The Taurus™ World Stunt Awards honor the movie industry’s unsung heroes, the world’s best stunt professionals. They risk their lives to perform the most daring stunts that bring action and excitement to the movie-going public.
The Taurus™ awards go to the industry’s best and brightest stunt people for extraordinary performances in feature films. Selected and voted by the members of the Taurus™ World Stunt Academy, who are all in the Stunt industry themselves, the winners are not only recognized for their contribution to the film industry, but also honored by their own peer group, the Academy members.
In addition, all are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Taurus™ World Stunt AwardsTM Foundation. Members that have been hurt or disabled in a work related accident are eligible and are encouraged to log onto the website and fill out an application for the Taurus Foundation.
The Taurus™ World Stunt Awards were envisioned by Red Bull Energy Drink CEO Dietrich Mateschitz and benefits the Taurus™ World Stunt Awards Foundation.
Taurus World Stunt Awards in the form of a Taurus statuette is given annually to members of the Taurus World Stunt Academy for outstanding stunt and stunt-related achievements in eligible, theatrically released motion pictures in the following categories:
Awards shall be given in these categories subject to program rules and conditions as outlined throughout this brochure. Categories are subject to revisions at the discretion of the Taurus World Stunt Academy, which also retains full rights to determine which awards shall be televised. Please direct any questions regarding the categories and definitions to the offices of the Taurus World Stunt Awards via the internet, phone or mail. The Taurus World Stunt Awards, under advisement of the Blue Ribbon Committee, retains all rights to make final determinations regarding category definitions as well as appropriate placement of submissions into award categories.
This award is for fights with or without weapons. Stunts in this category include street fighting, boxing, wrestling and martial arts. This award will be given to the principle stunt performer.
Best Stunt Rigging
This award is for the technical rigging of a stunt. Rigging may include descenders, ratchets, and other rigging equipment. This award will be given to the key rigger.
Best High Work
This award is for stunts involving high work of any kind. Eligible stunts in this category include but are not limited to jumps, falls, dives, bungee jumping, descenders and other stunts performed on or in relation to such things as bridges, buildings and terrain. This award will be given to the stunt performer.
Best Work with a Vehicle
This award is for driving work involving vehicles of any type including, but not limited to cars, vans trucks, buses, heavy equipment, motorcycles and mopeds. It also includes stunts performed in, on, under or otherwise engaged with vehicles of any type. Eligible stunts in this category include but are not limited to crashes, chases, turnovers, ramp jumps, cannons, getting hit by, bailing from, leaping onto and dragging from a vehicle. This award will be given to the principle stunt performer and/or the principle stunt driver where appropriate.
Best Specialty Stunt
This award is for stunt work not encompassed by the other categories. It includes but is not limited to water work, work with an animal, work in a motorized aircraft of any kind and specialized work with bicycles, skateboards, snow skis, roller blades and other roller-sports and may also include stunts such as water skiing, parachuting, paragliding and hang gliding. This award will be given to the stunt performer.
This award is for the stunt performed by a stunt man or woman with the hardest hit. All stunt sequences within a motion picture of any genre are eligible as long as they fit the overall stunt eligibility requirements.
Best Stunt Coordination and/or 2nd Unit Direction
This award goes to the Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director for best stunt coordination throughout an entire motion picture of any genre.
Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman
This award is for the best overall stunt performed by a Female in a motion picture of any genre. Stunts in all film categories are eligible as long as they fit eligibility criteria and may have been nominated in another category.
Best Action in a Foreign Film
This award goes to the Stunt Coordinator for best stunt coordination throughout an entire foreign motion picture of any genre.