‘Greek’ Leads Earmuff Noms, ‘Scott Pilgrim’ and ‘Cyrus’ Close Behind

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
By Kevin Crossman

earmuff2011bestpic1Frat Pack Tribute Earmuff Award Nominations - 2010

Nicholas Stoller’s rock-trip buddy comedy Get Him to the Greek led all films with 18 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. The sequel that centered on an out of control rock star also racked up technical nominations in categories including Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol, Best Sex Scene, and Best Musical Moment.  Greek star Jonah Hill was a Best Actor nominee, and Hill’s other live-action film Cyrus scored 14 nominations. The independent comedy also starring Frat Pack Pledge John C. Reilly was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.  Hill was also nominated for his voice work in Megamind.

Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World didn’t get the high score with only 14 nominations, but the film starring Michael Cera definitely made an impact in a number of categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Scene-Play. Another left-field film, the university-themed Tenure was nominated for four awards including Best Director.

Steve Carell’s two comedy films received strong recognition. Date Night scored eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Scene-Play. Date Night’s Best Frat Pack Cameo nomination went to James Franco and Mila Kunis, who were also nominated for Best Dramatic Performance for their Oscar worthy films 127 Hours and Black Swan, respectively. Carell’s summer farce, Dinner for Schmucks, had nine nominations including Carell for Best Actor, two Best Supporting Actor nominations, Best Scene-Play and Best Character.

Will Ferrell is an Earmuff regular and was once again nominated for Best Actor for his tightly-wound cop in the box office champ, The Other Guys, which booked a total of 10 nominations. Other nominations for The Other Guys included Best Picture, Best Celebrity Cameo, Best Scene-Play, Best Frat Pack Cameo for director Adam McKay, and Best Sound Bite.

Highly anticipated holiday releases from Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Paul Rudd, and Jack Black were met with poor box office results, and those films received only token recognition from the Frat Pack Tribute’s editors. Black’s Gulliver’s Travels received no nominations, and Rudd/Wilson’s How Do You Know only scored two. Stiller and Wilson’s Little Fockers fared a bit better, totaling four nominations in total. Stiller and Rudd did receive recognition on other categories, including Best Dramatic Performance.

About the nominations

The 2010 Earmuff Award nominees were chosen by Frat Pack Tribute senior editors Kevin Crossman and Rick Duran. Winners were also selected and will be announced on Saturday, February 26. The choice of an editorial selection this year, rather than fan voting, was based on a number of factors. First, as an experiment to see if the fan community is in accord, or outrage. The editors did make an effort to provide an “even hand” and to minimize personal bias (though one might say that fanbase bias might have come into play in past years). There was very much an effort to truly recognize deserving nominees in all categories and to minimize token representation.

Here is the complete list of nominations:

Best Picture

  • Cyrus
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  • Date Night
  • em2011-greek
  • Get Him to the Greek
  • em2011-otherguys
  • The Other Guys
  • em2011-scottpilgrim
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Director

  • Noah Baumbach - Greenberg
  • em2011-duplass
  • Mark and Jay Duplass - Cyrus
  • em2011-million
  • Mike Million - Tenure
  • em2011-stoller
  • Nicholas Stoller – Get Him to the Greek
  • em2011-wright
  • Edgar Wright - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell – Dinner for Schmucks
  • em2011-cera
  • Michael Cera – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • em2011-ferrell
  • Will Ferrell – The Other Guys
  • em2011-hill
  • Jonah Hill – Get Him to the Greek
  • em2011-reilly
  • John C. Reilly – Cyrus

Best Actress

  • Rose Byrne – Get Him to the Greek
  • em2011-fey
  • Tina Fey - Date Night
  • em2011-tomei
  • Marisa Tomei - Cyrus
  • em2011-winstead
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead  – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • em2011-wong
  • Ellen Wong – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Supporting Actor

  • Jemaine Clement - Dinner for Schmucks
  • em2011-combs
  • Sean Combs - Get Him to the Greek
  • em2011-corddry
  • Rob Corddry - Hot Tub Time Machine
  • em2011-galifianakis
  • Zach Galifianakis - Dinner for Schmucks
  • em2011-koechner
  • David Koechner - Tenure

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jessica Alba - Little Fockers
  • em2011-hahn
  • Kathryn Hahn - How Do You Know
  • em2011-keener
  • Catherine Keener - Cyrus
  • em2011-punch
  • Lucy Punch - Dinner for Schmucks
  • em2011-wolfe
  • Collette Wolfe - Hot Tub Time Machine

Best Performance by a Frat Pack Friend (a performer with longtime association with the Frat Pack, any project eligible)

  • Michael Cera - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • em2011-hill
  • Jonah Hill - Get Him to the Greek
  • em2011-koechner
  • David Koechner - Tenure
  • em2011-reilly
  • John C. Reilly - Cyrus
  • em2011-friendperf-stone
  • Emma Stone - Easy A

