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Star Wars, Black Panther shine at 2018 Saturn Awards

Disney’s Lucasfilm and Marvel properties cleaned up at the 2018 Saturn Awards, presented Wednesday by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Star Wars Rebels, on the heels of its fourth season and series finale, was honored with the award for best animated series. Executive producer Dave Filoni was present to accept the award.

Mark Hamill also was on hand to accept his award for best actor for his polarizing turn as haunted Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi. (Patton Oswalt presented it to him.) The movie also won best screenplay, which was written by director Rian Johnson, who attended the awards ceremony. Bob Ducsay was named best editor for his work on the film.

Get Out was best horror film, while The Walking Dead shambled its way to best horror on TV.

Disney-Pixar’s Coco won the award for best animated film. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took home the award for best special/visual effects.

Black Panther also showed up, winning best comic book adaptation as well as best film make-up and best director (Ryan Coogler, who was present)

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water won best fantasy film.

Best new media superhero series was The Punisher.

Star Trek Discovery was named best new media series, and star Sonequa Martin-Green won best TV actress.

According to, “Martin-Green follows Kate Mulgrew as Star Trek’s only recipients of a Saturn Award for best leading actor in a television series while Discovery joins Star Trek: The Next Generation (Best Genre Syndicated TV Series) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Best Genre Syndicated TV Series) as a Saturn Award best series winner.”

No joke — The Orville, a comedic spin on Trek tropes and a breakout hit, was named best science fiction TV series.

Blade Runner 2049 rocketed to best science fiction film.

CW’s The Flash was named best superhero TV series.

Outlander arose from the mists of time to win best fantasy TV series. The author of the novels it is based on, Diana Gabaldon, accepted the award.

The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs was named best younger TV performer.

Wonder was named best independent film.

Michael McKean was named best supporting actor in a TV series for Better Call Saul. His co-star Rhea Seehorn was named best supporting actress. The series won best action/thriller on TV.

Filmmaker David Lynch was named best TV guest star for appearing on the Twin Peaks revival he directed. The series was named best TV presentation.

Lifeboat was named best DVD/Blu-ray classic film release. Dave Made a Tweet took home best overall DVD/Blu-ray, while American Gods won best DVD/Blu-ray TV series release.

The Saturn Awards: where genre fiction screen gems aren’t so alien

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