Sunday, July 28, 2019

'Supergirl' vs. 'The Flash' again for best superhero show on television plus 'Marvel’s Daredevil' leads streaming superhero nominees at the 2019 Saturn Awards

Just like the fantasy television category, which is headlined by "Outlander" or "Game of Thrones" for the fourth year, the superhero television nominees feature a familiar rivalry, "Supergirl" vs. "The Flash."  File 770 lists both of them among this year's nominees.

Best Superhero TV Series

    Black Lightning    
    Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger  
    DC’s Legends of Tomorrow  
    The Flash

"Supergirl" leads this category with four nominations, followed by "The Flash" with three, "Gotham" with two, and all the rest, "Arrow," "Black Lightning," "Marvel's Cloak and Dagger," and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," only have one.  Based on the nominations, "Supergirl" is the slight favorite and it won two years ago.  That's not guaranteed, as "The Flash" won last year and three years ago.  I'm not voting for either.  Instead, I'm going with the show the entertainment professionals like, "Gotham."

Best Streaming Superhero Television Series

    DC’s Doom Patrol   (DC Universe)
    DC’s Swamp Thing (DC Universe)
    Marvel’s Daredevil  (Netflix)
    Marvel’s Jessica Jones  (Netflix)
    Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix)
    Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu)
    The Umbrella Academy  (Netflix)

"Marvel’s The Punisher" won this category last year, the first year it was offered, but I don't think it's the favorite this year.  Instead, I think that honor goes to "Marvel’s Daredevil," which leads with three nominations.  "Marvel’s The Punisher" is in a three-way tie for second with "Marvel's Jessica Jones" and "The Umbrella Academy" at two nominations each.  "DC's Doom Patrol," "DC's Swamp Thing," and "Marvel's Runaways" each have just this one nomination.  While I've heard nothing but good things about "DC's Swamp Thing" and know that "The Umbrella Academy" is an homage to "DC's Doom Patrol," I'm voting for show based on the tribute instead of the original, "The Umbrella Academy."

Follow over the jump for the television acting nominees from 'Game of Thrones' vs. 'Outlander' at the 2019 Saturn Awards followed by the streaming acting nominees from 'The Walking Dead' vs 'Fear the Walking Dead' and 'The Haunting of Hill House' vs. 'You' at the 2019 Saturn Awards along with my comments on the actors nominated from superhero shows and their competitors.

Best Actor on a Television Series

    Grant Gustin  — The Flash (The CW)
    Kit Harington — Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Sam Heughan — Outlander (Starz)
    Andrew Lincoln — The Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Seth MacFarlane — The Orville  (Fox)
    Bill Pullman — The Sinner (USA Network)
    Jeffrey Wright — Westworld  (HBO)

I think this award is between Andrew Lincoln and Grant Gustin.  My favorite fantasy actor is Sam Heughan, but I'm not voting for him.  I'm voting for Jeffrey Wright.  Hey, Westworld.
Grant Gustin as The Flash is the sole superhero nominee and, as I noted already, is a serious threat to win this award.

Best Actress in a Television Series

    Caitriona Balfe — Outlander   (Starz)
    Melissa Benoist — Supergirl     (The CW)
    Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones     (HBO)
    Sandra Oh — Killing Eve  (BBC America)
    Adrianne Palicki — The Orville (Fox)
    Candice Patton — The Flash   (The CW)
    Jodie Whittaker – Doctor Who (BBC America)

Last year, I voted for Caitriona Balfe.  She might win, but I'm not voting for her again.  Instead, I'm voting for Sandra Oh.
Melissa Benoist as Supergirl won this award two years ago, so she should be taken seriously.  As for Candice Patton, her character deserved a promotion to this category.  It also means she's less likely to win.  I'm not going to cry about that.

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series

    Jonathan Banks — Better Call Saul  {AMC)
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau  — Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Peter Dinklage — Game of Thrones (HBO)
    David Harewood — Supergirl (The CW)
    Ed Harris — Westworld  (HBO)
    Lennie James — Fear the Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Khary Payton — The Walking Dead  {AMC)

If I really wanted to vote the professional's choice, I would vote for Peter Dinklage.  Instead, I'm enough of a Westworld fan to vote for Ed Harris.
David Harewood is a fine actor but he should just be happy to be nominated.  The only way he'd win is if the horror and fantasy fans evenly split their votes and the rest of the field doesn't vote for Harris or Jonathan Banks.

There is no nominee from a superhero show for Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series, on to the next category.

