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2005 VaRaces Awards

  • Created on Wednesday, 28 June 2006 00:00
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Most Inventive Car Chase :

This award goes to the film that added the most new ideas to the car chase sequence. These nominees did more than show two cars following each other above the speed limit.

The Nominees Are:
Batman Begins
The batmobile took a different approach to evading the police. Instead of using the city's streets, it took to the rooftops.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
What could've been a standard chase went to a completely different level when it served as a backdrop for a argument between a married couple, with guns.

Transporter 2
The Transporter used his car like a swiss army knife. The Audi in this film felt at home whether it was jumping from the tops of buildings or diffusing bombs

The Winner:

Batman Begins
The Batmobile is one of the most famous cars in the world. And when the new version was unvieled, the reaction to the SUV like proportions was mixed, to say the least. But the chase put the tonnage to good use as the batmoblie barrelled through barriers and jumped across rooftops.

 

 

Best DVD Release:

The Nominees Are:
The Essential Steve McQueen Collection Bullitt was rereleased in 2005 as a 2 Disc special edition featuring 3 documentaries and an informative commentary from the director, Peter Yates. But then the studio topped itself with this collections which adds a Special Edition of The Getaway.

Gumball Rally
The best of the Cross Country race Genre finally got a DVD release in 2005.

Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard movies came home with a number of features that dealt specifically with the General Lee, including a detailed look into how those spectacular jumps were performed.

The Winner:


The Essential Steve McQueen Collection
The collection has 4 movies, but the two that matter Bullitt and The Getaway propel this set into the winners circle. Simply put, every chase fan should have these films.

 

Most Destructive Chase Scene:

The Nominees Are:

Taxi
This remake of the Luc Besson classic starts off with a huge pileup and continues to add on the wreckage throughout the film

Batman Begins
The Batmobile makes short work of roofs in Gotham

Island, The
Micheal Bays frantic directing style enhanced the wonton destruction found in The Islands chase scenes.

The Winner:

The Island
It seems that when Micheal Bay does a chase, his goal is to leave as many bent pieces of metal on the street as possible. In The Island, he succeeds by destroying a number of vehicles, sometimes with simple crashes and sometimes by dropping truck axles on top of them.

Best Driving :

Behind every good chase scene is a great driver. This award celebrates some of the best behind the wheel skills seen on screen.

 

The Nominees Are:
Dukes of Hazzard
Shunning CGI, the film showed that precision driving still will always have a place in hollywood. Drifts that come within inches of other traffic and dirt road manuveurs that make you want to take a drive in the country are just a couple of the driving highlights from this film.

Taxi
A BMW and Crown Vic weave through traffic and glide around the corners of N.Y.C.

Initial D
With only a small DVD release in the US, this Hong Kong import was impressive enough to make the list. This movie is filled with hot hatchbacks screaming down twisting mountain roads.

The Winner:

Initial D
Great driving wasn't just a part of this movie, it -was- the movie. When skilled car control is one of the central plot points, you know you're in for a treat. These drivers drift thier cars down a mountain, inches from each other and the guardrail. And the fun part is, they dont make it look easy. It looks hard, and dangerous, and you appreciate the talent that must've been behind the wheel.

 

Best Game:

The Nominees Are:

 

Burnout Revenge The Burnout Series continues with this installment for the Xbox and PS2

Forza
Microsoft's answer to Gran Turismo ups the ante with cars that can be customized down to the paint job.

Need For Speed Most Wanted
Need For Speed gives you a chance to run from the cops without haveing to worry about jail time.

The Winner:

Need for Speed Most Wanted
NFS may have it's faults, but as far as recreating the thrill of a chase, it can't be beat. Hearing the police sirens behind you, the police radio chatter, dodging spike strips, short cutting through neighborhoods, it's all here and it looks fantastic.

Chase of the Year:

This is the big one. The single most exciting, well done, car chase of 2004. This award takes into account everything from stunt work, how the scene enhanced the plot, how the sequence was shot, etc.


The Nominees Are:
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
A freeway chase that's built around a martial squabble and a wrecked BMW's.

Island, The
CGI mixed with intense stunts made The Island one of the years most memorable chase scenes.

Dukes of Hazzard
This remake didn't fail to impress as it delivered great driving and spectacular stunts.

Initial D
The races in this film where inspired by a cartoon but they came into their own

Winner:


Initial D
Coming out of seemingly nowhere(Hong Kong actually) Initial D brought the car movie back to life. In this film, the cars became characters and the story was told through the races scenes just as much as it was through the spoken dialog.

 

 

Peoples Chase Award

For the first year, the vistors of VaRaces got a chance to vote on which chase they thought was the stand out of the year. The Nominees Are:
Island, The

Mr. and Mrs Smith

Dukes of Hazzard

Transporter 2

Sahara

Winner:

The people have spoken and with a commanding lead, the Dukes of Hazzard wins the first ever People's chase Award.

 

Jerry Summers, George Barris, and Carey LoftinLifetime Acheivement Award: Person

Carey Loftin

"The first stunt I did at Warner Bros. was a motorcycle wreck. The tires were supposed to shoot out from under me, so I jack-knifed it on this dusty road and took a big tumble. When they yelled "cut," I got up, dusted myself off and started walking away. John Hudkins, nicknamed The Bear, took me by the arm, pulled me over, and said, "Son, you're never going to make any money in this business. Limp till you make a deal." It was good advice and I took it."

As a stunt driver and stunt coordinator, Carey Loftin helped create some of the most exciting and famous chase sequences in history. His body of work spans 5 decades and includes classics like The French Connection, Bullitt, Vanishing Point all the way up to more modern favorites like Used Cars and Days of Thunder. When Loftin worked on Bullit, his fellow stuntmen said "Carey Loftin was easily the best car man in the business..." And that fact was proven time and again throughout his lifetime. He died in 1997 at the age of 83.

 

 

Lifetime Acheivement Award: Vehicle

Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am

The Trans Am is a car that seemed to be made for hollywood. It wasn't the fastest or best handling car on the road, but it had character, and thats all you need to be a star. In 1976's Cannonball, the Trans Am took center stage in the cross country race but it truly rose to stardom in Hal Needham's Smokey and the Bandit, it immediately became a must have for everyone who wanted to look like an outlaw. With the huge firebird decal across the hood, it was impossible to miss. When Knight Rider hit the air the Tran Am's legendary status was cemented.

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