5th Saturn Awards

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5th Saturn Awards
DateJanuary 14, 1978
SiteCalifornia, U.S.
Hosted byKaren Black
William Shatner
Most awardsStar Wars (13)
Most nominationsStar Wars (11)

The 5th Saturn Awards were awarded to media properties and personalities deemed by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films to be the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror released in 1977. It was held on January 14, 1978, and taped for television broadcast under the title Science Fiction Film Awards, which aired on January 21, 1978. This was the first ceremony in which the nominees for the acting categories were more than just a single individual while the category Best Editing was introduced. The event was hosted by Karen Black and William Shatner.

Star Wars won the most awards with 13 wins (8 competitive; 5 special), including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (George Lucas) and Best Writing (Lucas), followed by Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, and Oh, God! with two wins each.

This ceremony is also notable for when Shatner performed a spoken word rendition of the song "Rocket Man", introduced by Bernie Taupin.[1][2][3]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Below is a complete list of nominees and winners. Winners are highlighted in boldface.

Best Science Fiction Film Best Fantasy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Director Best Writing
Best Music Best Costumes
Best Make-up Best Special Effects
Special awards
Outstanding Art Direction Outstanding Cinematographer
Outstanding Editing Outstanding Recording
Outstanding Set Decoration Outstanding Sound
Outstanding Stop Motion Animated Film Outstanding Television Performance
Outstanding Executive Achievement Outstanding Publicist
Life Career Award Honorary Award
Hall of Fame Award


  1. ^ "William Shatner's Wild 'Rocket Man' Performance Lives On". Heavy. April 25, 2022. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  2. ^ William Shatner "Sings" 'Rocket Man' (1978) - BEST QUALITY!. YouTube. January 2, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  3. ^ "William Shatner Singing Elton John's "Rocket Man" Is Still The Funniest Damn Thing We've Ever Seen". I Love Classic Rock. Retrieved July 5, 2022.

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