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'Lost,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Fringe' take two Saturn Awards apiece

June 25, 2010 | 11:24 am

Josh Holloway "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.

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'Avatar' sweeps Saturn Awards with 10 wins

June 25, 2010 |  9:32 am

Avatar Poster "Avatar" trounced the competition at Thursday's Saturn Awards, winning all 10 of its bids, including best sci-fi film, the four acting prizes for leads Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana and supporting players Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, and two trophies for writer-director James Cameron. Cameron, who already held the record with six previous wins, also was feted with the Visionary Award.

This 36th annual edition of the awards honored films across four genres, with the other top films being "Watchmen" (fantasy), "Drag Me to Hell" (horror) and "Inglourious Basterds" (action/adventure/thriller). Though there are four best film awards, the other categories cull nominees from all the genres.

"Sherlock Holmes" was blanked despite eight nominations. One seven-time nominee, "Watchmen," also won costumes and DVD while another, "Inglourious Basterds," had to settle for just that top film award. Both "District 9" and "Star Trek" were kept to just one win in six races: best international film and makeup, respectively.

This was the fifth victory for Cameron in the best director race. Among those he edged out were Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), who beat him at the Academy Awards, and fellow Oscar nominee Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds").

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