Saturn Award Nominations

The Saturn Awards for science fiction and film will be presented on June 25 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. The Academy was founded in 1972.

Best Comic Book-to-Film Release

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Science Fiction Film Release

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Godzilla
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • Interstellar
  • The Zero Theorem

Best Fantasy Film Release

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Paddington

Best Horror Film Release

  • Annabelle
  • The Babadook
  • Dracula Untold
  • Horns
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • The Purge: Anarchy

Best Thriller Film Release

  • American Sniper
  • The Equalizer
  • Gone Girl
  • The Guest
  • The Imitation Game
  • Nightcrawler

Best Action / Adventure Film Release

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Inherent Vice
  • Lucy
  • Noah
  • Snowpiercer
  • Unbroken

Best Actor in a Film

  • Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow
  • Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
  • Michael Keaton in Birdman
  • Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar
  • Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Dan Stevens in The Guest

Best Actress in a Film

  • Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow
  • Essie Davis in The Babadook
  • Anne Hathaway in Interstellar
  • Angelina Jolie in Maleficent
  • Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • Rosemund Pike in Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor in a Film

  • Richard Armitage in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Josh Brolin in Inherent Vice
  • Samuel L. Jackson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Andy Serkis in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Film

  • Jessica Chastain in Interstellar
  • Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Evangeline Lily in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Rene Russo in Nightcrawler
  • Emma Stone in Birdman
  • Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film

  • Elle Fanning in Maleficent
  • MacKenzie Foy in Interstellar
  • Chloe Grace Moretz in The Equalizer
  • Tony Revolori in The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Noah Wiseman in The Babadook

Best Film Director

  • Alejandro G. Innarritu in Birdman
  • James Gunn in Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Doug Liman in Edge of Tomorrow
  • Christopher Nolan in Interstellar
  • Matt Reeves in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Joe Russo, Anthony Russo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Bryan Singer in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Film Writing

  • Captain America: Winter Soldier, by Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus
  • Edge of Tomorrow, by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro
  • Whiplash, by Damien Chazelle

Best Film Editing

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, edited by Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt
  • Edge of Tomorrow, edited by James Herbert, Laura Jennings
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, edited by Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, Craig Wood
  • Interstellar, edited by Lee Smith
  • Unbroken, edited by William Goldenberg, Tim Squyres
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, edited by John Ottman

Best Film Production Design

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by Peter Wenham
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by James Chinlund
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Adam Stockhausen
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by Charles Wood
  • Interstellar, by Nathan Crowley
  • Into the Woods, by Dennis Gassner

Best Film Music

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by Henry Jackman
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Michael Giacchino
  • Godzilla, by Alexandre Desplat
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, by Howard Shore
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2, by John Powell
  • Interstellar, by Hans Zimmer

Best Film Costume

  • Dracula Untold, by Ngila Dickson
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings, by Janty Yates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by Alexandra Byrne
  • Into the Woods, by Colleen Atwood
  • Maleficent, by Anna B. Sheppard
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, by Louise Mingenbach

Best Film Make-Up

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Bill Terezakis, Lisa Love
  • Dracula Untold, by Mark Coulier, Daniel Phillips
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by David White, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Peter King, Rick Findlater, Gino Acevedo
  • Into the Woods, by Peter King, Matthew Smith
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, by Adrien Morot, Norma Hill-Patton

Best Film Special/Visual Effects

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by Dan Daleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Dan Sudick
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist
  • Edge of Tomorrow, by Gary Brozenich, Nick Davis, Jonathan Fawkner, Matthew Rouleau
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by Stephane Ceretti, Nicholas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, byJoe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
  • Interstellar, by Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher

Best Independent Film Release

  • Grand Piano
  • I, Origins
  • A Most Violent Year
  • The One I Love
  • The Two Faces of January
  • Whiplash

Best International Film Release

  • Bird People
  • Calvary
  • Force Majeur
  • Mood Indigo
  • The Railway Man
  • The Theory of Everything

Best Animated Film Release

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Lego Movie
  • The Wind Rises

Best Network Television Series

  • The Blacklist
  • The Following
  • Grimm
  • Hannibal
  • Person of Interest
  • Sleepy Hollow

Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series

  • 12 Monkeys
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Continuum
  • Falling Skies
  • Salem
  • The Strain
  • The Walking Dead

Best Limited Run Television Series

  • Bates Motel
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Last Ship
  • The Librarians
  • Outlander

