‘Spotlight’ Takes Top Prize at Golden Trailer Awards

“Deadpool,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also pick up trophies

Last Updated: May 4, 2016 @ 10:32 PM

Hollywood celebrated the best in motion picture marketing at the 17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Wednesday night. More than 1,100 studio marketing executives, celebrities, trailer editors and movie fans were on hand as Open Road Films and InSync + BeemisBalkind’s work on “Spotlight” won the Best of Show Prize and the top honor for Best Independent Trailer.

While the Golden Trailer Awards bestow trophies in 92 different categories (see the full list below), only 16 were handed out live before a sold-out crowd at the Saban Theater. To view a selection of the winning trailers, click here.

Warner Bros. (along with New Line Cinema) was the big winner of the night, taking home 11 Golden Trailers overall. Fox and Disney each won a total of 10 statues, while Universal took home nine and Lionsgate earned eight. Top creative vendors in the 2016 race included LA, whose print campaigns and posters were honored in nine different categories. Best trailer vendors for 2016 included Create Advertising Group and Mark Woolen & Associates, each of whom won five GTAs. Aspect, AV Squad, Buddha Jones, Trailer Park and Zealot took home four trophies a piece.

“The Jungle Book” was the top GTA winner of the night by film winning awards in a total of four categories.

Wayne Brady served as host and master of ceremonies of the spirited show, while celebrity presenters included Ed Asner, David Koechner (“Anchorman”), David Dastmalchian (“Ant-Man”), Heather McDonald, Nichole Bloom (“Superstore”), Tito Ortiz and Los Angeles Clippers player Wes Johnson, among others. Celebrity and industry judges participating in this year’s ceremony included Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (“The King Speech”), “Deadpool” director Tim Miller, “Horrible Bosses” director Seth Gordon, Oscar-nominated editor Mary Jo Markey, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” editor Maryann Brandon, Woody Allen‘s longtime editor Alisa Lepselter, Poverty Inc. director Michael Miller, “CSI: Miami” actress Khandi Alexander, “Awkward” actress Molly Tarlov, Advertising Hall of Fame honoree Linda Kaplan Thaler and Marvel Studios’ executive VP of physical production Victoria Alonso.

The Golden Trailer Awards were launched in 1999 by Evelyn Watters and Monica Brady as a way to recognize the best of the best in worldwide motion picture and television marketing.

“The Golden Trailer Awards recognizes the best and brightest in the fascinating world of movie trailers. The media and marketing landscape for motion pictures in today’s digital world has become incredibly complex, yet trailers remain the single most important tool to open a movie, as they have since the 1960s when trailers first emerged as an art form,” Watters said. “One night per year, the tireless efforts and innovations of the artists who cut these two minutes of movie magic are recognized for their craft. We couldn’t prouder of tonight’s nominees and winners.”

“Once again, we had more contest submissions this year than any year in our 17 year history and we keep growing in stature and size. The best is yet to come for the Golden Trailer Awards,” added executive producer Brady.

See the full list below.


Best of Show
Spotlight “Answers”, Open Road Films, InSync + BemisBalkind

Best Action
Deadpool “DOM Trlr E: Power Red Online”, 20th Century Fox, mOcean

Best Animation/Family
Jungle Book “Jungle”, Disney, Vibe Creative

Best Comedy
Keanu “Take it”, Warner Bros., Create Advertising Group

Best Documentary
He Named Me Malala, Fox Searchlight, Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Drama
The Martian, 20th Century Fox, Giaronomo Productions

Best Fantasy Adventure
Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Lessons”, Disney, Disney In-house

Best Horror
The Witch “Family”, A24, AV Squad

Best Independent
Spotlight “Answers”, Open Road Films, InSync + BemisBalkind

Best Music
Deadpool “Trailer B – Power Red”, 20th Century Fox, Wild Card

Best Thriller
Black Mass “Just Sayin”, Warner Bros., Aspect

Best Summer 2016 Blockbuster
Captain America: Civil War “Vigilante”, Marvel, Trailer Park, Inc.

