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SPOILER ALERT-Scream 2008 Awards Honor the Best in Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Mania was on hand for some Scream Award treats.

By Liana Aghajanian     October 21, 2008

Mania Invades the 2008 Scream Awards
© Mania.com/Josh Gordon



Leaving behind the glitz and glamour of typical tinsel town award ceremonies, it was a screamtastic Saturday night at Spike TV’s third annual Scream Awards. Fans dressed as devils, gothic school girls, ghoulish creatures and unsavoury characters and celebrated the best in horror, science fiction and fantasy along with the stars of Hollywood at the Greek Theatre. The Dark Knight' emerged as the big winner of the night, taking home 12 trophies, including one for the night’s most prestigious award, “The Ultimate Scream” as well as Best Screamplay. “The Dark Knight'” ensemble, including Christian Bale, the late Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman and director Christopher Nolan also took home awards in their respective categories. Given that the winners are determined by fans who vote at Spike TV’s website, “The Dark Knight’s” sweep comes as no surprise, as the latest Batman installment brought in $527 million at the box office in the U.S alone.

The action and excitement for the fantasy, horror and sci-fi genres did not stop within the confines of the theater. Elsewhere on the red carpet, Mania spoke with the likes of Frank Miller, “Dexter’s” James Remar, “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola, “Y: The Last Man” comic creator, “Lost” writer Brian Vaughan and comic book icon and all around gentleman, Stan Lee.

Lee, who was a presenter, made sure to stop by and speak to as many reporters as possible and cleverly responded to a publicist’s comment about taking one more quick question, as the show was about to start.  “I don’t have time for quick questions; I like slow, well considered questions,” Lee said.  is scheduled to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year. His company, POW! Entertainment is producing a CGI film series, “Legion of 5” in partnership with Rainmaker Animation and Brighton Partners. Lee is also creating a line of superhero comics for Virgin Comics.


(Click on the photo above to see our fully gallery of 2008 Scream Award photos.)

Emmy Award nominated series “Dexter,” took home the “Best TV Show” award. “Dexter is an unusually well-written and incredibly acted show,” James Remar said on the red carpet. Remar plays Dexter’s adoptive father, Harry Morgan on the series.

As the red carpet cleared out and the show started, the “Legend Award” was bestowed upon Anthony Hopkins, who was met with roaring applause once he stepped out on stage.

“Sweeney Todd” director Tim Burton, who rode in on a hot-air balloon and proclaimed he was afraid of heights as soon as he hit solid ground, was presented by Winona Ryder with the “Scream Immortal Award” for his unique interpretation of horror and fantasy. Burton is currently involved with directing the live action film “Alice in Wonderland,” based on the novel, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The film is due for release on March 19, 2010.





Along with Burton and Hopkins, “Nightmare on Elm Street” director Wes Craven received the “Scream Mastermind Award” for his work in the horror genre. Craven, who is known for the “Scream” trilogy of movies, is gearing up to remake his 1989 horror film. “Shocker” in 2009.

Even Star Wars’ George Lucas took time out of his schedule to make a surprise appearance with an army of Stormtroopers to accept the “Comic-Con Icon Award”. The award, given out in partnership with the Comic-Con International, an annual fan convention honoring comic books, sci-fi and fantasy genres of film and television, has previously gone to Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman, director of Will Eisner’s “The Spirit.”

In between the awards, appearances and performances, this year’s Scream Awards saw the world premiere footage of highly anticipated releases including “Watchmen,” “Friday the 13th” and the teen sensation, “Twilight,”. While Twilight hits theaters November 21, movie go-ers have to wait a while longer to see “Friday the 13th,” which debuts on Friday, Feb 13 and “Watchmen” which will be coming to theaters in March 2009. 




The “Best Science Fiction Movie” nod went to “Iron Man,” and director Jon Favreau was more than thrilled upon receiving his award. “I’ve been around the geeks and I’ve been around the freaks, but I’ve never been with the freaks and geeks together,” he said of the audience and award show. Robert Downey Jr. accepted the “Best Actor in a Science Movie or TV Show award” for “Iron Man” via a taped response from the set of his new film “Sherlock Holmes” in London, in which director Guy Ritchie also made a surprise appearance in.


