When it comes to handing out prizes and trophies to the year’s top movies there is no end to the number of awards shows waiting in line to applaud worthy efforts. But have you ever asked yourself whether the trailers created to promote those movies are ever recognized with any awards? If so, then have no fear. That’s why the Golden Trailer Awards were created.
For the past ten years Evelyn Brady-Watters and Monica Brady have been producing the Golden Trailer Awards which nominates and honors the best movie promo reels from the past year. The year’s event (the 11th annual) will be held in Los Angeles on June 20th at the El Rey Theatre. Winners for 16 of the 61 categories will be announced during the ceremony, which will be hosted by comedian Dean Edwards.
Vying for prizes this year are trailers for huge Hollywood hits such as “Sherlock Holmes” (Best Action) as well as smaller independent films like “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Best Drama). And while James Cameron’s “Avatar” may have run away with a majority of the box office this past year, it’s unlikely the film’s trailer will walk off with an armload of Golden Trailer Awards since it is only nominated for Best Action.
Even trailers for a number of films that have yet to hit theatres have been nominated. Films like “Get Him To The Greek” (Best Comedy), “The Karate Kid” (Best Animation & Family) and “The Last Airbender” (Best Summer Blockbuster TV Spot) have all received nods. Presumably that’s because while the movies themselves haven’t made their way to your local cinema their trailers have. A complete list of nominees for the 11th Annual Golden Trailer Awards can be found on the event’s website.
A group of industry professionals will judge all the entries to select the winners in each category. This year’s jury includes filmmakers Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) and Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”) as well as Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg to name just a few.
Unlike say, the Oscars, the Golden Trailer Awards are open to the public, though tickets are presently sold out. However, if you’re in Los Angeles and want to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waiting list.