Awards for 2002

Taurus Award

Best Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director: Sequence

WINNER

Pearl Harbor: Kenny Bates, Andy Gill, Steve Picerni
The attack on Pearl Harbor in films opening sequence.

NOMINEES


Apocalypse Now: Terry Leonard
Battle at Charlie's Point.
For Apocalypse Now Redux.

The Last Castle: Mic Rodgers
Final prison yard battle sequence.

Swordfish: Dan Bradley
Opening bank robbery sequence.

Best Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director: Feature Film

WINNER

NOMINEES

Apocalypse Now: Terry Leonard
For Apocalypse Now Redux.



Best Fight

WINNER

Rush Hour 2: Simon Rhee, Samuel Le, Jen Sung, Billy Wong, Tsuyoshi Abe, Chung Chi Li, Wai-Fai Wong, Gang Wu, Hyun Jin Park, Bradley James Allan, Paul Andreovski, Andy Cheng, Mark Hicks, Michael Li
Fight scene in massage parlor - performers get into a martial arts fight with bad guys.

NOMINEES

15 Minutes: Pete Antico, Dane Farwell, Jim Palmer
Unique fight in New York apartment with Robert De Niro's character is tied to a chair as he battles his two captors.

The Mummy Returns: Nicola Berwick, Dee Harrup
Women fight in Sai palace with daggers, axes and spears using a series of martial arts and gymnastic inspired moves.

Planet of the Apes: Darryl Chan, David Rowden
Finale fight scene. Two gorillas attack each and fight to the death. Scene includes a full-body, mid-air collision.

Iron Monkey: Donnie Yen
Martial arts fight scene with kidnappers including weapons and wire work.

Best Aerial Work

WINNER

Behind Enemy Lines: Dirk Vahle, Jimmy N. Roberts, Robert Powell
Pilot runs away from gunfire as helicopter lowers to the edge of the cliff. Stuntman jumps off cliff onto a rope dangling from the helicopter, he then climbs up into the aircraft as gunfire and explosions go off beneath him.

NOMINEES

Apocalypse Now: Dick White, J. David Jones (deceased)
Opening scene at Battle at Charlie's Point. Helicopters enter scene in formation as they launch their attack on the enemy below.
For Apocalypse Now Redux.

The Last Castle: Kevin LaRosa, Matthew Taylor, Christopher J. Tuck
Helicopter lowers into prison yard and is taken over by an inmate. It then flies through the yard and throws its tail into a guard tower.

Pearl Harbor: Steve Hinton, John Storrie, Gary Hudson (deceased), John Maloney, John Hinton, William E. Powers, Alan Preston, James A. Ryan, Gene Armstrong, Will Bonefas, James W. Gavin, Alan D. Purwin (aerial coordinator), Kevin LaRosa
Attacking fighter pilots make their approach on Pearl Harbor in opening battle sequence.

Rat Race: Glenn J. Smith
Helicopter chases Ford Truck at nearly ground level weaving through cars and heavy traffic.

Best Driving

WINNER

The Fast and the Furious: Matt Johnston, Mike Justus, Debbie Evans, Tim Trella, Christopher J. Tuck, Kevin Scott (semi driver)
Truck hijacking (daytime). Black sports car drives in front of, and then swerves under, the semi-truck at high speed. It comes out the other side, is bumped by the semi, hits a pipe ramp and lands in the desert.

NOMINEES

3000 Miles to Graceland: Corry Glass, Norman Howell
Van chase with a car through an amusement park - the car hits the cement barrier on one side with the van on the other side. The car and van keep hitting each other until the van t-bones the car.

Bandits: Bruce Paul Barbour, Terry Jackson, Jacob Chambers
Blue SUV forces black sedan to spin out of control. Sedan is then t-boned by a miled truck sending it down a highway embankment.

The Glass House: Tim A. Davison, Norman Howell, Jim Wilke
High-speed car chase between a Ferrari and Jaguar, through a windy canyon that ends with a violent crash.

Swordfish: Scott Rogers, Gilbert B. Combs, Brett A. Jones, Bobby Ore, Bob Brown, Mike Justus, David Kilde, Troy Gilbert
Green sports car is chased by SUVs through city traffic at high speeds. One SUV barrels into several parked cars. The chase ends with the second SUV flipping over into a restaurant.

Best Work With an Animal

WINNER

A Knight's Tale: Pascal Madura
Bordeaux jousting scene where rider rears and pulls down his horse on top of him as he falls through a railing to the ground.

