On June 26th, 2013 The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films held the 39th Annual Saturn Awards.
I was reading through the history of the Saturn Awards and at one point they were actually broadcast. It's too bad they have not done that in a while. It was so worth it being in the ballroom and watching the whole ceremony.
The award ceremony was held at the Castaway in Burbank, California.
This was my first time in L.A. so I did a re-con mission on Tuesday to figure out how to drive there and what it would look like. You can tell that Fringe is present everywhere. Notice the name of the golf course, lol.
In its last year for eligibility Fringe was nominated in 6 categories:
-Best Network Television
-Best Actor: Josh Jackson
-Best Actress: Anna Torv
-Best Supporting Actor: John Noble
-Best Guest Starring Role in a Series: Blair Brown and Lance Reddick
Here is the complete list of nominees.
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film has been good to Fringe in the past 5 years with numerous nominations and respectable wins. You can see them here. (John Noble also won in 2011 for Best Supporting Actor)
Anxiously waiting in the Red Carpet area to see who would come down.
Although J.J. Abrams wasn't there, Star Wars was still present.
Night Of Desirable Objects. He played Andre Hughes.
John: "It was so cool. It was very good and very sort of mysterious. I liked the idea of probing into the mysteries of the people, things that might be going on and giving them a little bit more of a respect rather than fear. I thought that was interesting the way they did that."
Next up was Lance Reddick
Lance: "That's a tough one. I can't think of a scariest episode. I can only think of a poignant moment for me. It was after the last season. And it was when Broyles reunited with team and the first time he sees Olivia."
5.04 The Bullet That Saved The World
Lance: "It's been on my mind lately. I slowly started writing again. We'll see. I'm a little hesitant to perform because I really don't want this kind of life at this point in my life and career because I'm focusing so much on doing other things and my acting is starting to produce intelligent film. But it informs my work as an actor and it's been such an integral part of almost my entire life."
Q: When you started filming for Fringe did you have any idea that 5 months after the show is over the fans are still talking about. It will always be "Fringe Friday" or "Naked Tuesday" or a white tulip will never just be a white tulip, things like that. Do you guys as actors working on the show experience some of the same things, like you see something and then it reminds of something in Fringe?
Lance: "I can't speak for the other actors. This is a tough one for me. I feel like this is two questions. When we started the series I didn't quite know what to expect because so often you know there is a lot of hype... It was J.J.'s big series coming out after LOST. And the pilot was a huge hit, and then in terms of numbers, it was up and down, it ebbed and flowed.
Now that it's over I'm a little - I don't want to say taken aback because I had a similar experience with The Wire, where it seemed like no one was watching while it was on and it's turned into this huge phenomenon. But I feel like Fringe is going to have this same kind of life. The fan base is going to keep growing and growing and growing as people watch it."
That concluded the Red Carpet.
Most of the press went to the Media Room where award recipients go for a winning photo and maybe some more questions.
For the past years whenever Fringe cast members received any Saturn Awards hardly anyone ever reported back the acceptance speeches. This year there was a table set aside for media to watch the ceremony. So I did. I don't have pictures but it was amazing.
Lance actually hosted the ceremony. He was wonderful and he walked out on stage with the same authority he displayed when he was Agent Broyles.
The movie awards were handed out first. Here is the list of all winners (including TV).
Then came the magical moment for the Television Awards.
The winner for Best Actress on Television was announced.
And it was Anna Torv, for the 4th year in a row. Congratulations, well deserved!!!!
This was the only award for Fringe.
It was an exciting evening. I was able to witness an award ceremony where I had actually voted in. I had become a member of the Academy so I could give Fringe my votes. Membership is open to the public.
By the way, this was parked outside my hotel at the half way point (yeah I drove). Not quite the right colors but a Bishop Mobile nonetheless.