Star Wars: The Force Awakens leads Saturn Awards nominations

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Feb 25, 2016, 3:07 PM EST

The 42nd annual genre awards were just as pleased to return to a galaxy far, far away as everyone else.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominates this year's Saturn nominations with a record 15 nods, including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actor (Harrison Ford), Best Actress (Daisy Ridley), Best Supporting Actor(s) (John Boyega & Adam Driver), Best Supporting Actress(es) (Carrie Fisher & Lupita Nyong’o), Best Director (J.J. Abrams) and more.

The next closest contenders on the film side are Crimson Peak and Mad Max: Fury Road, which racked up nine nominations each, while on the TV end of things, The Walking Dead garnered seven nominations, leading that field. Other films with numerous nominations include Jurassic World, Ant-Man and The Martian, while Game of Thrones, Daredevil and Supergirl are among the other major TV contenders.

Keeping up with the times, this year the Saturn Awards has added a category for Best New Media Television, honoring series like Daredevil and The Man in the High Castle, which premiered on non-traditional streaming services Netflix and Amazon, respectively.

As usual, the Saturns are so expansive and inclusive that we have to wonder at some of the nominees -- like financial drama 99 Homes -- but you can peruse a partial list of the nominations below or the full list at the official Saturns website.

The 44-year-old Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films will present this year’s Saturn Awards in June in Burbank, Calif.



Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:
Attack on Titan, Part 1                                                           
Avengers: Age of Ultron                                                       
Kingsman: The Secret Service                                               
The Peanuts Movie

Best Science Fiction Film Release:
Ex Machina                                                                             
Jurassic World                                                                        
Mad Max: Fury Road                                                             
The Martian                                                                            
Star Wars: The Force Awakens                                              
Terminator: Genisys

Best Fantasy Film Release:
The Age of Adaline                                                                 
Baahubali: The Beginning                                                      
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2                              
Ted 2

Best Horror Film Release:
Crimson Peak                                                                          
Insidious: Chapter 3                                                                
It Follows                                                                                 
The Visit                                                                                
What We Do In the Shadows 

Best Action/Adventure Film Release:
Furious 7                                                                                 
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation                                     
The Revenant                                                                        

Best Thriller Film Release:
Black Mass                                                                             
Bridge of Spies                                                                  
The Gift                                                                             
The Hateful Eight                                                              
Mr. Holmes                                                                           

Best Actor in a Film:
Matt Damon - The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Taron Egerton - Kingsman: The Secret Service
Harrison Ford - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Domhnall Gleeson - Ex Machina
Samuel L. Jackson - The Hateful Eight
Paul Rudd - Ant-Man

Best Actress in a Film:
Emily Blunt - Sicario
Jessica Chastain - The Martian
Blake Lively - The Age of Adaline
Daisy Ridley - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road
Mia Wasikowska - Crimson Peak

Best Supporting Actor in a Film:
Paul Bettany - Avengers: Age of Ultron
John Boyega - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Michael Douglas - Ant-Man
Adam Driver - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Walter Goggins - The Hateful Eight
Simon Pegg - Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 
Michael Shannon - 99 Homes

Best Supporting Actress in a Film
Jessica Chastain - Crimson Peak
Carrie Fisher - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Evangeline Lily - Ant-Man
Lupita Nyong’o - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tamannaah - Baahubali: The Beginning
Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina

Best Film Director:
J.J. Abrams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Guillermo del Toro - Crimson Peak
Alex Garland - Ex Machina
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road
Peyton Reed - Ant-Man
Ridley Scott - The Martian
Colin Trevorrow - Jurassic World

Best Film Writing:
Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins - Crimson Peak
Alex Garland - Ex Machina
Drew Goddard - The Martian
Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn - Kingsman: The Secret Service
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly - Jurassic World
Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris - Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Film Music:
Tom Holkenborg - Mad Max: Fury Road
Johann Johannsson - Sicario
M.M. Keeravani - Baahubali: The Beginning
Ennio Morricone - The Hateful Eight
Fernando Velazquez - Crimson Peak
John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Science Fiction Series on Television:
The 100    
Doctor Who 
The Expanse  
Wayward Pines 
The X-Files

Best Fantasy Series on Television:
Game of Thrones     
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell 
The Magicians          
The Muppets   
The Shannara Chronicles

Best Horror Series on Television:
American Horror Story: Hotel    
Ash vs. Evil Dead    
Fear the Walking Dead  
Teen Wolf 
The Strain    
The Walking Dead

Best Action/Thriller Series on Television:
Bates Motel 
The Last Ship   
The Librarians 
Mr. Robot

Best Superhero Adaptation Series on Television:
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow  
The Flash    
Marvel’s Agent Carter    
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Best New Media Television Series:
DreamWorks Dragons      
The Man in the High Castle
Marvel’s Jessica Jones   

Best Actor on a Television Series:
Bruce Campbell - Ash vs. Evil Dead  
Charlie Cox - Daredevil
Matt Dillon - Wayward Pines  
David Duchovny - The X-Files  
Grant Gustin - The Flash   
Sam Heughan - Outlander 
Andrew Lincoln - The Walking Dead  
Mads Mikkelsen - Hannibal  

Best Actress on a Television Series:
Gillian Anderson - The X-Files   
Caitriona Balfe - Outlander 
Melissa Benoist - Supergirl   
Kim Dickens - Fear the Walking Dead 
Rachel Nichols - Continuum  
Krysten Ritter - Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Rebecca Romijn - The Librarians 

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series:
Richard Armitage - Hannibal 
Vincent D’Onofrio - Daredevil 
Kit Harington - Game of Thrones 
Toby Jones - Wayward Pines 
Erik Knudsen - Continuum 
Lance Reddick - Bosch  
David Tennant - Marvel’s Jessica Jones 
Patrick Wilson - Fargo     

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series:
Gillian Anderson - Hannibal  
Tovah Feldshuh - The Walking Dead 
Calista Flockhart - Supergirl  
Danai Gurira - The Walking Dead 
Lena Headey - Game of Thrones  
Melissa Leo - Wayward Pines  
Melissa McBride - The Walking Dead