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Saturn Awards 2015 Date & Nominations: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', 'Interstellar' Lead Noms; 'Birdman' Surprises

First Posted: Mar 05, 2015 03:06 PM EST
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The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films has announced its annual Saturn Award nominations, with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Interstellar" leading the nominations.

The Academy is determined to award genre films that are not usually awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and the critics. However, sometimes the Saturn Awards choose prestige films and ignore some of the more important science fiction, fantasy and horror films of the year.

Disney's "Captain America" lead the nominees with 11 and scored nominations for Best Comic-Book to Film Release, Best Actor for Chris Evans, Best Supporting Actor for Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie and Best Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson. The film also received nominations for Best Director and Best screenplay.

"Interstellar" scored 10 nominations, including Best Science Fiction film, Best Actor for Matthew McConaughy, Best Actress for Anne Hathaway and Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain. Christopher Nolan scored a Best Director nomination while Hans Zimmer scored a Best Music nomination for their work in the Paramount film.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" also had an impressive showing, as it will compete against "Captain America" for Best Comic-book to Movie. The eight-time nominee was also nominated for Best Actor for Chris Pratt, Best Director for James Gunn and Best Screenplay.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" followed with eight and was nominated for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Visual Effects. "Edge of Tomorrow" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" each scored seven nominations. "Edge of Tomorrow" will compete in the Science Fiction category while "The Hobbit" will compete for Best Fantasy film.

A number of Oscar nominees landed surprising nominations. Best Picture winner "Birdman" scored a nomination for Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress.

"Birdman" will compete with fellow Oscar nominee "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in the Fantasy category. The Wes Anderson film was also nominated for Best Young Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Production Design. Interestingly, though, the film scored no Best Actor or Best Director nominations.

Even more surprising was the inclusion of "The Imitation Game," which scored a Best Thriller nomination, but somehow did not qualify for any other category. The Morten Tyldum film will compete against fellow Oscar nominee "American Sniper," as well as "Gone Girl" and "Nightcrawler."

One of the biggest upsets in the nominations was "Snowpiercer." The critically acclaimed Science Fiction film landed a nomination in the Action/Adventure category but seemed to miss out on nominations for Best Actor for Chris Evan, Best Supporting Actress for Tilda Swinton, and even Best Director. The Independent Film most likely failed to score major nominations due to the lack of exposure and lack of a wide release. However, the lack of nominations is a disappointment given that the movie would have easily scored multiple wins.

Other films shunned from the awards included "Under the Skin" and "Enemy."

The Academy did offer some surprises as it nominated "Grand Piano," "I, Origins," "A Most Violent Year," "The One I Love," "The Two Faces of January," and "Whiplash" for Best Independent Film. However, only "Whiplash" qualified for other categories.

The awards will be presented on June 25 in Burbank.

The complete list of nominees:

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

Best Actress In a Film:
Emily Blunt - "Edge of Tomorrow"
Essie Davis - "The Babadook"
Anne Hathaway - "Interstellar"
Angelina Jolie - "Maleficent"
Jennifer Lawrence - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1″
Rosamund Pike - "Gone Girl"

Best Supporting Actor In a Film:
Richard Armitage - "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
Josh Brolin - "Inherent Vice"
Samuel L. Jackson - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Anthony Mackie - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Andy Serkis - "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
J.K. Simmons - "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress In a Film:
Jessica Chastain - "Interstellar"
Scarlett Johansson - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Evangeline Lily - "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
Rene Russo - "Nightcrawler"
Emma Stone - "Birdman"
Meryl Streep - "Into the Woods"

Best Performance By A Younger Actor In a Film:
Elle Fanning - "Maleficent"
MacKenzie Foy - "Interstellar"
Chloe Grace Moretz - "The Equalizer"
Tony Revolori - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Kodi Smit-McPhee - "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
Noah Wiseman - "The Babadook"

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

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

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

Best Film Production Design:
James Chinlund - "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
Nathan Crowley - "Interstellar"
Dennis Gassner - "Into the Woods"
Adam Stockhausen - "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Peter Wenham - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Charles Wood - "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Best Film Music:
Alexandre Desplat - "Godzilla"
Michael Giacchino - "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
Henry Jackman - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
John Powell - "How to Train Your Dragon 2″
Howard Shore - "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
Hans Zimmer - "Interstellar"

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

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

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

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 Six"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2″
"The Lego Movie"
"The Wind Rises"

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