The 2016 Saturn Awards Recap Sci-Fi Fans Have To See

If you love the best science fiction shows, fantasy movies and horror movies you have to see our 2016 Saturn Awards Recap! Game of Thrones, Star Trek, The Walking Dead and Star Wars fans have a lot to talk about!

The 2016 Saturn Awards recap is now in the books and this sci-fi, fantasy and horror themed awards show was full of big winners this year! Leading the pack this year for awards included The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Hannibal! I have to say that I am totally excited to see that Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead up there because both shows I’m obsessed about. I’ve heard excellent things about Hannibal too, but that show is too creepy to me! Star Wars fans are also going to want to stay tuned to this awards show! Sci-fi, fantasy and horror show fans, this is your night! Check out the full recap of who is killing it during our 2016 Saturn Awards recap. I included a description of what happened, but there is also a full winners list at the bottom if you want to check out your favorite category!

The 2016 Saturn Awards Recap: All The Important Details

The awards ceremony was held on June 22nd, 2016 in Burbank, California and gave recognition to the best of the best in the genre of fantasy, science fiction and horror in the areas of movies, television, home entertainment and live stage productions. There was a total of 43 awards to be handed out, but like most award shows, not all the awards were handed out during the ceremony. Although I have to say I was surprised by the end of the night that pretty close to 30 awards were handed out. But, unlike other award shows that have all the music and dancing, this one was straight up awards. Also, out of the 43 awards, 22 were for film, 15 were for television, five were for home entertainment, and one for a theater production.

The ceremony was hosted by John Barrowman, who currently stars in the television series, Arrow, as the role of Malcolm Merlyn.

The movie that scored the most nominations was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with 15, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road, with 10. The television series with the most nominations was The Walking Dead, with 7, followed by Game of Thrones and Hannibal, with five each.

In addition to the regular awards, there were also six special awards that were handed out as well. The Life Career Award was given to Nichelle Nichols. She received the award in celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. She played the role of Uhura in the original Star Trek series and six Star Trek movies. The Special Recognition Award was presented to Brannon Braga

The 2016 Saturn Awards Recap: What Happened During The Show?

So, let’s see who all the winners were tonight and find out if your favorites walked home with the prize! I have also listed all of the nominees and winners below at the bottom. Here are the highlights!

Sarah Schechter, the United States Air Force first female rabbi, presented the Breakthrough Performance Award to Melissa Benoist for the lead role in Supergirl as Kara Zor-El. I don’t watch this show, but I know a few people that do and they say she is an amazing actress.

Nicholas Meyer, screenwriter, producer, director, and author presented The Life Career Award to Nichelle Nichols, for her portrayal of Uhura in the Star Trek Original Television Series, as well as half a dozen Star Trek movies. I know many people who are Star Trek fans, it seriously has a major following.

Alan Ruck, best known for his role as Cameron Frye in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Hannah Kasulka, known for playing Kaitlyn in The Fosters and Meegan in Filthy Preppy Teens, presented the award for Best Fantasy Film to Cinderella, accepted by Simon Kinberg, a producer on the movie. Cinderella is a romantic fantasy movie starring Lily James as Ella/Cinderella. I saw Cinderella, and I loved it. I especially loved Cate Blanchett playing the role of the wicked stepmother. The costumes and sets for this movie were amazing. This movie had some serious eye candy if you love to watch pretty and magical films!

Yvette Nicole Brown, known for her role as Shirley Bennett in Community, and Lance Reddick, known for his roles as Cedric Daniels in The Wire and Phillip Broyles in Fringe, presented the award for Best Film Editing to Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I don’t think anyone is surprised to see Star Wars crushing it tonight.

James Lastovic, who currently plays the role of Joey Johnson in the soap opera Days of Our Lives, was up next. Also with him was Savannah Lester, who has appeared in television shows such as Lost, Kid Justice, and Major Crimes. Together they presented the award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor to Ty Simpkins for his role as Gray Mitchell in Jurassic World. I loved Jurassic World, in fact, I love all of the Jurassic Park movies. This new reboot had so many cool special effects, and was a solid movie for all Jurassic Park fans! Way to go Ty, he was awesome in Jurassic Park!