The Henry Poole Award for Best Dramatic Performance

  • James Franco - 127 Hours
  • em2011-char-cyrus
  • Jonah Hill - Cyrus
  • em2011-kunis
  • Mila Kunis - Black Swan
  • em2011-rudd
  • Paul Rudd - How Do You Know
  • em2011-stiller
  • Ben Stiller - Greenberg

Best Character

  • Barry - Dinner for Schmucks
  • em2011-char-cyrus
  • Cyrus - Cyrus
  • em2011-corddry
  • Lou - Hot Tub Time Machine
  • em2011-cera
  • Scott Pilgrim - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • em2011-combs
  • Sergio - Get Him to the Greek

Best Scene-Play (Best scene in a movie)

  • Car Chase – Date Night
  • Party / Flirting / Don’t You Want Me  – Cyrus
  • Tower of Dreamers – Dinner for Schmucks
  • Pimp Montage – The Other Guys
  • Scott Uses his Extra Life – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Catch Phrase (funny even out of context / potential t-shirt slogan)

  • “I’d rather saw off my prick with a plastic knife” – Tenure
  • “Can you please, for the love of God, put on a fucking shirt!” – Date Night
  • “When the world slips you a Jeffrey, stroke the Furry Walls” – Get Him to the Greek
  • “Don’t fuck my mom” – Cyrus
  • “Electric cars are gay” – The Dilemma trailer

Best Sound Bite (audio component is critical for humor or context – not feasible on a t-shirt)

  • “I don’t know what the fuck I’m gonna do. I’m getting really sad. You know what I’m talking about? I’m gonna go to the bathroom and be alone with my own thoughts. Who knows what’s gonna happen up there.” – Hot Tub Time Machine
  • “What you did was very spiteful, but it was also very brave and very honest and I respect you for doing that. But the content of what you said has made me hate you. So there’s a layer of respect, admittedly, for your truthfulness, but it’s peppered with hate. Hateful respect.” – Get Him to the Greek
  • “Look at your hair. It’s like a crippled tree reaching for heaven.” – Cyrus
  • “First off, a lion swimming in the ocean?….” – The Other Guys
  • “Break out the L-word. Lesbian?  The other L-word. …Lesbians?” – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Musical Moment

  • “Freebird” – Will Ferrell and friends on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
  • Today Show / “The Clap” – Get Him to the Greek
  • Greek Theatre Concert – Get Him to the Greek
  • “Don’t You Want Me” – Cyrus
  • “Black Sheep”  – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Non-Movie Appearance (non-musical, non-multimedia)

  • Conan O’Brien Exit Interview – Steve Carell
  • Best Make-Up Award (Avatar) at Academy Awards – Ben Stiller
  • Jason Bateman and Dustin Hoffman Kiss at NBA Finals
  • “The Decision” – Steve Carell and Paul Rudd at the ESPYs
  • Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon’s Mannequin Arms – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Best Multimedia Feature (trailer, web, or DVD)

  • Presidential Reunion – Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey, Dan Akroyd, Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase
  • Steve Carell on Between Two Ferns with Zack Galifianakis
  • Kenny Powers Gets Signed by K-Swiss – Danny McBride
  • Archival Footage from 1992 with Paul Rudd as Bat Mitzvah DJ
  • Get Him to the Greek DVD including Infant Sorrow video “I am Jesus”

Best Visual Effects

  • Pop culture montage – Get Him to the Greek
  • Mice Displays – Dinner for Schmucks
  • Danson and Highsmith go for it – The Other Guys
  • Videogame fighting effects – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Editing Bernie Focker into the Film – Little Fockers

The Heat Vision Voiceover Award

  • Steve Carell – Despicable Me
  • Luke Wilson  – Middle Men
  • Ice-T – The Other Guys
  • Bill Hader – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Jonah Hill – Megamind

Mugatu Award for Best Costume Design

  • Mark Wahlberg’s “shirt” – Date Night
  • Claire’s stripper outfit – Date Night
  • Adlous Snow’s white suit – Get Him to the Greek
  • Kieran’s Goat Costume – Dinner for Schmucks
  • Allen’s Pimp Clothing – The Other Guys

Ron Burgundy Award for Best Hair

  • Kirk’s Pubes – She’s Out of My League
  • 80’s Flashback Hairstyles – Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Paul Rudd (1992) – Bat Mitzvah DJ
  • Barry’s Idiot Hair – Dinner for Schmucks
  • Ramona’s Green/Blue/Purple Hair – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Luke Zoolander Award for Best Frat Pack Cameo (eligibility: Frat Pack members and friends)

  • Jack Black – Community
  • James Franco and Mila Kunis – Date Night
  • Adam McKay – The Other Guys
  • Ben Stiller – I’m Still Here
  • Danny McBride – Due Date

Lance Armstrong Award for Best Celebrity Cameo (eligibility: a celebrity not associated with the Pack, or those appearing as themselves)

