Yesterday, I told my readers to "Stay tuned for Entertainment Sunday, which should be last installment about this year's Saturn Awards nominees." Here are the final batch of nominees, beginning with the nominees for best director as listed on the Saturn Awards website and presented in the order given at the Wikipedia page.
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
Colin Trevorrow – Jurassic World
Out of this distinguished group, I'd vote for George Miller. He was able to tell a great story with lots of visuals and very little dialog. My second choice would be Ridley Scott and the third would be Alex Garland. As for who will win, I expect this electorate might give the award to J. J. Abrams, who is my fourth choice.
Follow over the jump for the rest.
Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins – Crimson Peak
Alex Garland – Ex Machina
Drew Goddard – The Martian
Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn – Kingsman: The Secret Service
Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, and Colin Trevorrow – Jurassic World
Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris – Mad Max: Fury Road
The best original screenplay of the bunch was for "Ex Machina," while the best adapted screenplay was for "The Martian." I've already written that I'd vote for "The Martian" for Best Science Fiction Film, but this time I'll give the nod to "Ex Machina." It handled its philosophical theme extremely intelligently. As for who I expect will win, again this electorate will likely pick "The Force Awakens." It was very well written--for a "Star Wars" movie. It helps that it had the best writer of the series in Lawrence Kasdan and that J. J. Abrams is as good a writer as he is a director, which is more than I can say about George Lucas.
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Sicario
Junkie XL – Mad Max: Fury Road
M.M. Keeravani – Baahubali: The Beginning
Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight
Fernando Velázquez – Crimson Peak
John Williams – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Yes, I know Morricone won the Oscar for Best Score, as I predicted. I'm not voting for him. I was rooting for John Williams in February, and I'll be voting for Williams now. So, I expect, will the rest of the electorate, except for the people from India. "Baahubali" is making a big push for these awards and I suspect enough people from India and Bollywood fans in general might pay the $40 to vote for the film. That's my pick for an upset in this category.
Ant-Man – Dan Lebental and Colby Parker, Jr.
Furious 7 – Christian Wagner, Dylan Highsmith, Kirk Morri, and Leigh Folsom Boyd
Kingsman: The Secret Service – Eddie Hamilton and Jon Harris
Jurassic World – Kevin Stitt
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
For the same reason I'm voting for George Miller, I'm voting for Margaret Sixel. Both of them were able to tell an amazing story mostly through visuals. Besides, Sixel already won the Oscar for this film; sometimes, the Motion Picture Academy gets genre films right.
Best Production Design
Baahubali: The Beginning – Sabu Cyril
Crimson Peak – Thomas E. Sanders
Jurassic World – Ed Verreaux
Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rick Carter and Darren Gilford
Tomorrowland – Scott Chambliss
Again, I'm going with the Academy Awards voters and voting for Colin Gibson. The upsets might come from fans of "The Force Awakens" and "Baahubali."
Best Costume Design
Avengers: Age of Ultron – Alexandra Byrne
Baahubali: The Beginning – Rama Rajamouli and Prashanti Tipirineni
Cinderella – Sandy Powell
Crimson Peak – Kate Hawley
Kingsman: The Secret Service – Arianne Phillips
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Michael Kaplan
"Mad Max: Fury Road" won the Oscar in this category, but was not even nominated here. The only other Oscar nominee on the list is "Cinderella." I'm tempted to go with "Crimson Peak" or "Baahubali" instead. Decisions, decisions.
Black Mass – Joel Harlow, Kenny Niederbaumer
Crimson Peak – David Martí, Montse Ribé, Xavi Bastida
The Hateful Eight – Gregory Nicotero, Howard Berger, Jake Garber, Heba Thorisdottir
Mad Max: Fury Road – Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin, Elka Wardega
Sicario – Donald Mowat
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Neal Scanlan
I'm following the lead of the Academy Awards voters and casting my ballot for "Mad Max: Fury Road." Turning Johnny Depp into Whitey Bulger was an accomplishment, but not as much as all the work in post-apocalyptic Australia.
Best Special Effects
Avengers: Age of Ultron – Paul Corbould, Chris Townsend, Ben Snow, and Paul ButterworthThis is a tough category. "Ex Machina" won the Oscar against most of these films. "Mad Max: Fury Road" has better practical effects. "The Martian" had special effects that made the world completely believable. Finally, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was my favorite going into the Academy Awards and is likely to be the sentimental favorite for the Saturn Awards. For different reasons than I wrote above for Costume Design, decisions, decisions.
Ex Machina – Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Williams Ardington and Sara Bennett
Jurassic World – John Rosengrant, Michael Lantieri and Tim Alexander
Mad Max: Fury Road – Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
The Martian – Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
That completes this series about the nominees--for now. I'll get back to my readers when I actually cast my ballot.