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‘Lost’ leads at Saturn Awards with 11 nominations

The Saturn Awards began handing out TV kudos in 1989, and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was the first honoree. Two decades later the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and action/adventure/thriller are all well-represented on television. As one show, “Lost,” seems to combine all of these elements, it is only appropriate that it leads at this year’s Saturn Awards with 11 nominations. It is contending for best network series and has a staggering 10 acting nominations.

“Lost” has won this top series award for three of its first four seasons. “Heroes” edged it out two years ago for its red-hot debut season and is back in the race this year with six nominations (series plus five acting nods). “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” returns to the race for a second year with four nods (series plus three acting bids). The other network series in contention are “Supernatural” for the third time in four years, the already canceled freshman series “Life on Mars” and newcomer “Fringe,” which also scored a nom for breakout star Anna Torv.

Among the cable/syndicated series contenders, “Battlestar Galactica” leads with four nominations (series plus three acting bids). “Battlestar Galactica” won the first two of its series bids but was beaten last year by “Dexter” on its second try. That Showtime show about a serial killer has four noms (series plus three acting) this year. The other non-network shows competing are four-time nominee “The Closer” and three newcomers: “Leverage,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “True Blood.”

Seven of the “Lost” regulars were nominated — leads Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly and supporting players Henry Ian Cusick, Michael Emerson, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim and Elizabeth Mitchell. Snubbed was three-time nominee Terry O’Quinn, who won the supporting actor award for the show’s first season.

Matthew Fox has won two of his last four bids. He lost the first year to Ben Browder (“Farscape”) and two years ago to “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall, who is back in the hunt this year. Looking for a first win are returning nominee Noah Wyle of “The Librarian” telefilm franchise, third-time nominee Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica”) and newcomers Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Timothy Hutton (“Leverage”).

“Lost” leading lady Evangeline Lilly has lost all four of her races. For the last two years, the best actress winner has been Jennifer Love Hewitt, star of “The Ghost Whisperer,” who contends again this year. The other competition is three-time contender Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), returning nominee Lena Headey (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and first-timers Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”), Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) and Torv.

And though Elizabeth Mitchell won the second of her two supporting bids last year, as did Michael Emerson, Josh Holloway came up short for the second year in a row. Cusick and Kim are first-time nominees this year. Mitchell and Kim will be competing against Summer Glau (“Terminator”) who tied with Mitchell last year as well as four-time nominee Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) and three-time nominees Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”) and Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”).

The supporting men of “Lost” face off against three first-time nominees: Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and “Heroes’ ” Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia.

The guest acting category is new to this year’s Saturn Awards. However, unlike the Emmy Awards, the Saturns do not distinguish between and actors and actresses. Three of the “Lost” stable of guest stars — Alan Dale, Kevin Durand and Sonya Walger — are competing against two from “Heroes” — Kristen Bell and Robert Forster — as well as Jimmy Smits from “Dexter.”

Members of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror decide on both nominees and the winners, which will be announced June 25. Begun in 1972 to honor often overlooked films, the organization has expanded its reach in recent years, adding TV awards in 1989 and DVD ones in 2003. While an abbreviated list of TV nominees is below, visit the official website for the full list of nominees in movies, TV and DVD.

LA TIMES