In a video message on September 13, Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios was honoured with Stan Lee Builder award at the 45th annual Saturn Awards, called Stan Lee, the mastermind of Marvel, a "genius". Kevin was chosen for the successful creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), a film world with multiple storylines and characters that so far has spanned 23 films over 11 years. Marvel's recent movie, “Avengers: Endgame”, took home multiple awards including best comic-to-motion picture release. Feige did not attend the ceremony but spoke on a large video screen.
“He was enthused with humanity and kindness. He put that into every creation he had, which is why they all still resonate today. It will resonate for centuries to come,” said the humbled American film producer paying homage to Stan Lee.
The Saturn Award is an American award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, television and home media releases. This year the award show was simulcast on several platforms including its official YouTube channel, Twitch, Cinedigm’s CONtv and Pluto TV Sci-Fi Channel for the first time. American actress, comedian, director and talk show host Aisha Tyler hosted the event at the Avalon Hollywood venue in Los Angeles.
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Other than Fiege, “Iron Man” and “Lion King” director Jon Favreau and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb also received honorary awards. Similarly, Favreau was handed the Saturn Visionary award for his work in modern cinema, while Loeb was given the Dan Curtis Legacy award, which highlights the accomplishments in genre television. While receiving the award, Favreau recalled when he first saw a Saturn Award while visiting Feige’s office years ago. He talked of the progression of superhero films along with sci-fi and fantasy genres.
“At the time, people weren’t really recognizing superhero films or genre films. Now, we’re a part of mainstream. Now horror, superheroes and sci-fi have become a part of what keeps the film business going. But way back when I was growing up, it was a small group in the lunch room that liked that kind of stuff. ... It’s so amazing how this has blossomed, ” Favreau said.
Marvel’s head of television Loeb said that his father’s colourful stories of his workday during his childhood encouraged him to become a storyteller. “He told a story about going to the post office. But in my mind, he was Indiana Jones meets Jesse James. He was a stockbroker for 37 years, but he made me want to be a storyteller. ... They say in this business don’t meet your heroes. You’ll find out they’re just mortals. But I have and they’re in this room. They’re in my office and on my sets, ” he said.
Robert Downey Jr. won best actor for his work in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis who starred in the movie "Halloween" received a standing ovation after winning best actress in a 2018 film. The actress said she was grateful that her role in the first “Halloween,” in 1978, help kick-start her career. “I never, ever, ever thought I would be an actress,” she said. HBO’s “Westworld” was the winner for best science fiction television series. Star Trek actor, George Takei called himself an “O.G. nerd” before announcing the award. Likewise, “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist accepted the award for the CW show.
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