Earmuff Awards 2008

The Frat Pack Tribute Earmuff Awards - 2008

Tropic Thunder Blows Away the Competition with 12 Awards

Critical acclaim for Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder continued with a landslide victory in the 4th Annual Frat Pack Earmuff Awards, according to earmuffawards.com creator Kevin Crossman. The satire of Hollywood filmmaking won twelve awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Ben Stiller), Best Actor (Robert Downey, Jr.), Best Catch Phrase, Best Sound Bite, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, and Best Multimedia Feature.

Earmuff voters made their opinions clear with their pick in the Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement category. The organizations who protestedTropic Thunder’s use of the “R-word” drew ire from Earmuff voters, as well as the studio’s decision to include a Public Service Announcement on theTropic Thunder DVD. Meanwhile, Earmuff voters stayed distraction-free and recognized that very material with the award for Best Scene-Play (”Nobody Goes Full Retard”).

The Earmuffs honor movies and projects related to The Frat Pack, the unofficial nickname for the comedy trouple that includes Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Owen and Luke Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Carell. The related group known as Team Apatow is also included for Earmuff consideration.

Apatow Productions’ Forgetting Sarah Marshall led all films with twenty seven nominations and took home three Earmuff Awards, including Best Actress (Mila Kunis), Best Sex Scene, and Best Newcomer (Russell Brand). Kunis tied in the Best Actress category with Elizabeth Banks from Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Adam McKay’s most recent collaboration with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly on Step Brothers received three Earmuff Awards including Best Performance by a Frat Pack Friend (Reilly), Best Musical Moment (”Boats ‘n Hos”), and Best Frat Pack Cameo (Seth Rogen).

Two actors familiar to Frat Pack fans won awards in the supporting acting categories. Danny McBride won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Pineapple Express, the stoner comedy that also won the award for Best Use of Drugs or Alcohol (”Cross Joint”). Jane Lynch nabbed Best Supporting Actress, the lone award for the Paul Rudd comedy, Role Models.

Other notable awards included Bill Murrary’s cameo from Get Smart. Basketball comedy Semi-Pro was not a fan or critics’ favorite, but Will Ferrell’s natural Afro won the hearts of voters in the Best Hair category.

Tropic Thunder stars Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Black received a leading two individual awards each. The three stars shared the award for Best Non-Movie Appearance for their “Tropic Thunder Viral Video” from the MTV Movie Awards. Black was also honored in the Voice-Over category for his work in Kung Fu Panda.

Tropic Thunder composer and former BMI Film Award winner Theodore Shapiro was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Earmuff. Shapiro’s work with the Frat Pack dates back to the seminal hit, Old School, and has continued in a number of subsequent films. Shapiro’s Frat Pack projects include Along Came PollyStarsky & HutchDodgeballIdiocracyYou, Me, and DupreeBlades of GlorySemi-Pro, and Marley & Me.

Awards Scorecard

  • 12 - Tropic Thunder
  • 3 - Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Step Brothers
  • 2 - Pineapple Express
  • 1 - Get SmartKung Fu PandaRole ModelsSemi-Pro, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Complete List of Nominees (Winners Shown in Bold)

Best Picture

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Get Smart
  • Pineapple Express
  • Step Brothers
  • Tropic Thunder

Best Director

  • Adam McKay – Step Brothers
  • Peter Segal – Get Smart
  • Kevin Smith – Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Ben Stiller – Tropic Thunder
  • Nicholas Stoller – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell – Get Smart
  • Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
  • Will Ferrell – Step Brothers
  • James Franco – Pineapple Express
  • Jason Segel – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Best Actress

  • Jennifer Aniston – Marley and Me
  • Elizabeth Banks – Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Kristen Bell – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Anne Hathaway – Get Smart
  • Mila Kunis – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Best Supporting Actor

  • Russell Brand – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Jack Black – Tropic Thunder
  • Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
  • Danny McBride – Pineapple Express
  • Paul Rudd – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Best Supporting Actress

