Under a gloriously clear night in Burbank, California, the stars aligned for the 44th annual Saturn Awards Wednesday evening, celebrating the very best in genre film and television. And fittingly, the likes of Luke Skywalker, Flash Gordon, and Lorraine Baines McFly even got to gaze at the ringed planet through powerful telescopes on the venue’s balcony, if they so desired.
The night began with a stellar red carpet scene, with not just the aforementioned Mark Hamill, Sam Jones, and Lea Thompson, but also Jake Kasdan (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Patton Oswalt (Happy!), Vince Gilligan (Better Call Saul), Hartley Sawyer (The Flash), Martin Kove (Cobra Kai), Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead), Jennifer Tilly (Cult of Chucky), Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lindsey Morgan (The 100), and many more.
After host Jonah Ray’s (MST3K) quick monologue, including calling Hamill Woke Skywalker, the awards came fast and furious, including five for Black Panther, the most wins of the evening. Ryan Coogler was on hand to accept his Best Director award, and the film also won for Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Danai Gurira), Best Production Design (Hanna Beachler), and Best Make-Up (Joel Harlow, Ken Diaz).
Because of the way multiple genres are awarded, Black Panther was far from the only big winner of the evening. Blade Runner 2049 won for Best Science Fiction Film, The Shape of Water for Best Fantasy Film award, Get Out for Best Horror Film, Coco for Best Animated Film, and, somehow, The Greatest Showman sang and danced its way to Best Action/Adventure Film. Go figure.
Other notable film winners included Best Actress for Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman); Best Supporting Actor for Patrick Stewart (Logan); Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming); Best Actor for Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi); Best Writing for Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi); Best Editing for Bob Ducsay (Star Wars: The Last Jedi); Best Music for Michael Giacchino (Coco); Best Special Effects for Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, and Dan Sudick (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2); and Best Costume for Jacqueline Durran (Beauty and the Beast).
On the TV side, The Orville landed Best Science Fiction TV Series, The Walking Dead won for Best Horror TV Series, Better Call Saul for Best Action/Thriller TV Series, Outlander for Best Fantasy TV Series, Twin Peaks for Best Presentation on Television, Star Wars Rebels for Best Animated TV Series, The Flash for Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series, Star Trek: Discovery for Best New Media TV Series, and Marvel’s The Punisher for Best New Media Superhero Series.
As far as acting TV awards, Kyle MacLachlan won for Best Actor on Television (Twin Peaks), Sonequa Martin-Green for Best Actress on Television (Star Trek: Discovery) Michael McKean for Best Supporting Actor on Television (Better Call Saul), Rhea Seehorn for Best Supporting Actress on Television (Better Call Saul), Chandler Riggs for Best Younger TV Actor (The Walking Dead), and David Lynch for Best Guest Star on Television (Twin Peaks).
Folks gathered to fete all the winners (who took home statues in the shape of Saturn), but the night was dedicated to the Special Honorees attending, who have done so much for so many of the titles we celebrate around here. Super producer Jason Blum won the Producer’s Showcase Award; Sarah Schechter, president of Berlanti Productions, won the Dan Curtis Award; Oscar darling Guillermo del Toro took home the Founder’s Award; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan was given the Filmmaker’s Showcase Award; and Chucky creator Don Mancini won the Special Achievement award.
There was plenty of planet-shaped hardware handed out, to some truly deserving artists. Check out the full list here, then let us know in the comments who you were happy to see celebrated tonight.