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series

  • Agent Carter
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Arrow
  • Constantine
  • The Flash
  • Gotham

Best Youth-Oriented Television Series

  • The 100
  • Doctor Who
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Supernatural
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Vampire Diaries

Best Actor in a Television Series

  • Hugh Dancy in Hannibal
  • Grant Gustin in The Flash
  • Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead
  • Tobias Menzies in Outlander
  • Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal
  • Noah Wyle in Falling Skies

Best Actress in a Television Series

  • Haley Atwell in Agent Carter
  • Caitronia Balfe in Outlander
  • Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel
  • Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Rachel Nichols in Continuum
  • Rebecca Romjin in The Librarians

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series

  • David Bradley in The Strain
  • Laurence Fishburne in Hannibal
  • Sam Heughan in Outlander
  • Erik Knudsen in Continuum
  • Norman Reedus in The Walking Dead
  • Richard Samuel in The Strain

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series

  • Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
  • Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who
  • Caroline Dhavernas in Hannibal
  • Lexa Doig in Continuum
  • Emily Kinney in The Walking Dead
  • Melissa McBride in The Walking Dead

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series

  • Camren Bicondova in Gotham
  • Maxim Knight in Falling Skies
  • Tyler Posey in Teen Wolf
  • Chandler Riggs in The Walking Dead
  • Holly Taylor in The Americans
  • Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones

Best Guest Performance in a Television Series

  • Dominic Cooper in Agent Carter
  • Neil Patrick Harris in American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • John Larroquette in The Librarians
  • Wentworth Miller in The Flash
  • Michael Pitt in Hannibal
  • Andrew J. West in The Walking Dead

Best DVD/BD Release

  • Beneath
  • Blue Ruin
  • Odd Thomas
  • Ragnarok
  • White Bird in a Blizzard
  • Wolf Creek 2

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release

  • Alexander: The Ultimate Cut
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition
  • Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
  • Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut
  • Sorcerer
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Best DVD/BD Television Release

  • Batman: The Complete Television Series
  • Hannibal: Season 2
  • Merlin: The Complete Series
  • Spartacus: The Complete Series
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7
  • Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery
  • Wizards and Warriors: The Complete Series

Best DVD/BD Collection Release

  • The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology
  • Halloween: The Complete Collection
  • Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection
  • Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection
  • Toho Godzilla Collection
  • Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30 Film Collection

Best Local Live Stage Production

  • Damn Yankees at 3-D Theatricals
  • Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at Saban Theatre
  • The Last Confession at Ahmanson Theatre
  • Pippin at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Ragtime at 3-D Theatricals
  • Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton at Pasadenia Playhouse
  • The Wizard of Oz at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Philip K. Dick Judges

The judges for the 2015 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. The judges will select from books published in 2015 with the award presented at Norwescon in 2016. Paperback originals published in 2015 should be sent to all of the judges on the list. The Philip K. Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.

  • Eric James Fullilove
  • James C. Glass
  • David M. Higgins
  • Lisa Mason
  • Jack Skillingstead

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Ursa Major Nominating

Voting has begun for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards, given for Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art. Voting runs through April 15 and the winners will be announced at Morphicon 2015 during the weekend of April 30-May 3 in Columbus, OH. Administrator Fred Patten notes that you needn’t nominate in every category.

Best Motion Picture

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2, directed by Dean DeBlois
  • The LEGO Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman, directed by Paul Grimalt

Best Dramatic Series or Short Work

  • The Beach Bears, by MaxGoof, “The Trip to Alberta” Chapter 137 – 170
  • Bojack Horseman, Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  • Furry Force
  • Littlest Pet Shop, Supervising Director Dallas Parker and Directed by Joel Dickie, Season 2 Episode 11 to Season 3 Episode 16
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Directed by James Thiessen and Jim Miller for Hasbro, Season 4 Episode 8 to Season 4 Episode 26

Best Novel

  • Chakat in the Alley, by James R. Jordan
  • The Forges of Dawn, by E.M. Kinsey
  • Huntress, by Renee Carter Hall
  • Impossible Magic, by J.F.R. Coates
  • Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis

Best Short Fiction

  • “A Real Stand-Up Guy,” by Daniel and Mary E. Lowd
  • “The Best Puppy Ever,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • “The Carousel of Spirits,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • “The Wharf Cat’s Mermaid,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • “When a Cat Loves a Dog,” by Mary E. Lowd

