By Adam B. Vary
Updated July 27, 2012 at 06:29 AM EDT

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 may have been skunked when it came time to hand out Academy Awards, but they cleaned up but good at the Saturn Awards, which honor the best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. At a ceremony Thursday night in Burbank, Calif., Rise of the Planet of the Apes won Best Science Fiction Film, as well as Best Supporting Actor (for Andy Serkis’ motion capture performance as the sentient ape Caesar), and Best Visual Effects. Super 8‘s director (J.J. Abrams), composer (Michael Giacchino), and young star (Joel Courtney) all earned Saturn trophies. And the final Harry Potter film took home the Best Fantasy Film Award.

In the television category, Fringe won best network TV show, Breaking Bad best syndicated or cable TV show, and The Walking Dead best TV presentation (a category for anything lasting 10 episodes or less). Director and actor Frank Oz, and actor James Remar both won Life Career Awards; writer-director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) won the Filmmakers Showcase Award; and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman won the first ever Innovator Award. (Check out a full list of the awards at the end of this story.)

The Saturn Awards have been handed out, appropriately, by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror since 1972, the brainchild of late film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed. Even though many of the honorees didn’t attend Thursday night’s event, the winners who did pick up their trophies in person were clearly happy just to be included in the genre-happy jamboree.

“This is my third year — I love this show,” Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis told EW after winning the award for Best Youth-Oriented Television Series. “I love coming to a show that really celebrates genre material. Genre TV, movies, and novels are what got me through difficult years of my life, and what inspired me.”

If Breaking Bad‘s now three-year Saturn Award winning streak seems a bit peculiar given the award’s nominal parameters, you’re not alone in that assessment. “I continue to be perplexed that we keep getting invited,” Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told EW with a smile. “[They] speak to the best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror — Breaking Bad seems to fall into none of those categories. Maybe [it’s] a little bit of a horror show, but God bless them. They pitch a big tent here, and I am proud of that and happy for that. We have such a good time coming up here. Everyone says the Golden Globes is the best awards show/party out there. I think the Saturn Awards is it. It tops the Golden Globes, hands down.”

Check out all the winners below:


Best Science Fiction Film

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Fantasy Film

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

Best Horror/Thriller Film

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Best Action/Adventure Film

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol

Best Actor

Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)

Best Actress

Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)

Best Supporting Actor

Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Best Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor

Joel Courtney (Super 8)

Best Director

J.J. Abrams (Super 8)

Best Writing

Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter)

Best Music

Michael Giacchino (Super 8)

Best Editor

Paul Hirsch (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol)

Best Production Design

Dante Ferretti (Hugo)

Best Costume

Alexandra Byrne (Thor)

Best Make-Up

Dave Elsey, Fran Needham, Conor O’Sullivan (X-Men: First Class)

Best Special Effects

Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Best International Film

The Skin I Live In

Best Animated Film

Puss in Boots


Best Network Television Series

Fringe (Fox)

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Best Television Presentation (10 episodes or less)

The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Youth-Oriented Television Series

Teen Wolf (MTV)

Best Actor on Television

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Best Actress on Television

Anna Torv (Fringe)

Best Supporting Actor on Television

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Best Supporting Actress on Television

Michelle Forbes (The Killing)

Best Guest Star on Television

Tom Skerritt (Leverage)


Best DVD/BD Release

(tie) Atlas Shrugged, Part One and The Perfect Host

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release

Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis

Best DVD/BD Collection Release

Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection

Best DVD/BD Television Series Release

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena


The Life Career Award

Frank Oz

The Life Career Award

James Remar

The Filmmakers Showcase Award

Drew Goddard

The Milestone Award

The Simpsons

The Innovator Award

Robert Kirkman

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