Veteran art director and set designer who entered the film industry in the mid-1940s and worked consistently through the 70s, designing the sets for a wide range of films--from the film noir melodrama...
One might think an awards show put on by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films might skew to the fringes of the mainstream and beyond, but a quick glance down this year's Saturn Awards nominations reveal much more in common with the Oscars.
While the Saturn Awards' diverse categories find ways to beef up 2012's under-appreciated blockbuster entries — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey leads with 9 nominations, followed by Life of Pi (8) and Skyfall (7) — grey areas of genre categorization keep the list in check with this year's Academy lineup. Argo and Zero Dark Thirty for Best Thriller? Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables for Best Actor? Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy for Best Actress?? A pulp movie, no doubt, but as a choice from the connoisseurs of sci-fi and fantasy? There's a certain level of risk lacking in this year's nominations. Perhaps the geekier pop culture of the world has simply been widely embraced.
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Check out the full list of nominations below, which admittedly do show some love for the weird and wild movies that made their way to theaters in 2012:
Best Science Fiction FilmMarvel’s The AvengersChronicleCloud AtlasThe Hunger GamesLooperPrometheus
Best Fantasy FilmThe Amazing Spider-ManThe Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyLife of PiRuby SparksSnow White and the HuntsmanTed
Best Horror/Thriller FilmArgoThe Cabin in the WoodsThe ImpossibleSeven PsychopathsThe Woman in BlackZero Dark Thirty
Best Action/Adventure FilmThe Bourne LegacyThe Dark Knight RisesDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesSkyfallTaken 2
Best ActorChristian Bale, The Dark Knight RisesDaniel Craig, SkyfallMartin Freeman, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyHugh Jackman, Les MiserablesJoseph Gordon-Levitt, LooperMatthew McConaughey, Killer Joe
Best ActressJessica Chastain, Zero Dark ThirtyAnn Dowd, ComplianceZoe Kazan, Ruby SparksJennifer Lawrence, The Hunger GamesHelen Mirren, HitchcockNaomi Watts, The Impossible
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Best Supporting ActorJavier Bardem, SkyfallMichael Fassbender, PrometheusClark Gregg, The AvengersJoseph Gordon-Levitt, The Dark Knight RisesIan McKellen, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyChristoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting ActressAnne Hathaway, The Dark Knight RisesJudi Dench, SkyfallNicole Kidman, The PaperboyAnne Hathaway, Les MiserablesCharlize Theron, Snow White and the HuntsmanGina Gershon, Killer Joe
Best Animated FilmBraveFrankenweenieParaNormanWreck-It Ralph
Best International FilmAnna KareninaChicken with PlumsThe FairyHeadhuntersMy WayPusher
Best Independent Film ReleaseComplianceHitchcockKiller JoeThe PaperboyRobot and FrankSafety Not GuaranteedSeeking a Friend for the End of the World
Best DirectionWillian Friedkin, Killer JoePeter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyRian Johnson, LooperAng Lee, Life of PiChristopher Nolan, The Dark Knight RisesJoss Whedon, Marvel’s The Avengers
Best WritingTracy Letts, Killer JoeDavid Magee, Life of PiMartin McDonagh, Seven PsychopathsQuentin Tarantino, Django UnchainedJoss Whedon, Marvel’s The AvengersJoss Whedon, Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods
For the rest of the awards, including technical categories and TV, head to the Saturn Awards website.
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Launched film career at Universal Studios in the mid-1940s
First credit as art director, "Abandoned"
Final film credit as set decorator, "The Jazz Singer"
First freature, "Can't Help Singing" starring Deanna Durbin
Veteran art director and set designer who entered the film industry in the mid-1940s and worked consistently through the 70s, designing the sets for a wide range of films--from the film noir melodrama "Kiss the Blood Off My Hands" (1948) and the lush Douglas Sirk "women's picture" "Magnificent Obsession" (1954) to the low-budget sci-fi classic, "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957). Levitt earned Oscar nominations for her work on the picture-pretty "Pillow Talk" (1959), the popular classic "The Sound of Music" (1965) and Roman Polanski's retro film noir "Chinatown" (1974). She was also responsible for the deliciously creepy look of the TV series, "The Addams Family", in the mid-1960s.