Marvel’s Kevin Feige, Director Jon Favreau Among Those Honored At Saturn Awards
This Oct. 26, 2018 file photo shows Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at the 2018 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Feige will be honored at the 45th annual Saturn Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 13. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
"Avengers: Endgame," "Game of Thrones" are top winners in film and TV, respectively
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Kevin Feige was honored at the 45th annual Saturn Awards but the Marvel Studios president gave higher praise to someone other than himself.

Feige said in a video message Friday night that he was “humbled” after accepting the inaugural Stan Lee Builder award, named after the late Marvel Comics mastermind. He paid homage to Lee for kick-starting the Marvel legacy, calling him a “genius.”

“He was enthused with humanity and kindness,” said Feige, who did not attend the ceremony but spoke on a large video screen. “He put that into every creation he had, which is why they all still resonate today. It will resonate for centuries to come.”

Feige was recognized for the successful creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), a film world with multiple story lines and characters that so far has spanned 23 films over 11 years. The latest phase of the franchise triumphantly concluded with the record-breaking “Avengers: Endgame” film, which topped the evening with six awards including best comic-to-motion picture release. Leading the way in television was “Game of Thrones” with four Saturn wins.

The awards show was simulcast for the first time on several platforms including its official YouTube channel, Twitch, Cinedigm’s CONtv and Pluto TV Sci-Fi Channel.

Aisha Tyler hosted the event, created in 1973 to recognize horror, sci-fi and fantasy films that typically don’t get recognized at major award shows. The awards were presented at the Avalon Hollywood venue in Los Angeles.

“Iron Man” and “Lion King” director Jon Favreau and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb also received honorary awards. Favreau was handed the Saturn Visionary award for his work in modern cinema, while Loeb was given the Dan Curtis Legacy award, which highlights the accomplishments in genre television.

Favreau remembered when he first saw a Saturn Award while visiting Feige’s office years ago. He also spoke about the progression of superhero films along with sci-fi and fantasy genres.

“At the time, people weren’t really recognizing superhero films or genre films. Now, we’re a part of mainstream,” Favreau said. “Now horror, superheroes and sci-fi have become a part of what keeps the film business going. But way back when I was growing up, it was a small group in the lunch room that liked that kind of stuff. ... It’s so amazing how this has blossomed.”

Loeb said his father’s colorful stories of his workday during his childhood encouraged him to become a storyteller.

“He told a story about going to the post office. But in my mind, he was Indiana Jones meets Jesse James,” he said. “He was a stockbroker for 37 years, but he made me want to be a storyteller. ... They say in this business don’t meet your heroes. 

You’ll find out they’re just mortals. But I have and they’re in this room. They’re in my office and on my sets.”

“Halloween” star Jamie Lee Curtis received a standing ovation after winning best actress in a 2018 film. The actress isn’t a huge fan of horror films but said she was grateful that her role in the first “Halloween,” in 1978, help kick-start her career.

“I never, ever, ever thought I would be an actress,” Curtis said.

Robert Downey Jr. won best actor for his work in “Avengers: Endgame.”

George Takei, the “Star Trek” actor, called himself an “O.G. nerd” before announcing HBO’s “Westworld” as the winner for best science fiction television series.

“Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist accepted the award for the CW show, which won best superhero television series.

Here’s a category-by-category rundown of the winners:

2019 SATURN AWARDS WINNERS
 
FILM

 
BEST COMIC-TO-MOTION PICTURE RELEASE
Avengers: Endgame                                                                         Marvel / Walt Disney Studios
 
BEST SCIENCE FICTION FILM RELEASE 
Ready Player One                                                                             Warner Bros. Pictures
 
BEST FANTASY FILM RELEASE
Toy Story 4                                                                                        Pixar Animation / Walt Disney Studios
 
BEST HORROR FILM RELEASE
A Quiet Place                                                                                    Paramount
 
BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE FILM RELEASE
Mission: Impossible – Fallout                                                            Paramount
 
BEST THRILLER FILM RELEASE
Bad Times at The El Royale                                                            20th Century Fox
 
BEST ANIMATED FILM RELEASE
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse                                                   Sony Pictures
 
BEST INDEPENDENT FILM RELEASE
Mandy                                                                                                RLJ Entertainment
 
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM RELEASE
Burning                                                                                               Well Go USA
 
