2008 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 2008.

Best Fight

  • 300

    Description

    Spartans fight the Persians with swords and spears in a bloody battle. No wires were used, all self-thrown ground pounders.

    Nominees

    Jonathan Eusebio, Danny Hernandez, Stephane Julien, Matheiu Ledoux, Don Lew, Tim Rigby, Matt Rugetti, Jon Valera, Ryan Watson, Max White

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  • Code Name: The Cleaner

    Description

    Two stunt men confront one of the lead characters in hopes of taking him out. Although they have some moves, they are no match for his fast kicks and hard hitting hands that cause them to go down hard, over and over again.

    Nominees

    Mike Desabrais, Marny Eng, Jase-Anthony Griffith, Rob Hayter, Phillip Mitchell

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  • Death Sentence

    Description

    Two men engage in a brutal fight on top of a parking garage and end up wrestling in a car as it rolls backwards towards the edge of the structure. During the fight the front window is kicked out and the hero escapes through the window a moment before the car and bad guy fall.

    Nominees

    Freddy Bouciegues, Steven Ritzi

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Description

    Fight between Bruce Willis and woman using various martial arts moves. Fight progresses to a down and dirty brawl, sending male double backwards out a 3-story window, careening off a catwalk and airduct then to the ground. Wires were used for safety only, no assistance.

    Nominees

    Dane Farewell, Ming Qiu

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  • The Kingdom

    Description

    A stunt woman doubling Jennifer Garner has a fight to the death with a large attacker. The fight is all hand to hand combat with hard pounding blows and bodies being hurled against walls and to the floor. The fight ends with a deadly knife attack.

    Nominees

    Sala Baker, Shauna Duggins, Mike Smith

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Best High Work

  • Bourne Ultimatum

    Description

    Roof top foot chase. No wires were used. The chase ends with a jump from a balcony through a window where no wires or safety cables were used for the stunt double.

    Nominees

    David Leitch, Kai Martin

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Description

    Stuntman is kicked out a 3-story window careens off a catwalk, hits an air duct then into a truck payload and then the ground. Stunt was done in 3 parts. Wires were used for safety only, no assistance.

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  • The Golden Compass

    Description

    Stunt performers fall 45’ down the side of a glacier. Shot at 7000’ on a real glacier, a slightly sprung wood base was built for the landing. Two 30’ long channels were dug into the ice on the top of the glacier to form a guiding groove for the stunt men to slide at speed over the edge of the ice wall where they were then launched into space.

    Nominees

    Nicholas Daines, Paul Herbert

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  • The Number 23

    Description

    Stuntman executed a backwards fall through candy glass 70+ feet high. He comes through the window backwards. He falls a long way before tucking for the air bag landing. The stunt was performed without the use of wires, green screen, CGI, or composite enhancing.

    Nominees

    Bobby Brown

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  • The Shooter

    Description

    The film’s lead stunt double falls through a window backwards, tumbling out of control and ends up landing hard on a sky light on a roof top below. The skylight breaks and sends him falling again to a hard landing inside a building.

    Nominees

    Patrick Mark

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Best work with a vehicle

  • Bourne Ultimatum

    Description

    Lead character is being chased in a parking structure. To escape he drives in reverse crashing through cars. After stealing a police car, the chase continues in the streets of New York. There are multiple high speed crashes ending in a VW pushing the police car up onto a K-rail doing a rail slide. Both cars end in a high speed crash. The K-rail police car is unmanned

    Nominees

    Gil Combs, Jeremy Fry, Martin Ivanov, Jeffrey Medeiros, Chris O’Hara, Darrin Prescott, Scott Rogers, Kevin Scott, Craig “Frosty” Silva, Greg Tracy

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  • Grindhouse

    Description

    High speed chase featuring a stunt woman on the hood of the car. Reaching high speeds and receiving hits from another car, only one shot shows a dummy on the hood. Once the stunt woman climbs back into the car, chase continues with a reverse 180, double car jump and cannon roll.

    Nominees

    Zoë Bell, Tracy Keehn Dashnaw, Steve Davison, Buddy Joe Hooker

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  • Rush Hour 3

    Description

    High-speed chase through the narrow cobblestone streets of Paris. Motorcycles vs. Taxi. Doors get torn off exposing Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker who gets pulled into a tug of war. Taxi ends up driving on two wheels and on top of the motorcycle. The only green screen used was to cover the actors.

    Nominees

    Marsaud Christophe, Patrick Demeria, Ousaun Trippe Elam, CONSEIL Gilles, Vladimir Houbart, David Julienne, Bernaud Patrick, Christophe Roblin, Peng Zhang

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  • The Hitcher

    Description

    Sequence involved driver operating an air cannon turn over of a police van on a two-lane highway. The van lands in the road then, in a separate cut, is hit at very high speed by an El Camino driven from the opposite direction. Then in another cut, a driver slides a SUV into the two crashed vehicles.

    Nominees

    Jennifer S. Badger, Kurt Bryant, Corey Eubanks, Denney Pierce, Russel Solberg

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  • The Kingdom

    Description

    Convoy moves down the freeway. An SUV rear ends a Mercedes that explodes, setting off a multi car crash including cannon rolls, T-bones and pyrotechnics. First SUV was on tracks. Second was remotely driven. Third SUV performs a cannon roll and flips several times. This SUV was driven by a stuntman who performed the stunt three times. No enhancement.

