Best performance of the year by a male in a leading role in a genre film
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
Currently held by
Harrison Ford for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016)
The Saturn Award for Best Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. The Saturn Awards were devised by Dr. Donald A. Reed, who felt that films within those genres were never given the appreciation they deserved. The physical award is a representation of the planet Saturn, surrounded with a ring of film. The award was initially and is still sometimes loosely referred to as a Golden Scroll. The award for Best Actor was first introduced in 1976 for the 1974 and 1975 years, to reward a lead performance by a male actor in film.
The record for most awards is held by Robert Downey, Jr. with three wins, with Mark Hamill, Jeff Bridges, and Harrison Ford as the only others to have won more than once, each winning twice. Tom Cruise is the most nominated actor in the category with ten nominations, with Arnold Schwarzenegger being second with seven (two of which for playing The Terminator) and Harrison Ford (all of them for playing either Han Solo or Indiana Jones) and Robert Downey, Jr. (three of which for playing Iron Man) being tied for third with six nominations. Arnold Schwarzenegger also holds the record for most nominations without a victory. Anthony Hopkins and Martin Landau are the only actors to have won the Saturn Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award for the same role; however, Landau won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and not Best Actor.
Winners and nominees
"†" indicates an Academy Award-winning actor on the same category.
"‡" indicates an Academy Award-nominated actor on the same category.
"§" indicates an Academy Award-winning actor on a different category.