Sci-fi acad favors Jackson

HOLLYWOOD — “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” leads the nominees for the 30th annual Saturn Awards with 13 nods, including picture, director, actor, supporting actor and writing.

In conjunction with Cinescape magazine, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films will honor the best in genre film, television and home entertainment at this year’s awards, dubbed “A Celebration of the Fantastic,” May 5 at the Sheraton Universal Ballroom.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “X2,” “Kill Bill Vol. 1″ and “The Last Samurai” were among the 32 films receiving nominations this year.

WB leads nets

The WB leads all networks with 11 noms, followed closely by the Sci Fi Channel, UPN and ABC. “Smallville” and “Angel” led the pack with five nominations each; “Alias” and “Stargate SG-1″ received four each.

Special awards will go to Ridley Scott, Blake Edwards, Gale Anne Hurd, Paul G. Allen, Eli Roth and John Williams.

The Faces of the Future Award, whose nominees are selected by the editors of Cinescape magazine and whose winners are chosen by the readers, include Keira Knightley, Jason Ritter and Scott Speedman.

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