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T.J. Miller Keeps Laughs Flowing At Golden Trailer Awards

T.J. Miller takes the stage at the Saban Theater to present The Golden Trailer Awards. photo credit: Groundpunk Productions


Set to pounding drums and hypnotic house rhythms, the 16th Annual Golden Trailer Awards kicked off with a three-minute trailer highlighting the evening’s nominees. Excitedly pounding his fists and pacing the stage of the Saban Theater mid-evening, May 6th, 2015, first time host T.J. Miller summed up the value of the evening’s award show in his one sentence response to the trailer:

“That trailer was better than any movie I saw all year!”

Over the next three hours, Miller, accompanied by fellow actors Missy Pyle, Neal McDonough, Ian Gomez and Chuck Liddell presented awards to twenty categories ranging from “Best Music” to “Best in Show” in theatrical trailers. This selection was a small percentage of Golden Trailer Awards that were presented off stage to a range of categories including television, posters, graphics, viral campaigns and foreign campaigns. The presenters kept the spirits high, both literally and figuratively, as they shifted between categories and “packages” featuring ample segments of the nominated trailer within each category.

“Does anyone else have a cocktail in their hands,” asked McDonough before presenting the “Best Comedy” award for “Ted 2.”

“I call it, ‘Ted 2, Audience 0,’” joked McDonough. “Also, I want you to know I didn’t write that joke.”

Approaching the final categories, Miller ran through the crowd, handing out cold beers he’d stashed in his jacket pockets. He presented the evening’s frequently nominated and winner of major categories Best Drama (Selma) and Golden Fleece (The Giver) to the boisterous Buddha Jones crew.

“Buddha’s are supposed to be calm and Zen,” said Miller as he presented their artists the Best Drama award. Upon receiving their gold trophy displaying a small trailer as its crown, the team said “Thank you, Oprah” to the renown producer of “Selma.”

For a complete list of the 2015 Golden Trailer Award winners, please see the listing below:

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

Best Action
Furious 7 “Family”, Universal Pictures, AV Squad

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

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

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

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

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

Best Foreign Action Trailer
Grandmaster, Metrodome Distribution, The Editpool

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

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

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

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

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,

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


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