Moving one step further to crowning the favorite movie trailers of the year, the nominees for the Ninth Annual Golden Trailer Awards are in, selected for the first time ever by a public jury.
Actor and comedian Sinbad will host the live award ceremony on May 8, 2008 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. This double announcement was made today by Golden Trailer event co-founders and producers Evelyn Brady-Watters and Monica Brady.
Created in 1999 to celebrate the art, craft and fun of movie promotion, The Golden Trailer Awards have established themselves as the top prize in the field, coveted by trailer producers, and watched carefully by marketing decision-makers in the industry. But, while the awards are serious business for the winners, for the rest of us they are just plain fun.
In a gala laced with comedy and entertainment, 16 of the 54 categories of Golden Trailer Awards will be distributed on May 8. Sinbad will be bringing his considerable talents to a popular event that in past years has been led by the likes of Tom Green, Dennis Miller and Kathy Griffin. On Monday, May 26, the awards will be broadcast nationally in primetime on MyNetworkTV, presenting the program as "The Movie Preview Awards."
Nominations for 53 categories will be posted today on www.goldentrailer.com (The 54th is "Best of Show," that will be announced later). Nominees for the 16 show-awards are below, and range from big-budget extravaganzas to smaller, more unconventional reels.
This was the first time that nominations for the Golden Trailer Awards were selected by public vote. Responding to a public call to action, 140 trailer buffs signed up online and devoted an average of four hours to selecting from a total pool of 968 entries.
Each juror evaluated one fifth of the nomination categories, which cover trailers, posters and TV spots, and range from the expected -- Best Action, Best Romance, Best Horror -- to the irreverent, including The Golden Fleece trophy applauding the best reel for a bad movie, and Trashiest Trailer. Additionally, there is a category for Best Videogame Trailer.
The final-round will be judged by a prestigious jury of entertainment pros, including legendary skateboarder/game developer Tony Hawk; writer/director Joss Whedon; writer/director Eli Roth; USA TODAY critic Claudia Puig; director Morgan Spurlock; producer Jonathan D. Krane; Telluride Film Festival co-director Gary Meyer; chairman of Lowe Worldwide Mark Wnek and SVP of Creative Advertising at Focus Features Myles Bender.
Ninth Annual Golden Trailer Award Nominees:
Best ActionTHE DARK KNIGHT, Warner Bros., Intralink FilmHELLBOY 2, Universal Pictures, Workshop CreativeIRON MAN, Paramount Pictures, Create Advertising GroupLIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, 20th Century Fox, Trailer Park
Best Animation/FamilyENCHANTED, Walt Disney Pictures, Craig Murray ProductionsKUNG FU PANDA, DreamWorks, Buddha JonesMR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM, Fox/Walden Films, Trailer ParkSHREK THE THIRD, DreamWorks, The Ant Farm
Best ComedyFORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, Universal Pictures, Workshop CreativeJUNO, Fox Searchlight, Tea:WonderlandMEET BILL, First Look International, GoodSpotPINEAPPLE EXPRESS, Columbia Pictures, Ignition CreativeTROPIC THUNDER, DreamWorks, Buddha Jones
Best DocumentaryIN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, ThinkFilm, Celluloid HeroesSICKO, Lionsgate, Ignition CreativeSTANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE, Sony Pictures Classics, The Grossmyth CompanySURFWISE, Magnolia Pictures, Big ScienceWHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?, Weinstein Co., Buddha Jones
Best Drama3:10 TO YUMA, Lionsgate, InSync AdvertisingAMERICAN GANGSTER, Universal Pictures, Intralink FilmINTO THE WILD, Paramount Vantage, Craig Murray ProductionsNO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Miramax Films, Giaronomo Productions
Best Horror30 DAYS OF NIGHT, Columbia Pictures, Ignition CreativeALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, Optimum Releasing, The EditpoolI AM LEGEND, Warner Bros., Skip FilmTHE STRANGERS, Rogue Pictures, Buddha Jones
Best Independent TrailerBROKEN ENGLISH, Magnolia Pictures, Kinetic TrailersDAY NIGHT DAY Night, IFC First Take, Kinetic TrailersLA VIE EN ROSE, Picturehouse Entertainment, KO CreativeSHOTGUN STORIES, Liberation Entertainment
Best MusicTHE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, Miramax Films, Mark Woollen & Assoc.MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, Bold Films, The Grossmyth CompanyONCE, Fox Searchlight, Hammer CreativeROCKET SCIENCE, Picturehouse Entertainment, Big Science
Best Romance27 DRESSES, Fox 2000, Seismic ProductionsATONEMENT, Focus Features, Intralink FilmMY SASSY GIRL, Gold Circle Films, Crew CreativeP.S. I LOVE YOU, Warner Bros., Mojo, LLC
Best ThrillerCLOVERFIELD, Paramount Pictures, The Ant FarmEASTERN PROMISES, Focus Features, Hammer CreativeTHE EYE, Lionsgate, Seismic ProductionsVANTAGE POINT, Columbia Pictures, AV Squad
Best Video Game TrailerASSASSIN'S CREED, Ubisoft, Hammer CreativeBOURNE CONSPIRACY: Weapons Trailer, Sierra, High Moon Studios CALL OF DUTY 4: Modern Warfare, ActiVision, The Ant FarmMASS EFFECT, BioWare Corp., Hammer CreativeTHE SIMPSON'S GAME: MEDAL OF HOMER, Electronic Arts, Hammer Creative
Best Voice OverTHE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, Warner Bros., Mark Woollen & Assoc.FIDO, Lionsgate, Mark Woollen & AssociatesPASSCHENDAELE, Alliance Films, The Ant FarmTHE TEN, ThinkFilm, Celluloid Heroes
Golden FleeceAWAKE, Weinstein Co., Seismic ProductionsDRILLBIT TAYLOR, Paramount Pictures, Buddha JonesGRACIE, Picturehouse Entertainment, KO CreativeSOUTHLAND TALES, Sony Pictures, Intralink Film
Most OriginalCLOVERFIELD, Paramount Pictures, Ignition CreativeGET SMART Teaser, Warner Bros., Workshop CreativeIN BRUGES, Focus FeaturesSEMI-PRO TEASER, New Line Cinema, Workshop Creative
Summer 2008 BlockbusterHANCOCK, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Create Advertising GroupINDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, Paramount Pictures, Wild CardIRON MAN, Paramount Pictures, The Ant FarmSPEED RACER, Warner Bros., Giaronomo Productions
Trashiest TrailerDRIVE THRU, LionsgateTHE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE, Regent Releasing, Happy Hour CreativeTHE TRIPPER TRAILER, Coquette Productions, Sweet Spot ProductionsWITLESS PROTECTION, Lionsgate, Buddha JonesZOMBIE STRIPPERS, Stage 6 Films, WDA