Stuntmen demand Oscar category

A group of stunt coordinators are lobbying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors to demand their own category. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the stunt coordinators aren’t requesting that their award be given out during the televised broadcast. “We don’t even care if we’re in the ceremony,” Stunt coordinator Jack Gill (pictured at left) told CNN. “We just want to get that Oscar in our hands.” Gill, who has been a stunt man for 32 years, has been asking the Academy for 20 years to add a stunt-related category.

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  1. shona • June 15, 2011 @ 11:15 AM

    I think that this will be a cool category to have, because films have evolved and the Academy needs to wake up and realize this, and stop being old fashioned. I understand they want to keep the great tradition alive, and I agree with that, but they need to wake up and realize this.

  2. Jo-Anne • June 15, 2011 @ 12:03 PM

    as long as it doesn’t put the show over the 5 hour mark, that would be cool, agree…

  3. Germain • June 15, 2011 @ 1:09 PM

    There’s already too many categories of people we don’t know or care about, just add them in the technical achievements on the pre-show but not the main broadcast.

  4. CJ • June 15, 2011 @ 1:53 PM


    How can a stuntman be under technical achievements??? It’s a performance!! That’s what the Oscar’s is about – recognizing performance. Stuntmen share on-screen time with the stars and there is true skill in simply just concealing the fact that they are just replacing the real actors.

    They deserve it and i definitely this would be more entertaining in the main broadcast than those other boring categories

  5. caroline • June 15, 2011 @ 1:59 PM

    I agree, I think they deserve the reward.
    They do some crazy shiz

  6. Juanita Sanchez • June 15, 2011 @ 2:41 PM

    That’s crap. What a bunch of tools.
    Why not “Best Dolly Grip,” or “Best Craft Services.”

    Seriously: people and their solipsism.

  7. Germain • June 15, 2011 @ 3:01 PM

    Stunt coordinators have to calculate everything, it’s not only a performance, it’s technical achievement as well. i agree that they deserve some recognition but will this make any difference at the end of the day? How many of them is there anyway? is there a big competition with stuntmen or isn’t it mostly the same people doing most of the movies?

  8. Germain • June 15, 2011 @ 3:07 PM

    BTW, jumping off a rooftop dressed as Matt Damon doesn’t really count as a performance. I doubt a lot of stuntmen went to the school of performing arts. It’s a stunt, not a performance and by that, I’m not trying to take anything away from what they do. They would get an oscar based on the difficulty of the stunt and efforts and danger involved and originality of the stunt, not by the performance of the stuntman.

  9. C-Dub • June 15, 2011 @ 5:11 PM

    This should have been a category long ago. Hurry up before EVERYTHING is digital and there are no need for stuntmen/women anymore.

  10. Chris • June 15, 2011 @ 7:09 PM

    Like the first person who posted said. This would be a cool category, it makes sense. And it will be fun to talk over with family and friends who’d they think would win. It would really give stuntman a lot more recognition.

  11. mark • June 16, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

    I would rather see a best stuntman award over best short animation or best short foreign film. I think the Academy Awards should just be forcused on feature length films.

  12. jjones • June 16, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

    Hey, I agree with Mark. Not that I believe that short films don’t deserve to be included, but they can be added to the pre show stuff. I would be more interested in watching a best stunt category than a stupid stick man animated short.

    Stunts are a big part of the larger movies and it is technical and performance based – I think they deserve some recognition.

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