2001 taurus world stunt awards - Winners & Nominees

In the tradition of Hollywood’s finest awards presentations, the best stuntwomen and men in the entertainment industry will be recognized for their extraordinary performances in feature films of 2001.

Best aerial work

  • Charlie’s Angels

    Description

    Climactic Helicopter Scene … At the end of the film the girls shoot a cabled arrow into a helicopter and it hoists them from a Bronco out over the ocean. They work their way up the line. Marla/Eileen (doubling Barrymore) boards the copter and punches and kicks the pilot, Joey. Ming/Mishico (both doubling Liu) straddles and attempts to disarm the missile. The copter swerves, the performer falls and is rescued arm-to-arm by Shauna/Donna (both doubling Diaz) who is hanging from a strut by her legs. The scene’s climax has all three girls bailing to the water as the copter explodes.

    Nominees

    Joey Box, Marla Casey, Shauna Duggins, Donna Evans, Ming Liu, Michiko Nishiwaki, David Parris, Eileen Weisinger

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  • Gone in 60 Seconds

    Description

    Helicopter Chase … Shelby Mustang leads police cars on a chase through LA into the aqueducts. They are joined by a police helicopter flown by both Chuck and John. The copter covers the chase, tracking the car and flying over and under several bridges in the process.

    Nominees

    Chuck Tamburro, John Tamburro

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  • Space Cowboys

    Description

    Biplane Acrobatics … Craig (doubling Tommy Lee Jones) flies a bi-plane between the ground and 500ft. (low-level flying). Smoke machines were working throughout. Craig performed such aerial acrobatic maneuvers as barrel rolls, loop-de-loops and inverted flying … all the while staying in camera frame..

    Nominees

    Craig Hosking

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Best driving

  • Charlie’s Angels

    Description

    Bronco Jump … Rick (doubling Bill Murray) landed an antique Bronco from a large jump into boxes and then onto the ground from a smaller jump. Its extremely short wheelbase makes this a difficult vehicle to jump; Rick had the extra challenge of being directed not to damage the Bronco. Meticulous planning, several radar gun measured practice runs through the take-off ramp area, and extensive experience combined to create an exciting stunt that resulted in zero damage to the antique vehicle.

    Nominees

    Rick Seaman

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  • Charlie’s Angels

    Description

    Spiral Pipe Ramp … Swerving to miss an Indy car, Gill’s car swerves and hits a trailer with a bulldozer on back. The car smashes through van and up a 20 ft. pipe ramp at 55mph, spirals in air, lands on its nose, slides across intersection, and hits another car. Rehearsed 3 times into boxes to coordinate landing area and flight path, which was critical due to number of people in the vicinity of the stunt.

    Nominees

    Tanner Gill

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  • Get Carter

    Description

    Cadillac/Jag Car Chase … Corey (in Caddy) chased by Al (in Jag). Chase travels down streets, through alleys, under train rails. Drivers bear down on loaded tow truck and split to either side at last minute. Corey purposely hits towed car, causing it to smash Al into pillar. Drivers meet again in head-on duel. Al’s car bails at last minute, makes a sharp right, and spiral pipe ramps into underground walkway.

    Nominees

    Corey Eubanks, Al Wyatt Jr.

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  • Gone in 60 Seconds

    Description

    Mustang/Cop Car Chase … This chase of over 5 minutes is the climax of the film. It includes slides, near misses, a van t-bone, Mustang near misses pedestrian, head-on near miss, drift slide, near miss of garbage truck, high speed reverse 90 with near miss of big rig, opposing 90’s, high speeds through wash, cop car near misses construction equipment, Mustang jump-off ramps, cop car off-ramps to crash into construction equipment, multiple cars hit by construction containers, Mustang ramp-to-ground jump (the beginning and end of the jump are live action, the center of the jump is CG).

    Nominees

    Chuck Picerni Jr., Eddie Yansick

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  • Shaft

    Description

    Lincoln/Cadillac/SUV Car Chase … Roy driving a red Continental, is chased by Jalil in a Silver Cadillac through city streets at night. They careen off of each other and dodge in and out of traffic at high speeds. Harry joins the chase in an SUV. The Caddie T-Bones a car towed in its path, catches the Lincoln again and bumps it from behind. Ongoing gun battle blows out windows of both cars, then hits Roy, causing Caddie to veer right and canon-roll over parked cars before coming to rest on the sidewalk. SUV picks up chase by T-boning Lincoln and heading it in direction of gated pier. Automatic gunfire from SUV hits trunk and inside of Lincoln. Return fire kills Harry just before the Lincoln does a cannon, slides to a stop and gets rammed by the SUV.