BEST ACTOR IN A FILM
Robert Downey Jr.                 Avengers: Endgame                          Marvel / Walt Disney Studios
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A FILM
Jamie Lee Curtis                    Halloween                                          Universal
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A FILM
Josh Brolin                             Avengers: Infinity War                       Marvel / Walt Disney Studios
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A FILM
Zendaya                                 Spider-Man: Far From Home            Marvel / Sony Studios
 
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTOR
Tom Holland                           Spider-Man: Far From Home            Marvel / Sony Pictures
 
BEST FILM DIRECTOR
Jordan Peele                          Us                                                      Universal Pictures
 
BEST FILM SCREENPLAY
Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski                                       A Quiet Place
Paramount
 
BEST FILM PRODUCTION DESIGN
Charles Wood                        Avengers: Endgame                         Marvel / Walt Disney Studios
 
BEST FILM EDITING
Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt                                                         Avengers: Endgame
Marvel / Walt Disney Studios

BEST FILM MUSIC
Marc Shaiman                       Mary Poppins Returns                       Walt Disney Studios
 
BEST FILM COSTUME
Michael Wilkinson                  Aladdin                                               Walt Disney Studios
 
BEST FILM MAKE-UP
John Blake, Brian Sipe                                                                      Avengers: Endgame
Marvel / Walt Disney Studios
 
BEST FILM SPECIAL/VISUAL EFFECTS
Avengers: Endgame                                                                        Marvel / Walt Disney Studios
 
 
TELEVISION AND STREAMING TELEVISION
 
BEST SUPERHERO TELEVISION SERIES
Supergirl                                                                                             The CW
 
BEST SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SERIES
Westworld                                                                                          HBO
 
BEST FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES
Game of Thrones                                                                               HBO
 
BEST HORROR TELEVISION SERIES
The Walking Dead                                                                             AMC
 
BEST ACTION / THRILLER TELEVISION SERIES
Better Call Saul                                                                                  AMC
 
BEST ANIMATED SERIES ON TELEVISION
Star Wars Resistance                                                                       Disney Channel
 
BEST ACTOR ON A TELEVISION SERIES
Sam Heughan                        Outlander                                           Starz
 
BEST ACTRESS ON A TELEVISION SERIES
Emilia Clarke                         Game of Thrones                               HBO
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR ON A TELEVISION SERIES
Peter Dinklage                       Game of Thrones                               HBO
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS ON A TELEVISION SERIES
Danai Gurira                          The Walking Dead                            AMC
 
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTOR ON A TELEVISION SERIES
Maisie Williams                      Game of Thrones                               HBO
 
BEST GUEST STARRING PERFORMANCE ON A TELEVISION SERIES
Jeffrey Dean Morgan             The Walking Dead                             AMC
 
BEST STREAMING SUPERHERO TELEVISION SERIES
Marvel’s Daredevil                                                                             Netflix
 
BEST STREAMING SCIENCE FICTION, ACTION, & FANTASY SERIES
Star Trek: Discovery                                                                         CBS All Access
 
BEST STREAMING HORROR & THRILLER SERIES
Stranger Things                                                                                 Netflix
 
BEST ACTOR IN STREAMING PRESENTATION
Henry Thomas                       The Haunting of Hill House               Netflix
 
BEST ACTRESS IN STREAMING PRESENTATION
Sonequa Martin-Green          Star Trek: Discovery                         CBS All Access
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN STREAMING PRESENTATION
Doug Jones                            Star Trek: Discovery                         CBS All Access
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN STREAMING SERIES
Maya Hawke                          Stranger Things                                 Netflix
 

HOME ENTERTAINMENT
 
BEST DVD / BD RELEASE
King Cohen                                                                                        La La Land
 
BEST DVD / BD CLASSIC FILM RELEASE
2001: A Space Odyssey (4K)                                                            Warner
 
BEST DVD / BD SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE
Waterworld Limited Edition                                                                Arrow
 
BEST DVD / BD COLLECTION RELEASE
Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film Collection                                Universal
 
BEST DVD / BD TELEVISION MOVIE OR SERIES RELEASE
The Outer Limits (Season 1 and 2)                                                  Kino Lorber Studio Classics
 

LOCAL LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION
 
BEST LOCAL LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION
Puppet Up! Uncensored                                                                    Henson Alternative

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