Golden Trailer Award Nominees Include 'Wolf Of Wall Street', 'Godzilla', 'After Earth'

A well crafted trailer is a thing of beauty. It boils down the essence of a 100-minute movie into 120 action-packed seconds, leaving you both satisfied and eager for more. It makes a mediocre film look intriguing, and a great one look like the next The Godfather. Needless to say, putting these ads together isn't easy, and the annual Golden Trailer Awards acknowledge the hard work that goes into them.

This year's nominees include some of the familiar Oscar season favorites, but there's also room for more offbeat contenders like Brick MansionsA Million Ways to Die in the West, and 300: Rise of an Empire. Heck, there's a whole category (called Golden Fleece) recognizing good trailers for not-so-good films, including After Earth and Homefront. Read the list of nominees after the jump.

Brick Mansions "Clash", Relativity Media, Ignition

Captain America: The Winter Soldier "Fear", Disney, Trailer Park

Edge of Tomorrow "Believe Again", Warner Bros., Wild Card

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire "World Event", Lionsgate, Trailer Park

Star Trek Into Darkness "Illusion", Paramount, TRANSIT

Best Animation/Family:

Frozen "Forces First Ped", Disney, Trailer Park

How To Train Your Dragon 2 "Master", 20th Century Fox, Aspect Ratio

The Lego Movie "The Special", Warner Bros., TRANSIT

Muppets Most Wanted "The Switch", Disney, Buddha Jones

Rio 2 "Survive", 20th Century Fox, Wild Card

Best Comedy:

22 Jump Street "Redband Trailer", Columbia Pictures, Vibe Creative

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Paramount Pictures, Industry Creative

Bad Words "Red Band Trailer 1", Focus Features, Mark Woollen & Associates

A Million Ways To Die in the West "Trailer 6 Red Band", Universal, Workshop Creative

Neighbors "Trailer 4", Universal, Workshop Creative

Best Documentary:

Blackfish, Magnolia, Zealot Productions Inc.

Dirty Wars, Sundance Selects, Jump Cut Creative

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar "Into Your Heart", Warner Bros., Mob Scene

Salinger "Biggest Secret", The Weinstein Company, Motive Creative

The Unknown Known "Trailer 1", Radius-TWC, Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Drama: 

American Hustle "Trailer", Columbia, FotoKem-Creative

Lee Daniels' The Butler "Trailer", TWC, AV Squad

Lone Survivor "Trailer 1", Universal Pictures, Wild Card

Rush "Trailer 1", Universal, Mark Woollen & Associates

The Wolf of Wall Street "Become", Paramount, Buddha Jones

Best Fantasy Adventure: 

300: Rise of an Empire "Vengence", Warner Bros., Mob Scene

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug "Corruption Cutdown", Warner Bros., Trailer Park

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire "Trailer 2B", Lionsgate, CARVE

Maleficent "Dream", The Walt Disney Studios, Open Road Entertainment

Star Trek Into Darkness "Destiny Trailer 3", Paramount Pictures, AV Squad

Best Horror:

The Conjuring "Case", Warner Bros., Buddha Jones

Deliver Us From Evil, Screen Gems, Seismic Productions

Oculus "Past/Present", Relativity Media, mOcean

Open Grave "Domestic", Tribeca Film, Picture Production Company

The Quiet Ones, Lionsgate, AV Squad

Best Independent Trailer:

Blue Caprice, Sundance Selects, Jump Cut Creative

The Boys of Abu Ghraib "Cage", Electric Entertainment, Aspect Ratio

Dallas Buyers Club "Trailer 1", Focus Features, Mark Woollen & Associates

Only God Forgives "Brother", Lionsgate, Empire Design

Simon Killer "Trailer 1", IFC Films, Mark Woollen & Associates

Best Music:

300: Rise of an Empire "Glory", Warner Bros., Mob Scene

Mandela "Love Trailer", TWC, AV Squad

Out of the Furnace "Justice", Relativity Media, Ignition

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty "Go/Cloud", 20th Century Fox, TRANSIT

You're Next "Trailer 1A", Lionsgate, AV Squad

Best Romance: 

Before Midnight "Domestic Trailer", Sony Pictures Classics, The Grossmyth Company

Enough Said "Should I Stay", Fox Searchlight, Empire Design

The Fault in Our Stars "A Good Life/Story", 20th Century Fox, Motive Creative

Her "It's Real", Warner Bros., Motive Creative

Labor Day "Three Days", Paramount Pictures, Acme Trailer Company

Best Thriller:

The East "Teaser", Fox Searchlight

Gravity "Detached", Warner Bros., mOcean

Non-Stop "Domestic Trailer", Universal, Giaronomo Productions

Only God Forgives, Gaumont, City Room Creative

The Signal "Composed", Focus Features, Wild Card

Best Video Game:

Assassin's Creed Black Flag Freedom Cry "Reveal Trailer", Ubisoft, Sunny Side Up Creative

Batman Arkham Origins "Gamescom Trailer", WB Games, Hammer Creative

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified "The Burn Room", Recommended Media, Team One

Thief "Launch Trailer", Square Enix, Hammer Creative

Watchdogs "Accolade Trailer", Ubisoft, Buddha Jones

The Don LaFontane Award for Best Voice Over:

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues "New Decade", Paramount Pictures, Trailer Park

Don Jon "Trailer 1", Relativity Media, Mark Woollen & Associates

The Heat "Can You Dig It?", 20th Century Fox, Big Picture

Knights of Badassdom, eOne Entertainment, AV Squad

Nebraska "Trailer 1", Paramount Pictures, Mark Woollen & Assoctiates

Golden Fleece:

After Earth "Payoff Trailer", Columbia Pictures, Create Advertising Group

The Fifth Estate "The Future", DreamWorks, In Sync Advertising

Homefront "House", Open Road, Buddha Jones

Oldboy "Mystery Redband Trailer", FilmDistrict, Ignition

Paranoia "Trailer", Relativity, The Refinery AV

Most Original Trailer:

Don Jon, Relativity Media, Mark Woollen & Associtates

Gravity "Detached", Warner Bros., mOcean

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty "Go/Cloud", 20th Century Fox, TRANSIT

This is the End "April Fools Trailer", Columbia Pictures, Vibe Creative Inc.

Transcendence "It's Me", Warner Bros., Buddha Jones

Best Summer 2014 Blockbuster Trailer:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 "Payoff Trailer", Sony Pictures, Create Advertising Group

Godzilla "Ravaged/Event", Warner Bros., Trailer Park

Edge of Tomorrow "Converge Trailer", Warner Bros., AV Squad

Transformers: Age of Extinction "Teaser Trailer", Paramount Pictures, Industry Creative

X-Men: Days of Future Past "Remember", 20th Century Fox, Mob Scene

Trashiest Trailer:

All Cheerleaders Die, Moderncine, Wheelhouse Creative

Bad Milo!, Magnet Releasing, Jump Cut Creative

Buck Wild, Millennium Entertainment, Jump Cut Creative

Manborg, MPI, Zealot Productions Inc.

Nurse 3D, Lionsgate, AV Squad

Get the full list of nominees, including all the technical and foreign categories, at GoldenTrailer.com. The judges panel includes Star Wars Episode VII star Adam DriverFrozen co-director Chris BuckEntourage creator Doug EllinDivergent director Neil Burger, and Raising Hope actor Garret Dillahunt. Winners will be announced Friday, May 30.

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