    Nominees

    Roy T. Anderson, Harry Harris III, Jalil Jay Lynch

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Best Fight

  • Charlie’s Angels

    Description

    5 Bad Guys on 1 Angel … 5 Stunt performers with Drew Barrymore. Drew begins the fight tied to a chair with only her feet free. Eventually, the chair breaks away and her still-tied hands come to the front. The stunt performers were on the receiving end of a variety of kicks, punches and martial arts moves. Each was felled by Drew.

    Nominees

    Al Goto, Steve Ito, Felipe Savahge, Mike Smith, Jerry Trimble

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  • Gladiator

    Description

    Sword/Axe Fight … 40 pages of storyboards detailed every step, sword stroke, shield movement, ax blow and coordinated camera move. The entire sequence was rehearsed every day for 3 weeks prior to shooting.

    Nominees

    Stuart Clark, Sven-Ole Thorsen

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  • Romeo Must Die

    Description

    Bar Fight … Racial tension and insults incite this bar fight between these five stunt performers and Russell Wong. A series of effective kicks sends one stuntman through a glass cabinet and ratchets another stuntman into the back of the bar, crashing through glass shelves and bottles. Wong hoists the third performer into the air and crashes him down onto the glass bar before kicking him to the ground. Then Wong, on wires, faces off with Lloyd, Gaston and Clay in a classic martial arts battle of kicks and punches.

    Nominees

    Lloyd Adams, Aubrey Culp, Clay Fontenot, Gaston Howard, Ernest Jackson

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  • Shanghai Noon

    Description

    Jackie Fights Two Indians … In this comedic fight scene between Jackie Chan and two Indians, Cheng doubles Jackie Chan and also plays the role of one of the Indians Jackie is fighting-the one with two pigtails and a striped chin. As Chang, Cheng pulls the other Indian from a horse, jumps on to a tree branch, kicks an Indian, then falls off as the branch breaks. As the Indian, Andy was knocked down with a short bush which Jackie flings at him like a weapon. After the other Indian is stuck in the tree, Chang jumps over him and knocks Jackie down. Jackie jumps up to a tree branch, swings over Cheng, flips around and knocks him to the ground.

    Nominees

    Andy Cheng

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  • Shanghai Noon

    Description

    Barroom Brawl … A wild barroom brawl breaks out as Jackie Chan (Chon Wang) mixes it up with Owen Wilson (Roy) and a group of rough old cowboys. All breaks loose as Wang (Jackie) uses everything from his pony tail to a set of moose antlers to keep the bottle smashing, chair swinging, westerners at bay. Performers fall through chairs, get punched, kicked, thrown off landings, slid down the bar and have chairs crashed over their heads. The scene is total chaos and the bar ends up completely demolished.

    Nominees

    Bradley James Allan, Charles Andre, James Baker, Eric Bryson, Lauro Chartrand, Andy Cheng, Kai Chung, Jim Dunn, Marny Eng, Jim Finkbeiner, Corry Glass, Reg Glass, Tom Glass, Alex Green, Buddy Hamilton, Dave Hospes, Mike Langlois, Roger Lewis, Chung Chi Nicky Li, Brad Loree, Dave McKeown, Mike Mitchell, Shawn Orr, Gerald Paetz, Fred Perron, Jerri Phillips, Jim Randle, Ron Robinson, Trish Schill, Greg Schlosser, Jim Sheild, Mike Vezina, Kim Weisner, Brent Woolsey, Gang Wu, Shane Wyles, David Yuen

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Best fire

  • Hollow Man

    Description

    Full Burn in Elevator… Phil (doubling Kevin Bacon) is trapped in elevator and repeatedly shot with a flame thrower and becomes totally engulfed. He dives over his attacker in an attempt to escape but she blasts him again.

    Nominees

    Phil Culotta

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  • Reindeer Games

    Description

    Full Burn in Casino… Ernie Jackson (doubling Clarence Williams III) is in a Santa Suit. As he lights a cigarette he is squirted with alcohol. He ignites and burns for several seconds before backing through a window and falling out onto a car windshield and hood below.

