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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Avengers steal Saturn spotlight

Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble picked up a Saturn Award
Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble picked up a Saturn Award
Director William Friedkin received a lifetime achievement award

Avengers Assemble and Breaking Bad were the biggest winners at the Saturn Awards in Los Angeles.

Joss Whedon's superhero blockbuster, starring Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth, took home four gongs including best science fiction film, best supporting actor for Clark Gregg, best director and best special effects.

Joss said he felt at home with the fantasy community: "I've been part of it before I knew it existed. If you are sitting in your bedroom with a flashlight and a science fiction book and you're 12, you are part of it," he said.

Crime drama Breaking Bad, which starred Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as drug dealers, received three wins for best actor for Bryan, best supporting actor in TV for Jonathan Banks and best presentation on television. Other TV winners included Revolution, The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf.

From the big screen, Jennifer Lawrence was awarded best actress for her portrayal of feisty survivor Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, while Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress for her turn as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

Matthew McConaughey picked up best actor for his chilling performance in Killer Joe, while Quentin Tarantino got the prize for best writing. James Bond movie Skyfall won in the best action/adventure category, and Life Of Pi was awarded best fantasy.

William Friedkin, the director of The Exorcist and Killer Joe, said he wouldn't stop making movies as he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

"I am not finished yet. This is just another step on the ladder for me but a very important one," said the 77-year-old.

The Saturn Awards, now in their 39th year, are presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and celebrate the best of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

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