2018 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 2017.

Taurus Honorary Award Lifetime Achievement: Charlie Picerni

Best Fight

  • American Assassin

    Description

    Two stuntmen fight using martial arts skills while on a speeding boat going through rough seas. The movement of the boat causes them to be tossed around the small cabin, while simultaneously trying to fight each other.

    Nominees

    Rob Cooper, Timothy Eulich

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  • Atomic Blonde

    Description

    An 8 minute fight scene in a stairwell, made to look like it was one continuous shot, and featuring martial arts, fight choreography, multiple stair falls, hard hits, and big throws. The stunt double for the lead actress did all of the falls and crashes, including stair falls, smashing into a bookcase, and being thrown onto a table.

    Nominees

    Daniel Bernhardt, Monique Ganderton, Daniel Hargrave, Greg Rementer

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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    Description

    John Wick fights an attacker in a European city, using weapons and martial arts. The fight features a multiple story stair fall by both stunt performers.

    Nominees

    Daniel Graham, Jackson Spidell

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  • Pitch Perfect 3

    Description

    Fat Amy fights off 3 bad guys while trying to rescue her friends being held on a yacht. The fight finishes with a scorpion kick.

    Nominees

    Derek Alfonso, Christopher Leps, Meredith Richardson, Erik Schultz

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  • Wonder Woman

    Description

    Wonder Woman fights the German military in a building. The fight features squib hits, gunfire, and wirework. CGI was used for face replacement and for the glass as Wonder Woman crashes through a window.

    Nominees

    Caitlin Dechelle, Oliver Gough, Ian Pead, Nick Mitchell Roeten, Luke Scott

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Best High Work

  • Atomic Blonde

    Description

    The lead character jumps off a 5th story balcony and swings down to the 3rd floor, crashing into the apartment door below. This stunt was filmed in 2 parts. For the first part, the stunt double leapt from 5th floor balcony, dropped past the 4th floor, and swung into the opening of the 3rd floor balcony. The double held on to a practical garden hose that was attached to the wire system. CGI was used to remove these wires. For the second part of the stunt, the double stood on a scissor lift about 15’ away from the balcony opening, swung on a rope, through the opening, let go, crashed into the wall, then fell to the ground. No wires were used to assist in this part of the stunt.

    Nominees

    Monique Ganderton

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  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Description

    Four stunt performers leap off a 120’ waterfall, landing in the water below. A descender was used for the initial fall and stunt performers used a quick release from 25’ for entry into the water.

    Nominees

    Jahnel Curfman, Tanoai Reed, Samuel Jaye Paul, Jimmy Waitman

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  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    Description

    Four stunt performers leapt from a 90’ cliff to the water below. The stunt performers jumped into a quarry and VFX were used to make the quarry look like a flowing river.

    Nominees

    Joel Conlan, Belinda McGinley, Andrew Wareham, Martin Wilde

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  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Description

    The lead character is pushed out the window of a glass elevator 10 stories up. He works his way to the ground by hanging from military drones and uses them as stepping stones while the drones are in flight. A 210’ crane rig was created to suspend the stuntman.

    Nominees

    Dan Mast

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  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

    Description

    A stuntman and a cargo pallet are launched from an aircraft. He dives to catch up with the pallet mid-air and climbs on top of it.

    Nominees

    Travis Fienhage

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Best stunt rigging

  • Atomic Blonde

    Description

    The lead character jumps off a 5th story balcony and swings down to the 3rd floor, crashing into the apartment door below. This stunt was filmed in 2 parts. For the first part, the stunt double leapt from 5th floor balcony, dropped past the 4th floor, and swung into the opening of the 3rd floor balcony. The double held on to a practical garden hose that was attached to the wire system. CGI was used to remove these wires. For the second part of the stunt, the double stood on a scissor lift about 15’ away from the balcony opening, swung on a rope, through the opening, let go, crashed into the wall, then fell to the ground. No wires were used to assist in this part of the stunt.

    Nominees

    Balázs Farkas, Ádám Gáspár, Gergely Horpácsi, Levente Tamási, László Újvári

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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Description

    A stuntman is lifted away from a boat by birds. A two-stage ratchet system was rigged to the side of a crane. The stunt performer was rigged and on the side of the boat as the boat travelled down the river. At the correct time, the performer was dragged off the boat along the water, and then up into the air.

