LOS ANGELES—Blue Circus Entertainment owner Dick Chibbles says he has been “been floating on a cloud” since learning about the 10 AVN Award nominations his company scored. Nine were for Saw: A Hardcore Parody, the first movie he wrote and directed. “I need surgery to get this frozen smile off of my face,” Chibbles said.

He added, “I would really like to thank AVN for taking this clown seriously. It’s been one hell of a year for me.”

Chibbles, who was mostly known for “clown porn” years back, was nominated himself for Best Director - Parody and saw his movie nominated for Best Parody - Comedy, Best Art Direction, Best Overall Marketing Campaign - Individual Project and Best Screenplay. The cast scored three nominations: James Bartholet for Best Actor, recognizing his work as a bumbling detective; David Lord for Best Non-Sex Performance; and Amber Rayne and Johnny Thrust for Most Outrageous Sex Scene for an intense race against the clock to save their lives from the diabolical contraption the killer designed just for them. Finally,  “Best Original Song” “your mouth was made for loving me” written and performed by Sleazy G.

“There is no way that I could have done this alone without the dedication and drive from my cast and crew, who devoted an enormous amount of themselves into this production,” Chibbles said. “We all knew there was some kind of magic happening on the set when nobody wanted to leave after being wrapped. That simply never happens.”

The entire Blue Circus Entertainment family is thrilled for the recognition and has its fingers crossed for the awards show in January. Along with the nine nominations for SAW, Blue Circus’s second title, Blair Witch Project: A Hardcore Parody” received a nod in the Best Parody - Drama category.

“We shot this movie for fun—everyone involved are all friends—and figured instead of just going camping and shooting content with each other, we’ll just make a movie that we all are producers of,” Chibbles explained. “We had no idea it would turn into a big hit and be one of the best parodies this year and grab a nomination.”

Chibbles also earned himself two nominations for performing in group scenes: one for Wicked’s Rocki Whore Picture Show (with Alektra Blue, Jessica Drake, Kaylani Lei, Kirsten Price, Brandy Aniston, Nikki Daniels, Lucky Starr, Puma Swede, Annie Cruz, Randy Spears, Tommy Gunn, Marcus London, Ron Jeremy, Jack Vegas, Rocco Reed and Mac Turner) and the other for Vivid’s Superman XXX (with Andy San Dimas, Zoe Voss and Ben English).

SAW: A Hardcore Parody and Blair Witch Project: A Hardcore Parody are both distributed through Pulse Distribution.