2012 Earmuff Awards Editors Picks

Sunday, February 3, 2013
By Kevin Crossman

The Frat Pack Tribute Earmuff Award Nominations - 2012


Jonah Hill capped a banner year with his two 2012 releases led all nominees for the 7th Annual Frat Pack Earmuff Awards, site creator Kevin Crossman announced. Hill was recently named Frat Pack Man of the Year by the site and his passion project 21 Jump Street led all nominees with 20 total nominations including Best Picture and dual Best Actor nominations for Hill and costar Channing Tatum. Hill was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Watch, which garnered 14 total nominations including Best Picture and a Best Actor nod for Vince Vaughn.

Two Will Ferrell films held the third and four slots in terms of nominations, but the slots might surprise some casual moviegoers. Ferrell’s experimental Casa de mi Padre, filmed entirely in Spanish, picked up 11 total nominations including Best Picture. Meanwhile, Ferrell’s mainstream comedy hit The Campaign only picked up eight nominations including Best Picture.  Though Ferrell was not nominated for Best Actor, he did pick up five nominations in total, including the memorable appearance as Ron Burgundy to announce the greenlighting of the Anchorman sequel.

Jack Black picked up the most nominations overall, including Best Actor and Best Dramatic performance nomination in the critically acclaimed Bernie. As a member of the rock duo Tenacious D, Black also scored nominations for Best Musical Moment and Best Multimedia Feature.

The Earmuffs continue to recognize the best of comedic cinema with important categories such as Best Catch-Phrase, Best Sex Scene, and Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol. One nominee is already a loser, since the Best Celebrity Cameo dropped Lance Armstrong (Dodgeball) as it’s namesake in favor of James Carville (Old School). Armstrong’s steroid bullying scandal resulted in a nomination in the category for Dubious Achievement.

The Earmuff Award nominations were selected by the editorial staff of the Frat Pack Tribute website, the leading online resource for the comedic actors who often appear in each other’s films. Once again this year, the winners will be selected by Fan Voting.

Most Nominations

  • 21 Jump Street - 20
  • The Watch - 14
  • Casa de mi Padre - 11
  • The Campaign - 8
  • This is 40 - 8
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - 7
  • Wanderlust - 7

Most Nominations

  • Jack Black (4) and Tenacious D (3) - 7
  • Will Ferrell - 5
  • Jonah Hill - 5
  • Steve Carell - 3
  • Ben Stiller - 3

Other notes

  • Maude Apatow has more nominations (2) than either of her parents Judd Apatow (1) and Leslie Mann (1)
  • Megan Fox scores two nominations
  • Indie flop Casa de mi Padre has third most nominations overall and more than Will Ferrell’s hit comedy The Campaign
  • Will Ferrell not nominated for Best Actor for only second time in eight years
  • First Best Actor nomination for Vince Vaughn since 2007
  • Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch “snubbed” in Voiceover category


Casa de mi Padre Poster

Best Picture

  • 21 Jump Street
  • The Campaign
  • Casa de mi Padre
  • This is 40
  • The Watch

Editor’s Pick: The Watch - This movie consistently had me laughing. Vince Vaughn was on top of his game and Jonah Hill was awesome. Frat Pack classic for sure in my books. - Jon West

Judd Apatow

Best Director

  • Judd Apatow – This is 40
  • Richard Linklater – Bernie
  • Phil Lord and Chris Miller – 21 Jump Street
  • Lorene Scafari – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Akiva Schaffer – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: 21 Jump Street - The landscape is littered with terrible film remakes of TV shows, so the fact that 21 Jump Street seemed so fresh is really a worthwhile accomplishment. - Kevin Crossman

Jack Black as Bernie

Best Actor

  • Jack Black – Bernie
  • Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street
  • Paul Rudd – This is 40
  • Channing Tatum – 21 Jump Street
  • Vince Vaughn – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: Jonah Hill - A strong field in this category and I would be happy with any of them winning. Hill’s role required a great deal of physical comedy but also plenty of vulnerability. Extra points for writing the film as well. - Kevin Crossman

anistonBest Actress

  • Jennifer Aniston – Wanderlust
  • Keira Knightley – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Brie Larson – 21 Jump Street
  • Shirley MacLaine – Bernie
  • Leslie Mann – This is 40

Editor’s Pick: Keira KnightleyI just really enjoyed her character and the surprisingly good chemistry with Steve Carell. - Jon West

Jonah Hill in The Watch

Best Supporting Actor

  • Will Forte – The Watch
  • Jonah Hill – The Watch
  • Ice Cube – 21 Jump Street
  • Diego Luna – Casa de mi Padre
  • Matthew McConaughey – Bernie

Editor’s Pick: Jonah Hill - Such a great mix of creepy fetishism, which Hill does great, along with a violent side we rarely seen from the affable actor. Hill was clearly given plenty of room to improvise and he was perhaps the funniest actor in the film. - Kevin Crossman

apatowBest Supporting Actress

  • Maude Apatow – This is 40
  • Alison Brie - The Five-Year Engagement
  • Megan Fox – This is 40
  • Kerry Kinney-Silver – Wanderlust
  • Ellie Kemper – 21 Jump Street