Best Other Literary Work

  • Abandoned Places, edited by Tarl Hoch
  • Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
  • Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten
  • The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo,, by various
  • Tales From the Guild: Music To Your Ears, edited by AnthroAquatic

Best Graphic Story

  • Endtown, by Aaron Neathery
  • Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, issue 15 to 26
  • Slightly Damned, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson
  • TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach

Best Comic Strip

  • Carry On, by Kathryn Garrison
  • Doc Rat, by Jenner
  • Freefall, by Mark Stanley
  • Housepets!, by Rick Griffin
  • Savestate, by Tim Weeks

Best Magazine

  • Allasso, Volume 3: Storge, edited by Brian Cook
  • Dogpatch Press, by Patch Packrat
  • Flayrah, edited by Laurence “GreenReaper” Parry
  • In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley
  • Fursday, edited by Stuart Otterson

Best Published Illustration

  • ABlueDeer, cover for Chakat in the Alley, by James Jordan
  • Rukis, wraparound cover for Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis
  • SabretoothedErmine, cover for Midwest FurFest 2014 convention book
  • Terrie Smith, wraparound cover of Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten
  • WhiteMantis, I Won’t Die Here

Best Game

  • Five Nights At Freddy’s, developer: Scott Cawthon
  • Five Nights At Freddy’s 2, developer: Scott Cawthon
  • Freedom Planet, developer and publisher: GalaxyTrail
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch, developer and publisher: Young Horses
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, developer: Game Freak, publishers: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company

Best Website

  • Equestria Daily
  • FurAffinity
  • Furry Writers’ Guild
  • Inkbunny
  • WikiFur

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Panelist From Space

Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon, has announced the participation of astronaut Kjell Lindgren as a special guest. Dr. Lindgren will be serving on ISS missions 44 and 45 this summer and taking part in Sasquan while on board the International Space Station. While other astronauts have participating in Worldcons (and been Guests of Honor), this is the first time an astronaut has participated remotely from orbit.

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Obituary: Terry Pratchett

Author Sir Terry Pratchett (b.1948) died on March 12 surrounded by his family. For the past several years, Sir Terry has suffered from Alzheimer’s. Pratchett is best known for the long-running Discworld novels, but has also been co-authoring the Long Earth series with Stephen Baxter. His other works include The Nome Trilogy, Johnny and the Dead, and Good Omens, written with Neil Gaiman. In addition to his knighthood, Pratchett has won the Andre Norton Award, the BSFA Award, the Skylark, World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, and others.

Interview with Terry Pratchett, Part I
Interview with Terry Pratchett, Part II

Martin Donates Tolkien

George R.R. Martin donated a rare first edition of J.R.R. TOlkien’s The Hobbit to Texas A&M. The volume became the five millionth volume in the library’s collection. The first print run of The Hobbit, in 1937, was only 1,500 copies.
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DreamHaven Partnership

Greg Ketter and Alice Bentley have announced a new partnership for Minneapolis’s DreamHaven Books. Ketter has run DreamHaven since its inception and was a partner with Bentley in her Chicago-based store The Stars Our Destination. Bentley will be moving to Minneapolis to help run the store. DreamHaven currently does mail order, deals at conventions, and operates out of its storefront 1-2 days a week. The new arrangements will allow the storefront to be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from Noon until 6:30 pm beginning in early April.

Norman Lee Missing

Comic artist Norman Lee disappeared while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands on March 5. Local authorities began to search for him although the search was quickly reclassified as a search and recovery mission rather than a rescue. According to an official announcement, “The currents in that area are strong and it is unlikely that we will make any recovery at this stage.” Lee, who was snorkeling with his wife, has drawn comics for DC and Marvel, including X-Men, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, and Supergirl.

Speculations KC Kickstarter

Bryan Thomas Schmidt has announced a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to cover to cost to publisher Speculations K.C. in conjunction with the 2016 Worldcon, MidAmeriCon II, to be held in Kansas City. The book will contain stories by authors with Kansas City connections.

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Dawn at Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around Ceres at approximately 7:40 ET on the morning on March 6, the first time a spacecraft has orbited a dwarf planet. Ceres is the largest asteroid and the first discovered, on January 1, 1801. Originally classified as a planet, it was re-classified as an asteroid when it was clear that it was only one of many objects between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn previously orbited Vesta, the second largest asteroid and the fourth discovered, from 2011-2012. This is the first time a spacecraft went into orbit around two objects outside the Earth-Moon system. Dawn will begin its study of Ceres next month and will remain in orbit until 2016.

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