Kate Siegel, known for her role as Cheryl in Ghost Whisperer, and Zach Galligan, best known for his role as Billy Peltzer in the movie Gremlins, presented the award for Best Horror Film to Crimson Peak, accepted by David S. Goyer. Crimson Peak is a gothic romance film starring Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston. I saw this movie when it came out in theaters in 2015, and it was really good. It is a romance movie but with horror thrown in.

Amy Yasbeck, best known for her role as Casey Chapel Davenport on the series Wings and Steven Weber, best known for his role Brian Hackett on Wings, presented the next three awards. The award for Best DVD or Blu-Ray Release was given to Burying the Ex. This award was accepted by director Joe Dante. The award for Best DVD or Blu-Ray Classic Film Release was awarded to Miracle Mile. The award for Best DVD or Blu-Ray Television Release was awarded to The X-Files: The Collectors Set and was accepted by Chris Carter, the creator, director, and writer for The X-Files. Burying the Ex is a 2014 comedy horror movie starring Anton Yelchin and Ashely Greene, Miracle Mile is a 1988 apocalyptic thriller movie starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham.

Dan O’ Shannon, writer, and producer, presented the Special Recognition Award to Brannon Braga. Braga is a director, screenwriter, and producer and is best known for being a producer for Star Trek: Voyager and writer for two Star Trek movies: Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. This guy is a serious player in the sci-fi movie world.

Janet Montgomery, best known for her role as Mary Sibley in Salem, presented the award for Best International Film to Turbo Kid. Turbo Kid is a 2015 post-apocalyptic movie starring Munro Chambers. I have not seen this movie but it does look really good.

Drew Goddard, creator, and Marco Ramirez, executive producer for season 2, were presented with the award for Best New Media Television Series for Marvel’s Daredevil. I love this show and am so glad it won! So much action, superhero fans should def check it out Daredevil on Netflix if you don’t watch already.

Dean Cain is up next, and is best known for his role as Clark Kent/Superman in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Laura Vandervoort is also up and is best known for her role as Aria Cogan in Haven. This duo presented the award for Best Superhero Adaption Television Series to The Flash, accepted by executive producers Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing. Never seen the show but it seems pretty popular.

Eric Balfour, best known for his roles as Milo Pressman in 24 and Duke Crocker in Haven, and Lucas Bryant, known for playing the role of Nathan Wuornos in Haven, presented the award to William Shatner for Best Guest Star on Television, for his recurring role as Croatoan in Haven.

Violett Beane, best known for her role as Jesse Quick in The Flash, and Echo Kellum, known for playing Curtis Holt in Arrow, presented the award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Series to Chandler Riggs, for his role as Carl Grimes in The Walking Dead. I am so beyond excited. This is my favorite show ever, and he is such an amazing actor.

Cas Anvar, who plays the role of Alex Kamal in The Expanse, and Kristen Gutoksie, known as playing the main role of Katie Frank on Containment, presented the award for Best Television Presentation to Doctor Who- The Husbands of River Song, accepted by Alex Kingston, who plays River Song on Doctor Who.

Aaron Abrams, known for his recurring role on Hannibal as Special Agent Brian Zeller, presented the award for Best Action Thriller Television Series to Hannibal, accepted by Steve Lightfoot, executive producer for Hannibal and Bryan Fuller, developer, writer and executive producer of Hannibal.

Chandler Riggs and Michael Mando, known for his role as Ignacio “Nacho” Varga on Better Call Saul, present the award for Best Supporting Actor on Television to Richard Armitage, for his role as Francis Dolarhyde/The Tooth Fairy on Hannibal. Richard Armitage is one of the most talented actors today. Besides his role on Hannibal, I also liked him in the role of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit movies.

The award for Best Supporting Actress on Television went to Danai Gurira for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead. Happy again since this is my favorite show and she is my favorite female character.

Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester on Supernatural and Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam Winchester, presented The Dan Curtis Legacy Award to Eric Kripke, who has been the show’s creator and producer since its inception. I am a huge Supernatural fan and have watched it since day one.

The award for Best Actress on Television was given to Caitriona Balfe for her role as Claire Fraser on Outlander. I was hoping that Gillian Anderson would win for her role as Dana Scully on The X-Files.

Rhea Seehorn, best known for playing Kim Wexler on Better Call Saul and Harry Hamlin, best known for his role on the series L.A. Law as Michael Kuzak, presented the award for Best Fantasy Television Series to Outlander, accepted by executive producer, Maril Davis. And why did Game of Thrones not win? I am slightly confused by this.