    Nominees

    Dan Brown, Brycen Counts, Chris Daniels, Michael Hugghins, Jess King

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Description

    Captain Jack Sparrow and his foe fight between two moving ships. The two ships were gimbals moving up and down, left and right, forward and back. Two high lines were custom built that could be operated while on the move. Six operators were safe-tied to the gimbal, allowing 3 men per performer. This was needed to allow performers to be able to run and jump from one cannon to the next and from ship to ship while continuing their fight sequence. CGI was used to place elements on the ship.

    Nominees

    Brycen Counts, Chris Daniels, David Hugghins, Michael Hansen, Andy Owen

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  • The Mummy

    Description

    The lead character attacks the Mummy, only to get beaten down over and over. He finally gets the upper hand and throws the Mummy against a pillar, onto a stone tomb, and eventually kills her. Wires and rigs were used to enhance the actors and performers being tossed around in the fight.

    Nominees

    Scott Armstrong, George Bailey, Oliver Bailey, Michael Li, Wolfgang Stegemann

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  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

    Description

    A harnessed stuntman on skis does a 200’ drop from a tower, alongside a cliff, and into the jungle.

    Nominees

    Randy Beckman, Scott Fisher, Corbin Fox, Randy Haynie, Jamie Ryan

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Best work with a vehicle

  • Baby Driver

    Description

    A red Subaru WRX performs aggressive driving maneuvers to outrun and outwit police in the wake of a bank heist. The Subaru drives through city streets, drifting through intersections and turns, and causing other cars to crash in its wake. CGI was only used to add a vehicle in an alley, where the lead car does a slide and evades a real reversing truck and a real parked truck at the end of the alley.

    Nominees

    Brian Avery, Danny Downey, Jeremy Fry, Robert Nagle, Chris Palermo

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  • CHIPS

    Description

    Motorcycle chase through the streets of Los Angeles with motorcycles and a SWAT Hummer. The bikes navigate up and down stairs, jump across sand dunes at the beach, and finally end on a bridge, where a rider lays down the bike as he is “decapitated”. The SWAT vehicle then crashes through a parked RV, hits a CHP police officer, and finally hits a police car, creating an explosion.

    Nominees

    Dave Castillo, Lance Coury, Clay Cullen, Mark Dobson, Rex Reddick

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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    Description

    John Wick drives a vintage Mustang through a warehouse and around a shipping dock, while evading bad guys in yellow cabs and a motorcyclist. High speed maneuvers, crashes, and drifts are featured.

    Nominees

    Joe Dryden, Jeremy Fry, Ryan Hanna, Daniel Hernandez, Robert Nagle

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  • The Fate of the Furious

    Description

    Driven and un-driven vehicles are hacked to attack a police-escorted motorcade. Blind drive seats and rear-seat steering/brake/gas cars were used to create the illusion of unmanned vehicles slamming into the motorcade.  Multiple cannons, T-bones, explosions, and chaos lead up to multiple unmanned cars raining down from a parking structure above and stopping the motorcade.

    Nominees

    Jack Gill, Henry “Hank” Kingi Jr., Jalil Jay Lynch, Denney Pierce, Justin Sundquist

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  • The Fate of the Furious

    Description

    Dom’s team corners Dom and blocks off any chance of escape.  Dom blows through a flower store and the chase is on. Dom uses his car to drop a 60’ high scaffold rig on the team.  The team race through it and around it, causing chaos in a park and a Corvette to ski on 2 wheels. VFX harpoons are shot into Dom’s car to stop him, trapping him from all sides. He manages to escape after being harpooned by maneuvering with the tensions in the VFX harpoons.

    Nominees

    Debbie Evans, Steve Kelso, Henry “Hank” Kingi Jr., Henry Kingi, James August Smith

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  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard

    Description

    A motorcycle chases a black SUV on a roadway next to a canal in Amsterdam. The car does a pipe ramp into the canal, landing in the water, and missing a speedboat driving in the canal. The stunt driver of the SUV performed the pipe ramp and went into the water, while a stunt performer drove the speedboat. No CGI or wires were used for this sequence.

    Nominees

    Lee Millham

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Best speciality stunt

  • Dunkirk

    Description

    A Spitfire plane is engaged in an aerial dogfight and eventually lands on the beach at Dunkirk. Stunt pilots flew in the 76 year-old aircraft to recreate combat sorties and the eventual landing of the plane on the sand of the actual beach at Dunkirk.