Editor’s Pick: Kerry Kinney-Silver - In a film with plenty of outrageous and “wacky” characters, Kinney-Silver’s was a key standout. She delivered plenty of funny and really got into character. - Kevin Crossman

riggleBest Performance by a Frat Pack Friend

(a performer with longtime association with the Frat Pack, any project eligible)

  • Elizabeth Banks – Pitch Perfect
  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street
  • Rob Riggle – 21 Jump Street
  • Woody Harrelson – The Hunger Games

Editor’s Pick: Rob Riggle - After years of memorable roles, Riggle showed us something extra in 21 Jump Street. He took crazy and raised it up a level. - Kevin Crossman

Luke Wilson in Enlightened

The Henry Poole Award for Best Dramatic Performance

  • Maude Apatow – This is 40
  • Jack Black – Bernie
  • Steve Carell – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Luke Wilson – Enlightened

Editor’s Pick: Steve Carell A nice change of pace. The movie is pretty depressing but it shows more of a range for Carell. - Jon West

hugginsBest Character

  • Bernie – Bernie
  • Marty Huggins – The Campaign
  • Armando Alvarez – Casa de mi Padre
  • Franklin – The Watch
  • Ralph – Wreck-it Ralph

Editor’s Pick: Armando Alvarez - It was a unique idea to do a film entirely in Spanish. - Jon West. Ferrell delivered his lines flawlessly, at least as far as I could tell. - Kevin Crossman

Paul Rudd in Wanderlust

Best Scene-Play

(Best scene in a movie)

  • Schmidt and Jenko take synthetic drug – 21 Jump Street
  • Thanksgiving at the cabin – Friends with Kids
  • Joyce and Andy Visit San Francisco – The Guilt Trip
  • George’s Dirty Talk with Mirror and Eva – Wanderlust
  • Photos with the Alien – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: George’s Dirty Talk - Turn the camera on and let Rudd riff for a couple dozen takes. It doesn’t get any better than this. Plus, it was one of the best scenes in the film (which some of us loved, and others didn’t like at all). - Kevin Crossman

ayoadeBest Catch Phrase

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

  • Infiltrate the dealers, find the supplier! – 21 Jump Street
  • Will you accept my hose? – Burning Love
  • Can’t is the real C-word – The Campaign
  • I won’t steal anything if you don’t rape me – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • The ball sucking was real eye opening – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: Ball SuckingRichard Ayoade was really eye opening in this film. - John West

watchBest Sound Bite

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

  • “Hey! stop fucking with Korean Jesus! He ain’t got time for your problems! He’s busy… with Korean shit!” – 21 Jump Street
  • “I am one gay black kid getting punched in the face away from a nervous breakdown.” – 21 Jump Street
  • “You gotta wipe away the cobwebs… from your vagina”  – Friends with Kids
  • George talks to the mirror – Wanderlust
  • “Look at his face! Look at my face… Look at him and understand me. Look at both of us but understand no one. Listen to my words and hear his face!’ – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: Look at his face! - Jonah Hill proves he can play with the big boys. - Jon West  It’s always nice when Ben Stiller gets a little subversive and this scene was a great example. - Kevin Crossman

Tenacious D

Best Musical Moment

  • “Yo No Se” – Casa de mi Padre
  • “Fight for Love” – Casa de mi Padre
  • “We Didn’t Start the Fire” - The Five-Year Engagement
  • Rise of the Fenix – Tenacious D
  • George Plays Spin Doctors – Wanderlust

Editor’s Pick: Rize of the Fenix - The D are back and I really enjoyed the album. They returned with a great mix of comedy and truly impressive musicianship, with self-referential songs that poked fun at Black’s Hollywood image. - Jon West

conanBest Non-Movie Appearance

(non-musical, non-multimedia)

  • Ben Stiller Honored by Jack Black, Will Ferrell, others with American Cinematheque Award
  • Ron Burgundy Announces that Anchorman 2 will happen - Conan
  • Will Ferrell introduces “trampire” to the world - Conan
  • Jason Sudeikis – Eastbound & Down
  • Paul Rudd – Parks and Recreation

Editor’s Pick: Ron Burgundy - Was there any better news last year? This news spread like wildfire on the internet and it’s no surprise Ferrell chose to announce this on the show from his longtime buddy Conan O’Brien - Jon West

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor in Burning Love

Best Multimedia Feature

(trailer, web, application, or DVD)

  • Ben Stiller Tweets Photo of Owen Wilson Meeting the Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Rise of the Fenix music videos including The Roadie (with Danny McBride) and To Be the Best – Tenacious D with Danny McBride
  • Burning Love – Ben Stiller and Ken Marino
  • Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Jason Segel as Hitchhiking Ghosts for Disney Parks Photo by Annie Leibovitz
  • Demand a Plan – Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, numerous others.

