Friday, May 4, 2018

'The Last Jedi' and 'Star Wars Rebels' at the Saturn Awards for Star Wars Day

Happy Star Wars Day!  As I promised yesterday, my entry today is on nominations at the Saturn Awards for 'The Last Jedi'" and "Star Wars Rebels for Star Wars Day."

"The Last Jedi" earned 13 nominations, second only to "Black Panther" with 14.  According to IMDB and File 770, they are Best Science Fiction Release, Best Director for Rian Johnson, Best Writing for Rian Johnson, Best Actor for Mark Hamill, Best Actress for Daisy Ridley, Best Supporting Actress for Carrie Fisher (Posthumously), Best Supporting Actress for Kelly Marie Tran, Best Production Design for Rick Heinrichs, Best Editing for Bob Ducsay, Best Music for John Williams, Best Make-up for Peter King and Neal Scanlan, Best Costume Design for Michael Kaplan and Best Special Effects for Ben Morris, Michael Mulholland, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould.

As for "Star Wars Rebels," it's defending its title as Best Animated Series on Television.

Follow over the jump for the competition for Star Wars Episode VIII and the final season of "Star Wars Rebels" in each of these categories.

Here are the nominees in all categories in which "The Last Jedi" are nominees from File 770.
Best Science Fiction Release:

"Alien: Covenant" (20th Century Fox)
"Blade Runner" 2049 (Warner Bros.)
"Life" (Columbia Pictures / Sony)
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (Lucasfilm Ltd. / Walt Disney Studios)
"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" (STX Films / EuropaCorp)
"War for the Planet of the Apes" (20th Century Fox)
This is pretty much the field I expected when I wrote Celebrate National Science Fiction Day with 'The Last Jedi' atop the 2017 box office with the exception of "Downsizing," which I thought would be here instead of "Life," but was nominated under Fantasy.  I fully anticipate "The Last Jedi" winning, but it has serious competition from "Blade Runner 2049," which won two Academy Awards while "The Last Jedi" won none.  Just the same, after "The Last Jedi," "Blade Runner 2049," and "War for the Planet of the Apes," the quality of the field drops and the mediocre nature of this year's science fiction films becomes apparent, even though I think this is probably the best possible set of nominees given that "Downsizing" was nominated in another category.
Best Actor in a Film:

Chadwick Boseman "Black Panther" (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Ryan Gosling "Blade Runner 2049" (Warner Bros.)
Mark Hamill "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Hugh Jackman "Logan" (20th Century Fox)
Daniel Kaluuya "Get Out" (Universal)
Andy Serkis "War for the Planet of the Apes" (20th Century Fox)
Vince Vaughn "Brawl in Cell Block 99" (RLJE)
Only Daniel Kaluuya has been nominated for an Oscar for this role.  In addition, Ryan Gosling has been nominated for two Oscars and won a Golden Globe over the years, while Hugh Jackman was nominated for an Oscar once.  Also, Andy Serkis was nominated for a Golden Globe.  If the entertainment professionals were voting, one of them, most likely Kaluuya, would won.  The professionals are not; the fans are and they'll likely vote for either Mark Hamill or Chadwick Boseman.
Best Actress in a Film:

Gal Gadot “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)
Sally Hawkins “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
Frances McDormand “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight)
Lupita Nyong’o “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Rosamund Pike “Hostiles” (Entertainment Studios)
Daisy Ridley “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Emma Watson “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Studios)
Finally, the Oscar winner, Frances McDormand, is among the nominees, along with another nominee, Sally Hawkins, along with a past winner, Lupita Nyong’o, and a former nominee, Rosamund Pike.  I will probably vote for either McDormand or Hawkins.  I don't expect the plurality of the Saturn electorate will.  Instead, I think they will vote for Gal Gadot, who I correctly predicted would be nominated in this category.

