“Outlander” fans had a glass-half-full kind of night at the 2017 Saturn Awards. Starz’s romance epic took home the trophy for Best Fantasy TV Series but its two leads, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, lost Best Actor and Best Actress to Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”) and Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl”), respectively. “Outlander” executive producer Toni Graphia was on-hand to accept the Saturn Award on Wednesday night in Burbank, CA, which was bestowed by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
Heading into the 43rd Saturn Awards, many people thought that “Outlander” and “Game of Thrones” would dominate the small-screen categories as they boast huge fan followings and had a combined seven trophies. However, “Outlander” only won the prize for Best Fantasy TV Series while “Game of Thrones” went home empty-handed. (Interestingly enough, both shows are sitting out this current Emmy cycle.)
Besides “Outlander,” some of the other Saturn Awards winners on the television side were “The Walking Dead” (Best Horror TV Series and Best Actor for Lincoln), “Supergirl” (Best Superhero TV Series and Best Actress for Benoist), “Westworld” (Best Science Fiction TV Series and Best Supporting Actor for Ed Harris), “Stranger Things” (Best Young Actor for Millie Bobby Brown), “The Flash” (Best Supporting Actress for Candice Patton), “Marvel’s Luke Cage” (Best New Media TV Series), “Riverdale” (Best Action-Thriller TV Series) and “11.22.63” (Best TV Presentation).
Despite her loss, Balfe has already taken home two Saturn Awards, winning Best Actress in 2015 and 2016 for her role as time-traveling nurse Claire Randall-Fraser. This was Heughan’s third Saturn nomination for playing Scottish highland warrior Jamie Fraser, though he still has yet to prevail. Last year “Outlander” also won Best Fantasy Series, so now it’s television’s two-time reigning champ.
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