Saturday, July 27, 2019

'Westworld' vs. 'The Orville' and 'Doctor Who' plus 'Star Trek: Discovery' vs. 'Lost In Space' at the 2019 Saturn Awards

I concluded 'The Walking Dead' vs 'Fear the Walking Dead' and 'The Haunting of Hill House' vs. 'You' at the 2019 Saturn Awards by telling my readers to "Stay tuned" because "The next installment of this series should be the science fiction nominees, both on TV and streaming."  I begin with a category I've been looking forward to for more than a year, as I knew it would match last year's Best Science Fiction Series, "The Orville," against the previous year's winner of the award, "Westworld."  File 770 lists both of them among this year's nominees.

Best Science Fiction TV Series

    The 100 (The CW)
    Counterpart (Starz)
    Doctor Who (BBC America)
    Krypton (SyFy)
    Manifest (NBC)
    The Orville (Fox)
    Roswell, New Mexico (The CW)
    Westworld  (HBO)

It should come as no surprise that I'm voting for "Westworld," which I consider to be the best science fiction program on TV.  It should also come as no surprise that I think "The Orville" is more likely to win.  As I wrote last year, "I think that show's best episodes haven't aired yet."  This year's episodes proved me right.  That written, the two are even in nominations with three each along with "Doctor Who."  "Krypton" has two nominations, while all the rest, "The 100," "Counterpart," "Manifest," and "Roswell, New Mexico," have one each.  I'm particularly happy to see "Manifest" here, even if I'm not voting for it.

"The Orville" is fake "Star Trek."  The real thing is nominated in the next category.

Best Streaming Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or Action/Thriller Television Series

    Black Mirror (Netflix)
    The Expanse (Amazon)
    Lost in Space (Netflix)
    Good Omens (Amazon)
    Russian Doll (Netflix)
    Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
    Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon)

"Lost in Space" and "Star Trek: Discovery" both have five nominations.  "Good Omens," "Russian Doll," and "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" all have two, while "Black Mirror" and "The Expanse" each have one.  This is a very good field, but I'm sure the top two nominees are the favorites with "Star Trek: Discovery" having a slight edge, as it won Best New Media Series last year.  It's also the one I'm thinking of voting for.

Next, a category I normally would have examined with science fiction film nominees because of the Star Wars nominee, but the Saturn Awards weren't ready by Star Wars Day.  So, I'm covering it here for lack of a better available topic.

Best Animated Television Series

    Archer (FX)
    Duck Tales (Disney Channel)
    Family Guy  (Fox)
    The Simpsons (Fox)
    Star Wars Resistance  (Disney Channel)

Of course I'm voting for "Star Wars Resistance" and I think it will win.  As for the rest, it's a good field, but it's two nominees short.  Now I really regret not submitting my suggestions, which would have included "The Venture Brothers" and "Rick and Morty" if any of the episodes aired during the eligibility period.

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 science fiction 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.
Seth MacFarlane is the other nominee from a science fiction show and he might have an outside chance of winning.

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.
The science fiction nominees are Adrianne Palicki and Jodie Whittaker.  I think Whittaker might have a shot but Palicki should just be happy to be nominated.  Also, I'm going to air a complaint that I don't get a chance to vote for Evan Rachel Wood from "Westworld."  Just the same, I don't know if she's better than Oh.

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.
Harris won this award two years ago, so I'm rooting for him to repeat.

There are no nominees from science fiction shows for Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series.  That gives me an opportunity to express my annoyance that I don't have a chance to vote for Emmy winner Thandie Newton.  The selection committee likes the men from "Westworld" but not the women?  Hmph.

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.
Tosin Cole and Cameron Cuffe are the nominees from science fiction shows here.  They should just be happy to be nominated.

There are no science fiction nominees for Best Guest-Starring Performance on a Television Series so I can complain that no nominees from either "The Orville" or "Westworld" were recognized.

Now the acting nominees from streaming 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.
It just so happens that my two favorites are from action and fantasy streaming series, which are also part of the category.

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.
Molly Parker is the other nominee from a science fiction series while Natasha Lyonee is from a fantasy series.


    Wilson Cruz — Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
    Michiel Huisman —The Haunting of Hill House   (Netflix)
    Timothy Hutton — The Haunting of Hill House   (Netflix)
    Doug Jones — Star Trek: Discovery  (CBS All Access)
    Ethan Peck – Star Trek: Discovery  (CBS All Access)
    Maxwell Jenkins —Lost in Space  (Netflix)
    Michael Sheen — Good Omens  (Amazon)

Last year, I wrote "Doug Jones, Michael McKean, or Evan Peters would win with more professionals voting."  I tweeted something like that last year and Doug Jones liked the tweet.  Substitute Timothy Hutton for McKean and Peters, who aren't nominated and wouldn't be competing in this category anyway, and that's the professional's choice this year.  Since Jones liked my tweet and I think he did an even better job this season than last, I'm voting for him.  As for who might win, I don't know.
Four nominees are from the two leading science fiction streaming series while one is from the leading fantasy streaming series.  The category is well represented!


    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."
Taylor Russell is the other nominee from "Lost in Space" and I'm glad she's here, although I found the actress who plays her sister Penny more interesting.

That's it for science fiction series, both regular television and streaming.  Tomorrow, I'm looking at the superhero nominees.  Stay tuned.

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