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‘Apes,’ ‘Super 8’ top Saturn Awards

Both pics nab 3 wins apiece; J.J. Abrams takes director prize

Rebooted apes and retro teens had plenty to celebrate Thursday as the Saturn Awards were handed out in Burbank.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Super 8” both took three feature film honors from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films, which celebrated its 40th annual kudofest.

“Apes” was top science fiction film and garnered supporting actor honors for Andy Serkis and special effects kudos for the team of Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett.

Super 8” earned director honors for helmer J.J. Abrams, music for Michael Giacchino and performance by a younger actor for Joel Courtney.

Other pics earning top genre kudos were “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” for fantasy; “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” for horror/thriller; and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” for action/adventure.

“Breaking Bad” led smallscreen winners with three kudos: syndicated/cable series, TV actor for Bryan Cranston and TV supporting actor to Aaron Paul.

“Fringe” took two awards, for network series and to Anna Torv as TV supporting actress. “The Walking Dead” was honored as best television presentation and “Teen Wolf” was top youth-oriented series.

Scott Bakula gave an affectionate review of Frank Oz’s career in giving the helmer/puppeteer/thesp the Lifetime Achievement Award, telling him “I’m trying not to make a big deal about you, but you’ve done it to yourself.” Bakula recently appeared onstage in London in a play Oz directed, his first time directing legit.

Oz said “I don’t think I’ve even begun…. I haven’t done a horror film. That’d be cool.” He recalled Jim Henson, who launched his career, asking if he wanted to co-direct “The Dark Crystal,” saying “If you did it, I think it would be better.”

“He just cared about seeing good stuff. And I think that’s what you people want. You just want to see good stuff.”

“The Simpsons” was honored with the Milestone Award — the Treehouse of Horror specials qualify the show for the Saturns, it seems — and producer Al Jean quipped “The Saturns run rings around other awards.”

Comicbook writer Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”), accepting the org’s first Innovator Award, said “I’m not sure I’m an innovator, but I’ll take the award. … But I won’t be too self-deprecating. I’m awesome. And it feels great to be awesome.”

One notable winner on the homevideo side: “Atlas Shrugged: Part One” shared DVD/BD Release honors (It tied with “The Perfect Host”) marking the first kudo for the movie version of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist fantasy. Part two is skedded for release in October.

FILM AWARDS

Best Science Fiction Film: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Best Fantasy Film: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2”

Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Best Action/Adventure Film: “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”

Best Actor: Michael Shannon (“Take Shelter”)

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst (“Melancholia”)

Best Supporting Actor: Andy Serkis (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”)

Best Supporting Actress: Emily Blunt (“The Adjustment Bureau”)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Joel Courtney (“Super 8”)

Best Director: J.J. Abrams (“Super 8”)

Best Writing: Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”)

Best Music: Michael Giacchino (“Super 8”)

Best Editor: Paul Hirsch (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”)

Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti (“Hugo”)

Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne (“Thor”)

Best Make-Up: Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O’Sullivan (“X-Men: First Class”)

Best Special Effects: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett (“Rise of

the Planet of the Apes”)

Best International Film: “The Skin I Live In”

Best Animated Film: “Puss in Boots”

TELEVISION AWARDS

Best Network Television Series: “Fringe”

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: “Breaking Bad”

Best Television Presentation: “The Walking Dead”

Best Youth-Oriented Television Series: “Teen Wolf”

Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)

Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (“Fringe”)

Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”)

Best Supporting Actress on Television: Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”)

Best Guest Star on Television: Tom Skerritt (“Leverage”)

HOME ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS

Best DVD/BD Release: (tie) “Atlas Shrugged, Part One” and T”he Perfect Host”

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release:Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis”

Best DVD/BD Collection Release: “Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection”

Best DVD/BD Television Series Release:Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FROM THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION,

FANTASY & HORROR FILMS

The Life Career Award: Frank Oz

The Life Career Award: James Remar

The Filmmakers Showcase Award: Drew Goddard

The Milestone Award: “The Simpsons”

The Innovator Award: Robert Kirkman

The Appreciation Award: Jeffrey Ross (for hosting the Saturn Awards)

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