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The Saturn Awards organization is the official awards group of The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.  The Academy was founded in 1972 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The organization was founded in 1972 by Donald A. Reed who earned two degrees at the University of Southern California.  As a life-long fan of genre entertainment, he became noted as one of the leading authorities on Count Dracula.  That dedication and passion soon took shape as the Academy and the Saturn Awards.  Dr. Reed was devoted to the genres right up to his passing in 2001.

The Academy is now headed by an equally-devoted group of enthusiasts including Mark Altman (film and television producer), Kevin and Bradley Marcus (feature film writers), and Robert Holguin who currently serves as President of the Academy.

With several hundred members in Los Angeles, the Academy holds official screenings of films for the purposes of award consideration.  The organization also shows films for promotional purposes.  The group screens close to 100 films a year.  The Academy has a large group of members who live outside of Southern California who join expressly to support the Academy and vote in the annual awards show.

The organization is currently screening in the Westwood area and encourages anyone who works or lives in the general perimeter to consider supporting the Academy and attend screenings.  This is a great value to anyone who loves attending films.  You will see a wide variety of films and you may bring a guest with you to these private screenings.  Members only show their membership cards at the door for admittance.

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The Saturn Awards Organization will be bestowing special honors at the upcoming 42nd Annual Saturn Awards which takes place on June 22, 2016 in Burbank.  These recipients will be attending to receive special Saturn Awards which have been voted by the leadership of the 44 year old non-profit Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

The special awards recipients are:

Nichelle Nichols
The Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to actress Nichelle Nichols who starred as Communications Officer Lt. Uhura in the classic television series, Star Trek, which is celebrating its' 50th Anniversary this year.  Ms. Nichols is receiving this award for her contributions to genre entertainment, the musical arts, and her tirelesss support of NASA and space exploration.

Simon Kinberg
The George Pal Memorial Award

The George Pal Memorial Award will be presented to screenwriter and producer, Simon Kinberg, who is a true creative force in the entertainment field having written screenplays for Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper, Sherlock Holmes, and This Means War.  He has co-produced such films as Elysium, Cinderella, Chappie, The Martian, Deadpool, and several of the X-Men film releases over the years including the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.  This award is named after the legendary filmmaker George Pal who created some of the most visionary film work of the 20th century including War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and When Worlds Collide.

Melissa Benoist
The Breakthrough Performance Award

The Breakthrough Performance Award is an honor embracing new talent and this year's recipient is actor Melissa Benoist. She is currently the star of the popular CBS series, Supergirl.  Some of her earlier work includes a role in Glee and in the film  Whiplash.  She is one of this generation's brightest talents.  She is a positive role model to young kids with her work on the successful series, Supergirl.

Eric Kripke
The Dan Curtis Legacy Award

The Dan Curtis Legacy Award will be presented to producer / writer Eric Kripke who is the creator and producer of one of television's most popular genre shows, Supernatural, which has been on the air since 2005.  Eric's work also includes the NBC series Revolution, Ghost Facers, and Tarzan which he created with Mike Werb and Michael Colleary.  His newest project is the upcoming tv event, Time.  Eric is one of the most successful and sought after showrunners in television today.  Dan Curtis was one of television's most successful producers having produced such classic series as Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker tele-movie, Trilogy of Terror, and the mini-series The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Brannon Braga
The Special Recognition Award

The Special Recognition Award will be given to producer Brannon Braga who is co-creator and Executive Producer of  the hit WGN series, Salem.  Brannon is also known for his work on three Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise.  He was also the producer of the television program, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Terra Nova, Flashforward, Threshold, and 24.  This talented writer and producer is deserving of special recognition for his contributions to genre entertainment.

Better Call Saul
The Spotlight Award

The Spotlight Award is being presented to the outstanding television series, Better Call Saul, which airs on AMC.  This series which was created by Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan is one of the most engaging programs on television.  Conceived from the world of AMC's Breaking Bad, this series follows characters who revolve around attorney Jimmy McGill.  The series co-stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, and Michael McKean.  Better Call Saul has a brilliant creative team of writers, directors, producers, and an ensemble of some of the best actors working in the tv medium.

                       The awards host for the evening:

                                JOHN BARROWMAN

 Presiding at the ceremony as Host and Emcee will be actor, entertainer, and genre favorite John Barrowman, from

                                                 CW's Arrow, Doctor Who, and Torchwood.


                          View the 2016 Nominations!




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