2009 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 2009.

Best Fight

  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

    Description

    Two stunt men in armor battle each other with broad swords and shields in an old ruined
    stone courtyard

    Nominees

    Sean Button, Allan Poppleton

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  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Description

    Hellboy and Nuada fight with swords and spears on top of large moving cogs. Fight used some wirework.

    Nominees

    Xiang Gao, Domonkos Pardanyi, Jan Petrina, Damien Walters, Max White, Bin Xia

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  • Punisher: War Zone

    Description

    Two stunt doubles fight slamming and hitting each other, making use of breakaway doors, glass and the tiled walls of the room.

    Nominees

    Jean-Francois Lachapelle, Jeff Wolfe

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  • The Dark Knight

    Description

    Batman fights bad guys in building construction site. Using wires Batman moves to a lower floor and fights with hand to hand combat. The fight ends with five SWAT members being thrown off the side of the building.

    Nominees

    Rob Cooper, Richard Hansen, Mark Mottram, Andy Pilgrim, Dominic Preece, Marvin Stewart-Campbell, Buster Reeves, Steen Young

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Best High Work

  • Dark Knight

    Description

    Five stunt men are thrown out of a building by Batman. The stunt men use a slide to eject themselves from the 420’ building while all attached to one common line as well as separate cables attached to individual deceleration devices.

    Nominees

    Mark Harper, Luke Kearney, Tom Lowell, Mark Mottram, Brian A. Peters

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  • Eagle Eye

    Description

    A stunt man falls 45’ backwards on a decelerator, crashes into a catwalk and then flips into 3’ of water. A stunt woman then slides down structure and falls into the water.

    Nominees

    Horace Knight Jr., Petra Sprecher

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  • Quantum of Solace

    Description

    James Bond and bad guy fight while maneuvering on large scaffolding that is falling apart. They crash into glass and building columns while swinging on ropes. Safety wires were used.

    Nominees

    Benjamin Cooke, Glenn Foster, Richard Hansen, Bobby Holland Hanton, Kai Martin, Diz Sharpe

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  • The Happening

    Description

    A group of construction workers walk off a skyscraper. The stunt men fell over 100’ on a wire using a decelerator.

    Nominees

    Alex Chansky, Brycen Counts, Kevin Derr, Jayson Dumenigo, Myke Schwartz, Mark A. Wagner

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  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

    Description

    A stunt man is kicked off a building by Adam Sandler. He falls 30’ in two shots, doing a hand pull to fall off the balcony and performed a 30’ descender drop to an on screen breakaway catcher.

    Nominees

    Max Daniels

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Best work with a vehicle

  • Dark Knight

    Description

    Batman and Joker chase a police van through the streets of Gotham. Chase features police cars, SWAT vans, a tractor-trailer, Batmobile and Batman’s motorcycle. Driving in narrow lanes on the streets below a raised freeway, the vehicles crash and explode. The chase ends with the tractor-trailer doing a forward end over end cannon turnover.

    Nominees

    Rick Avery, Richard Burden, George Cottle, Tobiasz Daszkiewicz, James Fierro, Terry Jackson, Tom Lowell, Rick Miller, Jean Pierre-Goy, Jim Wilkey

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  • Death Race

    Description

    Nine cars that are heavily armored race through a track. This race features a Mustang and a Ram truck. The vehicles slam into each other, maneuvering between and around steel girders and through buildings. The chase includes multiple crashes and fire stunts.

    Nominees

    Gary Baxley, Shane Cardwell, Gil Combs, Jim Dunn, Jack Gill, Tyler Hall, Henry Kingi Sr., Gilbert Larose Jr., Gaston R. Morrison, Allan Padelford

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  • Quantum of Solace

    Description

    James Bond is chased while driving through narrow hillside tunnels. After weaving through traffic and crashing into a large truck, he makes his way to a quarry. In the quarry, the cars slide around on loose rock. The chase ends with a car plummeting over the cliff’s edge.

    Nominees

    Dean Bailey, Ben Collins, Aris Comninos, Evangelos Grecos, Mark Higgins, Rowley Irlam, Martin Ivanov, Peter Miles, Lee Morrison, Dominic Preece

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  • Seven Pounds

    Description

    Stunt man does a double cannon to roll a 26 passenger people mover van at 70 mph on a narrow canyon road.

    Nominees

    Eddie Braun

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  • Vantage Point

    Description

    Blue car chases police car through narrow streets filled with pedestrians and other vehicles. Chase features multiple crashes into buildings, cars and props on the street. No CGI was used for this sequence.

    Nominees

    Gregory J. Barnett, Doc D. Charboneau, Gil Combs, John Arthur Escobar, Andy Gill, Jack Gill, Henry Kingi Sr., Paul Lane, Mike Massa, Denney Pierce

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Best speciality stunt

  • Bedtime Stories

    Description

    Stunt man jumps a heavy motorcycle with a passenger through the open doors of a moving train’s box car and lands on the other side.

