Golden Trailer Awards Honor Year's Best Previews
by Jen Lux
Are you the type of person that goes to the movies to see the previews and then wonders why those masterfully edited snippets of art get overlooked at awards time? Or are you one of those people who get bored and irritated by the length of the Oscar ceremonies? If so, then maybe the 70-minute, fast-paced award show hosted by comedian Dennis Miller, the fourth annual Golden Trailer Awards, is more your speed. Held last week at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, the event honored the best motion picture previews of the year.
Alexander Payne's "About Schmidt" walked away with armfuls of the trophies, winning for best comedy, best voice over, best music, and best of show. The trailer editors were able to condense this 125-minute story of sixty-something Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) into about three minutes.
Other winners included Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" in the category of best documentary, "The Secretary" (directed by Steven Shainberg) for best romance, and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" for best action.
Presenters Andy Dick, Brett Ratner, and Aisha Taylor gave awards to "The Hours" (best drama), "The Ring" (best horror), "The Fast Runner" (best independent), "Spirited Away" (best family/animation) and "Read My Lips," which took home two awards (most original and best foreign). The Golden Trailers also also recognized work in more unusual categories such as: trashiest ("The Rules of Attraction," directed by Roger Avary), best trailer no movie went to "12 Twisted Tricks," and the golden fleece category honored "Blue Crush" (which beat out both "Final Destination 2" and "The Hot Chick").
Judges for this year's awards included "The Good Girl" director Miguel Arteta, People Magazine's Jess Cagle, critic Leonard Maltin, and director Paul Verhoeven.
On the Golden Trailer Awards website, you can even find a trailer for the Golden Trailer Awards ceremony. [For more information, please visit: http://www.goldentrailer.com.]