Saturn Award

Saturn Award
Awarded for Best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror film and television
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded 1973
Official website

The Saturn Award[1] is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films; it was initially created to honor science fiction, fantasy, and horror on film, but has since grow to reward other films belonging to genre fiction, as well as on television and home media releases.

The award was initially, and is still sometimes, loosely referred to as a Golden Scroll. The Saturn Awards were created in 1973 and are the oldest Award ceremony dedicated to reward science fiction, fantasy and horror films, although the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is still the oldest award to reward them.


The Saturn Awards were devised by Donald A. Reed in 1973, who felt that work in films in the genre of science fiction at that time lacked recognition within the established Hollywood film industry's award system.[2] The physical award is a representation of the planet Saturn, with its ring(s) composed of film.

The Saturn Awards are voted upon by members of the presenting Academy. The Academy is a non-profit organization with membership open to the public.[3] Its members include filmmakers Jeff Rector, Rich Correll, Tom De Santo, Mark A. Altman and Irwin Keyes, among others.[4]

Although the Award still primarily focuses on films and television in the science fiction, fantasy and horror categories, the Saturns have also recognized productions in other dramatic genres. There are also special awards for lifetime achievement in film production. The 42nd Saturn Awards were held on June 22, 2016, in Burbank, California.[5]


The Saturn Awards are often criticized for having a broad and inconsistent definition of genres, as well as for nominating and awarding movies not related to sci-fi, fantasy or horror.[6][7][8][9][10]

Award categories



Home video

Special awards

Discontinued categories


Superlative Work/person Record Set Year(s)
Most Awards (individual) James Cameron 11 Awards 1984-2009
Most nominations (individual) John Williams 19 nominations 1977-2015
Most Awards (film) Avatar 11 Awards 2009
Most nominations (films) Star Wars: The Force Awakens 15 nominations 2015
Most Awards (TV series) Lost 13 Awards 2004-2009
Most nominations (TV series) 53 nominations 2004-2010
Most Awards (acting) Anna Torv 4 Awards 2009-2012
Most nominations (acting) Tom Cruise 10 nominations 1994-2014
Most wins (same category) John Williams 8 wins for Best Music 1977-2015
Most nominations (same category) 19 nominations for Best Music

Year-by-year results

The year indicates the year of release of the films eligible.

See also


  1. "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror ... and the Saturn Goes to ....". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  2. About the founder: Dr. Donald A. Reed (1935–2001)
  3. Membership and / or Donation information
  4. "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films". Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  5. "The 42nd Annual Saturn Awards nominations are announced for 2016!". Saturn Awards. February 24, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  6. Nathaniel Rogers. «Nominations for Everyone!» — Saturn Awards. The Film Experience, February 26, 2014
    "I think the Saturn Awards have lost focus. You're a genre award. You're supposed to be about fantasy, sci-fi and horror. That's your whole goddamn raison d'être".
  7. Natalie Zutter. It’s About Time the Saturn Awards Introduced a Superhero Category., February 22, 2013
  8. Myles McNutt. What’s my Genre Again?: The In(s)anity of the Saturn Awards. Cultural Learnings, February 19, 2010.
    "The problem is that, over time, the Saturn Awards have stretched the meaning of genre so far that it legitimately has no meaning. <...> Rather than seeming like a legitimate celebration of science fiction, fantasy or horror, the Saturn Awards read like an unflattering and at points embarrassing collection of films and television series which reflect not the best that genre has to offer, but rather a desperate attempt to tap into the cultural zeitgeist while masquerading as a celebration of the underappreciated.
  9. Thomas M. Sipos. Saturn Awards Betray Horror. Horror Magazine, 1997
  10. Francisco Salazar. Saturn Awards 2015 Date & Nominations. Latinpost, March 5, 2015
    "However, sometimes the Saturn Awards choose prestige films and ignore some of the more important science fiction, fantasy and horror films of the year."
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