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Sci-fi acad sends pix into orbit with Saturns

'Armageddon,' 'Dark' tie for top nod

“Armageddon” and “Dark City” both won for best science fiction film — the first tie in the 25-year history of the Saturn Awards — in honors presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

The Saturns honor the best in science fiction/fantasy/horror film and TV as voted by the academy, whose members include both fans and sci-fi industryites.

“The Truman Show” won best fantasy film, “The Apt Pupil” garnered best horror film kudos and “Saving Private Ryan” was chosen best action/adventure/thriller.

Best actor went to James Woods (“John Carpenter’s Vampires”), and Drew Barrymore (“Ever After”) won best actress. Michael Bay was named best director for “Armageddon,” and Andrew Nicol (“The Truman Show”) was tapped best writer.

In TV, Fox’s “The X-Files” won best network series. Best cable/syndicated series went to TNT’s “Babylon 5.” Richard Dean Anderson (“Stargate: SG-1”) captured best actor, and Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) won best actress.

The awards show took place at the Park Hyatt in Century City on Wednesday night.

Other winners:

MUSIC

John Carpenter (“Vampires”)

MAKEUP

Robert Kurtzman, Gregory Nicotero, Howard Berger (“John Carpenter’s Vampires”)

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Volker Engel, Patrick Tatopolous, Karen Goulekas, Clay Pinney (“Godzilla”)

GEORGE PAL MEMORIAL

Ray Bradbury

PRESIDENT’S AWARD

William Friedkin

LIFE CAREER

James Coburn and Nathan Juran

SERVICE AWARD

David Shepard