Saturn Awards
Current: 51st Saturn Awards
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Awarded forBest in genre fiction film, television and home media releases
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded1973

The Saturn Awards[1] are American awards presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The awards were created to honor science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, but have since grown to reward other films belonging to genre fiction, as well as television and home media releases. The Saturn Awards were created in 1973 and were originally referred to as Golden Scrolls.


The Saturn Awards were devised by Donald A. Reed in 1973, who felt that work in films in the genre of science fiction at that time lacked recognition within the established Hollywood film industry's award system.[2] Initially, the award given was a Golden Scroll certificate.[3] In the late 1970s, the award was changed to be a representation of the planet Saturn, with its ring(s) composed of film.

The Saturn Awards are voted upon by members of the presenting Academy. The Academy is a non-profit organization with membership open to the public. Its president and executive producer is Robert Holguin, and producer/writers Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus.[4] Its members include filmmakers J. J. Abrams, Bryan Singer, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Fuller, Mark A. Altman, Vince Gilligan and James Cameron, among others.[5]

Although the Awards still primarily focus on films and television in the science fiction, fantasy and horror categories, the Saturns have also recognized productions in other dramatic genres. There are also special awards for lifetime achievement in film production.

Award categories




Home video

Special awards

Discontinued awards


Superlative Individual(s) / Work Record set Year(s)
Most awards (individual) James Cameron 11 awards 19842009
Most nominations (individual) John Williams 23 nominations 19772022/23
Most awards (film) Star Wars 15 awards[a] 1977
Most nominations (film) 18 nominations[a]
Most awards (TV series) The Walking Dead 22 awards 20102019/2020
Most nominations (TV series) 56 nominations
Most awards (acting) Robert Downey Jr.
Anna Torv
4 awards 19932018/19
Most nominations (acting) Tom Cruise 12 nominations 19942021/22
Most awards (single category) John Williams 10 wins for Best Music 19772022/23
Most nominations (single category) 23 nominations for Best Music
Most awards (film franchise) Star Wars 49 wins[b]
Most nominations (film franchise) Marvel Cinematic Universe 170 nominations[c] 20082022/23


  1. ^ a b Star Wars (1977) was originally nominated for 16 awards and won 12; the actual number of wins include a special award to reward Gilbert Taylor's cinematography, a special award to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 1997, and 1 win as a part of a compilation (Best DVD Movie Collection) for Star Wars Trilogy (2004) in 2005. The actual number of nominations also include two nominations as part of compilations while the two special awards were non-competitive, so they do not count as nominations.
  2. ^ 14 wins for Star Wars (1977), 4 wins for The Empire Strikes Back (1980), 5 wins for Return of the Jedi (1983), 2 wins for The Phantom Menace (1999), 2 wins for Attack of the Clones (2002), 2 wins for Revenge of the Sith (2005), 8 wins for The Force Awakens (2015), 3 wins for Rogue One (2016), 3 wins for The Last Jedi (2017), 5 wins for The Rise of Skywalker (2019), and 1 win for a compilation (Best DVD Movie Collection) comprising three films (Star Wars Trilogy) of the franchise.
  3. ^ 8 nominations for Iron Man (2008), 1 nomination for The Incredible Hulk (2008), 4 nominations for Iron Man 2 (2010), 4 nominations for Thor (2011), 7 nominations for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), 6 nominations for The Avengers (2012), 5 nominations for Iron Man 3 (2013), 5 nominations for Thor: The Dark World (2013), 11 nominations for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), 9 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), 4 nominations for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), 6 nominations for Ant-Man (2015), 8 nominations for Captain America: Civil War (2016), 10 nominations for Doctor Strange (2016), 4 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), 4 nominations for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), 2 nominations for Thor: Ragnarok (2017), 14 nominations for Black Panther (2018), 2 nominations for Avengers: Infinity War (2018), 3 nominations for Captain Marvel (2019), 14 nominations for Avengers: Endgame (2019), 4 nominations for Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), 7 nominations for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), 1 nomination for Eternals (2021), 9 nominations for Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), 4 nominations for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), 3 nominations for Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), 3 nominations for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), 1 nomination for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023), and 7 nominations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023).

Year-by-year results

The year indicates the year of release of the films eligible.

See also


  1. ^ "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror ... and the Saturn Goes to ..." The Huffington Post. July 21, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  2. ^ About the founder: Dr. Donald A. Reed (1935–2001)
  3. ^ Fxperts - Saturn Award history Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Membership and / or Donation information
  5. ^ "The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films". Retrieved February 15, 2011.