Earmuff Awards

The Frat Pack Tribute Earmuff Awards - 2012


Jonah Hill capped a banner year winning three awards leading the award winners at 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 won three awards, including Best Actor and Best Performance by Frat Pack Friend for 21 Jump Street as well as Best Supporting Actor for The Watch. Hill’s passion project 21 Jump Street led all films with nine Earmuffs including Best Picture, Best Scene-Play, Best Visual Effects, Best Use of Drugs, Best Costume Design, Best Hair, and Best Celebrity Cameo for Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise.

Meanwhile, Hill’s other film The Watch won four Earmuffs including Best Sex Scene, and Best Catch Phrase (”The ball sucking was real eye opening”). The Campaign won two awards including Best Sex Scene (in a tie with The Watch) and Best Character for Zack Galifianakis’ character Marty Huggins.

The Apatow family were favorites of the Frat Pack Tribute site readers, who voted for this year’s awards. Judd Apatow won Best Director for This is 40 while working with his and daughters on the film. Leslie Mann won the award for Best Actress, reprising her Earmuff Award winning role that she originated with Knocked Up. Maude Apatow worked with her parents for the third time and took home her first Earmuff Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Will Ferrell took a chance with a Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre, which was nominated for 11 awards but took home none. Ferrell did win two awards including his memorable appearance announcing that an Anchorman sequel will be shot this year. Jack Black and Kyle Gass returned with a new Tenacious D album and won the award for Best Musical Moment. Seth Rogen’s unexpected turn in the HBO series Eastbound & Down won the award for Best Frat Pack Cameo. Friend-of-the-Pack Bradley Cooper won the award for Best Dramatic Performance for his Oscar-nominated role in Silver Linings Playbook.

Among the humiliations suffered by Lance Armstrong was that his namesake was removed from the Best Celebrity Cameo Earmuff Award. The Frat Pack Tribute editors will not be haunted for the rest of their life for this editorial decision as the disgraced cyclist won the Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement after it was revealed he was a steroid bully.

The Frat Pack Tribute presented two special awards. The award for Best Trend was awarded to Megan Fox for showing she has comedic chops. The This is 40 actress was nominated for two Earmuff Awards and appeared in comedic roles in The Dictator and Friends with Kids as well.

Frequent Frat Pack costar Jennifer Aniston won the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Frat Pack Tribute editors. Aniston has costarred with most of the Frat Pack actors and several close associates and always seems to be the perfect comic foil. One of Aniston’s early roles was in The Object of Affection, opposite a then-unknown Paul Rudd. The pair costarred this year in Wanderlust. Aniston has also starred with Vince Vaughn in The Break-Up, Owen Wilson in Marley & Me, and with Ben Stiller in Along Came Polly. Aniston appeared in Stiller’s web series Burning Love in 2012. The actress has also appeared with Frat Pack friends John C. Reilly in The Good Girl, Jim Carrey (and briefly with Steve Carell) in Bruce Almighty, and Jason Bateman in The Switch and Horrible Bosses. Aniston has We’re the Millers with Ed Helms and Jason Sudeikis on tap for 2013. The beautiful and comedically gifted Jennifer Aniston always delivers as an equal costar with her male counterparts and the Tribute editors are pleased to recognize her many and varied accomplishments.

Best Picture

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

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

Best Actor

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

Best 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

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

Best 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

Best 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

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

Best Character

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

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

Best 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

Best 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

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

Best 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

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.

Best Visual Effects

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

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

Mugatu 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

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

Luke 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

James 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

Best 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

Best Sex Scene

  • Cam seduces Mitzi / freezer sex – The Campaign (tie)
  • 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 (tie)

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

Best Trend

  • Megan Fox proves she has comedic chops - This is 40 (and for The Dictator, Friends with Kids).

Lifetime Achievement

  • Jennifer Aniston

Most Awards

  • 9 - 21 Jump Street
  • 4 - The Watch and This is 40
  • 2 - The Campaign
  • 3 - Jonah Hill
  • 2 - Will Ferrell

Earmuff Awards logo by Jenny Spaulding

Frat Pack Earmuff Award Nominations

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

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