    Nominees

    Ernest Jackson

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  • The Gift

    Description

    Partial Burn While Tied to Chair … Erik, playing a dramatic role as an abusive father, is tied to a chair and gagged. He is naked from the waist up with no protective nomex. He was doused with gasoline and ignited. He is in the scene with Giovanni Ribisi, who plays his son.

    Nominees

    Erik Cord

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  • The Ninth Gate

    Description

    Full Burn within Circle of Fire … Performer is fully engulfed by fire and trapped with a circle of fire. He desperately attempts to put himself out. He is shot and falls face down on the floor, still fully burning.

    Nominees

    N/A

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  • U-571

    Description

    Two Full Burns inside Sub … In the beginning of the film, two submarine mechanics are working in the engine room when there is a big explosion. Jerry immediately goes up in flames in a full burn. Robert runs for a fire extinguisher, but as he turns with it to help his friend, he is hit face on by a huge fireball from three feet away, does a full burn and falls dead.

    Nominees

    Robert Lahoda, Jaroslav Psenicka

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Best High Work

  • Hollow Man

    Description

    Fall Inside Elevator Shaft … Lincoln (doubling Josh Brolin) climbs 60 ft. ladder inside an elevator shaft. An explosion below shoots the elevator up past him forcing him to flatten against the wall for safety. Next, the ladder breaks on one side, throwing him against the wall. Then the elevator car drops, once again flattening him against the wall. Finally, Linc falls from the ladder to the end of his webbing tie-off.

    Nominees

    Lincoln P. Simonds

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  • Shanghai Noon

    Description

    Fall from the Bell Tower … Andy (doubling Jackie) dangles inverted from a 2 x 12 plank 60 ft. in the air inside a bell tower. He falls head first, catches a rope, swings into the wall and crashes through two wooden planks before falling another 8 ft. to the floor in a ribcrunching splat.

    Nominees

    Andy Cheng

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  • The Cell

    Description

    Three Falls from Box … Jill (doubling Jennifer Lopez) does a highly choreographed series of falls: a free fall, decelerator and descender. She falls headfirst from a 3’ square glass box on a decelerator. She drops upside down for 15 feet then jerks to a stop, reaches to pike position, pulls a quick release around her ankles and free falls for another 15 feet out of frame. On a secondary hydraulic descender she falls another 40 feet while flipping and twisting between the cables on the flying harness. Precise choreography required her to reverse position, right herself, release her hair from its bun and spread out her sheer dress at the exact moment she falls through a hole. While descending, she had to constantly flip and turn as if she was in water. She eventually slowed and ‘floated” while remaining a few feet over the ground.

    Nominees

    Jill Brown

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Best speciality stunt

  • Charlie’s Angels

    Description

    Stair Fall and Fight … Shauna and Donna fight on wires while falling through a bell tower, hitting a wood beam, then falling to the ground. Dodging the falling bell, they crash through a breakaway castle door and launch themselves down 20 stone steps while clinched together. The performers are wearing skin-tight, revealing clothing with little to no room for pads. When they reach the bottom, they continue their fight.

    Nominees

    Shauna Duggins, Donna Evans

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  • Ready to Rumble

    Description

    55′ Descender Through Cages … This final wrestling match takes place 55 ft. up on top of wire cages stacked three high. Using a descender. Scott (doubling Diamond Dallas Page) falls and breaks through the cages from top to bottom.

    Nominees

    Scott Workman

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  • Shanghai Noon

    Description

    Log Rolling Sequence … Brent (doubling Owen Wilson) and Jackie are on top of some 40 logs chained to the flatbed car of a train moving at 30mph. The chain is loosened causing the logs, each weighing 1500 lbs., to roll off the car, down some 60 – 70 feet below. Brent and Jackie stay on top of the logs by logrolling. After the last log drops, Jackie jumps off to the car and Brent settles to the deck.

    Nominees

    Brent Woolsey

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  • The Perfect Storm

    Description

    Blown off Andrea Gail … At the height of the storm the crew attempts to secure the wheelhouse. Pete (doubling actor) is snatched by the violence of the storm (ratchet), buffeted by the winds while in the air, then thrown into the churning water.

    Nominees

    Pete Turner

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  • X-Men

    Description

    Wolverine Blown out of Truck … Truck hits fallen tree. Steven is launched out of the drivers side of truck through the windshield and hits boxes at approx. 35 feet. He’s then dragged approx. 150 feet on a slide board in the snow.