The award for Best Actor on Television went to Bruce Campbell, for his role as Ash Williams on Ash vs. Evil Dead. This is probably the most upsetting loss for me because hands down, Andrew Lincoln should have won this one.

The award for Best Horror Television Series went to THE WALKING DEAD!!!! I am beyond excited.

Caity Lotz, known for her roles as Sara Lance, The Canary and White Canary on both Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow and Travis Van Winkle, currently playing the role of Danny Green in The Last Ship, presented the award for Best Science Fiction Television Series to Continuum. I have to honestly say that I had never even heard of this show until just now.

Olivia Munn, who plays the role of Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, presented Simon Kinberg with The George Pal Memorial Award. Kinberg is a screenwriter and producer and is better known for producing movies like Let’s be Cops and Cinderella and writing for movies such as The Fantastic Four and X-Men: The Last Stand. I am a huge fan of all the X-Men movies, especially the character of Wolverine.

Magda Apanowicz, known for playing the main role of Lucy Rand in Caprica and Erik Knudsen, known for his roles as Alec Sadler in Continuum and Dale Turner in Jericho, presented the award for Best Special Effects to Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould for their work in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Tubach accepting the award.

The award for Best Makeup went to Neal Scanlan for his work in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Giancarlo Esposito, best known for his role in Breaking Bad as Gustavo Fring, presented The Spotlight Award to Peter Gould for his work as producer, editor, and writer for Breaking Bad. I loved that show and miss it so much. Better Call Saul is good but just not the same.

Alex Kingston and Robert Forster, known for his movie role as Scott Thorson in The Descendants, presented the award for Best Director to Ridley Scott for The Martian. Scott was not on hand to accept the award, but Drew Goddard, writer, and executive producer accepted the award. While I loved The Martian, I actually believe the award should have gone to J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abrams is such an incredible director.

Rachel Nichols, known for her role as Kiera Cameron on Continuum and Victor Webster, known for his role as Carlos Fonnegra on the show, presented the award for Best Supporting Actress to Jessica Chastain, for her role as Lady Lucille Sharpe in Crimson Peak.

Nichols and Webster also presented the award for Best Actor to Harrison Ford for his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Han Solo. Are you kidding me? Clearly, the winner should have been Leonardo DiCaprio for his role as Hugh Glass in The Revenant. Disappointed! Ford wasn’t there to accept the award, so Frank Marshall, president of Lucasfilm, accepted on his behalf.

And finally, John Barrowman presented the award for Best Science Fiction Film to…wait for it…Star Wars: The Force Awakens, accepted by executive producer Tommy Harper.

And that’s a wrap, folks!

The 2016 Saturn Awards Recap: All The Big Winners

Best Fantasy Film
Age of Adaline
Baahubali: The Beginning
Cinderella- WINNER
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2
Ted 2

Best Action Adventure Film
Furious 7- WINNER
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
The Revenant

Best Thriller Film
Black Mass
Bridge of Spies- WINNER
The Gift
The Hateful Eight
Mr. Holmes

Best Horror Film
Crimson Peak- WINNER
Insidious Chapter 3
It Follows
The Visit
What We Do In The Shadows

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Bethany – Avengers: Age of Ultron
John Boyega – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Michael Douglas – Ant-Man
Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Force Awakens- WINNER
Walter Goggins – The Hateful Eight
Simon Pegg – Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chasten – Crimson Peak- WINNER
Carrie Fisher – Star Wars The Force Awakens
Evangeline Lily – Ant-Man
Lupine Nyong’o – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tamannaah – Baahubali: The Beginning
Alicia Vikander – Ex-Machina

Best Performance By A Young Actor
Olivia DeJonge – The Visit
James Freedson-Jackson – Cop Car
Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes
Elias & Lukas Schwartz – Goodnight Mommy
Ty Simpkins – Jurassic World- WINNER
Jacob Tremblay – Room

Best International Film
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Goodnight Mommy
Labyrinth of Lies
Turbo Kid- WINNER
The Wave

Best Actress
Emily Blunt – Sicario
Jessica Chasten – The Martian
Blake Lively – The Age of Adaline
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road- WINNER
Mia Wasikowska – Crimson Peak

