James Cameron's 3D pic nabs 10 nominations

With 10 nominations James Cameron’s sci-fi epic “Avatar” leads the pack for the 36th Annual Saturn Awards. Following close behind are “Sherlock Holmes” with eight, while “Inglourious Basterds” and “Watchmen” are tied with seven each.

The kudofest, which honors the best in horror, sci-fi and fantasy pics, presented 32 noms across eight films to Warner Bros. while Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Paramount garnered 15, 14 and 13 repectively.

On the smallscreen, “Lost” added eight more bids to its pile; “Dexter,” “Breaking Bad” and “True Blood” followed with five each.

The always-quirky kudofest often produces some of the biz’s more interesting races during awards season. This year, “The Hurt Locker” goes up against “Sherlock” Holmes” in the thriller category, and “New Moon” competes with “The Last House on the Left” for horror film.

Oscar-nommed thesps Christoph Waltz, Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci will battle it out in the supporting actor category.

The ceremony is June 24 in Burbank.

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