The Last Jedi, Black Panther win big at the 44th Saturn Awards

The Last Jedi wins the Saturn for best writing while Black Panther nabs five awards, including best comic to motion picture.

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The Awards celebrate the best in genre entertainment with almost 50 awards being handed out to the best science fiction, fantasy and horror films and television over the past year.

The king on the night was no doubt Ryan Coogler for his treatment of Black Panther, nabbing five awards from 14 nominations including best comic-to-motion picture and best director. Though the Saturn Awards aren't quite held in the same regard as the Golden Globes or the Oscars, Black Panther's win may be a sign of things to come in the next awards season.

Gal Gadot grabbed a Saturn for best actress and Guillermo del Toro took home the best fantasy film Saturn for The Shape of Water.

With so many awards and so many categories, it almost feels like everyone is a winner!

The most adored man on the internet, Rian Johnson, was on hand to accept the best screenplay award for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. No word on him whether he will hand the award over, should The Last Jedi get the remake some fans are calling for.

While Mark Hamill's depiction of Luke Skywalker sure broke a lot of hearts, he took out the award for best actor, too, ensuring The Last Jedi took home two Saturn Awards this year.

After hate campaigns and calls to remake the entire film, it's nice to see The Last Jedi get a win.

The full list of film award winners are below:

  • Best Science Fiction FilmBlade Runner 2049
  • Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture:  Black Panther
  • Best Fantasy FilmThe Shape of Water
  • Best Horror FilmGet Out
  • Best Action/Adventure FilmThe Greatest Showman
  • Best Thriller Film:  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Best Animated Film:  Coco
  • Best Independent Film:  Wonder  
  • Best International Film:  Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
  • Best Actor: Mark Hamill ( Star Wars : The Last Jedi)
  • Best Actress: Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Patrick Stewart (Logan)
  • Best Supporting Actress:  Danai Gurira (Black Panther)
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor:  Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
  • Best Director: Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)
  • Best Screenplay:  Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
  • Best Special Effects: Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
  • Best Production Design: Hannah Beachler (Black Panther)
  • Best Editing: Bob Ducsay (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
  • Best Music: Michael Giacchino (Coco)
  • Best Costume: Jacqueline Durran (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Best Make-Up: Joel Harlow, Ken Diaz  (Black Panther)

The full list of TV awards are below:

  • Best Science Fiction TV SeriesThe Orville
  • Best Horror TV SeriesThe Walking Dead
  • Best Action/Thriller TV SeriesBetter Call Saul
  • Best Fantasy TV SeriesOutlander
  • Best Presentation on Television: Twin Peaks
  • Best Animated TV Series: Star Wars Rebels
  • Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series: The Flash
  • Best New Media TV Series: Star Trek: Discovery
  • Best New Media Superhero Series: Marvel's The Punisher
  • Best Actor on Television: Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks)
  • Best Actress on Television: Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery)
  • Best Supporting Actor on Television: Michael McKean (Better Call Saul)
  • Best Supporting Actress on Television: Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul)
  • Best Younger TV Actor: Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)
  • Best Guest Star on Television: David Lynch (Twin Peaks)
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