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Saturn Award for Best Director

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United States

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First awarded

Awarded for
Best directing of the year for a genre film

Presented by
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films

Currently held by
Ridley Scott for The Martian (2016)

The Saturn Award for Best Director (or Saturn Award for Best Direction) is one of the annual awards given by the American Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Saturn Awards, which are the oldest film-specialized awards to reward genre fiction achievements, in particular for science fiction, fantasy, and horror (the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is the oldest award for science fiction and fantasy films), included the Best Director category for the first time at the 3rd Saturn Awards, for the 1974/1975 film years.


The award is also the oldest to honor film directors in science fiction, fantasy and horror. It has been given 36 times, including a tie for the 1977 film year.

James Cameron holds the record of the most wins with five (for six nominations), while Steven Spielberg is the most nominated director with twelve nominations (for four wins). Only three other directors have won the award more than once: Peter Jackson (three times), Bryan Singer and Ridley Scott (two times). At the 22nd Saturn Awards (for the 1995 film year), Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the award, 15 years before becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director.

Spielberg was also the first to win Best Director from both the Saturn Awards and the Academy Awards at the same year, but for different movies (Saturn Award for Jurassic Park, and Academy Award for Schindler's List, both in 1993); Peter Jackson was the first to win both for the same film (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in 2003) while Alfonso Cuarón was the second (for Gravity in 2013).


"†" indicates an Academy Award-winning movie on the same category.

"‡" indicates an Academy Award-nominated movie on the same category.

Multiple nominations

11 nominations
  • Steven Spielberg
  • 7 nominations
  • Peter Jackson
  • Bryan Singer
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • 6 nominations
  • James Cameron
  • 5 nominations
  • J. J. Abrams
  • Tim Burton
  • Christopher Nolan
  • 4 nominations
  • George Lucas
  • Sam Raimi
  • Ridley Scott
  • Paul Verhoeven
  • 3 nominations
    2 nominations

    Multiple Wins

    5 wins
  • James Cameron
  • 4 wins
  • Steven Spielberg
  • 3 wins
  • Peter Jackson
  • 2 wins
  • Ridley Scott
  • Bryan Singer
  • References

    Saturn Award for Best Director Wikipedia