Obituary: Philip Madoc

Actor Philip Madoc (b.1934) died on March 5. Madoc appeared in numerous episodes of Doctor Who, notably in the serials “The Brain of Morbius,” “The War Games,” and “The Power of the Kroll.” He also appeared in the films Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D and Journey to the Far Side of the Sun. Other television roles included appearances on Space: 1999, UFO, and Out of This World.

Obituary: Robert Sherman

Songwriter Robert Sherman (b.1925) died on March 5. Sherman, and his brother, Richard, had their first hit with “Tall Paul,” song by Annette Funicello. The song brought them to Walt Disney’s attention and they began writing songs for Disney, including “It’s a Small World,” and the songs for movies such as Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and many more, including the non-Disney film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 2009, the Sherman Brothers were the focus of the documentary The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story. In 1945, Sherman led the first Allied troops into the Dachau concentration camp at the end of World War II.

Obituary: Paul Haines

New Zealand author Paul Haines (b.1970) died on March 5 after a battle with cancer. Haines announced that he would no longer be writing in November of 2011. Haines was part of the inaugural Clarion South class of 2004 and his works have won him the Aurealis, Ditmar, Chronos, and Sir Julius Vogel Awards. His fiction has been collected in Doorways For The Dispossessed, Slice of Life, and The Last Days Of Kali Yuga.

Spelman in Hospice

Former book dealer Dick Spelman has entered hospice in Florida. Spelman sold books at conventions from the 1970s until 1991, when he sold his company to Larry Smith. Spelman attended TASFiC in 1952 and was on the board of directors for Chicon IV. In 1982, he chaired Windycon IX. Spelman has been suffering from cancer. Last week, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnoses with pneumonia and put on a ventilator for three days.

Obituary: Sheldon Moldoff

Artist Sheldon Moldoff (b.1920) died on February 29. Moldoff was a ghost artist on Bob Kane’s Batman and was the co-creator of several characters, including Poison Ivy, Mr. Zero (Mr. Freeze), Clayface, and the original Bat-Girl. Moldoff was also active in drawing Hawkman and Hawkgirl. He left DC Comics in 1967 and worked in animation on the show Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse.

Obituary: Ralph McQuarrie

Artist Ralph McQuarrie (b.1929) died on March 3. McQuarrie is best known for providing the original concept art for the Star Wars films and also worked on the original Battlestar Galactica, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, and Cocoon, for which he won an Oscar. He got his start illustrating air and space craft designs for Boeing in the 1950s and was commissioned by George Lucas to create paintings which could be used to help sell the studio on the idea for Star Wars in 1975.

Saturn Award Nominations

The Saturn Awards have announced this years nominees. The winners will be announced on June 20. In addition to the categories below, Martin Scorsese qill receive the George Pal Memorial Award.

Best Science Fiction Film:

  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Limitless
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Super 8
  • X-Men: First Class

Best Fantasy Film:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Immortals
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Muppets
  • Thor

Best Horror/Thriller Film:

  • Contagion
  • The Devil’s Double
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Grey
  • Take Shelter
  • The Thing

Best Action/Adventure Film:

  • Fast Five
  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Red Tails
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • War Horse

Best Actor:

  • Antonio Banderas in The Skin I Live In
  • Dominic Cooper in The Devil’s Double
  • Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Ben Kingsley in Hugo
  • Michael Shannon in Take Shelter

Best Actress:

  • Jessica Chastain in Take Shelter
  • Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
  • Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Brit Marling in Another Earth
  • Keira Knightley in A Dangerous Method
  • Elizabeth Olson in Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Ralph Fiennes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Harrison Ford in Cowboys and Aliens
  • Tom Hiddleston in Thor
  • Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Stanley Tucci in Captain America: The First Avenger

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Elena Anaya in The Skin I Live In
  • Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg in Melancholia
  • Paula Patton in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Lin Shaye in Insidious Film
  • Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:

  • Asa Butterfield in Hugo
  • Joel Courtney in Super 8
  • Elle Fanning in Super 8
  • Dakota Goyo in Real Steel
  • Chloe Grace Moretz in Hugo
  • Saoirse Ronan in Hanna

Best Direction:

  • J.J. Abrams for Super 8
  • Brad Bird for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Martin Scorsese for Hugo
  • Steven Spielberg for The Adventures of Tintin
  • Rupert Wyatt for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • David Yates for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Best Writing:

  • J.J. Abrams for Super 8
  • Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
  • Mike Cahill, Brit Marling for Another Earth
  • Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • John Logan for Hugo
  • Jeff Nichols for Take Shelter

Best Music:

  • Michael Giacchino for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Michael Giacchino for Super 8
  • Howard Shore for Hugo
  • Alan Silvestri for Captain America: The First Avenger
  • John Williams for The Adventures of Tintin
  • John Williams for War Horse

Best Production Design:

  • Stuart Craig for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Dante Ferretti for Hugo
  • Tom Foden for Immortals Relativity
  • Rick Heinrichs for Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Kim Sinclair for The Adventures of Tintin
  • Bo Welch for Thor

