PG Cooper: Scene Based Awards (2010)

Posted: January 3, 2011 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Kicking off my awards show is the scene based awards. The following three awards are generally more fun then some of the other categories. The categories cater more to action films, but that’s not to say it’s limited to them.

Best Fight

The rules here are simple. Basically any physical fight between characters. Melee weapons are allowed, as are guns so long as they aren’t the focus of the fight. Fights are judged based on emotion,choreography, and originality.

Barroom Brawl, The Book of Eli – If there’s one thing The Book of Eli did really well, it was action. One of the best examples of this is early on when Eli is attacked by some thugs in a bar. With the camera circling, Eli stands in the center of the bar slicing the pedestrians with his machete as they charge him. It’s a badass scene complimented by some impressive camera work.

Hit-girl vs. The Drug Dealers, Kick Ass – The most talked about aspect of Kick Ass was definitely the Hit-Girl character. She made a big impact with her first in costume appearance, saving Kick Ass and fighting off a bunch of drug dealers. The scene is very brutal and intense, but also really funny and remains one of the most memorable scenes in the film.

Micky Ward vs. Shea Neary, The Fighter – As Micky Ward’s comeback story comes to a close, it all rests on one final bout, a title match with middle-weight champion Shea Neary. The fight itself is well filmed, but what really makes it memorable is the emotion going into it. Sure, it’s a bit predictable, but you are won over by Ward and really are with him for the film’s final match.

Scott vs. The First Evil Ex, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Scott Pilgrim had a lot of great fights, and it was kind of difficult to pick just one. I ultimately choose this because, as the first fight, the scene sets the tone for the rest of the film. It had the colorful effects, the superb choreography, and the film’s odd sense of humor.

Zero-Gravity Hallway Fight, Inception – While the rest of the team enters Fischer’s mind, Arthur stays behind and fights off the projections. With the gravity shifting, Arthur engages in a fight with a projection leading to one of the most mind-bending fights of the year. They fight on the ground, on the walls, even on the ceiling. The fight is also short but sweet. Letting us be captivated before we grow tired of it.

And The Winner Is…





Of all the fight scenes, this was the only one that really took my breath away. It’s also the only one that I’ve never seen anything like it before. And while some thought the fight should have gone on longer, I thought it was just the right length. I like that it’s brief, and leaves the audience still trying to grasp what they just saw once it’s over.

Best Shootout

The shootout is one of the most famous conventions in all of cinema. The rules are simple; as long as there’s a firearm going off, the scene is eligible. While fists and melee weapons are allowed to be in the scene, the focus has gotta be on the guns.

Assault On The House, The Book of Eli-As Eli and Solara are hiding out at an old couples house, they’re discovered by Carnegie’s men and a firefight ensues. While Eli and crew manage to put up a good fight, the highlight of the scene is watching Carnegie’s men shoot the house to the point of utter destruction. Once again enhanced by the camera work.

Big Daddy In The Warehouse, Kick Ass – Unlike the last Kick Ass scene nominated, there’s nothing funny about this. Watching Big Daddy blow away Frank D’Amico’s goons is simply awesome. Combined with setting it to the song “In the House, In a Heartbeat” was pure genius. If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if Batman used guns, this is the closest you’ll likely ever see to that on film.

Parking Garage, The Town – Before this scene, there hadn’t been any real good shootouts in The Town. We had two excellent robbery scenes, but not a full-blown shootout. But when the bullets started flying, there is no better way to describe it  than awesome. The firefight is brutal, and just brilliantly done. You know it’s a good shootout when it reminds you of Michael Mann.

Shack In The Night, True Grit – This is a simplistic shootout, but one I find very appealing. While perched on a hill, Rooster engages in a firefight with Ned Peppers gang. As appose to showing the gory details, the Coens choose to pull back and show the results from afar. Though not the most innovative shootout, it is one of the more memorable ones of the year because of how different it is from the others.

Snow Mountain Assault, Inception – There’s a lot going on as Inception comes to it’s climax. One of these includes Earnes running across the mountain, assault rifle in hand, taking out projections. Not as innovative as the Zero-Gravity Fight, but just as exciting.

And The Winner Is…




The Town

What makes this shootout so memorable was that you didn’t just see it, you felt it. From a technical stand point, this is easily the best shootout of the year. It doesn’t hurt that you care about all the characters involved.

Best Chase

The best chase scenes. Any chase is eligible. Whether on foot or with vehicles, if it’s a chase scene, chances are, it’s fair game.

Escaping The Bank Heist, The Town – After Doug MacRay and his crew pull of their second heist, they’re chased down by the cops and the feds. The city of Boston really becomes a character in the scene as the streets become very claustrophobic and you watch their car just get trashed.

Escorting Harry, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One Deathly Hallows started strong with a group of Wizards coming to Harry’s home with the goal of taking him to the Burrow. After all these films, we finally get to see how magic can lead to some cool action scenes. Flying through the skies on brooms and other magical instruments, the Order of the Phoenix are ambushed by Death Eaters. It’s an exciting scene aided by some fantastic visuals.

Garbage Dump Escape, Toy Story 3 – It may be an animated kids film, but Toy Story 3 was one of the most exciting films of the year. The culmination of this excitement was the chase at the garbage dump. After all these characters have been through, you really wanna see them make it out okay. It’s a highly emotional and very technically efficient scene.

Leaving Emmet’s House, The Ghost Writer – This is a fine example of a different way to do a chase. Most chases use speed and intensity to excite the audience. However, the chase here is actually very slow paced. As the ghost writer drives away from Emmet’s house, he realizes he’s being followed. It’s a scene that relies on suspense to create excitement, as appose to intensity. It’s also the moment where I realized I loved the film.

Running Through Mombasa, Inception – While recruiting Earnes for his team, Cobb is found by Cobalt agents after him for failing to extract knowledge from Saito. What follows is an exciting foot chase through the streets of Mombasa reminiscent of something from a James Bond film, which from me, is a massive compliment.

And The Winner Is…



Toy Story 3

Of all the scenes I’ve awarded today, this one is easily the most emotional. Watching the toys go through what the go through in the scene brought me to the verge of tears by the end. Plus, the animation is beautiful and it’s an all round efficient scene.


  1. Editor says:

    YES!!!!! COMPLEATLY AGREE WITH ALL OF THE WINNERS!!!!! (and for once I can say I have seen all of them :D)

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