by Alicia Glass, contributing writer

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1972 by legendary fan-atic Dr. Donald Reed. A devotee of all things genre-related, Dr. Reed began by creating The Count Dracula Society in 1962, a group dedicated to the serious study of gothic film and literature. Dr. Reed and his fellow enthusiasts had many banquets honoring famous genre names, such as Vincent Price, Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury, Roger Corman, Gene Roddenberry, Ray Harryhausen and Gloria Swanson! In 1972 Dr. Reed and his cohorts began what became lovingly known as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, still in existence today to spread the love and study of all things fan-atical!

For the new millennium, the Academy broadened it’s borders to include Action, Adventure, Thriller, Independent Films and even International releases. All films with an “edgy” feel to it are honored by the Academy, even through simple acknowledgement.


Last night’s ceremony was held at the Castaway restaurant in Burbank, California, and hosted by Jeff Ross.  Said Ross, “It’s like Comic-Con meets a Bar Mitzvah!”

IN a nutshell, last night’s big winner was Gravity, with five awards, while Her, Irona Man 3, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead each took three. Here, we have the official list of the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, and so, on with the show!



Best Comic?to?Film Motion Picture: Iron Man 3

Best Science Fiction Film: Gravity

Best Fantasy Film: Her

Best Horror Film: The Conjuring

Best Action/Adventure Film: Fast & Furious 6

Best Thriller Film: World War Z

Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man 3)

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3)

Best Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson (Her)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie)


Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

Best Writing: Spike Jonze (Her)

Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger (Gravity)

Best Production Design: Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)

Best Music: Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves)

Best Costume: Trish Summerville (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

Best Make?Up: Donald Mowat (Prisoners)

Best Special/Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould (Gravity)

Best Independent Film: 12 Years a Slave

Best International Film: Big Bad Wolves

Best Animated Film: Frozen



Best Network Television Series: (tie) Hannibal, Revolution

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead

Best Television Presentation of a Limited Series: Breaking Bad

Best Youth?Oriented Series on Television: Teen Wolf

Best Actor on Television: Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal)

Best Actress on Television: Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)

Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Best Supporting Actress on Television: Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead)

Best Younger Actor on Television: Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)

Best Guest Star on Television: Robert Forster (Breaking Bad)


Home Entertainment

Best DVD/BD Release: Big Ass Spider

Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release: Halloween: 35thAnniversary Edition

Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Chucky: The Complete Collection

Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3, 4, 5


This year’s Special Awards recipients really are extra special, as I fangirl-squee with delight!