Amy Adams was widely expected to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance in “Arrival” as a linguist trying to communicate with aliens, but she was left out of the category even though her film was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture. Now she’s nominated at the Saturn Awards tonight in Burbank, California, and she may be the one to beat.
Though Adams is 0-for-5 at the Oscars, she won her last nomination at the Saturn Awards: Best Actress for Disney’s live-action fairy tale “Enchanted” in 2008. Now she’s one of six nominations for “Arrival,” including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Writer (Eric Heisserer) and Best Director (Denis Villeneuve), so we know the film is popular with voters.
Also looking for Oscar redemption is Taraji P. Henson, who was missing from the Best Actress race for “Hidden Figures” even though that historical drama was up for Best Picture. She’s nominated for the first time at these awards, though “Hidden Figures,” the true story of black women who were pioneers in the NASA space program, isn’t the kind of film you’d normally expect to see at the Saturn Awards. These kudos generally focus on sci-fi, fantasy and horror films. “Hidden Figures” has been classified as an action/adventure movie and competes for Best Film in that genre.
Emily Blunt probably also came close to an Oscar nomination for her role in “The Girl on the Train,” for which she contended at the SAG and BAFTA Awards. This is the fourth Saturn nomination for Blunt, who won Best Supporting Actress for “The Adjustment Bureau” in 2012 and earned Best Actress nominations for “Edge of Tomorrow” (2015) and “Sicario” (2016). “The Girl on the Train” has one other nomination this year: Best Thriller Film.
Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for “Passengers.” It’s her fourth bid in five years. She earned her three previous nominations for her role in the “Hunger Games” franchise as Katniss Everdeen, winning in 2013 for the first film in the series. “Passengers” is up for five awards, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Actor (Chris Pratt).
Felicity Jones is nominated for the first time this year for her role as reluctant rebel Jyn Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” but even though Jones is a first-timer, she’s in the most nominated film of the year. “Rogue One” has 11 nominations including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Director (Gareth Edwards), so if the film sweeps she could easily go along for the ride.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is up for her role in the sleeper hit “10 Cloverfield Lane.” This is her first Saturn nomination, and the film also contends for Best Thriller Film. And rounding out the category is another first-time contender, Narges Rashidi, for the foreign film “Under the Shadow” set in Iran. It’s also nominated for Best International Film.
So who do you think will prevail? Bestowed by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, the 43rd annual Saturn Awards honor the best in genre fare each year. Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” leads all films with 11 nominations, while “The Walking Dead” (AMC) has the most bids on the TV side at seven, followed by “Westworld” (HBO) with six.