Best Editing:

  • Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey for Super 8
  • Mark Day for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Paul Hirsch for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Michael Kahn for The Adventures of Tintin
  • Kelly Matsumoto, Fred Raskin, Christian Watner for Fast Five
  • Thelma Schoonmaker for Hugo

Best Costume:

  • Jenny Beavan for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Alexandra Byrne for Thor
  • Lisy Christl for Anonymous
  • Sandy Powell for Hugo
  • Anna B. Sheppard for Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Jany Temime for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Best Make-Up:

  • Shaun Smith, Scott Wheeler for Conan the Barbarian
  • Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Annick Chartier, Adrien Morot, Nikoletta Skarlatos for Immortals
  • Tamar Aviv for The Skin I Live In
  • Tom Woodruff Jr., Alec Gillis for The Thing
  • Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O’ Sullivan for X-Men: First Class

Best Special Effects:

  • Scott E. Anderson, Matt Aitken, Joe Letteri, Matthias Menz, Keith Miller for The Adventures of Tintin
  • Tim Burke, Greg Butler, John Richardson, David Vickery forHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Steven Riley, Russell Earl, Kim Libreri, Dennis Muren for Super 8
  • Scott Benza, John Frazier, Matthew Butler, Scott Farar for Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Best International Film:

  • Attack the Block
  • The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch
  • Melancholia
  • Point Blank
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Troll Hunter

Best Animated Film:

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Cars 2
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
  • Rio


Best Network Television Series:

  • Fringe
  • A Gifted Man
  • Grimm
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Supernatural
  • Terra Nova

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series:

  • American Horror Story
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Closer
  • Dexter
  • Leverage
  • True Blood

Best Presentation on Television (10 Episodes or Less):

  • Camelot
  • Falling Skies
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Killing
  • Torchwood: Miracle Day
  • Trek Nation
  • The Walking Dead

Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television:

  • Being Human
  • Doctor Who
  • The Nine Lives of Chloe King
  • Secret Circle
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Vampire Diaries

Best Actor on Television:

  • Sean Bean in Game of Thrones
  • Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall in Dexter
  • Timothy Hutton in Leverage
  • Dylan McDermott in American Horror Story
  • Noah Wylie in Falling Skies

Best Actress on Television:

  • Mireille Enos in The Killing
  • Lena Headey in Game of Thrones
  • Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
  • Eve Myles in Torchwood: Miracle Day
  • Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer
  • Anna Torv in Fringe

Best Supporting Actor on Television:

  • Giancarlo Esposito in Breaking Bad
  • Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
  • Joel Kinnaman in The Killing
  • John Noble in Fringe
  • Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad
  • Bill Pullman in Torchwood: Miracle Day
  • Norman Reedus in The Walking Dead

Best Supporting Actress on Television:

  • Lauren Ambrose in Torchwood: Miracle Day
  • Jennifer Carpenter in Dexter
  • Frances Conroy in American Horror Story
  • Michelle Forbes in The Killing
  • Lana Parrilla in Once Upon a Time
  • Beth Riesgraf in Leverage

Best Guest Performer on Television:

  • Steven Bauer in Breaking Bad
  • Orla Brady in Fringe
  • Mark Margolis in Breaking Bad
  • Edward James Olmos in Dexter
  • Zachary Quinto in American Horror Story
  • Tom Skerritt in Leverage


Best DVD Release:

  • 13
  • Atlas Shrugged: Part One
  • City of Life and Death
  • The Double
  • The Perfect Host
  • Kill the Irishman
  • The Reef

Best DVD Special Edition Release:

  • Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
  • Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis
  • Mimic (The Director’s Cut)
  • Phantom of the Opera (1925 Silent, Blu-Ray)
  • The Rocketeer (20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition)

Best DVD Collection:

  • Jean Rollin Cinema Collection
  • Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions)
  • Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection
  • Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006

Best DVD Television Series Release:

  • The Bionic Woman: Seasons 2 & 3
  • Camelot: The Complete First Season
  • Farscape: The Complete Series
  • Nikita: The Complete First Season
  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
  • The Twilight Zone: Season 3-5

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Obituary: Jack Scovil

Literary agent Jack Scovil (b.1937) died on February 23. Scovil spent twenty years working for the Scott Meredith Agency before leaving in 1992 to form Scovil Chicack Galen (more recently named Scovil Galen Ghosh). His clients included Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke.

Obituary: Arne Sjögren

Swedish fan Arne Sjögren (b.1940) died on January 7. In the mid-60s, Sjögren co-edited the clubzine Cosmos Bulletin with Ingemar Nilsson. Sjögren also published some short fiction and critical essays.

Obituary: Anders Åkerlind

Swedish fan Anders Åkerlind (b.1960?) died on February 11, 2011. Åkerlind was active from the late 70s through the mid-80s. he founded the APA SFF (Swedish Fanzine Association). More recently, he played with the band Saturn Girl and the Toneheroes.