    Nominees

    Steven N. McMichael

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Best stunt coordination – feature film

Best stunt coordinator and/or 2nd unit director

  • Gone in 60 Seconds

    Description

    Climactic End Car Boost/Chase Scene … With Nick Cage & Del Ray Lindo. This was an intricate, realistic, high speed car chase of over 5 minutes. Often the actual speeds were in excess of 90 mph, on wet pavement. It includes slides, near misses of cars, trucks and pedestrians, a t-bone, drift slide, high speed reverse 90 with near miss of big rig, opposing 90’s, high speeds through wash, jump-off ramps, multiple cars hit by construction containers and a ramp-to-ground jump (the beginning and end of the jump are live action, the center of the jump is CG). Nick Cage was doubled by Chuck Picerni Jr. Del Roy Lindo was doubled by Alan Oliney.

    Nominees

    Johnny Martin, Chuck Picerni Jr.

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  • Mission: Impossible 2

    Description

    Air Cannon and Double Motorcycle Chase … The chase starts with a white sedan doing an air cannon and flipping several times. The scene integrates a high speed motorcycle chase with cars and off-road riding. During an ongoing gun battle between the two riders, Cruise jumps off the left side of his bike and skis on his feet down the road until it’s safe to remount . As the chase continues, riders dodge between traffic then cut into a wooded, off-road area. Cruise’s bike lays down and the other bike jumps over him. Both riders set for a finale which is a joust of head-on motorcycle action that ends when both riders leap from their bikes (wire assist) and collide in mid-air.

    Nominees

    Billy Burton, Brian Smrz

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  • Nurse Betty

    Description

    Car Hit/Ambulance Crash … The sequence starts out with a Cadillac being driven by Jack Gill. The Cadillac races into the entrance to a hospital. A security guard (Scott Workman) steps out in front of the Cadillac to stop it but ends up being hit hard up onto the hood, into the windshield and thrown off the side. The Cadillac comes to a stop at the hospital entrance, throws a body out the back, begins to reverse away but collides with an ambulance. We took all the structural reinforcements out of the trunk of the Cadillac so the impact would look a lot greater than actually happened because the travel space was limited. The front of the ambulance was reinforced with a larger steel bumper. As the impact occurs the ambulance driver (Kevin Scott) goes into the windshield. A seven camera set-up.

    Nominees

    Charlie Brewer

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  • Rules of Engagement

    Description

    Daring Military Rescue … Armed demonstration of 1500 Middle Easterners threatens to take over the US Embassy in South Yemen. The Ambassador calls on the military to evacuate himself and his family. Three helicopters take off from the USS Independence loaded with special forces personnel specially trained for this type of situation. The Ambassador, his family and the Marine detachment narrowly escape with their lives as the armed and riotous crowd utilize heavy fire power in their attempt to thwart the daring rescue.

    Nominees

    Buddy Joe Hooker

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  • The Patriot

    Description

    Militia vs. Redcoats Battle … Militia and Redcoats fire on each other in a desperate faceto- face battle. A horse charge from the Red Coats chases the militia into a valley and at first seems to turn the tide, however they are then ambushed by the Colonial Army. There are cannonball explosions, saddle falls, horse falls, back over and squibs aplenty. Then there’s an all-out hand-to-hand battle with pistols, swords, rifles and bayonets. The scene integrates an army of performers and horses and intricately timed explosions.

    Nominees

    R.A. Rondell

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Best water work

  • The Perfect Storm

    Description

    Rollover and Rescue of the “Mistral” … The stunts took place in the water tank at stage 16 at Warner Bros on a gimble-operated sailboat “The Mistral.” Three-ton water tanks, water cannons and wind machines were continuously dumped and blown on us as the stunts were performed, making the waves and the weather as real as the film shows. As high seas and waves were blowing the sailboat it capsizes and the crew needs to be rescued. Tim Rigby jumped 20′ from a mock helicopter into the water and swam to the boat to attempt a rescue which was unsuccessful. Dana and Jennifer are tethered to the side of the sailboat and are nearly drowned as it reels from side to side. George assists them back on board for another attempt at rescue from the crew in the helicopter. Dana, Jennifer and George then jumped from the boat into the high seas and kept afloat while Tim Rigby swam through the waves and helped them into the rescue basket.

