Friday, May 11, 2007


7.1 Okay. Colour me happy.
Superman Returns took home 5 of the 10 nominations it was up for at this year’s Saturn Awards. It won for Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor (Brandon Routh), Best Director (Bryan Singer), Best Writing (Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris), and Best Music (John Ottman).
It’s just too bad Parker Posey and Tristan Lake Leabu didn’t win in their respective categories (Best Supporting Actress and Best Performance by a Younger Actor).

Other wins I’m happy for (and there’re loads of them):

Best Science Fiction Film: Children of Men
Best Horror Film: The Descent
Best International Film: El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)
Best Supporting Actress: Famke Janssen (X-Men: The Last Stand)*
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Ivana Baquero (El Laberinto Del Fauno)
Best Make-Up: Todd Masters, Dan Rebert (Slither)

Best Network Television Series: Heroes
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: Battlestar Galactica
Best Actor on Television: Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Masi Oka (Heroes)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Hayden Panettiere (Heroes)**

Best DVD Special Edition Release: Superman II (The Richard Donner Cut)
Best DVD Television Series: Masters of Horror
Best Retro Television Series on DVD: Adventures of Superman (Complete 6 Seasons)

The Filmmakers Showcase Award: James Gunn (director of Slither)
The Service Award: Kerry O’Quinn (former publisher of Starlog Magazine)***

Congratulations, one and all.

It should be noted though that Lost got completely walloped, entering the awards with 6 nominations and leaving with no wins.
Their nominations were for Best Network Television Series, Best Actor (Racer X himself, Matthew Fox), Best Actress (Evangeline Lilly), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Emerson and Josh Holloway), and Best Supporting Actress (Elizabeth Mitchell).

7.2 Okay. Now colour me sad.
Battlestar Galactica may have taken home the award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, but it’s been officially reported that the next season will be its last.
Yes, we all knew it was coming (they would have to find Earth, eventually), but still.

I can’t say it any better than the astounding Edward James Olmos did: “I think that this is some of the finest usages of television that I have been a part of in my life. Bar none. I’ve been doing this for 42 years. I’ve done some really good work in television and motion pictures but there really is nothing like this show.”****

So say we all.

7.3 And to return to Saturn for just a bit…
Jennifer Love Hewitt took home Best Actress in a Television Program or Series (for Ghost Whisperer), beating Lost’s Lilly and Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff, not to mention Medium’s Patricia Arquette and The Closer’s Kyra Sedgwick, both of whom have received nods from the Emmys, Globes, and the SAGs.
Boy, Love Hewitt must really be a good actress, huh?

* I did not like the film at all, but I love Famke Janssen and she did her best with what could have potentially been a great substantive role if the “Dark Phoenix” saga had not been reduced to a piddling subplot in X-Men: TLS. I mean, there’s a damn good reason why it’s called a “saga.”

** Hayden’s win here is all the more commendable given she was up against some strong competition from Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter and Lost’s Mitchell.

*** Starlog was one of the magazines that kept this young film freak entertained and informed in the dark ages of Before The Internet.

**** Quote from iF Magazine.


Mark said...

"Boy, Love Hewitt must really be a good actress, huh?"

Well, she has a lovely pair of...saturns. ;)

I came into BSG late but it was easy to be swept into the story. Have to admit, I got bored with most of the last season but towards the end of the! Long wait till the next season.

space monkey said...

yes, indeed. those saturns...

yeah, i didn't get to start bsg either when it initially aired.
but i got to see bits of the mini-series on cable, and i truly love mary mcdonnell, so her being in it, playing a great character, and the overall way they were approaching the material, just got me hooked.

it's funny, but of all the shows i'm currently into, the one that has the most resonance and relevance to the world in which we live in, is the one set in outer space...

yeah, january's quite a ways off, and there may be that tv movie around october about the pegasus, but hey, it's gonna be about admiral psycho b*tch cain, and not all the people and toasters we all know and love. (though they do say we'll be seeing the galatica crew as well...)

Mark said...

Oh hey that Pegasus bit is news to me! Thanks!

I was underwhelmed when they talked about a spin-off of that year they were on New Caprica. Without Admiral Adama on the ground with them, it's just not the same. Although it did gave Tigh the chance to shine and give his character a different direction.

space monkey said...

yeah, a large part of why i came to find the character interesting (if not really outright "love" the character, as tigh is not really the huggable, loveable type) was because of the arc his character went on in season 3, precipitated by the events on new caprica.

and that moment he had in the season ender... kick a$$!

by the way, dunno if you've heard, but they were planning a spin-off titled "caprica" which would be a prequel about the adama family and how the cylons developed into the mad killing machines they are today.
but since the war hasn't started yet, it would be more soap opera-ish, parang "dallas" in space.
right now though, i think it's sort of stalled...