their nominees for a variety of fun categories — with a few familiar properties touting the highest totals. Not content with breaking every box-office record, Black Panther leads with 14 nominations, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi right behind with 13.

The Shape of Water and the underappreciated Blade Runner 2049 earned 9 nods each, while The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Twin Peaks: The Return pushed through the avalanche of superhero, horror, and sci-fi TV to take the top nominations. In somewhat of an upset, these nominations left films like Get Out beaten by those of an even more mainstream quality — like It.

Here are the nominations for the top film categories:

Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:

Black Panther

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


Spider-Man: Homecoming

Thor: Ragnarok

Wonder Woman

Best Science Fiction Release:

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Fantasy Film Release:

Beauty and the Beast


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Kong: Skull Island

Paddington 2

The Shape of Water

Best Horror Film Release:

47 Meters Down

Annabelle: Creation

Better Watch Out

Get Out



Best Action / Adventure Film Release:

Baby Driver


The Fate of the Furious

The Greatest Showman


Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Best Thriller Film Release:

Brawl in Cell Block 99

Murder on the Orient Express

The Post


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Wind River

While these awards may need to be reminded what a “thriller” actually is after looking at those nominees, they also point out a few fun notables that have been all but ignored in mainstream accolades.

Danai Gurira, for instance, was nominated for two Best Supporting Actress awards, one for The Walking Dead and one for Black Panther. Meanwhile, Hulu’s Future Man was nominated for Best New Media Superhero Series despite not being about a superhero.

You can find the rest of the extensive nominees on the Saturn Awards website or wait until the 44th Annual Saturn Awards is presented on June 27 to simply find out who won.

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