Alien-Related Mini- Series Facts and Trivia: “Taken” (2002)

Over the course of 50 years and four generations of three different families, “Taken” was a Steven Spielberg masterpiece that focused on the lives of the Keys, Crawfords, and Clarkes. Some of the characters you will encounter include Russell Keys (a veteran from World War II), Owen Crawford (former Air Force captain), and Sally Clarke (an unhappy housewife). In this article, you will learn facts and trivia concerning this intriguing mini-series that turned many heads in the award department.

Throughout their trials and tribulations, they will fight nightmares consisting of alien abductions, become affected by the Roswell incident, as well as carry the baby of an alien). As the decades pass, viewers catch a glimpse at what happens to the family and offspring of the main characters, who continue to feel the effects of the aliens. For example, the birth of Allie Keys (a product of an alien experiment) becomes a rather important part of solving the puzzle of the impending future.

A young Dakota Fanning plays Allie Keys, while supporting cast members include Matt Frewer (as Dr. Chet Wakeman) and Heather Donahue (as Mary Crawford as an adult).

Awards and Nominations for “Taken”

“Taken” became popular throughout the awards circuit, catching a great deal of nominations for its creativity and other features. This includes:

Awards Won for “Taken”

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Awards , Won a Saturn Award for Best DVD Television Release; won a Saturn Award for Best Single Television Presentation.

BMI Film & TV Awards , Laura Karpman won the BMI Cable Mini-Series Award.
Emmy Awards , Won an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries, which included production credits for
Steven Spielberg, Leslie Bohem, Steve Beers, Darryl Frank, Joe M. Aguilar, and Richard Heus.

Motion Picture Sound Editors , Won a for Best Sound Editing in Television Long Form (Sound Effects & Foley), which rewarded the work of two supervising sound editors, one supervising foley editor, and a handful of sound editors.

Satellite Awards , Won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Miniseries.

Television Critics Association Awards , Won a TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series and Specials.

Young Artist Awards , Won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special in the category of Supporting Young Actor (Ryan Merriman).

Award Nominations for “Taken”

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Film Awards , Nominations included Best Actress in a Television Series (Emily Bergl), Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series (Heather Donahue), and Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series (Dakota Fanning).

American Cinema Editors , Nominated for an Eddie in Best Edited Episode from a Television Mini-Series (Michael D. Ornstein) for part two of the mini-series.

American Society of Cinematographers , Nominated for an ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Mini-Series’/Pilot for Cable or Pay TV (Jonathan Freeman).