Speaking of nominees, both "I, Tonya" and "The Post" were nominated in other categories.  If the Saturn Awards were consistent and honored the opinions of entertainment insiders and other professionals, the nominating committee would have nominated their leading ladies Margot Robbie and Meryl Streep in this category.  They didn't.  I'm not surprised.  As I wrote in Speculative fiction nominees at the 2018 SAG Awards, "Remember, the Saturn Awards are about entertainment not art, they don't care for subtle, and they love to stick it to the experts."  That's O.K.; this is a good field.
Best Supporting Actress in a Film:

Ana De Armas “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
Carrie Fisher “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Danai Gurira “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Lois Smith “Marjorie Prime” (FilmRise)
Octavia Spencer “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
Tessa Thompson “Thor: Ragnarok” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Kelly Marie Tran “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
I thought Carrie Fisher, Octavia Spencer, and Kelly Marie Tran would be nominated and they were.  I also though Hong Chau from "Downsizing" would be as well, but she wasn't.  Darn.  Still, I'm pleased to see Dani Gurira and Tessa Thompson nominated.  As for Lois Smith, I was tempted to say "who?" until I found out she won the Satellite Award in this category, beating the Oscar winner Allison Janney and Oscar nominee Laurie Metcalf, who won this category at the Gold Derby Awards and National Board of Review.  I'm not going to dispute her being here instead of Janney.

As for my opinion of the nominees, I'm voting for Spencer, but I expect Fisher will win.
Best Film Director:

Ryan Coogler “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Guillermo del Toro “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
Patty Jenkins “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)
Rian Johnson “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Jordan Peele “Get Out” (Universal)
Matt Reeves “War for the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox)
Denis Villeneuve “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar in this category while Jordan Peele was nominated, so I would think they're the favorites, even with the fans voting.  Just the same, this is a talented field and any one of them can win with the right fanbase mobilization.  I'm voting for Del Toro, but my pick for spoiler would be Patty Jenkins or Ryan Coogler.
Best Film Screenplay:

Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Hampton Fancher, Michael Green “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
Jordan Peele “Get Out” (Universal)
Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green “Logan” (20th Century Fox)
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
Rian Johnson “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Allan Heinberg “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)
The Oscar winner is Jordan Peele for "Get Out" and the nominees are Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green for “Logan” and Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor for “The Shape of Water.”  I'll wait until I see "Logan" and "The Shape of Water" to determine if I think either are better than "Get Out," which I'd vote for now.  As for who wins, I hope it's one of the Oscar nominees, but with this electorate, one can never tell.
Best Film Production Design:

Sarah Greenwood “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Studios)
Hannah Beachler “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Dennis Gassner “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
Paul Denham Austerberry “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
Rick Heinrichs “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Hugues Tissandier “Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets” (STX Films /EuroCorp)
Three of these movies, “Beauty and the Beast,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “The Shape of Water,” were nominated for the Oscar in this category with “The Shape of Water” winning.  In addition, “Beauty and the Beast,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” earned nominations at the the Art Directors Guild Awards with “The Shape of Water” and “Blade Runner 2049” winning their categories.  About the only surprise is “Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets” being nominated instead of "Wonder Woman," "Logan," "Downsizing," or "Murder on the Orient Express," but it's not an undeserved nomination, just surprising.  I will need to watch all the nominees except "Black Panther" before I decide (I don't expect it will be available for home viewing before voting closes), but I expect I'll vote for "The Shape of Water."  As for it winning, I'm not too sure; "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" or "Black Panther" could pull off an upset.
Best Film Editing:

Michael P. Shawver, Claudia Castello “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Paul Rubell, Christian Wagner “The Fate of the Furious” (Universal)
Gregory Plotkin “Get Out” (Universal)
Michael McCusker, Dirk Westervelt “Logan” (20th Century Fox)
Sidney Wolinsky “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
Bob Ducsay “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
All of the five films nominated for Film Editing at the Academy Awards were nominated at the Saturn Awards in their genre categories, but only one, “The Shape of Water,” was nominated in this category.  Both "Baby Driver" and "Dunkirk" were nominated in the Action category and were snubbed in favor of "The Fate of the Furious."  Really?  "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" was nominated in the Thriller category and "I, Tonya" was nominated in the Independent Film category.  I wouldn't have minded picking among them myself with the Satellite Award winner, "War for the Planet of the Apes," or Gold Derby nominee, "Get Out," as the sixth choice.  If I had, I'd have voted for "Baby Driver" or "I, Tonya."  That's not happening.  As it is, I'm voting for either "The Shape of Water" or "Get Out."  I don't know who might win other than those two.
Best Film Music:

