The winners of the 2010 Taurus World Stunt Awards were announced on Saturday, May 15, 2010 during a presentation at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, California. An audience filled with over 800 stunt men and women from around the world honored their peers for a year of outstanding work in feature films.
The big winner of the evening was the film Fast and Furious, taking home the Taurus Award for Best Work with a Vehicle and Best Stunt Coordination and/or 2nd Unit Direction. The film was nominated 4 times in 3 categories; as the Fast and the Furious franchise continues earn nominations for every installment.
The Taurus Lifetime Achievement Award was also awarded to Jophery Brown, a legendary stunt man whose career has spanned over 30 years and includes stunts in over 400 films and television shows. Johpery got into the stunt business after a torn rotary cup ended his career as a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. His natural athleticism helped him rise in the industry as one of the first African-American stunt men in Hollywood. In addition to serving as stunt coordinator for legendary films such as Scarface and Action Jackson, he has performed memorable stunts like driving a bus over a gap in the freeway in Speed and crashing cars in the television show A-Team. His work navigating a big rig through a high speed chase in Bad Boys II even garnered him a Taurus Award in 2003 for Best Work with a Vehicle. In his long career, Jophery has doubled Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, Denzel Washington, Bill Cosby, and Sidney Poiter.
Kit Mallet, a stunt man from Vancouver, Canada who was injured while working on the film A-Team, was announced as the recipient of the Taurus World Stunt Awards Foundation grant. Envisioned by philanthropist Dietrich Mateschitz, founder and CEO of Red Bull Energy Drink, the Taurus World Stunt Awards Foundation gives financial grants in the event of a stunt related temporary, partial or permanent disability.
It is our pleasure to congratulate the 2010 Taurus World Stunt Awards winners!