  • Elizabeth Banks – Role Models
  • Jenna Fischer – The Promotion
  • Jane Lynch – Role Models
  • Leslie Mann – Drillbit Taylor
  • Mary Steenburgen – Step Brothers

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

  • Jason Bateman – Hancock
  • Amy Poehler – Baby Mama
  • John C. Reilly – Step Brothers
  • Seth Rogen – Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Jason Segel – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Best Character

  • Aldous Snow – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Maxwell Smart – Get Smart
  • Dale and Brennan – Step Brothers
  • Saul – Pineapple Express
  • Kirk Lazarus – Tropic Thunder

Best Scene-Play (Best scene in a movie)

  • Peter, Rachel, Sarah, and Aldous Have Dinner – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Dracula’s Lament / Bar Version – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Max in Airplane Lavatory – Get Smart
  • The Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer – Step Brothers
  • Nobody Goes Full Retard – Tropic Thunder

Best Catch Phrase (funny even out of context / potential tshirt slogan)

  • “I need to B my L on someone’s Ts” – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • “The tall guy from Dodgeball” – The Office
  • “The Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer” – Step Brothers
  • “Never go full retard” – Tropic Thunder
  • “I’m the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude” – Tropic Thunder

Best Sound Bite (audio component is crtical for humor or context – not feasible on a tshirt)

  • “If I had one sip of wine, by the end of the evening I’d be rimming waiters just for their tips to get me hands on the rock.” – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • “How do I know you’re not CONTROL? If I were CONTROL you’d already be dead. If you were CONTROL you’d already be dead. Neither of us is dead, so I’m obviously not from CONTROL. That actually makes sense.”– Get Smart
  • “What are you doing? I’m burying you. I’m alive Brennan, I’m alive. You’re waking the neighbors, shut up!” – Step Brothers
  • “I’ll cradle the balls, stroke the shaft, work the pipe, and swallow the gravy. Ooohhh” – Tropic Thunder
  • “Can I get a large black coffee? A what? Large black coffee. Do you mean a venti? No, I mean a large. Venti is large. No venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact tall is large and grande is spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn’t mean large. It’s also the only one that’s Italian. Congratulations you’re stupid in three languages.”— Role Models

Best Musical Moment

  • “Love me Sexy” – Semi-Pro
  • “Inside of You” – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • “Dracula” Musical – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • “Boats n Hos” – Step Brothers
  • Tropic Thunder End Credits – Tropic Thunder

Best Non-Movie Appearance (non-musical)

  • Steve Carell drinks six gin and tonics, an entire chocolate cake, and bottle of cough syrup – Night of Too Many Stars
  • “Tropic Thunder Viral Video” – Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. at MTV Movie Awards
  • Steve Carell Returns Stolen Emmy to Ricky Gervais – Emmy Awards
  • Will Ferrell as George W. Bush – SNL Weekend Update
  • Paul Rudd Hosts SNL and gays the place up

Best Multimedia Feature (trailer, web, or DVD)

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall Faux Web Empire: Peter’s Blog (I Love/Hate Sarah Marshall.com), Infant Sorrow MySpace, SarahMarshallFan.com, NBC Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime, Matthew MySpace
  • McLovin’ Fund – Kristen Bell and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • Tropic Thunder Faux Web Empire: Tugg Speedman, Simple Jack movie, Scorcher IV, Panda Relocation Foundation, The Peck Agency, Jeff Portnoy, Fatties 2, Cody Effects, Kirk Lazarus, Make Pretty Skin Clinic, Satan’s Alley
  • Tropic Thunder DVD including DVD Commentary by Kirk Lazarus and Full Mags
  • Bottle Rocket Criterion Collection DVD

Best Visual Effects

  • Rachel’s topless photo – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Brennan’s Balls – Step Brothers
  • Les Grossman – Tropic Thunder
  • Explosions and Mayhem – Tropic Thunder
  • Lazarus’ Makeup – Tropic Thunder