Golden Fleece
Pixels Trailer “Game On”, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Refinery AV

Most Original
Hail, Caesar! “So Simple”, Universal Pictures, Motive

Trashiest Trailer
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland “Redband”, Lionsgate, Mob Scene Creative + Productions

Best Romance
Me Before You “Live”, Warner Bros/MGM/New Line Cinema, Aspect

Best Video Game Trailer
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Story Trailer, Ubisoft, Sunny Side Up Creative

The Don LaFontane Award for Best Voice Over
Anomalisa, Paramount Pictures, Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Motion/Title Graphics
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. “Timeline”, Warner Bros., Buddha Jones

Best Original Score
Jungle Book “Mowgli”, Disney, Vibe Creative

Best Sound Editing
The Revenant, 20th Century Fox, Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Teaser
Joy “Change”, 20th Century Fox, Industry Creative

Best Trailer – No Movie
What Happened to Monday “Cannes Sizzle”, Vendome Pictures, Open Road Entertainment

Best Trailer/Teaser for a TV Series or Mini-series
Narcos “Lines”, Netflix, TRANSIT

Best Independent Trailer (For Film shot under $1 Million)
Grandma “Domestic Trailer”, Sony Pictures Classics, The Grossmyth Company

Best Foreign Action Trailer
Rise of the Legend “US Trailer” , Well Go USA , Red Circle, Inc.

Best Foreign Animation/Family Trailer
Oddball “Official Trailer”, Roadshow Films, The Trace House

Best Foreign Comedy
Rams ‘UK Theatrical’, Soda Pictures, Coffee & Cigarettes

Best Foreign Documentary
Amy, Altitude, Intermission Film

Best Foreign Drama
Phoenix, Sundance Selects, Jump Cut

Best Foreign Graphics in a Trailer
The Hallow ‘Trespass’, Entertainment One UK, Create Advertising London

Best Foreign Horror
Goodnight Mommy, RADiUS, Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Foreign Independent
Macbeth “UK Teaser”, StudioCanal, Zealot UK

Best Music (Foreign)
Zinzana, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Zealot UK

Best Foreign Romance
Brooklyn “Two Worlds”, Lionsgate UK, Create Advertising London

Best Foreign Teaser
High Rise “Teaser” , Studio Canal , Intermission Film

Best Foreign Thriller
The Wave, Magnolia Pictures, Zealot

Best Foreign Trashiest Trailer
Love, Alchemy, Mark Woollen & Associates

Golden Fleece Foreign
J. Kessels ‘Theatrical Trailer’, CTM Pictures, Spark Trailers

Most Original Foreign Trailer
Zinzana, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Zealot UK

Best Action TV Spot
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation “Fate Alt Rev.”, Paramount Pictures, Trailer Park, Inc.

Best Animation/Family TV Spot
The Jungle Book “legend”, The Walt Disney Company, Create Advertising Group

Best Comedy TV Spot
Spy “Identity”, 20th Century Fox, AV Squad

Best Documentary TV Spot
Making A Murderer “Target”, Netflix, Aspect

Best Drama TV Spot
Bridge of Spies “:60 INTL Standing Man”, 20th Century Fox, Wild Card

Best Fantasy Adventure TV Spot
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 “Epic Finale” , Lionsgate , Carve

Best Foreign TV Spot
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny “Teaser”, Netflix, InSync + BemisBalkind

Best Graphics in a TV Spot
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. “That Kind Of Review”, Warner Bros., Buddha Jones

Best Horror TV Spot
The Conjuring 2 “Close”, New Line Cinema, Buddha Jones

Best Independent TV Spot
The Hateful Eight “Last Shot”, The Weinstein Company, IGNITION

Best Music TV Spot
Straight Outta Compton “Compton/BET”, Universal Pictures, Motive

Best Original Score TV Spot
The Jungle Book “legend”, The Walt Disney Company, Create Advertising Group

