In 1973, there were very few Hollywood film industry award systems in place that would acknowledge the awesomeness of genre film and television. That's where founder Donald A. Reed and his Saturn Awards come into play. Currently the oldest Award ceremony dedicated to reward science fiction, fantasy and horror films, the event celebrated it's 43rd annual show on June 28th, 2017.
The Saturn Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films; they were initially created to honor science fiction, fantasy, and horror on film, but have since grown to reward other films belonging to genre fiction, as well as television and home media releases. True, in the past few years the categories have grown to include some projects that aren't quite as genre as others, but popular culture is flush with heroes and aliens lately.
President and Executive Producer Robert Holguin, along with Producer/Writers Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus (The Marcus Brothers) were on hand for another year of awesomeness as the show took up residence at the famous Castaway Restaurant perched atop a Burbank hill. There was a bit of a scare when a wildfire moved extremely close to the facility, resulting in local home evacuations and some tense time during tech rehearsal.
Here is a small gallery of photos I took during the red carpet arrivals and ceremony:
Staffer's eye view of the red carpet
The "voice" of the Saturns
Presenters Denise Crosby and Sydelle Noel present for best Blu Ray release
Actress Candice Patton wins the Saturn for best supporting actress for superhero television for her role on The Flash
Executive producers Maril Davis and Toni Graphia accept the Saturn Award for best Fantasy series on behalf of Outlander, 2017.
Lee Majors accepts his achievement award
Presenters Tim Matheson and Virginia Madsen crack-wise
Director Dan Trachtenberg accepts his Saturn for "10 Cloverfield Ln"
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead accepts her best actress award for her role in "10 Cloverfield Ln"
Presenters Veronica Cartwright and Michael Cudlitz
Producer Scott M. Gimple accepts his Saturn on behalf of "The Walking Dead"
Shane Black presents the Saturn for best Sci fi director of the year
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" director Gareth Edwards accepts the saturn for best Sci Fi director and best Sci Fi film
Actress Dee Wallace and actor Henry Thomas from "E.T." reunite on stage
The other view of the red carpet
Actor Cas Anvar smolders
Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man poses for some candids
Director Shane Black in a moment of humor
Actress Janina Gavankar
The Saturn Awards ambassador actress and filmmaker Valerie Perez poses with actress and filmmaker Clare Kramer
Star Wars: Rebels head honcho Dave Filoni and Valerie Perez at the 2017 Saturn Awards.
Photo by Mary Anne Butler
Actress Veronica Cartwright
The legendary Bruce Campbell
GroovyBruce shows off his Hollywood Elk's ring
Actress Dawn Wells gives us a gorgeous smile
Cosplay guests who mingled during the ceremony
Actor Ronnie Schell makes some priceless faces
Actress Virginia Madsen
Producer Jeph Loeb accepts the Saturn for Netflix's Marvel's Luke Cage
Star Trek actress Denise Crosby poses with her dance partner for the evening
I get to pose with Gareth Edwards and K2so after Rogue One's double win
Obviously, the physical award is a representation of the planet Saturn, with its rings composed of film. The statue is sizeable and heavy, if you ever have the chance to hold one, its weight will shock you.
Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.
Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).
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