"Lost" won best network series for the fifth time in six years at the Saturn Awards Thursday. Among those shows it beat was 2007 champ "Heroes," which also left the airwaves this year. Also going down to defeat were returning nominee "Fringe" and first-time contenders "Chuck," "The Ghost Whisperer" and "The Vampire Diaries."
These kudos began handing out TV awards in 1989, and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" was the first honoree. More than two decades later, the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and action/adventure/thriller are well-represented on television.
"Lost" combines all of these elements and led at this year's Saturn Awards with eight nominations, including seven acting bids. After losing three times in the supporting category, "Lost" lone wolf Josh Holloway jumped up to lead and won. Among those he edged out was costar Matthew Fox, who had taken two of his last four bids, and "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall, who had won this award with the first of his three previous nominations.
Returning nominee Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") will have to content himself with his two Emmys and wins this year for his show in the cable/syndicated series and supporting actor (Aaron Paul) categories. Departing "Dexter" co-star Julie Benz won the supporting actress award.
"Lost" leading lady Evangeline Lilly lost for the sixth year in a row, this time to Anna Torv ("Fringe") who won with her second bid. Among those Torv defeated were last year's champ Jennifer Love Hewitt ("The Ghost Whisperer"), four-time contender Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"), returning nominee Anna Paquin ("True Blood") and newcomer Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"). "Fringe" also won the guest acting race for sci-fi veteran Leonard Nimoy, who had gone without a win in five film bids.
For the full list of Saturn Awards winners, visit the academy's website.
Photo: Josh Holloway in "Lost." Credit: ABC