2016 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 2016.

Best Fight

  • Furious 7

    Description

    Two men fight each other on top of a parking structure. The fight starts with pipes and wrenches and moves to a fist fight. Most of the fight was done by stunt doubles and face replacement was used for some shots.

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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Description

    One man takes on a gang in a pub. The main actor did most of his own choreography but took on stunt performers. Hand pulls were used in the fight and face replacement was used for one shot.

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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Description

    One man fights a church congregation. Multiple shots were blended together using wipes and whip pans to give the impression of long dynamic shots. The main actor did most of his own choreography but took on stunt performers. Fight features a ratchet into organ pipes and multiple ratchets and hand pulls to assist gunshots, explosions, and impaling.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Description

    Fight between Mad Max, Furiosa and Nux while Max and Nux are chained together. The weapons, hits, and effects were practical. The actors performed their own work for close-up shots and stunt performers did the fight in all wide shots and close ups that did not feature actors.

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  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Description

    The lead character and a woman take on bad guys in a dungeon. The man is handcuffed for most of the fight. Wire rigs were used for parts of the scene to assist with some moves.

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Best High Work

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Description

    A stunt man and woman were suspended 25′ beneath a helicopter. The helicopter pilot flew through the skyscrapers of Chicago at night weaving through the buildings at approximately 60 mph with 10′ of rotor clearance per side. The stunt performers would pendulum up as the helicopter executed its turns, at one point rising to the level of the ship. A helicopter camera ship filmed this by following directly behind the lead ship. The altitude ranged from 600′ to 1500′.

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  • Point Break

    Description

    Two stuntmen use a 150′ descender to fall over Angel Falls in Venezuela.

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  • Spectre

    Description

    James Bond fights a bad guy in a helicopter. The helicopter flew 45′ above a crowded square and does a variety of acrobatic maneuvers trying to throw them off. CGI was used to add people to the square and remove safety cables.

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  • Spy

    Description

    A man falls 65′ backwards off a balcony. The stunt performer fell backwards with no wires into a box catcher.

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  • Spy

    Description

    A stunt woman hangs from a helicopter while a stunt man holds onto her legs. The man slips and falls into a lake.

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Best stunt rigging

  • Ant-man

    Description

    Falcon fights Ant-Man. A 3D winch, ratchets, and vehicles fly the Falcon during the entire fight. At one point, the performer was 50′ in the air, and manipulated back and forth in multiple directions over a 1000 square foot area.

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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Description

    The lead male character flies out of a doorway and across an alley. He rebounds off the far wall and leaps back across the alley, landing on the 3rd-floor fire escape. Executing a backflip to dodge gunfire, he lands back on the fire escape, leaps, and flies down the alley and around the corner. This sequence was done in three parts utilizing multiple computer-fired ratchets and a winch.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Description

    A stuntman rides a motorcycle towards the War Rig performing a lay down. The bike and rider were attached to safety lines mounted on the War Rig that pulled slack with a ratchet system as he approached the War Rig. The rider was pulled to the final position where he grabbed the stunt woman’s legs, while the motorcycle was quick released.

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  • Point Break

    Description

    A snowboarder falls off the edge of a steep cliff. A truss system was secured at the ridge line and high lines were run across the gorge and secured to the opposite cliff wall. The stuntman fell 35 meters and was decelerated utilizing the overhead lines and a brake line. The stunt was performed at an altitude of 4000 meters.

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  • The Martian

    Description

    Two astronauts spin wildly around in zero gravity. A 3D winch and 2D traveler system were used, in conjunction with a rotating helicopter truss system to execute this sequence.

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Best work with a vehicle

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Description

    The Avengers chase Ultron through the streets of Korea. Chase features work with a motorbike, crashes, a 3 car cannon, and a pipe ramp by a big truck.

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  • Furious 7

    Description

    Two cars slam into each other and go down a mountain side filled with trees and cliffs. They are chased by 2 bad guys, with one car being launched 60’ through the air and impaled on a fallen tree. The other bad guy flips while in pursuit of the two cars that sail off another cliff. The two cars then turn to avoid a larger cliff. A Camero jumps out of the woods, slams into a car, and pushes him off the edge of the cliff. All of the car work was practical with the help of some FX rigs.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Description

    Buzzard cars attack a war rig. Chase features a hot rod flipping 360 degrees in a pit, a pipe ramp alongside the war rig, cannons, and a t-bone.

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  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Description

    Lead character chases multiple bikes in a black BMW M3 and eventually on a bike. The chase starts in city alleyways and continues on highways and mountain roads. Chase features the BMW rear-ending a motorcycle, a 360 spin in an alley, and a motorbike being high sided.

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  • Spectre

    Description

    James Bond fights a bad guy in a helicopter. The helicopter flew 45′ above a crowded square and does a variety of acrobatic maneuvers trying to throw them off. CGI was used to add people to the square and remove safety cables.

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Best speciality stunt

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Description

    Rock riders jump over a moving war rig and drop fire bombs. Riders were positioned at intervals along the side of the road and dropped smoke grenades as they jumped the war rig. Special effects explosions were triggered remotely.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Description

    Stunt men are on top of giant poles made to move like metronomes, with two men on the bottom to assist the movement of the poles. The poles were on moving cars that chased a tanker. All performers were then able to transfer from the top of their pole to the tanker or pull people from cars. Some stunt performers were also holding weapons and props.

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  • Point Break

    Description

    Four men in wingsuits base jump and fly through mountains in Switzerland. Flights were made in formation through narrow gaps about 150’ wide. No CGI was used.

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  • Point Break

    Description

    Stunt performers snowboard down a steep slope that is only accessible by helicopter. At the end of the run, one stunt performer slams into the slope and falls off the edge of a cliff into a 500m gorge. He falls 35m before he is stopped by rigging wires.

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  • The Revenant

    Description

    A man rides through a freezing river, going over multiple waterfalls in the river. No wires were used and the stunt man went over practically.

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Best overall stunt by a stunt woman

  • Cooties

    Description

    Stunt woman does a full body burn while running down a street. No CGI was used to enhance the fire.

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  • Freaks of Nature

    Description

    A stunt woman is ratcheted back 18′ into the air and lands on a car windshield.

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  • Furious 7

    Description

    A woman is thrown from the back of a bus onto the hood of a car. She then rides on the hood during a car chase. During the chase, the driver of the car does a wheelie and the stunt woman is launched up to the roof of the car and pulled inside through the sunroof.

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  • Furious 7

    Description

    A stunt woman drives a black Barracuda during a car chase. Chase features a canon resulting in the back of the vehicle on fire, sliding around streets in an attempt to escape a drone, and racing through a tunnel.

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  • Tomorrowland

    Description

    A woman rings a doorbell and is ratcheted back to the ground.

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Hardest hit

  • Freaks of Nature

    Description

    A stunt woman is ratcheted back 18′ into the air and lands on a car windshield.

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  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Description

    Lead character rides a motorcycle under the bike of a stunt man. This causes the stunt man to high side and be thrown from the bike.

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  • Terminator Genisys

    Description

    Two men in a parking structure crash through a wall into a hospital.

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  • The Gunman

    Description

    An explosion is triggered and sends a stunt man flying 15′ across a stair landing and crashing into a closed, solid wooden door.

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  • Tomorrowland

    Description

    A woman rings a doorbell and is ratcheted back to the ground.

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Best stunt coordinator and/or 2nd unit director