    Nominees

    Dana Dru Evenson, Tim Rigby, Jennifer Watson, George Wilbur

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  • The Perfect Storm

    Description

    Underwater Cable Drag … The scene is during the storm where the character “Murph” doubled by Mike Brady was hooked in the hand and sent over board. The cable snatched him and drug him down to a depth of about 30′. He had to hold his breath for just under two minutes while struggling and waiting for “Sully” Pete Turner and Sean Graham (doubling Mark Wahlberg’s character) to swim the length of the tank in full clothing under water to his rescue.

    Nominees

    Mike Brady, Sean Graham, Pete Turner

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  • The Perfect Storm

    Description

    Storm Tossed from Tower to Deck into Water … Sean (doubling Mark Wahlberg) was on top of the look out tower trying to fix a broken antenna and save the Andrea Gail from certain death. He was hit by 50 ft. man-made waves and by several powerful water cannon. At the same time, the Andrea Gail was on a gimble system that violently rocked the boat in all directions up to 45 degrees and 100 mph fans were bulleting rain. All elements were used in combination to knock Sean from his perch and send him reeling to the steel whales deck some 16 ft. below. No pads. After surviving the high fall, Sean was immediately hit by another dump tank that sent him off the ship, down to the next level and into the steel railing.

    Nominees

    Sean Graham

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Best work with a vehicle

  • Me, Myself and Irene

    Description

    Car Hit with 360° Hit … Pat Banta gets into a car and begins to drive forward. Denney steps in front of the car raises a gun and is hit by the car at approx 15mph. Denney purposely caught the front of the vehicle with his leg. This turned him upside down so as to catch the side windshield post of convertible. As he falls from car he does a 360 in air and lands on the ground face down.

    Nominees

    Denney Pierce

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  • Reindeer Games

    Description

    Double Car Hit … David and Jakob play security guards inside casino. Car crashes through casino wall, hitting both performers – one is knocked out of the way, the other lands on a card table.

    Nominees

    David Jacox, Jacob Rupp

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  • Scary Movie

    Description

    Car Hit while in Lingerie… Leslie (doubling Carmen Electra) is trying to flag down car while wearing only bra and panties. She gets hit by a car and does several flips over car (ratchet) before crashing behind. Wore smallest, thinnest harness available and nude-tone body suit.

    Nominees

    Yves Cameron, Leslie Spongberg

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  • Shaft

    Description

    “Blind” Car Hit… Jalil (doubling Geoffrey Wright) is standing in the street threatening Shaft with a shiv. He’s hit from behind by an oncoming Firebird. He bounces onto the windshield, which he cracks with his head, then is spit back off the front of the car onto the street.

    Nominees

    Jalil Jay Lynch

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  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

    Description

    Hay Truck Tips Over… Bullwinkle’s car backs off of a car carrier while the carrier is moving down the road. Meanwhile, a hay truck is coming at it from a 90-degree angle. In trying to avoid a collision, the hay truck skis on two wheels and lands on its side.

    Nominees

    Rick Blackwell, Tim Chitwood

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Best work with an animal

  • All the Pretty Horses

    Description

    Horse Breaking Montage … Mike (doubling Henry Thomas) and Richard (doubling Matt Damon) rode and “broke” some 20 horses in this montage which was shot over three days: one day for roping, two days for breaking. The pair roped the horses in the corral, snugged them to posts, saddled and blindfolded them and rode the bucking horses. It required extensive knowledge of riding and roping unbroken horses.

    Nominees

    Richard Bucher, Mike Watson

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  • Gladiator

    Description

    Tiger Fight Scene … Five live tigers were strategically positioned in the arena in close proximity to Sven and Stuart. During shooting, one of the tigers clawed Thorsen in the leg, another ripped his shoulder and yet a third clawed his helmet. Clark was attacked twice by a big cat and had to wrestle a third to the death during the fight.

    Nominees

    Stuart Clark, Sven-Ole Thorsen

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  • The Patriot

    Description

    Horse Rear and Fall … Gibson avenges the death of his sons in the climactic battle scene. Lance (doubling Gibson) is carrying the US flag and is charging his enemy on foot while Richard (doubling the enemy) charges back on horseback. When the two meet, Lance drops in front of the horse and thrusts the flag up its chest, causing Richard to be launched forward as in a running “w”. Stunt integrates work on a real and a mechanical horse.

    Nominees

    Richard Bucher, Lance Gilbert

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