Longtime horror/sci-fi producer Roger Corman and Logan's Run star Michael York were given lifetime achievement awards Sunday night in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the International Press Academy.
And, in one of the first awards shows of the season, 2012 picked up two awards (for sound editing and visual effects).
"That's because not enough people have seen Avatar yet," joked one award-winning sound editor who attended the ceremony, which has domestic and foreign entertainment journalists judging outstanding achievements in film, TV, games, DVD and new media.
Roger Corman won the Auteur Award, and the 83-year-old showed no signs of stopping. Just before accepting his award, Corman told SCI FI Wire, "I have a December 31st deadline to turn in Dinoshark to the Syfy Channel, and we're going to deliver it on Dec. 30. It's going to be delicious, the effects are better." Corman also produced Dinocroc for Syfy.
"Science fiction is always where my heart is—it's my true interests," said Corman, who was also honored this year by the Motion Picture Academy for his work, which includes Frankenstein Unbound, The Terror and Fantastic Four (1994). "The international press played a significant role in noticing my work and recognizing my work in other parts of the world."
York's body of work was honored with the Mary Pickford Award. "Inevitably, people ask me most about Logan's Run, because it has become such a cult classic," he told us.
Clips of Logan's Run and his other SF&F performances in The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Three Musketeers and all the Austin Powers movies were shown at the cerermony, and he and Corman both received standing ovations.
The HBO vampire series True Blood, meanwhile, was honored as best ensemble on television, and the first season won best DVD release of a TV show.
Fantastic Mr. Fox beat Where the Wild Things Are and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for best animated/mixed-media movie, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus won best costume design.
Star Trek won best overall Blu-ray. The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Edition won best youth DVD, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story won outstanding mobile game.