Best Actor
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Aaron Egerton – Kingsman: The Secret Service
Harrison Ford – Star Wars: The Force Awakens- WINNER
Domhnall Gleeson – Ex Machina
Samuel L. Jackson – The Hateful Eight
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

Best Film Director
J.J. Abrams – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Guillermo del Toro – Crimson Peak
Alex Garland – Ex-Machina
George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Peyton Reed – Ant-Man
Ridley Scott – The Martian- WINNER
Colin Trevorrow – Jurassic World

Best Science Fiction Film

Ex Machina

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens- WINNER

Terminator Genisys


Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture


Attack on Titan

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Kingsman: The Secret Service

The Peanuts Movie


Best Animated Film


The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out- WINNER

Kung Fu Panda 3


When Marnie Was There


Best Independent Film

99 Homes

Bone Tomahawk

Cop Car





Best Film Writing
Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins – Crimson Peak
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
Drew Goddard – The Martian
Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn – Kingsman: The Secret Service
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly – Jurassic World
Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt – Star Wars: The Force Awakens- WINNER
George Miller, Brendan McCarthy,
Nick Lathouris – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Film Editing
Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey – Star Wars: The Force Awakens- WINNER
Eddie Hamilton, Jon Harris – Kingsman: The Secret Service
Dan Lebental, Colby Parker, Jr. – Ant-Man
Leigh Folsom Boyd, Dylan Highsmith, Kirk Morri, Christian Wagner – Furious 7
Kevin Stitt – Jurassic World
Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Film Production Design
Rick Carter, Darren Gilford – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Scott Chambliss – Tomorrowland
Sabu Cyril – Baahubali: The Beginning- WINNER
Colin Gibson – Mad Max: Fury Road
Thomas E. Sanders – Crimson Peak
Ed Verreaux – Jurassic World

Best Film Music
Tom Holkenborg – Mad Max: Fury Road
Johann Johannsson – Sicario
M.M. Keeravani – Baahubali: The Beginning
Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight
Fernando Velazquez – Crimson Peak
John Williams – Star Wars: The Force Awakens- WINNER

Best Film Costume Design
Alexandra Byrne – Avengers: Age of Ultron- WINNER
Kate Hawley – Crimson Peak
Michael Kaplan – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Arianne Phillips – Kingsman: The Secret Service
Sandy Powell – Cinderella
Rama Rajamouli, Prashanti Tipirineni – Baahubali: The Beginning

Best Film Make-Up
David Marti, Montse Ribe, Xavi Bastida – Crimson Peak
Damian Martin, Nadine Prigge – Mad Max: Fury Road
Neal Scanlan – Star Wars: The Force Awakens- WINNER
Joel Harlow, Kenny Niederbaumer – Black Mass
Gregory Nicotero, Howard Beger,
Heba Thorisdottir – The Hateful Eight
Donald Mowat – Sicario

Best Film Special / Visual Effects
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach,
Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould – Star Wars: The Force Awakens- WINNER
Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood,
Dan Oliver, Andy Williams – Mad Max: Fury Road
Andrew Whithurst, Paul Norris,
Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett – Ex Machina
Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands,
Chris Lawrence, Steven Warner – The Martian
John Rosengrant, Michael Lantieri,
Tim Alexander – Jurassic World
Paul Corbould, Chris Townsend,
Ben Snow, Paul Butterworth – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Best Fantasy TV Series
Game of Thrones
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel
Outlander- WINNER
The Muppets
The Magicians
The Shannara Chronicles

Best Action Thriller TV Series
Bates Motel
Hannibal- WINNER
The Last Ship
The Librarians
Mr. Robot

Best Superhero Adaptation Series
Legends of Tomorrow
The Flash- WINNER
Marvel’s Agent Carter
Marvel’s Agents of Shield

Best Horror TV Series
American Horror Story Hotel
Ash vs Evil Dead
Fear The Walking Dead
Teen Wolf
The Strain
The Walking Dead- WINNER

Best Supporting TV Actor
Richard Armitage – Hannibal- WINNER
Vincent D’Onofrio – Daredevil
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones
Toby Jones – Wayward Pines
Erik Knudsen – Continuum
Lance Roddick – Bosch
David Tennant – Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Patrick Wilson – Fargo

