Chuck Norris Passes on Lifetime Achievement Award at ActionFest

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | iW NOW April 22, 2010 at 9:03AM

Chuck Norris Passes on Lifetime Achievement Award at ActionFest
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The first ever ActionFest in Asheville, NC ended earlier this week with an awards ceremony that included Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Chuck Norris turning down his award. He handed off the award to his brother, action filmmaker Aaron Norris, and dedicated the passed-off trophy to the action industry's unsung heroes -- stuntmen, stunt choreographers, and 2nd Unit Directors. Speaking in a statement on the genre fest's first installment, co-founder Bill Banowsky said, “I’m grateful we’ve created an event that celebrates these behind the scenes professionals who put the “action” in action movies. It’s recognition that’s long overdue."

The ActionFest Individual Award Winners (with descriptions and commentary provided by ActionFest):

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Paul Weston – Motion Picture Stunt Coordinator - 2nd Unit Director (Multiple Bond films, "Robin Hood," "Aliens," "Superman 1, 2, 3")
Kinnie Gibson – Stuntman “Rocketman” ("Walker, Texas Ranger," "Robocop 2," "Delta Force 2," one of only 3 individuals in the world qualified (crazy enough) to fly the jet pack)
Aaron Norris

MOTION PICTURE STUNT COORDINATOR -2ND UNIT DIRECTOR OF THE DECADE
Jeff Habberstad ("The Last Airbender," "Spiderman")

RISING ACTION STAR
Marko Zaror – star of both "Mandrill" and "Undisputed III"

Film jurors Drew McWeeny (Hitfix.com), Devin Faraci (chud.com), Colin Geddes (Toronto Midnight Madness), and Todd Brown (twitchfilm.net) deliberated with Jury President Chuck Norris to pick the true standouts of the festival, ultimately surprising everyone by throwing "Undisputed III," a non-competition film, into the mix. Juror Devin Faraci put it best: 'If there's one thing Chuck Norris taught us, it's that sometimes you have to take action to right a wrong. And it would have been wrong for the jury to ignore the awesomeness of 'Undisputed III.'"

The Action Fest Jury winners are as follows:

BEST FIGHT SCENE - "14 Blades" - Teahouse battle between Green Dragon (Donnie Yen) and the Judge of the Sky Eagles (Chun Wu).
Dir: Daniel Lee ("Black Mask," "Dragon Squad")
Cast: Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao, Chun Wu, Kate Tsui, Sammo Hung
Distributor: Arclight

BEST FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER - Larnell Stovall: "Undisputed III"
Dir: Isaac Florentine ("Undisputed 2," "Bridge of Dragons")
Cast: Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mark Ivanir, Marko Zaror, Michael Baral, Hristo Shopov
Distributor: Warner Home Video

BEST DIRECTOR - Isaac Florentine: "Undisputed III"
Cast: Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mark Ivanir, Marko Zaror, Michael Baral, Hristo Shopov
Distributor: Warner Home Video

BEST FILM – "Merantau"
Dir: Gareth Evans ("Footsteps")
Cast: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim, Mads Koudal, Luc Buson
Distributor: Magnet Releasing