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Kudos for crashes

Stunt woman thanks her chiropractor, Advil

See the full winner’s list

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.”

And the winners are…

AERIAL WORK

“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

WORK WITH AN ANIMAL

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

DRIVING

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

FIGHT

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

FIRE

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

HIGH WORK

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

SPECIALTY STUNT

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

WORK WITH A VEHICLE

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

WATER WORK

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

STUNT COORDINATOR FOR FEATURE FILM

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

ACTION MOVIE STAR

Arnold Schwarzenegger

ACTION MOVIE DIRECTOR

John Woo

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Hal Needham

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