Take their "Best Science Fiction Film" category for a perfect example:
- CHILDREN OF MEN (Universal)
- DÉJÀ VU (Buena Vista)
- THE FOUNTAIN (Warner Bros.)
- THE PRESTIGE (Buena Vista)
- V FOR VENDETTA (Warner Bros.)
- X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (20th Century Fox)
My first instinct seeing Children of Men and The Fountain listed with "best" attached is to jump up and applaud. It's great that there's an organization that's not blind to their considerable ambition and showmanship. But when that same organization considers X-Men: The Last Stand a qualitative peer, the heart drops. You realize that they love Children of Men and The Fountain only because of their genre... not because they're, you know, excellent.
Another example: Best Actress
- Kate Bosworth SUPERMAN RETURNS (Warner Bros)
- Judi Dench NOTES ON A SCANDAL (Fox Searchlight)
- Maggie Gyllenhaal STRANGER THAN FICTION (Sony)
- Shauna McDonald THE DESCENT (Lionsgate)
- Natalie Portman V FOR VENDETTA (Warner Bros.)
- "She Who Must Not Be Named" MISS POTTER (Weinstein Company)
The Saturn Awards are deeply silly for many reasons and this kind of juxtaposition is just one of them. I also don't understand why "ghetto" awards like these or like the Academy's Animated Film branch can't understand that the more nominees you have in a small field the more impossible you are to take seriously. Say what you will about AMPAS' taste level each year in their Best Picture category but they're only choosing 5 films to so honor from a field of literally hundreds. When your pool of nominees is much much much smaller should you really have more nominees? It's like when the TONY Awards have a category with only 3 eligible plays or revivals or what have you and nominate all of them. What an honor!