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series

    KJ Apa  — Riverdale    (The CW)
    Tosin Cole  — Doctor Who (BBC America)
    Cameron Cuffe — Krypton (SyFy)
    Benjamin Wadsworth — Deadly Class  (SyFy)
    David Mazouz  —  Gotham (Fox)
    Cole Sprouse  — Riverdale  (The CW)
    Maisie Williams — Game of Thrones (HBO)

It's a weird field without either Millie Bobby Brown or Chandler Riggs competing.  Now I'm torn between Maisie Williams and David Mazouz.  I'll probably vote for Mazouz for the final season of "Gotham."  Still, I suspect it will be one of the stars from "Riverdale" who will walk away with the trophy.
I might have more to say about KJ Apa vs. Cole Sprouse tomorrow, when I finish this series.

Best Guest-Starring Performance on a Television Series

    Rainer Bock — Better Call Saul  {AMC)
    Jon Cryer — Supergirl   (The CW)
    Sydney Lemmon — Fear the Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Tonya Pinkins — Fear the Walking Dead  {AMC)
    Ed Speleers — Outlander   (Starz)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is really a supporting actor, not a guest star.  Still, I think he'll win and I've given up trying to make my criteria match that of the Emmys, so I'm voting for him.
Jon Cryer is a big name and he's playing one of the most famous villains in comics, Lex Luthor, but that probably won't be enough against Negan.

Now the nominees from streaming superhero shows.

Best Actor in Streaming Presentation

    Penn Badgley  — You (Netflix / Lifetime)
    Jon Bernthal — Marvel’s The Punisher   (Netflix)
    Charlie Cox — Marvel’s Daredevil   (Netflix)
    John Krasinski —  Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan(Amazon)
    Zac Efron  —  Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Netflix)
    David Tennant —  Good Omens   (Amazon)
    Henry Thomas —  The Haunting of Hill House   (Netflix)

The one nominee from a horror/thriller series is Penn Badgley from "You," who has an MTV Movie & TV Awards nomination for Best Villain for this role.  If enough younger viewers paid the $40 for a membership, he would have a chance of winning.  I don't think they did, especially since I had such a short window so I couldn't promote membership like I did last year.  Instead, I think it's between Jon Bernthal and David Tennant for this award.  Between the two, I'd vote for Tennant the former doctor who makes for a hilarious demon in "Good Omens."  However, I think I'll vote for John Krasinski as Tom Clancy.
Joining Bernthal from a streaming superhero show is Charlie Cox as Daredevil.  I've heard nothing but good things about the final season of his show, so he might pull off an upset.

Best Actress in a Streaming Presentation

    Carla Gugino — The Haunting of Hill House   (Netflix)
    Sonequa Martin-Green  — Star Trek: Discovery     (CBS All Access)
    Elizabeth Lail — You (Netflix / Lifetime)
    Natasha Lyonne — Russian Doll (Netflix)
    Molly Parker — Lost in Space     (Netflix)
    Krysten Ritter  — Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
    Kiernan Shipka – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina    (Netflix)

Once again, the Saturn Awards ignored all the Emmy-winning actresses on "The Handmaid's Tale."  Hmph.  That written, this is not a bad field.  Last year's Best Actress on Television, Sonequa Martin-Green, is nominated here, and she's competing against three actresses from streaming horror and thriller series, Carla Gugino, Elizabeth Lail, and Kiernan Shipka.  Of all of them, my favorite is Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, so I'm voting for her.
Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones is the one superhero nominee.  She has a decent chance of winning, but not the best.  I still think this category is Martin-Green's to lose.

While there are no superhero nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Presentation, I'm using this opportunity to announce my pick for who others will vote for.  I now think Ethan Peck as Spock will win this category.  I'm still voting for his fellow cast member, Doug Jones.


    Maya Hawke — Stranger Things (Netflix)
    Ellen Page — The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
    Parker Posey — Lost in Space (Netflix)
    Victoria Pedretti — The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
    Taylor Russell — Lost in Space  (Netflix)
    Sissy Spacek — Castle Rock (Hulu)
    Deborah Ann Woll — Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix)

Three of the actresses nominated are from horror series, Maya Hawke, Victoria Pedretti, and Sissy Spacek.  I'm voting for Spacek, although I think Parker Posey will give her a run for her money as "Doctor Smith."
Ellen Page and Deborah Ann Woll are the nominees representing superhero shows.  I don't think either will win, but Page is a great actress who deserves her nomination and has the better chance.

That's it for today's installment.  Stay tuned for what I plan on making the last post of the series for July about the nominations from the action/thriller television nominees and the home entertainment entries.

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