    Nominees

    Chris Guzzi, Nick Hermz, Michael Hilow, Robert Patrick Nagle, Mario Roberts, Allen Robinson

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Best speciality stunt

  • Ghost Rider

    Description

    Motorcycle rider takes off to catch a van and has two head-on near misses with semi trucks. Driver finishes with a long nose wheelie into 90 degree stop

    Nominees

    Shea Adams, Robert Jones

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Description

    Stuntman jumps on fence as a car hits fence. The fence is cabled on to the car as stuntman rides the car through alley. As fence collides with dumpster stuntman is ratcheted off to a wall.

    Nominees

    Ralf Koch

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  • Pathfinder

    Description

    Stunt man jumps from a higher vantage point and bulldogs the rider who in turn falls with his horse.

    Nominees

    Greg Hanson “Digger”, Jeffrey C. Robinson

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  • Seraphim Falls

    Description

    Performer was in rapids to 160’ waterfall. He was attached by a cable to helicopter flying backwards above. When he dropped over falls, cable was tripped by the pilot, releasing performer to free fall down waterfall with completely slack cable into mist before being stopped by bungee. No CGI or green screen was used.

    Nominees

    Craig Hosking, Mark Vanselow

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  • Wild Hogs

    Description

    Motorcycle rider grabs a handful of throttle and slips off the back of the bike sliding across the ground. Motorcycle keeps going and crashes.

    Nominees

    Erik Stabenau

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Best overall stunt by a stunt woman

  • Grindhouse

    Description

    High speed chase featuring a stunt woman on the hood of the car. Female driver reaches high speeds and receives hits from another car, only one shot shows a dummy on the hood. Once the stunt woman climbs back into the car, chase continues with a reverse 180, double car jump and hits tail end of car causing the other car to turn over.

    Nominees

    Zoë Bell, Tracy Keehn Dashnaw

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Description

    Stuntwoman is hit by SUV coming through a wall. SUV was on a limit line to start then stuntwoman attached to hood as it drove through walls, shelving and a window. Wire assisted in the start of the stunt.

    Nominees

    Ming Qiu

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  • Mr. Brooks

    Description

    A stunt woman doubling Demi Moore fights off an attacker in the back of a speeding van. The van careens off cars and slides to an abrupt stop, slamming into a parked car and pitching the stunt woman out of the van landing her hard into a taxi’s windshield. The travel of the stunt woman was aided by a ratchet.

    Nominees

    Tracy Keehn Dashnaw, Boni Yanagisawa

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  • Redline

    Description

    Ford GT enters race track at high speed in reverse through narrow opening. The GT narrowly misses the Ford Mustang and does a reverse 180 down the track. She starts racing the Mustang and does a series of drifting maneuvers in the infield and on the track. Female driver also does spin out in Ford Mustang.

    Nominees

    Debbie Evans

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  • The Brave One

    Description

    Stuntwoman gets hit head on by a car.

    Nominees

    Chrissy Weathersby

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Hardest hit

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    Description

    Stuntman does backwards fall from horse.

    Nominees

    Brian Lee Brown

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  • Death Sentence

    Description

    A man is standing in the street facing away as a car approaches and he is cued to turn a moment before impact. He is struck head on by the car, breaking the windshield and is thrown over the car and lands in the street. No dummies, cables, or computer graphics were used, only a speed change on the profile impact shot.

    Nominees

    Nick Stanner

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  • Hot Rod

    Description

    A stuntman attempts a ramp-to-ramp jump over a mail truck with a moped. The take off ramp breaks and the jump goes bad. The stuntman collides upside down and backwards into the catch ramp, causing him to fall on his neck and shoulders on the pavement.

    Nominees

    Lars Grant

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Description

    Stuntman is thrown backward down a flight of stairs in a computer chair. The chair was on a ratchet to gain speed but no wires were on the stuntman.

    Nominees

    Adam Hart

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  • We Own the Night

    Description

    Stuntman jumps out a 2-story window to the ground. First part of the stunt he falls to a catcher. For the landing he was hung by a wire above the fence then free released to the ground.

    Nominees

    Bob Colletti

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Best action in a foreign film

Best stunt coordinator and/or 2nd unit director

  • 300

    Nominees

    Damon Caro, Stephane Lefebvre

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  • Bourne Ultimatum

    Nominees

    Dan Bradley, Evangelos Grecos, Miquel Pedregosa, Gary Powell, Darrin Prescott, Scott Rogers

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  • Grindhouse

    Nominees

    Jeff Dashnaw

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Nominees

    John Branagan, Brad Martin, Brian Smrz

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  • Rush Hour 3

    Nominees

    Brad Allan, Eddie Braun, Conrad E. Palmisano

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Best fire

  • American Gangster

    Description

    Stuntman wearing nomex and fire jell sits in a chair as Denzel Washington drops a lighter on him. Stunt man is engulfed in flames for 20 seconds before he falls over and is then shot.

    Nominees

    Manny Siverio

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  • Hot Rod

    Description

    A stuntman performs a full body burn as he stumbles, falls and crawls through a kid’s birthday party.

    Nominees

    Dave Hospes

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  • Reno 911!: Miami

    Description

    One stuntman catches his hands and jacket sleeves on fire. His partner tries to put him out and in doing so engulfs himself in the fire. Fully ignited he then jumps from the yacht 18′ into the marina. This was a full and real burn with no added CGI or effects.

    Nominees

    Cole McKay, Patrick J. Statham

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  • The Comeback

    Description

    A stuntman wearing a football uniform sprints down the field while fully engulfed in flames. He ends up at the sidelines where his teammates try in vain to douse him with the water cooler.

    Nominees

    Mark Chadwick

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  • The Mist

    Description

    Stuntman does full fire burn after being engulfed from a bucket of gas

    Nominees

    Jason Gray

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