The Heat Vision Voiceover Award

  • Will Arnett – Horton Hears a Who!
  • Jack Black – Kung Fu Panda
  • Steve Carell – Horton Hears a Who!
  • Jim Carrey – Horton Hears a Who!
  • Seth Rogen – Kung Fu Panda
  • Ben Stiller – Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Mugatu Award for Best Costume Design

  • Sarah’s Pink Bikini – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Agent 99 – Get Smart
  • Dale and Brennan’s Vintage Threads – Step Brothers
  • Saul’s stoner threads – Pineapple Express
  • Les Grossman – Tropic Thunder
  • KISS Battle Attire – Role Models

Ron Burgundy Award for Best Hair

  • Jackie Moon – Semi-Pro
  • Aldous Snow’s Rocker Locks – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Saul’s stoner locks – Pineapple Express
  • Red’s mullet-fro – Pineapple Express
  • Cody’s “TT” Mullet – Tropic Thunder

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

  • Jon Favreau – Iron Man
  • Bill Hader – Pineapple Express
  • Justin Long – Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Seth Rogen – Step Brothers
  • Kristin Wiig – Forgetting Sarah Marshall DVD

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

  • Billy Baldwin – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Lance Bass – Tropic Thunder
  • Jason Bateman – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Bill Murray – Get Smart
  • Brandon Routh – Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol

  • Rum for Breakfast – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Seth Rogen and James Franco smoke fake week – MTV Movie Awards
  • Saul explains how Pineapple Express was born – Pineapple Express
  • Cross joint – Pineapple Express
  • Portnoy’s “Jellybeans” Withdrawl – Tropic Thunder

Best Sex Scene

  • Sex Wars – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Peter’s One Night Stands – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Unenthusiastic Blow Job – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Restroom Encounter – Step Brothers
  • Zack and Miri Make Love – Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Best Community-Generated Content

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall Interviews / Wondercon – Kevin Crossman
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall Interviews / Press Junket – Rick Duran
  • Frat Pack “300” Trailer Parody – Mike Simmers
  • Frat Pack “Dark Knight” Trailer Parody – Mike Simmers
  • Movie Reviews – Drew Hunt

Statement from Mike Simmers

There are but a mere few people that I hold dear to my heart…
My father…
My high school sweetheart…
My music teacher from middle school…
The guy who wrote “Catcher In The Rye”…
Nat King Cole…
Carrot Top…
Jay-Z…
and of course…
The Frat Pack Tribute.

When I was first told that I was nominated for the Earmuff Award for Best Community-Generated Content…I almost B’d an L all over MY T’s! I have been a fan of the Frat Pack and all of their glorious projects since the days of The Ben Stiller Show, Swingers and The Daily Show. Every one of the members of the Frat Pack and Team Apatow bring a different dynamic to the screen that hasn’t been seen in quite some time. It was an honor to be nominated not once…but twice for the same award. Both parodies of 300 and The Dark Knight took quite some time to work on. Like you said, syncing up the mouths was one of the hardest parts of my video making. But, it was all worth it. To win with The Dark Knight which was my favorite video that I made this past year, was incredible. Pulling Vince Vaughn in as the Joker was hands down my first choice. The laugh alone is hilarious and one of a kind. So…in closing, thank you to everyone who voted. And if you thought The Dark Knight parody was good…you bitches ain’t seen nothing yet! 2009 has just begun!

The Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement

  • TMZ stalks Steve Carell while he is on jury duty (“TMZ made Steve Carell look like an asshole”)
  • Semi-Pro star Rocky the Bear kills his trainer
  • Andy Dick arrested for public intoxication and sexual battery
  • “Simple Jack” Protests and PSA added to DVD – Tropic Thunder
  • MPAA bans “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” One Sheet

Most Promising Newcomer

  • Russell Brand – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Nate Hartley – Drillbit Taylor
  • Directory Jody Hill – The Foot Fist Way
  • Brandon Soo Hoo – Tropic Thunder
  • Director Nicholas Stoller – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Complete List of Winners