NOMINEES

American Outlaws: Tad Griffith (fall by train)
Stunt performer rears and falls horse amidst shoot-out between train robbers and soldiers.

American Outlaws: Casey O'Neill
Stuntman jumps horse over wagon in opening battle scene.

American Outlaws: Jason Rodriguez
Stuntman jumps horse through a window of the saloon while pulling another riderless horse behind him.

A Knight's Tale: Thomas DuPont
Final jousting sequence where black knight is hit by the lance does back over onto the ground.

Best High Work

WINNER

Rush Hour 2: Mark Hicks, Andy Cheng
Stunt performers scale down bamboo scaffolding, the bamboo stalk cracks and falls half-way leaving performers suspended in mid air. They then drop into vendor tent at street level.

NOMINEES

Apocalypse Now: Terry Leonard, Chuck Waters
Two stunt performers do a 75 ft. high fall from the bamboo tower into the river.
For Apocalypse Now Redux.

Monkeybone: Jay Caputo
Stuntman leaps off of the roof and grabs onto a rope dangling from hot air balloon. Is then hanging from above and jumps over cars, hits the front of a bus and is thrown into the deflating balloon.

Rush Hour 2: Mark Hicks, Andy Cheng
To escape from hotel casino blowing up 2 stuntmen leap from 16th floor window, grab electrical cord, slide down and end in a 360 degree loop around the light pole.

Rush Hour 2: Kurt D. Lott
After long fight, stuntman is kicked and flies out of high rise hotel room window, down approximately 170' onto the top of a taxi at street level.

Best Specialty Stunt

WINNER

Rush Hour 2: Mark Hicks, Andy Cheng
To escape from hotel casino blowing up 2 stuntmen leap from 16th floor window, grab electrical cord, slide down and end in a 360 degree loop around the light pole.

NOMINEES

American Outlaws: Troy Brown, Troy Gilbert, Erik Rondell, Chad Randall, Richard Bucher, Tommy Guy
Water tower falls on town hall - stunt performers are swept away with the water chaos.

American Outlaws: Casey O'Neill
Stunt performer jumps from train roof, pendulums down on a chain and runs along wall of train while shooting at windows behind him.

Swordfish: Mark Norby, Kevin L. Jackson, Scott Rogers
Three stuntmen are in foot chase through neighborhood that leads to a hillside where they jump off and tumble down hillside. Chase ends with a car hit at the bottom of the hill.

Swordfish: Darrin Prescott, Jimmy Hart, Chris Palermo, Mark Norby, Vladimir Orlov, Ben Bray, Jack West, Jay Caputo, Mark Hicks, Tim Rigby, Steven Ito, Leonard Creer Jr., Chris Howell, Frank Lloyd, Ray Lykins, Randy Beckman, Norb Phillips, Richard Burden
Opening blow up scene at bank. Explosion sequence is done in 'bullet time' with several stunt performers thrown on ratchets and wires.

Best Stunt by a Stunt Woman

WINNER

The Fast and the Furious: Debbie Evans
Truck hijacking (daytime). Black sports car drives in front of, and then swerves under, the semi-truck at high speed. It comes out the other side, is bumped by the semi, hits a pipe ramp and lands in the desert.

NOMINEES

3000 Miles to Graceland: Corry Glass
Van chase with a car through the amusement park. The car hits the cement barrier on one side with the van on the other side. The car and van keep hitting each other until the van t-bones the car.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: Eunice Huthart
Gymnastic bungee cord sequence in opening segment of fight sequence.

The Mummy Returns: Nicola Berwick, Dee Harrup
Two women fight in Sai palace with daggers, axes and spears using a series of martial arts and gymnastic inspired moves.

Planet of the Apes: Simone Boisseree
Flames scare the horse and the stuntwoman does a back-over dismount.

Best Work With a Vehicle

WINNER

The Fast and the Furious: Christopher J. Tuck, Mike Justus
Stunt performer transfers from sports car to the side of the semi truck to save second stuntman who is tied to the truck. Jumper unties second performer and they both jump back into the still-moving sports car.

NOMINEES

Apocalypse Now: Kerry Rossall, Joe Finnegan, Terry Leonard, Steve Boyum
During Charlie's Point Battle car goes off of bridge during attack, driver and passengers are thrown from car off bridge and into water.
For Apocalypse Now Redux.

