‘Furious 7’ Speeds Off With 16th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

By J. Sperling Reich | May 10, 2015 11:01 am PDT
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Universal Pictures recent release “Furious 7”, the seventh film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, has not only been cleaning up at the box office, speeding to a worldwide earnings of USD $1.5 billion and becoming the third highest grossing film of all time, but this past week the movie continued its successful run by taking home some of the top prizes at the 16th Annual Golden Trailer Awards.

The Golden Trailer Awards honor the year’s best film previews, television spots, movie posters and other marketing material (like lobby standees). Celluloid Junkie has covered past GTA ceremonies and were in attendance on Wednesday night at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills to see “Furious 7” win Best Action Trailer and the event’s top prize, Best In Show. During the two hour ceremony awards were handed out in a total of 20 different categories, with at least 49 more awards bestowed off-stage in categories such as Best Viral Video Campaign and Trashiest Poster.

Though “Furious 7” won the equivalent of Best Picture during this year’s GTAs, “American Sniper” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” went home tied for having colleced the most awards of the evening; five trophies each in a range of categories. The big studio winner was Universal Pictures (including Focus Features) with a haul of 15 Golden Trailer Awards. Warner Bros. (which includes HBO) wasn’t far behind with their 11 trophies, while Disney and Lionsgate tied for third with nine each.

Of course, the real stars of the night were the creative companies and their respective teams whose work was being recognized. One of the best parts of each year’s ceremony is hearing representatives from companies with names like AV Squad, Buddha Jones, mOcean and Trailer Park loudly cheer on their co-workers whenever their names are announced during nominee clip packages.

On a personal note, “What We Do In The Shadows” was given the Trashiest Trailer award which was produced by Jump Cut, a trailer company founded by a longtime friend, Stephen Garrett.

Meanwhile, host T.J. Miller, a comedian best known for starring in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” kept the festivities light and moving along as quickly as anyone could when handing out so many trophies. Miller was especially pleased to see the team from Trailer Park win Best Animation for “Big Hero 6”, a film in which he lent his voice for one of the main characters. Joining Miller onstage as presenters were actors Neal McDonough, who most recently appeared in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”, Breckin Meyer from the television show “Franklin & Bash”, Chuck Liddell who starred in “Kick-Ass 2” and Ian Gomez, a supporting player in the sit-com “Couger Town”. Actress Missi Pyle, fresh from her role as the shrewish cable news personality Ellen Abbott in “Gone Girl”, was as wacky as ever during her turn as presenter.

The judges for the 2015 Golden Trailer Awards included David Benioff, the co-creator of “Game of Thrones”, filmmaker Colin Trevorrow whose “Jurassic World” will hit theatres shortly, actor/producer Tony Goldwyn who has a hit television show in “Scandal”, Academy Award-winning production designer Anna Pinnock, who most recently worked on “The Grand Budapst Hotel” and the filmmakers behind “American Splendor” Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, among many others.

As in years past, this year’s edition of the Golden Trailer Awards was overseen by its founders Evelyn Brady-Watters and Monica Brady.

Here is a complete list of the 16th Annual Golden Trailer Awards:

Best of Show
Furious 7 “Family”, Universal Pictures, AV Squad

Best Action
Furious 7 “Family”, Universal Pictures, AV SquadBest Animation / Family

Best Comedy
Ted 2 “Civil Rights: Trailer 2?, Universal Pictures, AV Squad

Best Documentary
Life Itself, Magnolia Pictures, Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Drama
Selma “The People”, Paramount, Buddha Jones

Best Independent Trailer
Boyhood, IFC Films, Mark Woollen & Associates/Empire Design

Best Fantasy Adventure
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 “Courage of One”, Lionsgate, Outpost Media

Best Horror
Woman In Black 2: The Angel of Death “Forgive”, Relativity Media, Buddha Jones

Best Music
Guardians of the Galaxy “Outlaws”, Disney, mOcean

Best Romance
Paper Towns “Find Yourself”, 20th Century Fox, TRANSIT

Summer 2015 Blockbuster Trailer
Avengers: Age Of Ultron “Strings”, Disney, mOcean

Best Teaser
Interstellar, Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros., Ignition Creative

Best Thriller
American Sniper “Confirm”, Warner Bros., mOcean

Best Video Game Trailer
Batman: Arkham Knight “Gotham is Mine Trailer”, WB Games, Hammer Creative

Golden Fleece
The Giver “Community”, The Weinstein Company, Buddha Jones

Most Original Trailer
Mad Max: Fury Road “Mad”, Warner Bros., Trailer Park

GTA 16 & Rentrak Best Opening Weekend Award
Furious 7, Universal Pictures

The Don LaFontaine Award for Best Voice Over
Inherent Vice “Higher”, Warner Bros., Aspect

Trashiest Trailer
What We Do In The Shadows, Unison Films, Jump Cut

Best Trailer – No Movie
Birdman “Birdman Returns”, Fox Searchlight, Ignition Creative

Non-Show Categories

Best Motion/Title Graphics
The Hateful 8 “Hate”, The Weinstein Company, Ignition Creative

Best Sound Editing
Avengers: Age Of Ultra “Strings”, Disney, mOcean

Best Teaser/Trailer for a TV Series or Mini-series
Game Of Thrones: Season 5 “The Wheel”, HBO, AV Squad

Best Original Score
Interstellar “Memories”, Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros, Trailer Park


Best Foreign Action Trailer
Grandmaster, Metrodome Distribution, The Editpool

Best Foreign Animation Family Trailer
Shaun The Sheep The Movie “New Hero”, Studio Canal, Wonderland London