  • Best Picture: Tropic Thunder
  • Best Director: Ben Stiller - Tropic Thunder
  • Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. - Tropic Thunder
  • Best Actress: Elizabeth Banks - Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Mila Kunis - Forgetting Sarah Marshall (tie)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Danny McBride - Pineapple Express
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jane Lynch - Role Models
  • Best Performance by a Frat Pack Friend: John C. Reilly - Step Brothers
  • Best Character: Kirk Lazarus - Tropic Thunder
  • Best Scene-Play: Nobody Goes Full Retard - Tropic Thunder
  • Best Catch-Phrase: “I’m the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude” - Tropic Thunder
  • Best Sound-Bite: “I’ll cradle the balls, stroke the shaft, work the pipe, and swallow the gravy. Ooohhh.” - Tropic Thunder
  • Best Musical Moment: “Boats n’ Hos” - Step Brothers
  • Best Non-Movie Appearance: “Tropic Thunder Viral Video - Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. at MTV Movie Awards
  • Best Multimedia Feature: Tropic Thunder Faux Web Empire: Tugg Speedman, Simple Jack movie, Scorcher IV, Panda Relocation Foundation, The Peck Agency, Jeff Portnoy, Fatties 2, Cody Effects, Kirk Lazarus, Make Pretty Skin Clinic, Satan’s Alley
  • Best Visual Effects: Lazarus’ Makeup - Tropic Thunder
  • The Heat Vision Voiceover Award: Jack Black - Kung Fu Panda
  • Mugatu Award for Best Costume Design: Les Grossman - Tropic Thunder
  • Ron Burgundy Award for Best Hair: Jackie Moon - Semi-Pro
  • Luke Zoolander Award for Best Frat Pack Cameo: Seth Rogen - Step Brothers
  • Lance Armstrong Award for Best Celebrity Cameo: Bill Murray - Get Smart
  • Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol: Cross Joint - Pineapple Express
  • Best Sex Scene: Sex Wars - Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Best Community-Generated Content: Mike Simmers - Frat Pack “Dark Knight” Trailer Parody
  • The Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement: “Simple Jack” Protests and PSA added to DVD – Tropic Thunder
  • Most Promising Newcomer: Russell Brand - Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Theodore Shapiro

2008 Earmuff Award Nominees

Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Tropic Thunder Lead ‘08 Noms

Romantic farce Forgetting Sarah Marshall led all contenders with 27 nominations for the 2008 Frat Pack Earmuff Awards. The film written and starring Jason Segel was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sex Scene, and Best Character, amongst others.

Ben Stiller’s action-comedy Tropic Thunder received a Best Picture nomination and 21 nominations total. Stiller was nominated for Directing and Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black received acting nods. Protests from humor-adverse advocacy groups garnered a nomination for Dubious Achievement.

Will Ferrell received a Best Actor nomination for Step Brothers, a film that received 14 total nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Catch-Phrase, and Best Sound Bite. Step Brothers‘ costar John C. Reilly received a nomination for Best Performance by a Frat Pack Friend.

Stoner comedy Pineapple Express was a summer favorite and recieved numerous nominations from the Earmuff voters. In addition to Best Picture, the film received several nominations in the category for Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol as well as for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Character.

Steve Carell received a total of four nominations, leading all individuals. In addition to a Voice-Over award for Horton Hears a Who!, Carell also received a Best Actor nod for Get Smart. The film also scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and 9 nominations in total.

The Earmuff Awards are voted on by Frat Pack fans worldwide.

Voting Closed

Stay tuned to learn who the winners are. Results will be announced on February 21st.

Earmuffs Timeline

January 5, 2008 - For your consideration ballot completed
January 19, 2008 - Nomination ballots due at 11:45 pm PST
January 21, 2008 - Nominations announced on Frat Pack Tribute website
February 6, 2008 - Awards ballots due at 11:45 pm PST
February 21, 2008 - Broadcast of awards ceremony on special episode of Frat Pack Tribute podcast

Earmuff Awards logo by Jenny Spaulding


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