The Oscars may have snubbed it, but 300 scored a field best ten nominations from the Saturn Awards, the kudos handed out to genre flicks by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street also did well, with nine and eight nods each. On the TV side, Lost leads with seven, and newbie Pushing Daisies scored three.
Most interesting is the appearance of Oscar favorites No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood in the mix (along with 300) for the group's Best Action/ Adventure/Thriller Film prize - as if these two haven't dominated this year's races enough. And three of the Best Actors (Blood's Daniel Day-Lewis, Sweeney's Johnny Depp and Eastern Promises' Viggo Mortensen) and one Supporting Actor (No Country's Javier Bardem) are also Academy Award nominees.
One thing puzzles me though: how exactly is August Rush a sci fi, fantasy or horror movie? Oh yeah, maybe it's because Robin Williams appears in it wearing a cowboy hat and sideburns and plays the guitar. Now that's horrifying.
The Saturns will be handed out June 24. For a quick look at the film nominees, see the comments section below.