Awards for 2009

Taurus Award

Best Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director

NOMINEES


Best Action in a Foreign Language Film

WINNER

Best Action in a Foreign Film

NOMINEES




Best Fight

WINNER

The Dark Knight: Rob Cooper, Richard Hansen, Mark Mottram, Andy Pilgrim, Dominic Preece, Marvin Campbell, Buster Reeves, Steen Young
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

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: Sean Button, Allan Poppleton
Two stunt men in armor battle each other with broad swords and shields in an old ruined stone courtyard.

Punisher: War Zone: Jean-Francois Lachapelle, Jeff Wolfe
Two stunt doubles fight slamming and hitting each other, making use of breakaway doors, glass and the tiled walls of the room.

Best High Work

WINNER

The Dark Knight: Mark Harper, Luke Kearney, Tom Lowell, Mark Mottram, Brian Peters
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

The Happening: Alex Chansky, Brycen Counts, Kevin Derr, Jayson Dumenigo, Myke Schwartz, Mark Aaron Wagner
A group of construction workers walk off a skyscraper. The stuntmen fell over 100' on a wire using a decelerator.

Quantum of Solace: Ben Cooke, Glenn Foster, Richard Hansen, Bobby Holland Hanton, Kai Martin, Diz Sharpe
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.

Best Fire Stunt

WINNER

Iron Man: Mike Justus, Damien Moreno, Tim Trella
Iron Man attacks soldiers with flame throwers. Weapons explode and soldiers catch fire. Stunt men do partial burns with ratchets.

NOMINEE

Death Race: Gilbert B. Combs, Henry Kingi, Stéphane Lefebvre
Stunt man does full and partial burns inside a car.

Best Work With a Vehicle

WINNER

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

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

Vantage Point: Gregory J. Barnett, Doc D. Charbonneau, Gilbert B. Combs, John Escobar, Andy Gill, Jack Gill, Henry Kingi, Paul M. Lane, Mike Massa, Denney Pierce
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.

Best Overall Stunt by a Woman

NOMINEE

Yes Man: Monica Braunger
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.

Hardest Hit

WINNER

Iron Man: Greg Fitzpatrick
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.

NOMINEE

Fool's Gold: Kyle Gardiner
A man chases a hat while driving a dingy. The stunt man jumps 8' to grab the hat and lands hard in the dingy.

Best Work with a Vehicle

NOMINEE

Best Speciality Stunt

WINNER

The Dark Knight: Jim Wilkey
Stunt man drives a semi and does a large forward cannon flipping the tractor and trailer end over end.

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