NEW YORK, NY – May 31, 2007 – Winners for The 8th Annual Golden Trailer Awards were announced tonight in an express-lane, 80-minute award ceremony at New York University’s Skirball Auditorium hosted by Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Susie Essman. The high-spirited show -- irreverently dubbed the “Academy Awards for the short-attention spanned” -- drew 1,000 fans and film industry creatives to celebrate the art of the movie trailer.
“Movie fans love their trailers,” said Evelyn Brady, co-founder of the Golden Trailers. “Fans love the exhilarating speed and drama that artists and editors bring to the creative process. This is the golden age of trailers, and the winners we celebrate tonight are the best of the best.”
Top winners of the night included: Best of Show: 300 (Warner Brothers, Mojo LLC), which also won the award for Best Action trailer. The Best Summer Blockbuster award went to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Brothers, Mojo LLC); Best Comedy went to Borat (Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer Park); and Best Voice-Over to Grindhouse (The Weinstein Company, The Ant Farm). The ignominious Golden Fleece Award, for a trailer that over-promises on a bad movie, went to the Diane Arbus biopic, Fur (Picturehouse, KO Creative). The Trashiest Trailer Award went to Black Sheep (IFC First Take / The Weinstein Company, The Ant Farm) about genetically mutant sheep gone bad.
In the popular Summer Blockbuster category, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix bested rival nominees Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; Live Free or Die Hard; Spider-Man 3; and Transformers. The Awards mark the official kick-off of the summer blockbuster season, and industry insiders monitor response to trailers as an indicator of how a movie will fare.
Seventy-four high-octane trailers battled for the top prizes in 16 categories. Each two-minutes trailer was super-compressed into a 25-second nano-trailer for the ceremony.
The complete list of 2007 winners by category follows below:
- Best of Show
300, Warner Bros., Mojo LLC
- Best Action
300, Warner Bros., Mojo LLC
- Best Animation/Family
The Simpson’s Movie, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer Park
- Best Drama
The Departed, Warner Bros., Giaronomo/Mojo, LLC
- Best Comedy
Borat, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer Park
- Best Music
Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, Lionsgate, Mark Woollen & Associates
- Best Thriller
The Descent, Lionsgate, Fishbowl
- Most Original
Bee Movie, Paramount Pictures, Sameth A.D.V.
- Best Horror
1408, MGM/The Weinstein Co., The Ant Farm
- Best Independent Trailer
The Science of Sleep, Warner Independent, Mark Woollen & Associates
- Summer 2007 Blockbuster
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner Bros., Mojo, LLC
- Best Documentary
This Film is Not Yet Rated, IFC Films, Kinetic Trailers
- Golden Fleece
Fur, Picturehouse, KO Creative
- Trashiest Trailer
Black Sheep, IFC First Take/The Weinstein Co., Empire Design
- Best Voice Over
Grindhouse, The Weinstein Co., The Ant Farm
- Best Video Game Trailer
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Ubisoft, Hammer Creative
- Best Romance
In The Land of Women, Warner Bros., Big Science Film
A jury of media and advertising industry executives winnowed a list of nominees to 74 finalists. This year’s jury includes Ron Berger, president and CEO, EURO RSCG Worldwide; Marc Bernardin, movie critic, Entertainment Weekly; Alan Brody, president and founder, iBreakfast and SAVVE; Michael Flaherty, co-founder and president, Walden Media (The Chronicles of Narnia, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web); Harris Goldberg, director and writer (Numb, Deuce Bigalow); Harry Knowles, head geek, Ain’t It Cool News; Chris McGurk, CEO, Overture Films; Jack Myers, president, Media Village; Martin Pazzani, president and CEO, Elias Arts; and Jim Sheridan, writer-director (In the Name of the Father, Get Rich or Die Tryin’).
Evelyn Brady and Monica Brady founded The Golden Trailer Awards in 1999. Over the past eight years, it has become one of the most anticipated film events of the year, with annual awards shows in New York City and Los Angeles. Past Golden Trailer Award juries have included such luminaries as Quentin Tarantino, David Geffen, Glenn Close, McG, Benicio Del Toro, Ben Stiller, Joel Siegel, Sylvia Rhone, Kathleen Kennedy, and many others.
The Golden Trailer Awards is sponsored by JetBlue, Fandango, The Art Bridge Association, Position Music, Crew Creative, My Active Driveway, and MAC Cosmetics. For more information, visit www.goldentrailer.com
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