'The Dark Knight' And 'Iron Man' Lead 35th Saturn Award Nominations

'The Dark Knight'Just when we all thought awards season was over and we'd heard the last bit of praise for "The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man" by critics and peers, The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced today its list of nominees for their 35th Annual Saturn Awards. And once again, director Christopher Nolan's acclaimed take on DC Comics' Caped Crusader leads the charge with 11 total nominations, closely followed by Jon Favreau's "Iron Man," which landed eight.

In a showdown worthy of a company crossover, the Dark Knight Detective and ol' Shellhead will face off against each other in seven categories, including "Best Actor" (Christian Bale vs. Robert Downey Jr.), "Best Actress" (Maggie Gyllenhaal vs. Gwyneth Paltrow), "Best Supporting Actor" (Heath Ledger vs. Jeff Bridges), "Best Director" (Nolan vs. Favreau), "Best Writing," "Best Music" and "Best Special Effects."

Adding to the strong comic book showing at this year's awards are nods for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (up for two awards, including "Best Horror Film") and "Wanted" (nominated for "Best Fantasy Film").

The 35th Annual Saturn Awards -- which will be announced on June 25, 2009 -- recognizes the best contributions to genre film, television and home entertainment.

Do you think "The Dark Knight" or "Iron Man" will triumph at the Saturn Awards? Pick a side in the comments!