    Nominees

    Melissa Barker, Monte Perlin

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  • Dark Knight

    Description

    Stunt man drives a semi and does a large forward cannon flipping the tractor and trailer end over end.

    Nominees

    Jim Wilkey

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  • Semi Pro

    Description

    A stunt man roller skates down a 70’ ramp, flying 25’ high over cheerleaders and landing 55’ to the deck. Wires and a ratchet were used execute the stunt.

    Nominees

    Dan Lemieux, Nicole Surels

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  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    Description

    A stunt man is dragged underneath a four-wheeled chariot, slides out of the back and pulls himself up onto the top of the carriage.

    Nominees

    Scott Armstrong

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  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

    Description

    Zohan swims to catch up with a jet ski and knocks the driver off. Wires were used to create the motion for swimming.

    Nominees

    Meir R. Hasbani

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Best overall stunt by a stunt woman

  • Eagle Eye

    Description

    Stunt woman slides down a structure and falls into shallow water. Cables were used for safety.

    Nominees

    Petra Sprecher

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  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    Description

    A stunt woman jumps out of a fireworks truck as it is exploding and hits the ground. Costumes did not allow padding for this stunt.

    Nominees

    Karine Lemieux

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  • Wanted

    Description

    A woman races through city streets to avoid a truck. Stunt woman drives a Dodge Viper stick shift with 4th pedal e-brake. A 360 degree spin was done in 3 pieces. She did a 180 degree and a reverse 180 degree with a stunt man standing in the center of the parking lot. Then a shot with the actors in the car on castors was added. CGI was used to incorporate actors into the sequence. The chase includes the Dodge Viper jumping 8’ high and 55’ long with no hang harness. The Dodge Viper driving on top of the bus was CGI.

    Nominees

    Debbie Evans

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  • Yes Man

    Description

    Using a custom-made suit with roller blade wheels, a stunt woman rolls down a windy road. The suit put the stunt woman 3” off the ground and had no brakes.

    Nominees

    Monica Braunger

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Hardest hit

  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

    Description

    Stunt performer wearing a Taurus costume is pushed from the edge of a balcony and falls onto a small tiled roof below. He shatters the roof and continues his decent, landing half on and half off a solid wall structure and bounces to the courtyard below.

    Nominees

    Vladislavas Jacukevic

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  • Fool’s Gold

    Description

    A man chases a hat while driving a dingy. The stunt man jumps 8’ to grab the hat and lands hard in the dingy.

    Nominees

    Kyle Gardiner

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  • Hancock

    Description

    Lead character grabs convenience store robber and throws him 30’ down a store aisle and into a beer refrigerator head first.

    Nominees

    Horace Knight Jr., Aaron Toney

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  • Iron Man

    Description

    While testing the Iron Man suit, stunt man takes off in jet boots and does a flipping backwards ratchet 28’ high to the ceiling. He is then cut loose and falls to the ground.

    Nominees

    Gregory James Fitzpatrick

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  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    Description

    A stunt woman jumps out of a fireworks truck as it is exploding and hits the ground. Costumes did not allow padding for this stunt.

    Nominees

    Karine Lemieux

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Best action in a foreign film

Best stunt coordinator and/or 2nd unit director

  • Dark Knight

    Nominees

    Paul Jennings, Rick LeFevour, Tom Struthers

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  • Death Race

    Nominees

    Andy Gill, Dave McKeown, Spiro Rizatos

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  • Iron Man

    Nominees

    Thomas R. Harper, Phil Neilson, Keith Woulard

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  • Quantum of Solace

    Nominees

    Dan Bradley, Simon Crane, Gary Powell

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  • Tropic Thunder

    Nominees

    Brad Martin, Phil Neilson

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  • Vantage Point

    Nominees

    Phil Culotta, Andy Gill, Spiro Razatos

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Best fire

  • Death Race

    Description

    Stunt man does full and partial burns inside a car.

    Nominees

    Gil Combs, Henry Kingi Sr., Stephane LeFebvre

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  • Iron Man

    Description

    Iron Man attacks soldiers with flame throwers. Weapons explode and soldiers catch fire. Stunt men do partial burns with ratchets.

    Nominees

    Mike Justus, Damien Moreno, Timothy P. Trella

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  • Punisher: War Zone

    Description

    Stuntman falls backwards into a fire pit and ignites.

    Nominees

    Jonathan Bergeron

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  • Rambo

    Description

    Boat shoots flames at men on shore. A stuntman is ignited and does a partial burn with limited protection.

    Nominees

    Eddie J. Fernandez

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