Best Romance TV Spot
The Danish Girl “True Love”, Focus Features, Motive

Best Sound Editing in a TV Spot
The Witch “Paranoia”, A24, AV Squad

Best Summer Blockbuster TV Spot
Captain America: Civil War “Rivals”, Disney/Marvel, mOcean

Best Teaser TV Spot
Jessica Jones “It’s Time”, Netflix, Aspect

Best Thriller TV Spot
Sicario “Big Welcome”, Lionsgate, AV Squad

Best Video Game TV Spot
Fallout 4 “The Wanderer”, Bethesda Softworks, gnet

Best Voice Over TV Spot
Zoolander 2 “Perfect Fight Rev”, Paramount Pictures, Workshop Creative

Golden Fleece TV Spot
Fifty Shades of Black “Shadiest”, Open Road, Rogue Planet

Most Original TV Spot
Zootopia “Oscar Review”, Disney, Trailer Park, Inc.

Best Pre-Show Advertising for a Brand
Technically Speaking: Ford Edge, 40 Foot Solutions, Screenvision Media

Best Radio Spots
Ride Along 2 “Universal Claim Radio”, Universal, Universal Creative

Best Vine/Insta
Victor Frankenstein “Eyeball”, Twentieth Century Fox, Buddha Jones

Best Viral Campaign
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension “Haunted Open House”, Paramount Pictures, Grandesign

Most Innovative Advertising for a Brand/Product
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice “Fly to Metropolis / Fly to Gotham”, Warner Bros., Jax Film / Crispin Porter & Bogusky / Elastic

Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation “Live Obstacle Course”, Paramount Pictures, Grandesign

Most Innovative Advertising for a Video Game
Broforce “The Ballad of Rambro”, Devolver Digital, kertgartner.com

Best Trailer For a Book or Novel
Magic in North America, Warner Bros. / Pottermore, Jax Film / Elastic

Best Trailer for Legit Theater (Broadway Trailers)
Aladdin on Broadway “Tradition/Genie”, Disney, Trailer Park, Inc.

Best Action Poster
Star Wars: The Force Awakens “1-Sheet”, Walt Disney Studios, LA

Best Animation/Family Poster
The Secret Life of Pets “City”, Universal Pictures, LA

Best Billboard
Allegiant: The Divergent Series “Scaling Wall” Billboard, Lionsgate, LA

Best Comedy Poster
Dirty Grandpa “Graduate”, Lionsgate, LA

Best Documentary Poster
Making a Murderer, Netflix, The Refinery

Best Drama Poster
The Hateful Eight, The Weinstein Company, Leroy & Rose

Best Fantasy/Adventure Poster
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 “Katniss On Fire” Payoff, Lionsgate, LA

Best Foreign Poster
Downriver “Official Poster”, Happening Films, The Trace House

Best Horror Poster
PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES “Thanksgiving” One-Sheet, Sony, IGNITION

Best Independent Poster
The End of the Tour, A24 Films, P+A

Best International Poster
Unfriended “1-Sheet”, Universal Pictures International, LA

Best Motion Poster
Sinister 2, Focus Features, Gravillis Inc.

Best Romance Poster
Me Before You “One-Sheet”, Warner Bros., WORKS ADV

Best Teaser Poster
Straight Outta Compton, Universal Pictures, Gravillis Inc.

Best Thriller Poster
THE MARTIAN “Bring Him Home” One-Sheet, Fox, IGNITION

Best Wildposts (Teaser Campaign)
Minions “Artist Series” Wildposts, Universal Pictures, LA

Most Original Poster
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice “Superman Tear Art Poster”, Warner Bros., WORKS ADV

Trashiest Poster
Dirty Grandpa “Armchair”, Lionsgate, LA

Best Video Game Poster
For Honor – Helmets, Ubisoft, Sunny Side Up Creative

Best Summer Blockbuster Poster
Suicide Squad “Teaser Poster”, Warner Bros., WORKS ADV

Best Film Festival Trailer
New York Film Festival 2015, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jump Cut

Best Film Festival Poster
Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest 2015, Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival, LA