Winners Announced For The 10th Annual Golden Trailer Awards™ Celebrating The Best Movie Trailers Of 2009

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At a gala ceremony at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles hosted by comedian Dean Edwards, the best movie previews of the year were crowned with the coveted Golden Trailer Awards. The night's big winner was the trailer for "Star Trek," which took the award for Best Summer Blockbuster 2009, as well as the overall prize for Best in Show. Lionsgate emerged as the studio with the most wins overall, nabbing 9 statuettes. Recognized as the world's top prize in the field, the Golden Trailer Awards are now in their 10th year.

The best movie previews of 2009 were crowned tonight at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, when the 10th Annual Golden Trailer Awards™ were conferred before a live audience. In a show hosted by comedian, writer and actor Dean Edwards ("Saturday Night Live,", with presenters culled from the ranks of today's top and up-and-coming comedians, statuettes for 16 award categories were handed out. Additionally, one of these winners was also named Best in Show.

Tonight's big winners include the trailer for "Star Trek," which took both the Summer 2009 Blockbuster Award and the trophy for Best in Show; "The Unborn" which nabbed Best Horror, the upcoming "Bruno" that earned Best Comedy; and "500 Days of Summer," which captured Best Romance. "WALL-E" took Best Animation/Family; Best Action went to "Fast and Furious" and Best Drama to "Frost/Nixon." Audience favorites, the Golden Fleece Award (best trailer for a bad movie) and Trashiest Trailer, went to "The Spirit" and "One Eyed Monster," respectively. The Best Video Game Trailer for 2009 went to "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed."

This year the long-established category, Best Voice Over, was renamed the Don LaFontaine Award for Best Voice Over to honor the man whose voice set the industry standard for trailer narration. LaFontaine passed away in 2008. The award went to "Tropic Thunder - 'Hollywood Legend'," a hilarious spoof of the "making of" documentary "Heart of Darkness," narrated by Corey Burton.

While 16 of the awards are conferred during the live event--the "Show Categories" whose winners listed below--, there are 61 categories in total, which also include sections for a full range for foreign films, posters, TV spots and film festival materials. Overall, Lionsgate triumphed as the studio with the most wins this year, taking nine Golden Trailer Awards. See for the full list of nominees and winners.

Created in 1999 to celebrate the art, craft and fun of movie promotion, The Golden Trailer Awards have established themselves as the top prize in the field, coveted by trailer producers and watched carefully by studio heads and marketing executives. But, with movie previews now one of the most popular categories of video viewed online, the Golden Trailers are also eagerly anticipated by movie fans worldwide.

This year's presenters were comedians Rich Pierre Louis, Hugh Moore, Jasper Redd, and the co-hosts of Reelz Network's trailer show "The Big Tease, "Jill Simonin and Jeremy Parsons.

The 2009 jury was made up of industry notables including Rosario Dawson, star of such films as "Eagle Eye," "Rent," and the upcoming animated film "Wonder Woman"; Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, writers on both of the "Night at the Museum" hit films and the TV series Reno 911!; three-time Emmy-nominated writer-director Paul Feig ("Arrested Development," "The Office," "30 Rock"); Dade Hayes, an acclaimed author on entertainment marketing, and a former writer and editor for Variety and Entertainment Weekly; award-winning comedy writer Frank Santopadre; Los Angeles Times chief critic Kenneth Turan; noted entertainment attorney and independent film producer Jonathan Gray; and German producing partners Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg, whose film "The Lives of Others" won over 80 international awards including the 2007 Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Golden Trailer Awards were founded by sisters and co-producers Evelyn Brady Watters and Monica Brady.

The 10th Annual Golden Trailer Awards™ For The Best Movie Trailers of 2009

The "Show Category" Winners

Best Action:
Fast and Furious, AV Squad, Universal

Best Animation/Family:
WALL-E, Craig Murray Productions, The Walt Disney Studios

Best Comedy:
Bruno, The Ant Farm, Universal Pictures

Best Documentary:
Man on Wire, The Editpool, Icon Film Distribution

Best Drama:
Frost/Nixon, Empire Design, Working Title Films

Best Horror:
The Unborn, Buddha Jones, Rogue Pictures

Best Independent Trailer:
The Wrestler, Mark Woollen & Associates, Fox Searchlight

Best Music:
Where the Wild Things Are, The Ant Farm, Warner Bros.

Best Romance:
500 Days of Summer, Mark Woollen & Associates, Fox Searchlight

Best Thriller:
Angels & Demons, Trailer Park, Sony Pictures

Best Video Game Trailer:
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Eyestorm Productions, Lucasarts

Don La Fontaine Award for Best Voice Over:
Tropic Thunder "Hollywood Legend"
Narrator: Corey Burton
Buddha Jones, DreamWorks

Golden Fleece:
The Spirit, Seismic Productions, Lionsgate

Most Original:
My Winnipeg, Kinetic Trailers, IFC Films

Summer 2009 Blockbuster:
Star Trek, Aspect Ratio, Paramount Pictures

Trashiest Trailer:
One Eyed Monster, The Refinery, Liberation Entertainment

Best In Show
Star Trek, Aspect Ratio, Paramount Pictures

The full list of 61 category winners are available online at

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