The Fast and the Furious: Jimmy N. Roberts
Motorcycle chase between two cars and two motorcycles segment is where the motorcycle is pushed off of the cliff by one of the cars. Stuntman falls over motorcycle handlebars and is thrown over cliff.

Monkeybone: Joey Preston, Jay Caputo
Stuntman jumps off of the roof and grabs onto a rope dangling from hot air balloon. Is then hanging from above and jumps over cars, sometimes the length of the car, other times crashing into the vehicles and then balloon lifts them away.

Training Day: Brian Machleit, Robert Powell
Stuntman jumps from roof of apartment building onto the hood of the car, car spins forward and backwards and hits another car in attempt to throw performer. Scene ends with stuntman propelling off the hood of the car through the rear window of another car.

Best Fire Stunt

WINNER

The Last Castle: Jacob Chambers, Kevin L. Jackson, Gary Guercio, Tad Griffith, Chuck Hosack, Jason Rodriguez
Fire engulfs 6 inmates as the gas bomb they are firing is exploded by a guard's rifle shot.

NOMINEES

The Animal: Paul E. Short
Bum lights arm and then body on fire in police training exercise.

Apocalypse Now: Terry Leonard, Kerry Rossall, Steve Boyum, Joe Finnegan
Helicopter blows up in schoolyard engulfing 4 stuntmen in flames.
For Apocalypse Now Redux.

The One: David Wald, Hiro Koda
Explosion throws stunt performers through a wall of flames.

Planet of the Apes: Brycen Counts, David St. Pierre, Christopher 'Critter' Antonucci
Two stunt performers in full ape costume, harness on wires are set on fire by an explosion in the final fight scene of the film.

Best Stunt by a Stunt Man

WINNER

The Fast and the Furious: Christopher J. Tuck, Tim Trella
Black street rod pipe ramps over the front end of a semi and does a 360 in mid-air as an orange street rod drives underneath.

NOMINEES

The Animal: Jay Caputo
Stuntman climbs up a tree, does a series of jumps from one branch to the next, then slides down the tree, jumps to the next tree and is ratcheted out.

Rush Hour 2: Mark Hicks, Andy Cheng
To escape from hotel casino blowing up stuntmen leap from 16th floor window, grab electrical cord, slide down it and hit light pole doing a live 360 degree loop around the light pole.

Rush Hour 2: Kurt D. Lott
After long fight, stuntman is kicked and flies out of high rise hotel room window, down approximately 170' onto the top of a taxi at street level.

Say It Isn't So: Gilbert B. Combs, Jacob Rupp
Car rear ends truck with camper shell on it - camper shell does an endo-cannon into the air and crashes down next to the truck.

Best Speciality Stunt

NOMINEE

Hardest Hit

WINNER

A Knight's Tale: Thomas DuPont
Final jousting sequence where black knight is hit by the lance does back flip onto ground.

NOMINEES

The Animal: Clint Lilley
Stuntman is clotheslined off of running horse by tree branch.

Corky Romano: Clark Tucker
Performer crashes through third story window, hits second story roof and falls to the ground.

The Fast and the Furious: Mike Justus
Stuntman climbs from car to the grill of the semi then swings from front of semi around to the side of semi.

The Glass House: Randy Hall
Stuntman is hit by police car while firing weapon.

Best Water Work

WINNER

Jurassic Park III: Laura Lee Connery, Stanton Barrett, Cinda-Lin James, Norman Howell
Last action sequence of film. Stunt performers are in a cage on boat that gets dropped into, and dragged through, the water as it is being attacked by a prehistoric creature.

NOMINEES

American Outlaws: Troy Brown, Troy Gilbert, Erik Rondell, Chad Randall, Richard Bucher, Tommy Guy
Water tower falls on town hall - stuntmen are swept away with the water chaos.

The Animal: Jayson Dumenigo (guy who dives in), Brett Smrz (kid who drowns), Gary Guercio (guy who porpoises)
Stuntman air rams into pond to save Mayor's son from drowning.

Apocalypse Now: Kerry Rossall, Steve Boyum
Two stunt performers surf through the explosions at the Battle at Charlie's Point.
For Apocalypse Now Redux.

Rush Hour 2: Andy Cheng, Chung Chi Li
Fight scene with stuntman falling off of the back of the boat into the wash of the moving propellers.

Taurus Honorary Award

WINNER

Action Movie Director Award

WINNER

Lifetime Achievement Award

WINNER

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