Best Foreign Comedy Trailer
The Bachelor Weekend “The Stag”, Drei Freunde, Freealize, Good Hands

Best Foreign Documentary Trailer
Dark Horse, Picture House Entertainment, Zealot UK

Best Foreign Drama Trailer
The Imitation Game “Answer”, The Weinstein Company, Zealot

Best Foreign Graphics in a Trailer
The Babadook “Theatrical Trailer”, Icon Film Distribution, Intermission Film

Best Foreign Horror Trailer
Hollow “Theatrical Trailer #2?, Old Photo Films, Alice M. Tran

Best Drama TV Spot
American Sniper “Sacrifice”, Warner Bros., Seismic Productions

Best Foreign Romance Trailer
Far From the Madding Crowd “Her Heart”, Fox Searchlight Pictures International, Create Advertising London

Best Foreign Thriller Trailer
Ex Machina “Human”, Universal Pictures, The Picture Production Company

Most Original Foreign Trailer
Hyena, Independent Film Company, Zealot UK

TV Spots

Best Action TV Spot
Furious 7 “Fast”, Universal Pictures, AV Squad

Best Animation / Family TV Spot
Big Hero 6 “Your Way”, Disney, Trailer Park

Best Drama TV Spot
American Sniper “Sacrifice”, Warner Bros., Seismic Productions

Best Animation TV Spot
Big Hero 6 “Your Way”, Disney, Trailer Park

Best Comedy TV Spot
Ted 2 “Mission Super Bowl Extended Online”, Universal Pictures, Workshop Creative

Best Documentary TV Spot
Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom “Monkee Around”, Disneynature, Toy Box Entertainment

Best Fantasy Adventure TV Spot
Guardians of the Galaxy “World”, Disney, mOcean

Best Foreign TV Spot
Ex Machina “Spritz”, Universal Pictures International Ltd, The Picture Production Company

Best Graphics in a TV Spot
Nightcrawler “Squeegee :15?, Open Road Films, Workshop Creative

Best Horror TV Spot
Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death “Silent Night”, Relativity Media,
Buddha Jones

Best Independent TV Spot
The Drop “Name”, Fox Searchlight, AV Squad

Best Music TV Spot
American Sniper “Cadence Review”, Warner Bros. Pictures, Wild Card

Best Original Score TV Spot
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 “Return to District 12?, Lionsgate, CARVE

Best Romance TV Spot
If I Stay “Never Leave”, Warner Bros., Trailer Park

Best Summer 2015 Blockbuster TV Spot
Jurassic World “Biggest Superbowl”, Universal Pictures, Wild Card

Best Thriller TV Spot
American Sniper “Confirm”, Warner Bros., mOcean

Best Video Game TV Spot
Bloodborne “Hunt You Down TV Spot”, Sony Computer Entertainment of America/Japan Studio/From Software, Petrol Advertsing

Best Voice Over TV Spot
McFarland, USA “Where We’re Going”, Disney, Motive

Most Original TV Spot
Birdman “Action Figure Spot”, Fox Searchlight, Fox Searchlight In-House Creative


Best Action Poster
The Expendables 3 “Final One-Sheet”, Lionsgate, Ignition

Best Animation / Family Movie Poster
Minions “Stuart, Kevin & Bob Teaser One-Sheet”, Universal, Ignition

Best Billboard
The Divergent Series: Insurgent “Mondrian”, Lionsgate, LA Associates

Best Horror Poster
Dracula Untold “One-Sheet”, Universal Pictures, Ignition

Best Comedy Poster
Ted 2 “Teaser One-Sheet”, Universal, Ignition

Best Documentary Poster
Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Magnolia Pictures, Blood & Chocolate

Best Drama Poster
American Sniper “Domestic 1?, Warner Bros., The Refinery

Best Fantasy / Adventure Poster
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 “Katniss Final One-Sheet”, Lionsgate, Ignition

Best Foreign Poster
’71 “The Merchant Of Menace”, Studio Canal UK, Wonderland

Best Independent Poster
Cut Bank, A24, P+A

Best International Poster
As Above So Below “International One-Sheet”, Universal, Ignition

Best Motion Poster
Deliver Us From Evil “Motion Poster 1?, Sony Pictures Releasing International, Greenhaus GFX

Best Romance Poster
The Age Of Adaline “Blue Payoff Poster”, Lionsgate, LA Associates

Best Summer 2015 Blockbuster Poster
Minions “Stuart, Kevin & Bob Teaser One-Sheet”, Universal, Ignition

Best Teaser Poster
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 “Logo”, Lionsgate, Ignition

Best Thriller Poster
John Wick “Final One-Sheet”, Lionsgate, Ignition

Best Video Game Poster
Dead Island 2 “Redwood Rampage”, Deep Silver, Midnight Oil

Best Wildposts (Teaser Campaign)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 “District Heroes”, Lionsgate, Ignition

Most Original Poster
Kill the Messenger “Wild Post”, Focus Features, Ignition

Trashiest Poster
Buzzard, Oscilloscope Pictures, Jump Cut


Best Pre-show Theatrical Advertising for a Brand
Big Hero 6 “Bowtie”, Disney, Trailer Park

Best Viral Campaign
Into The Storm “Tornado Selfie”, Village Roadshow Pictures, The Woolshed Company

Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film
These Final Hours “The Interactive Prequel”, Roadshow Films, Soap Creative Australia

Film Festivals

Best Film Festival Trailer
2014 New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jump Cut

Best Film Festival Poster
Birdman “Toronto International Film Festival poster”, Fox Searchlight, New Regency

J. Sperling Reich