Yup. We've found an award-giving organization that thinks "Snakes on a Plane" was a worthy best picture nominee. It was bound to happen.
And while it may not have been the blockbuster Warner Bros. hoped for, or a major Oscar contender this weekend, but "Superman Returns" will be a force at the 33rd annual Saturn Awards.
The Bryan Singer-directed comic book reboot earned 10 nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Pan's Labyrinth" received six nominations apiece and five different films, as different as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," received five nominations.
Because the organization recognizes films in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror and action genres, as well as animated and foreign films, it's almost a bigger insult not to be nominated for a Saturn than it is to receive a nomination, particularly given that each best picture genre has six nominations.
That's why "Superman Returns" is going up against "Charlotte's Web," "Eragon," "Night at the Museum," "Pirates 2" and "Stranger than Fiction" in the best fantasy film category, while "X-Men: The Last Stand" faces "Children of Men," "Deja Vu," "The Fountain," "The Prestige" and "V for Vendetta" in the science fiction film category.
"Snakes on a Plane" earned its best picture nomination in the horror category, where it faces "Slither," "Saw III," "Hostel," "Final Destination 3" and "The Descent."
In the best action/adventure/thriller category, by far the strangest Saturn assemblage, "Casino Royale" and "The Departed" will face off against "Flyboys," "Mission: Impossible III," "Notes on a Scandal" (seemingly a thriller) and "Perfume."
The categories all get jumbled together for acting recognition, where Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Will Farrell, Hugh Jackman, Clive Owen and Brandon Routh go head-to-head for best actor. The best actress group pits "Superman Returns" leading lady Kate Bosworth (yes, really) against Judi Dench, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Renee Zellweger (for "Miss Potter," of all things) and Shauna MacDonald of "The Descent."
Check out http://www.saturnawards.org/ to giggle at the rest of the nominees.
The awards will be presented on Thursday, May 10.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times