Best Supporting TV Actress
Gillian Anderson – Hannibal
Toga Feldshuh – The Walking Dead
Calista Flockhart – Supergirl
Dana Gurira – The Walking Dead- WINNER
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Melissa Leo – Wayward Pines
Melissa McBride – The Walking Dead

Best Guest Performance on TV
Laura Benanti – Supergirl
Steven Brand – Teen Wolf
Victor Garber – The Flash
Scott Glenn – Daredevil
Alex Kingston – Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song
John Carroll Lynch – The Walking Dead
William Shatner – Haven- WINNER

Best Younger Actor on TV
Max Charles – The Strain
Frank Dillane – Fear The Walking Dead
Jodelle Ferland – Dark Matter
Brenock O’Connor – Game of Thrones
Chandler Riggs – The Walking Dead- WINNER
Dylan Sprayberry – Teen Wolf
Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones

Best TV Actress
Gillian Anderson – The X-Files
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander- WINNER
Melissa Benoist – Supergirl
Kim Dickens – Fear The Walking Dead
Rachel Nichols – Continuum
Krysten Ritter – Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Rebecca Romijn – The Librarians

Best TV Actor
Bruce Campbell – Ash vs Evil Dead- WINNER
Charlie Cox – Daredevil
Matt Dillon – Wayward Pines
David Duchovny – The X-Files
Grant Gustin – The Flash
Sam Heughan – Outlander
Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead
Mads Mikkelsen – Hannibal

Best Science Fiction TV Series
The 100
Continuum- WINNER
Doctor Who
The Expanse
Wayward Pines
The X-Files

Best New Media Television Series
Bosch – Amazon
Daredevil – Netflix- WINNER
Dreamwork’s Dragons – Netflix
The Man in The High Castle – Amazon
Marvel’s Jessica Jones – Netflix
Powers – Crackle
Sense8 – Netflix

Best Television Presentation

The Cannibal in the Jungle

Childhood’s End

Doctor Who- The Husbands of River Song- WINNER

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No

The Wiz

Best DVD or Blu-ray Release

Big Game

Burying the Ex- WINNER

The Cobbler

Monsters: Dark Continent

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Wolf Totem


Best DVD or Blu-ray Special Edition Release

Furious 7- Extended Edition

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies- Extended Edition

Society- Limited Edition

Vanilla Sky- Alternate Ending

X-Men: Days of Future Past- The Rogue Cut- WINNER


Best DVD or Blu-ray Classic Film Release

Burnt Offerings

Cemetery Without Crosses


Miracle Mile- WINNER

The Monster That Challenged the World

Tales of Terror

X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes


Best DVD or Blu-ray Television Release

Black Sails- Season 2

From Dusk till Dawn: The Series- Season 2

Hannibal- Season 3

Lost in Space- The Complete Adventures

My Favorite Martian- The Complete Series

The X-Files: The Collector’s Set- WINNER


Best DVD or Blu-ray Collection

The Frank Darabont Collection- WINNER

Horror Classics- Volume 1

Jurassic Park Collection

Mad Max Anthology

Nikkatsu Diamond Guys- Volume 1

Special Effects Collection


Best Local Live Stage Production

An Act of God


Carrie: The Musical

The Lion King

Side Show

Tarzan- WINNER

So what did you think about the 42nd Annual Saturn Awards recap this year? Did your favorites win? I’m so happy Star Wars was crushing it this year.

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9 thoughts on “The 2016 Saturn Awards Recap Sci-Fi Fans Have To See

  1. Wow–you did a fantastic job with this post! No, I didn’t watch it on 6/22–but now kniw everything about it. Thank you. (I am a Star Wars fan from way back!!)

  2. I love Sci Fi!!! I hadn’t heard of these awards before sounds like it was a great awards show with great shows and movies!

  3. I love fantasy and sci fi myself. This looks like a very thorough and fun way to honour the movies and the actors that the fans love! I’m not too surprised that J. J. Abrams and Star Wars won a lot of the categories. That is one franchise that keeps going and attracting both new and long-time fans. Thanks for sharing all the inside details with us all!

  4. I had never heard of this award show before. I am a huge award show fan though so seems fun!

  5. Congrats to all the winners! I love Sci-Fi! Thanks for the recap because I missed quite a bit this year. I need to check out Crimson Peak looks scary lol

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