  • Will.i.am – Date Night
  • Lars Ulrich – Get Him to the Greek
  • Kelsey Grammer  – Middle Men
  • Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson – The Other Guys
  • Thomas Jane and Clifton Collins Jr. – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol

  • Drunk night in hot tub – Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Jeffrey – Get Him to the Greek
  • Aaron hides the heroin – Get Him to the Greek
  • Red Bull and Vodka – Cyrus
  • Party Montage – The Other Guys

Best Sex Scene

  • Dry Hump on the Couch – She’s Out of My League
  • Cunnilingus interruptus – Greenberg
  • Threeway – Get Him to the Greek
  • “I have jock itch, okay”  – Cyrus
  • Andi’s seduction of Greg – Little Fockers

The Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement

  • Will Ferrell Curse Causes Conan O’Brien Cancellation
  • Andy Dick arrested for kissing man in bar
  • Owen Wilson Pees on Golf Course
  • ’40 Year Old Virgin’ Actor Shelly Malil Given Life In Prison for Attempted Murder
  • Dustin Hoffman’s will he / won’t he Fockers appearance battle

Best Trend

  • Superheroes / Super Villains – Kick Ass, Despicable Me, MegaMind, Green Hornet, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Indie Comedy – Greenberg, Cyrus, Tenure, Middle Men
  • Owen Wilson working with the Pack – Little Fockers, How Do You Know, The Big Year
  • Sidekicks Move to Starring Roles – He’s Just Not that Into You, Get Him to the Greek, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Switch
  • Little Drummer Boy Duets – Jack Black/Jason Segel and Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly


14 Responses to “‘Greek’ Leads Earmuff Noms, ‘Scott Pilgrim’ and ‘Cyrus’ Close Behind”

  1. Sammy

    Great Job with the nominations guys. I am a little surprised Russell BRand got no love for Get Him to the Greek.. Also, you guys should do a another Frat Pack Podcast to announce the winners.

  2. Kevin Crossman

    I appreciate the enthusiasm, but the podcast is not happening… Brand was really really close to being nominated. There’s certainly a lot of love for the character in some of the technical categories, and he’s a big part of Greek’s *two* nominations for Best Musical Moment. But, that is always a tough category, and to be honest Carell or Hill could have had two noms in that category had the rules allowed it. We both thought that Ferrell and Cera showed us something we hadn’t seen before, whereas Brand was awesome but not that different from the previous Aldous Snow performance in Sarah Marshall.

  3. Rick Duran

    I’ll be honest: Brand in Best Actor was, hands-down, the most difficult decision to make. Definitely a decision that had the most debate this year.

  4. Jack

    I surprised there was no award for Vince Vaughn in the dubious achievement category over The Dilemma trailer dispute, far more dubious than the Hoffman nom.

  5. Adam

    I really wanted to vote

  6. Sammy

    Ok I can see what you mean about Russel Brand, Kevin. Overall, very happy with the nominations. I guess Little Fockers really was that bad based on the amount of nominations it obtained. I did not have a chance to see it and I will probably pick it up at Red Box when I have the chance.

  7. Kevin Crossman

    Jack, no dubious achievement nom for Vince for that line - because *he* didn’t do anything dubious. The folks stirring up the controversy (GLAAD, Anderson Cooper) were on the shortlist for that category.

    Sammy, it isn’t so much that Fockers was really bad - but that it just wasn’t as good to be nominated (see also: NATM2).

  8. Mario

    I can’t believe Jason Bateman was overlooked. His performance in The Switch was, in my opinion, one of the year’s best, and by a mile, any category, and would have easily fit the bill for either Best Actor, Henry Poole (it’s kind of dramatic, despite being billed as a rom-com), or Frat Pack Friend. If the movie and theme weren’t so “slight” (by award show standards), it could have competed for a Globe. He played to his strengths comedically - and was very, very funny - but he also showed a never-before-seen dramatic range, conveyed with such nuance, restraint, and delicacy, that my heart broke for him in every other scene.

  9. Kevin Crossman

    The problem, Mario, is that apparently you were the only person who saw The Switch. And since it hasn’t been released yet on home video…

  10. Adam

    In the UK, The Switch has been released on DVD

  11. Adam

    How was Emma Stone not nominated for best Actress!?

  12. Sammy

    hey, at least she was nominated for frat pack friend

  13. Kevin Crossman

    Thought was that Easy A didn’t have strong enough Frat Pack connections to qualify in the main awards categories (in the way that Scott Pilgrim or Cyrus did).

  14. Tobias Sprenger

    I seriously need to know the reasons for not putting up ‘Due Date’, which for me has the highest potential for scoring in each category (best character, best picture, best catch phrase, best use of drugs, etc.).. It was the best movie I’ve seen in 2010 concerning frat pack like comedies.. so you better check yourself before you wreck yourself..


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