Editor’s Pick: Rize of the Fenix videos - Those guys from Tenacious D seem to know a thing or two about filmmaking. A very nice mix of comedic and musical material, it’s too bad it took six years for the D to resurface. - Kevin Crossman

watch1Best Visual Effects

  • Drug Trip – 21 Jump Street
  • Baby punch – The Campaign
  • El Puma – Casa de mi Padre
  • Chet decapitated – Piranha 3DD
  • Aliens – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: Aliens - They looked like something out of a horror movie. The film would not have worked at all if the aliens weren’t scary. Truly menacing. - Jon West

John C. Reilly

The Heat Vision Voiceover Award

  • Jose Luis Rodriguez ‘El Puma – Casa de mi Padre
  • Ed Helms – The Lorax
  • John C. Reilly – Wreck-It Ralph
  • Sarah Silverman – Wreck-It Ralph
  • Alan Tudyk – Wreck-It Ralph

Editor’s Pick: Alan Tudyk - Nobody is gonna cry if John C. Reilly wins this category, as his natural voice was perfect for the character. But Tudyk’s truly transformative vocal work as King Candy was so unique and funny that it must get my vote here. - Kevin Crossman

shadyMugatu Award for Best Costume Design

  • Slim Shady – 21 Jump Street
  • Peter Pan – 21 Jump Street
  • Hanson and Penhall undercover disguises – 21 Jump Street
  • Armando’s White Suit – Casa de mi Padre
  • Neighborhood Watch Jackets – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: Hanson and Penhall - I had no idea it was them. The fact that you couldn’t identify them early on in the film was a key aspect of the payoff at the end of the film when their true nature was revealed. - Jon West

The Campaign

Ron Burgundy Award for Best Hair

  • Slim Shady Hair – 21 Jump Street
  • Marty’s “Islamic” stache – The Campaign
  • Cam’s politician hair – The Campaign
  • Raul’s beard – Casa de mi Padre
  • Seth’s hippy hair – Wanderlust

Editor’s Pick: Marty’s “Islamic” stache - You’ve got two great choices from this film, but given that the stache was a plot device, I’ll give the nod to that. Zach Galifianakis often delivers great facial hair and this one truly worked with the character. - Kevin Crossman

roadieLuke Zoolander Award for Best Frat Pack Cameo

(eligibility: Frat Pack members and friends)

  • John C. Reilly – The Dictator
  • Seth Rogen – Eastbound & Down
  • Steve Carell – The Office (unbilled)
  • Danny McBride – Tenacious D “The Roadie” music video
  • Melissa McCarthy – This is 40

Editor’s Pick: Seth Rogen - The key to good cameo is not having it spoiled in advance and that was the case here. - Jon West

foxJames Carville Award for Best Celebrity Cameo

(eligibility: a celebrity not associated with the Pack, or those appearing as themselves)

  • Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise – 21 Jump Street
  • Megan Fox – The Dictator
  • William Peterson – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Ray Liotta – Wanderlust
  • The Lonely Island – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: Megan Fox - Depp deserves credit for participating in the film when nobody would have faulted him for skipping. But Fox was even better spoofing her own image and insinuating she would sleep with The Dictator for money. Plus, she was great in three films this year. I can’t believe I’m voting for Megan Fox. - Kevin Crossman

drugBest Use of Drugs/Alcohol

  • Jenko and Schmidt take synthetic drug – 21 Jump Street
  • Armando Can’t Roll a Cigarette – Casa de mi Padre
  • Cam gets drunk and evades police – The Campaign
  • Heroin at suburban party – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Antonio Celebrates Citizenship – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: Jenko and Schmidt take synthetic drug - Nobody would ever want to take drugs after watching this sequence. Really, nobody at all…  Plus, some great SFX work to really sell the effects. - Kevin Crossman

rogenBest Sex Scene

  • Cam seduces Mitzi / freezer sex – The Campaign
  • Making Love by the Fire – Casa de mi Padre
  • Phone three-way while Captain Jerry jerks off while taking a shit – For a Good Time, Call…
  • Orgy at Friendsy’s – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Orgy / Three Way Jack-off – The Watch

Editor’s Pick: Phone three-way - A funny scene with two girls together on the phone with their caller on the other side while sitting on the crapper. Rogen is hilarious, as expected, but wife Lauren Miller and costar Ari Graynor are great as well. An under-appreciated film. - Kevin Crossman

Jonah Hill Photographs Afterbirth

The Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement

  • Lance Armstrong revealed as doping bully; loses namesake on “celebrity cameo” Earmuff category
  • Jonah Hill Caught by TMZ snapping photos of afterbirth in NYC
  • Jonah Hill and Don Lemon engage in public Twitter spat after Hill “snubs” Lemon
  • Luke Wilson appears in his 10th straight indie film that nobody saw
  • Fred Willard arrested for lewd conduct in adult theater

Editor’s Pick: Jonah Hill Caught by TMZ - The actor had to fess up afterwards on Twitter. In addition to being embarrassed, Hill and his girlfriend present at the time broke up just weeks later. Perhaps this incident was the final nail in the coffin. - Kevin Crossman

Vote Now

Voting is now open. Each person can vote once before the balloting closes at 9:00 am PST on February 23, 2012.

Vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/earmuff2012

Earmuff Awards logo by Jenny Spaulding

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