Kudos for crashes

Stunt woman thanks her chiropractor, Advil

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Not too many award ceremonies feature honorees on crutches. But at the first Taurus Stunt Awards, held Sunday at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Chuck Picerni Jr. hobbled up the stage to receive the prize for best driving (“Gone in Sixty Seconds”).

Pain and injury were recurring themes. Many of the honorees thanked the stunt coordinators for keeping them safe. (Though considering the number limping, they have room for improvement.)

Jill Brown, who received the hardware for her stunt fall in “The Cell,” said, “Some people thank God, and other people their agents. I have to thank my chiropractor … and Advil.”

Besides the 10 kudos in various categories, honorary Taurus Awards were bestowed on action helmer John Woo, vet stuntman Hal Needham and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with standing ovations for the latter two.

“You have more crashes than any Internet stock, more dives than any of Don King’s fighters and go on your knees more than any White House intern,” Schwarzenegger said to laughter. As the music started, he stopped the orchestra to thank his wife, Maria Shriver. “Or there will be no stunts in our bedroom.”

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And the winners are…


“Charlie’s Angels” — Climactic helicopter scene, Ming Liu, Michiko Nishiwaki, Shauna Duggins, Donna Evans, Marla Casey, Eilieen Weisinger, Dana Hee, Joey Box, David Paris, Rick Schuster


“Gladiator” — Tiger fight scene with Randy Miller, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Stuart Clark


“Gone in Sixty Seconds” — Mustang, cop car chase, Chuck Picerni Jr., Eddie Yansick


“Gladiator” — Sword/axe fight, Stuart Clark, Sven-Ole Thorsen


“Hollow Man” — Full burn in elevator, Phil Culotta


“The Cell” — Three-in-one fall from box, Jill Brown


“Charlie’s Angels” — Stair fall and fight, Shauna Duggins, Donna Evans


“Me, Myself & Irene” — Car hit with 360-degree flip, Denney Pierce


“The Perfect Storm” — Underwater cable drag, Mike Brady, Pete Turner, Sean Graham


“Mission: Impossible 2” — Billy Burton, Brian Smrz


Arnold Schwarzenegger


John Woo


Hal Needham

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