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Stunt Awards Honor the Rough and Tumble

29 May, 2002 By: Hive News

^p Top honors at the 2002 World Stunt Awards for outstanding performances in 14 film categories went to stunt professionals from The Fast and the Furious, Rush Hour 2 and A Knight's Tale.

The World Stunt Awards single out the men and women who smash cars, jump through fire and put their lives on the line to create movie magic. Winners were selected by the World Stunt Academy from films released in 2001.

Jackie Chan, director Michael Bay and stunt legend Buddy Van Horn were honored with Taurus Honorary Awards for their continued support of the stunt community and their contributions to the world of action films.

Chan received the 2002 Taurus Honorary Award for Acting in Action Films, an honor he accepted live via satellite from Prague where he is in production. Bay received the 2002 Taurus Honorary Achievement Awards for Directing Action Films. Van Horn, who has doubled for stars from Clint Eastwood to Billy Bob Thornton, received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his pioneering work that helped blaze a trail for a succeeding generation of stunt performers. Thornton presented the award.

The World Stunt Awards benefits the Taurus World Stunt Foundation, which supports stunt professionals that have suffered severe physical injury in pursuit of their work.

The two-hour show recorded last night will air on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. Friday. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who received the first Taurus Honorary Award during the inaugural show in 2001, opened the 2002 event.

Another of the evening's highlights included the first awards of $50,000 each to recipients Jacob Chambers (who also won for Best Fire Stunt) and Harry Wowchuck, both stunt professionals injured while performing dangerous stunt work in 2001.

Annual World Stunt Awards programming and ongoing fundraising activities will support the Taurus World Stunt Foundation, established by an endowment from Dietrich Mateschitz, founder of the Red Bull Energy Drink Co.

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