'Super 8' is among Saturn nominees for Best Science Fiction Film. ©All Rights Reserved

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – The Oscars may indicate great achievements in film, but the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films focuses on genre films when considering nominees for its annual Saturn Awards, which in 2011 were also recognized at the box office.

The Saturn nominees were announced this week and include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, with 10 nominations, Super 8Captain America: The First AvengerThe Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo also received 10 nominations, and the director will receive the George Pal Memorial Award for his homage to Georges Méliès, an early fantasy filmmaker and special effects innovator.

“This was a phenomenal year for genre films and TV series, which broadened the horizons of storytelling and technology, bringing audiences new ways to dream,” said Robert Holguin, president of the Academy, in a statement.

The Saturn Awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 20 in Burbank, California. Nominees include:

Best Science Fiction Film
The Adjustment Bureau
Captain America: The First Avenger
Limitless
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
X-Men: First Class

Best Fantasy Film
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Immortals
Midnight in Paris
The Muppets
Thor

Best Horror/Thriller Film
Contagion
The Devil’s Double
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Grey
Take Shelter
The Thing

Best Action/Adventure Film
Fast Five
The Lincoln Lawyer
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
Red Tails
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
War Horse

Best Direction 
Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin
David Yates, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Brad Bird, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Rupert Wyatt, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
J.J. Abrams, Super 8

In addition to the above, categories include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best International Film and Best Animated Film.

http://www.saturnawards.com

RC