‘Dark Knight’ wins big at Saturns

'Iron Man,' 'Button' each win trio of awards

Warner’s “The Dark Knight” was the big winner at the Saturn Awards Wednesday night, taking five nods.

The Batman pic won for action-adventure-thriller, music (Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard), writing (Christopher and Jonathan Nolan), supporting actor (the late Heath Ledger) and special effects.

Drawing three kudos each from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films were “Iron Man” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” both from Paramount.

“Iron Man” won as top sci-fi pic; Jon Favreau took directing honors, and Robert Downey Jr. was named best actor.

“Benjamin Button” was top fantasy film; Tilda Swinton took supporting actress, and Greg Cannom won for makeup.

“Hellboy II” drew the horror film nod, while “Wall-E” topped the animated category. Angelina Jolie took the actress kudo for “Changeling.”

On the TV side, “Battlestar Galactica” drew three nods: cable-syndicated series, TV actor (Edward James Olmos) and TV actress (Mary McDonnell). “Lost” took network series honors.

Jerry Bruckheimer presented the inaugural Visionary Award to DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg for his support of 3-D. Ed Harris presented Lance Henriksen with the life career award, and J.J. Abrams presented Leonard Nimoy with the lifetime achievement award for genre work over some 50 years.

Producer Charles Roven accepted the “Dark Knight” awards.

Go to Variety.com/saturns for a complete list of winners.


Science Fiction Film:
“Iron Man”

Fantasy Film:
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Horror Film:
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

Action/Adventure/Thriller Film:
“The Dark Knight”

Robert Downey, Jr. (“Iron Man”)

Angelina Jolie (“Changeling”)

Supporting Actor:
Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”)

Supporting Actress:
Tilda Swinton (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)

Performance by a Younger Actor:
Jaden Christopher Smith (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”)

Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”)

Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan (“The Dark Knight”)

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard (“The Dark Knight”)

Mary Zophres (“Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”)

Greg Cannom (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)

Special Effects:
Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Timothy Webber, Paul J. Franklin (“The Dark Knight”)

International Film:
“Let the Right One In”

Animated Film:

Television Series:

Syndicated/Cable Television Series:
“Battlestar Galactica”

Presentation on Television:
“The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice”

Actor on Television:
Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica”)

Actress on Television:
Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”)

Supporting Actor on Television:
Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”)

Supporting Actress on Televison:
Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”)

Guest Starring Role on Television:
Jimmy Smits (“Dexter”)

DVD Release:
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer”

DVD Special Edition Release:
Stephen King’s The Mist” – 2 disc Special Edition

DVD Classic Film Release:
“Psycho” – Universal Legacy Series

DVD Collection:
“The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration”

Series on DVD:

Retro Series on DVD:
“The Invaders”

The Life Career Award:
Lance Henriksen

The Lifetime Achievement Award:
Leonard Nimoy

The Visionary Award:
Jeffrey Katzenberg