Saturn Awards 2017: Will ‘Outlander’ clobber ‘Game of Thrones’ as Best Fantasy Series? Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe also nominated

Outlander” fans will be watching the Saturn Awards very closely this year, as Starz’s romance epic is nominated in four categories: Best Fantasy Series, Best TV Actor for Sam Heughan, Best TV Actress for Caitriona Balfe and Best TV Guest Performer for Dominique Pinon. However, HBO’s rival genre series “Game of Thrones” is also nominated in three of those races: Best Fantasy Series, Best TV Actor for Kit Harringon and Best TV Actress for Lena Headey. Which TV show will win the ultra competitive fantasy category, which also includes “Beyond” (Freeform), “The Good Place” (NBC), “Lucifer” (Fox), “The Magicians” (SyFy) and “Preacher” (AMC)? The winners will be announced on June 28, but you can let us know your pick right now by voting in our poll below.

Balfe is a two-time Saturn champion, winning Best TV Actress in 2015 and 2016 for her role as time-traveling nurse Claire Randall-Fraser. This is Heughan’s third nomination for playing Scottish highland warrior Jamie Fraser, though he has yet to prevail at the Saturn Awards. Last year “Outlander” won Best Fantasy Series, so it’s now the defending champion heading into Wednesday’s kudos. While “Game of Thrones” has amassed a slew of Saturn nominations over its six years, it only has two victories so far: Best Limited Run Series and Best Younger Performer for Maisie Williams, both in 2015.

While “Game of Thrones” is clearly a favorite of the TV academy, which has honored it with more Emmys (38) than any other scripted series, “Outlander” has scooped up accolades from various fan-voted awards groups. “Outlander” took home back-to-back Critics’ Choice Awards as Most Bingeworthy Show in 2015 and 2016, it won three times as Best Fantasy Series at the People’s Choice Awards between 2015 and 2017, and Heughan even won our own Gold Derby Award for Best Drama Actor in 2015.

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.

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