Ludwig Goransson “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Michael Giacchino “Coco” (Walt Disney Studios)
John Debney, Joseph Trapanese “The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)
Alexandre Desplat “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
John Williams “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Carter Burwell “Wonderstruck” (Amazon / Roadside Attractions)
Four of the Oscar nominees for Original Score and two of the Oscar nominees for Original Song were eligible, as the films their music accompanied were nominated for at least one Saturn Award.  Only four of the six earned a nomination in this category, "Coco," "The Greatest Showman," "The Shape of Water," and "The Last Jedi."  "Dunkirk" and "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" did not earn nominations.  However, I wouldn't say they were snubbed; I was not impressed with their soundtracks.  On the other hand, "Black Panther" is probably a good choice.  As for my vote, it's split among "Coco," "The Greatest Showman," and "The Shape of Water."  I doubt any of them will win, even (or especially) since "The Shape of Water" won the Oscar.  Instead, I expect "The Last Jedi" to be the favorite.
Best Film Costume Designer:

Jacqueline Durran “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Studios)
Ruth E. Carter “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Ellen Mirojnick “The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)
Michael Kaplan “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Warner Bros.)
Olivier Beriot “Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets” (STX Films / EuroCorp)
Lindy Hemming “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)
In the absence of "Phantom Thread," the Oscar winner, this is a wide-open, high-quality field with two Oscar nominees, "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Shape of Water," and two additinal nominees from the Costume Designers Guild, "Wonder Woman" and "The Greatest Showman."  Of the four, "The Shape of Water" and "Wonder Woman" won their respective categories.  "Black Panther" makes for a worthy addition -- I would not be surprised if it is nominated for an Oscar in this category next year -- making up for "Thor: Ragnarok" not being nominated.  I am surprised that “Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets” beat "The Last Jedi," but that's all; as I've written before, its nomination is not undeserved.  As for me, I might vote for "Wonder Woman."
Best Film Make-Up:

Joel Harlow, Ken Diaz “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Donald Mowat “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
John Blake, Brian Sipe “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Alec Gillis, Sean Sansom, Tom Woodruff, Jr., Shane Zander “It” (Warner Bros.)
Mike Hill, Shane Mahan “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
Peter Swords King, Neal Scanlan “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Arjen Tuiten “Wonder” (Lionsgate)
Only "Wonder" from the three Oscar nominees appears here.  I don't know if that makes it the favorite.  Instead, I'd look among the speculative fiction nominees galore at the Makeup and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”  I am somewhat surprised that "Beauty and the Beast" was not nominated, but this category is make-up, not hair.  Out of all four, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" won.  On that alone, it has my vote.
Best Film Special / Visual Effects:

Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, Dan Sudick “Black Panther” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus “Kong: Skull Island” (Warner Bros.)
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Lucasfilm Ltd./Walt Disney Studios)
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist “War for the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox)
This is the Oscar field with "Black Panther" added.  I have no problem with this, as I am all in favor of defending the professional/insider consensus except for when it completely screws up, which it didn't do here.  While “Blade Runner 2049” is the Oscar winner and “War for the Planet of the Apes” is the one I thought should have won (and I might vote for it), I expect "The Last Jedi" will win unless the trippy space scenery of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” impresses the voters.

Now for the television nominee in the Star Wars universe.
Best Animated Series on Television:

Archer (FXX)
Bojack Horseman (Netflix)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Cartoon Network / Sony Television)
Family Guy (Fox)
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD)
I'll repeat what I wrote in How did my Saturn Awards television submissions fare? O.K., I guess.
Here's a category I didn't think would repeat from last year, as it was never listed among the winners of last year's ceremony and wasn't listed on the membership page.  Surprise!  It's back!  This is a case where I'm glad to be wrong.  I'm not so glad to be wrong about my submissions, only three of which became nominees, "BoJack Horseman," "Rick and Morty," and "Star Wars Rebels."  "Trollhunters" didn't make it back from last year, but "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" did.  Joining them is "Archer" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."  Those are surprisingly conventional choices that I did not submit as I wanted to push the nominees into more fantastic territory, the opposite of what I tried to do with the Action/Thriller Television Series category.  It didn't work that well, either.  Still, other than "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," this is a very good field.  I plan on voting for the final season of "Star Wars Rebels," but wouldn't be surprised if "Rick and Morty" wins.  Perhaps I can stir up a rivalry between the fans of the two shows.  Blue milk vs. Szechuan sauce, anyone?
Hey, I'm an environmentalist; I recycle.  On that topic...
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Now for the music, which I've turned into a tradtion with these posts.  Here's the Finale from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" by John Williams.

May the Fourth (Force) be with you.

Stay tuned for a Cinco De Mayo entry about "Coco" and the other animated film nominees.

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