I have a confession to make. I have not seen Inception. My only excuse is that ever since Gilbert Grape, I tend to avoid Leonardo DiCaprio movies. I might have gotten away with catching it on SyFy a couple of years from now, but then the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced the nominations for the 37th Annual Saturn Awards, and guess what film is leading with nine nominations? Yup. Inception. I’m running out of excuses, so I suppose I’ll download it from iTunes this weekend and watch it on my iPod while I’m driving to work.
Following Inception in number of nominations are Let Me In and Tron: Legacy, with seven nominations each; Hereafter with six; and Alice in Wonderland, Black Swan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Never Let Me Go and Shutter Island with five each. (Oops. I didn’t see Shutter Island, either.
Best Science Fiction Film
Hereafter (Warner Bros.)
Inception (Warner Bros.)
Iron Man 2 (Paramount/Marvel)
Never Let Me Go (Fox Searchlight)
Splice (Warner Bros.)
Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney Studios)
Best Fantasy Film
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Studios)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (20th Century Fox)
Clash of the Titans (Warner Bros.)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Warner Bros.)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Universal)
Twilight: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)
In the television categories, The Walking Dead received six nominations; and Breaking Bad, Lost and Fringe tied with five nominations. Leverage, True Blood earned four, followed by Dexter and V with three and The Closer, Smallville and Spartacus: Blood and Sand with two.
Breaking Bad? The Closer? Yes, you read that right. The Saturn Awards also include action, adventure, mystery and the sort of nebulous crime/comedy category, or cromedy. Curiously absent is a category for Best Shirtless Scene Featuring an Actor from Smallville or Supernatural. I suppose that means FBOTU will have to do its own awards this year.
Here are the Saturn nominations for best series. Go Fringe!
Best Network Series
The Vampire Diaries (CW)
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
Breaking Bad (AMC)
The Closer (TNT)
Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Starz)
True Blood (HBO)
The 37th Annual Saturn Awards will take place this June in Burbank, California. I will most likely have seen Inception by then. If not, then I will most likely have seen the South Park, Family Guy or Spongebob parodies of Inception by then. Or maybe I can just get some site members to come over to my house and act it out for me while I read comics, play video games and eat a whole bag of those new peanut butter Snickers bars. Volunteers?
Check the official Saturn Awards website over the next few days for the complete list of nominees.