Five new award categories were added for the 2nd SIIMA Awards ceremony: Best Debutant Producer, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Fight Choreographer and Best Dance Choreographer. The organizers also introduced a Critics' Award in all lead actor and actress categories, raising the total sum of handed over awards to 94.
Nominated by a team of veteran professionals the final winners were decided by a public voting system. The most nominations were announced for the Telugu film Gabbar Singh (13), while in Tamil3, Kumki and Thuppakki started with ten nominations each. Anna Bond (Kannada, 10) and Spirit (Malayalam, 9) were also favourites at the 2nd SIIMA Awards. Overall, 43 films were awarded at least one SIIMA Award. Out of these, Gabbar Singh (6 awards), Addhuri (5), Kumki, Thuppakki (4 each), 3, Eega, Anna Bond, Spirit and Thattathin Marayathu (3 each) were awarded more than two times. For their contributions as leading actresses in South Indian cinema Trisha and Kavya Madhavan were each bestowed with an honorary award.K. J. Yesudas and Sowcar Janaki were honoured with the SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award.