‘Avengers’ Triumphs at Saturn Awards

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Marvel’s The Avengers nabbed four honors at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards–a film and TV recognition put on by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films–including Best Science Fiction Film as well as Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), Best Direction (Joss Whedon) and Best Special Effects. The animation category was won by Tim Burton’s black and white stop-motion effort Frankenweenie. Other top film category winners were Life of Pi (Best Fantasy Film), Cabin in the Woods (Best Horror/Thriller) and Skyfall (Best Action/Adventure).

Breaking Bad topped the TV category with three awards, including a Best Actor nod for Bryan Cranston for which he tied with Kevin Bacon for The Following. Revolution nabbed Best Network Television Series; The Walking Dead was awarded Best Syndicated/Cable series and Teen Wolf was named Best You-Oriented Series.

Here is a select list of winners; for more, go to www.saturnawards.org:

FILM:

Best Science Fiction Film: Marvel’s The Avengers

Best Fantasy Film: Life of Pi

Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Cabin in the Woods

Best Action/Adventure Film: Skyfall

Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie

Best Independent Film: Killer Joe

Best International Release: Headhunters

Best Director: Joss Whedon (The Avengers)

Best Production Design: Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)

Best Special Effects: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick (The Avengers)

TELEVISION:

Best Network Television Series: Revolution

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead

Best Youth-Oriented Series: Teen Wolf

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS FROM THE ACADEMY:

Lifetime Achievement Award: William Friedkin

Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Vince Gilligan

Visionary Award: Richard Matheson

Life Career Award: Jonathan Frakes

Theater Showcase Award: Silence! The Musical

Joss Whedon wins Best Director for The Avengers at the 39th annual Saturn Awards

Joss Whedon wins Best Director for The Avengers at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards