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Jack Gill featured in the New York Post

Posted by Levine Communications Office on June 22, 2011

Will stunt performers ever get their own Oscar category?


Last week, the Academy met to decide whether to add a category for Best Stunt Coordinator, but ultimately decided against it. Why have other behind-the-scenes categories for make-up and costumes, as well as a slew of technical categories that mainstream viewers don’t really care about, but then not throw a bone to the stunt coordinators, whose work viewers can easily understand and appreciate?

There is an award given outside of the Oscars called the Taurus World Stunt Awards. Last year’s winner was Tom Struthers for coordinating the rotating hotel hallway fight with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “Inception.” But so far, the Academy has turned up its nose.

Jack Gill is a stuntman who’s been working for some 30 years to get the category officially added to the Oscar ballot. MyDVDInsider has an interesting interview with him, where he dishes on “Fast Five,” explains why Tom Cruise is the best stuntman-friendly actor and details his lobbying of the Academy.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/movies/will_stunt_performers_ever_get_their_wJ4lY707I3ja8qT8PwmSIP#ixzz1Q31rc3H7


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