TMNT Up for Scream Award

The CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature, TMNT, is listed among the contenders for the second annual Scream Awards, a two-hour event that will recognize the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic books next month in Los Angeles. The ceremony will tape on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Greek Theatre, and will premiere on Viacom’s Spike TV on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). No host has yet been announced to succeed actor Samuel L. Jackson, who presided over last year’s festivities.

Animated by Imagi, the Weinstein Co./Warner Bros. release TMNT has been nominated for Best Comic-to-Screen Adaptation. Based on the comics by Peter Laird and Kevin Munroe, the movie is up against Warner Bros.’ 300, 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Paramount’s Ghost Rider and Sony/Columbia Pictures’ Spiderman 3.

Warner Bros. came out ahead of all other studios with a total of 20 nominations. Adapted from the graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 leads the pack with 12 nominations, including The Ultimate Scream, Breakout Performance (Rodrigo Santoro), Most Vile Villain (Rodrigo Santoro), Most Memorable Mutilation and Best Director (Zack Snyder). Grindhouse and Spider-Man 3 tied for second with 11 noms each.

300 is also in the running for Best F/X, taking on Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, Sony/Columbia’s Spider-Man 3 and DreamWorks/Paramount’s Transformers. The CG-laden Transformers is up for a number of awards, including Best Science Fiction Movie, Best Director (Michael Bay) and Ultimate Scream. Other Ultimate Scream contenters are Fox Atomic’s 28 Weeks Later, SCI FI Channel’s Battlestar Galactica, Lionsgate’s The Descent, NBC’s Heroes, Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, Picturehouse’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Spider-Man 3.

Spike TV has again partnered with Comic-Con Int’l to announce the Comic-Con Icon Award, reserved for an individual or group that has been instrumental in creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comic and related popular art forms. This year’s award will be presented to Neil Gaiman, one of the top writers of modern comics, short stories and novels. Gaiman’s fantasy tale Coraline is currently being made into a major stop-motion animated feature film by LAIKA Ent.

A complete list of 200 Scream Award nominees can be found at www.scream.spiketv.com, where fans can vote for their favorites from Friday, Sept. 7, through Friday, Oct. 19. The site will also feature exclusive red-carpet and backstage coverage of the event.