You can catch the Scream 2008 Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at 9 p.m. on Spike TV.

A full list of winners can be found below:

Best Fantasy Movie – Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Science Fiction Movie – Iron Man

Best Horror Movie – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best TV Show – Dexter

The Ultimate Scream – The Dark Knight'

Best Superhero – Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight'

Best Actor in a Fantasy Movie or TV Show – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight'

Best Actor in a Horror Movie or TV Show – Johnny Depp; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Breakout Performance: WALL-E; WALL-E

Best Actress in a Horror Movie or TV Show – Liv Tyler, “The Strangers”

Best Villain – Heath Ledger as The Joker; The Dark Knight'

Best Actress in a Fantasy Movie or TV Show – Angelina Jolie, Wanted

Best Supporting Performance – Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight'

The Holy S***! Scene of the Year – The Big Rig Flips Over,; The Dark Knight'

Most Memorable Mutilation – Bitten By Vagina With Teeth; Teeth

Best Screamplay – The Dark Knight'; Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer

Best Scream to Comic Adaptation – Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Season Eight

Best Sequel – The Dark Knight'

Best Director – Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight'

Best Remake – Halloween

Best Actor in a Science Fiction Movie or TV Show – Robert Downey, Jr.; Iron Man

Best Actress in a Science Fiction Movie or TV Show – Milla Jovovich; Resident Evil: Extinction

Best F/X – The Dark Knight'

Best Comic Book – Y: The Last Man

Best Comic Book Movie – The Dark Knight'

Best Comic Book Artist – Gabriel Ba; The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite

Best Comic Book Writer – Grant Morrison; Batman, Final Criss

Most Shocking Comic Book Plot Twist – The X-Men Disband After Professor X Is Shot In The Head

Best Line – “I believe whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stranger” – The Joker; The Dark Knight'



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darkheart00 10/21/2008 10:19:32 AM

 Since the show hasn't aired yet a spoiler tag would be nice.

jedibanner 10/21/2008 11:28:42 AM
<P itxtvisited="1">Since the TITLE of the article starts with SPOILER ALERT, reading it would be nice.</P>
Flint521466 10/21/2008 11:59:05 AM

WTF,  it's the 1st two words of the article.  SOPILER ALERT.  LMAO.

LadyBrowncoat 10/21/2008 2:15:09 PM

 In defense of DearhHeart, when he posted that comment, the title did NOT read Spoiler Alert, and the 1st two words of the article were NOT Spoiler Alert.  Someone at Mania must have read his comment and done something about it.  This has been a public service announcement.

bigsxc2000 10/21/2008 4:32:16 PM

I want to disagree with the award forThe Holy S***! Scene of the Year.  I thought the pencil trick from The Dark Knight should have received that award.  That part set the whole tone for the joker in my eyes.

JarrodSarafin 10/21/2008 6:38:09 PM

Totally agree on the Pencil trick...That would be the best Holy **** Moment for a lot of us as well.

Same goes for Indy getting married, at least for me, but that's not part of the Scream Awards fortay, I guess.

JoshGordon 10/21/2008 11:36:37 PM

I couldn't agree more with you guys. The Joker's pencil trick was, without a doubt, the best Holy **** moment.

darkheart00 10/22/2008 9:12:53 AM

Grant Morrison owns all. Too bad they didn't air that category on the show...... unless I was getting another beverage out of the fridge when that happened? Most Memorable Mutilation almost made my wife vomit, classic stuff. Good to see some love for Dexter in there as well. The exclusive look at Watchmen made me wet myself a little. The surprise of the night was the first look at the Friday the 13th remake / re-imagining. IMHO the clip actually felt tense with some great atmosphere and (*shock*) was that some good camera work in there as well ?!?! (fingers crossed).

Additionally and I know this was covered by idrial (thanx)......the article did not have a spoiler tag on it when I first posted. I appreciate the support from my fellow maniacs Jedi and Flint though. I may say some moronic things once in a while, this just wasn't one of those times :p



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