    Nominees

    Dan Friedkin, Steve Hinton, Craig Hosking, John Romain, Ed Shipley

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  • Fist Fight

    Description

    With a rope tied to his foot and attached to a runaway horse, a stunt performer is yanked off his feet and dragged out of a classroom and down a narrow, 150’ long hallway, bouncing along the walls. The stunt performer wore an ankle harness that was anchored to a jerk vest. The other end was tied off to a rubber bungee harness on the horse.

    Nominees

    Holland Diaz, Tommie Mack Turvey II

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  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard

    Description

    A stunt performer does a full body burn in a crowded bar, while the lead actors slow dance in the forefront of the shot.  There was no CGI used for this burn.

    Nominees

    Peter Pedrero

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  • The House

    Description

    A man catches on fire and in his efforts to extinguish the fire, the fire grows. The actor’s arm was lit on fire, but the rest of the burn was performed by a stunt performer who did the burn in two stages. The first stage features the performer having a fueled blanket thrown over his head while doing a full burn. The second stage has the performer doing another full burn and being rolled up in a carpet.

    Nominees

    Anthony Molinari

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  • xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

    Description

    A stuntman and a cargo pallet are launched from an aircraft. He dives to catch up with the pallet mid-air and climbs on top of it.

    Nominees

    Travis Fienhage

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Best overall stunt by a stunt woman

  • Atomic Blonde

    Description

    The lead character jumps off a 5th story balcony and swings down to the 3rd floor, crashing into the apartment door below. This stunt was filmed in 2 parts. For the first part, the stunt double leapt from 5th floor balcony, dropped passed the 4th floor, and swung into the opening of the 3rd floor balcony. The double held on to a practical garden hose that was attached to the wire system. CGI was used to remove these wires. For the second part of the stunt, the double stood on a scissor lift about 15’ away from the balcony opening, swung on a rope, through the opening, let go, crashed into the wall, then fell to the ground. No wires were used to assist in this part of the stunt.

    Nominees

    Monique Ganderton

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  • Geostorm

    Description

    A woman is driving a taxi cab in an effort to evade a grey sedan. The chase features two 180 degree spins, driving at high speed in reverse, and ends with the taxi cab T-boning the sedan.

    Nominees

    Donna Evans Merlo

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  • Kidnap

    Description

    A stuntwoman is hit by a vehicle, sending her rolling up the windshield. As the vehicle makes a turn, the stunt performer falls to the pavement. No wires were used for this stunt.

    Nominees

    Taryn Terrell

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  • Logan

    Description

    A small girl fights a group of bad guys in an old manufacturing plant. Using her claws, she attacks the men as they try to trap her. Wires were used to enhance the men being thrown and her flipping in the air.

    Nominees

    Rissa Kilar, Marissa Labog

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  • Wonder Woman

    Description

    An all-female army battles German military on a beach. The female army enters on horses and use bow and arrows, spears, and knives against German guns. The sequence features fight choreography, wire work, saddle falls, and horse falls.

    Nominees

    Georgina Armstrong, Mickey Facchinello, Kim McGarrity, Natalie Padilla, Tilly Powell

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Hardest hit

  • Atomic Blonde

    Description

    A stuntman is hit by a car, sending him crashing onto the back of a parked van. The stunt performer was pulled on wires into the van, then dropped to the ground. A ratchet was used to initiate the stunt performer on wires into the parked van.

    Nominees

    Sam Hargrave

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  • Havenhurst

    Description

    A woman is thrown upside down against lockers and falls to the ground. An air ram was used to propel her into the lockers.

    Nominees

    Janelle Beaudry

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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    Description

    A stuntman is sent flying into a steel beam after being hit by John Wick’s Mustang. The stuntman was ratcheted into a padded beam and the vehicle was CGI.

    Nominees

    Efka Kvaraciejus

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  • Kidnap

    Description

    A stuntwoman is hit by a vehicle, sending her rolling up the windshield. As the vehicle makes a turn, the stunt performer falls to the pavement. No wires were used for this stunt.

    Nominees

    Taryn Terrell

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  • Logan

    Description

    Two bad guys on dirt bikes are chasing a limo. The limo swerves and hits one of the bikers, sending the bike and the rider to the ground.

    Nominees

    “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram

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Best stunt coordinator and/or 2nd unit director