Earmuff Awards 2011

The Frat Pack Tribute Earmuff Award Nominations - 2011

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Two of 2011’s biggest comedy hits were the big winners from this year’s Frat Pack Earmuff Awards, according to site creator Kevin Crossman. Horrible Bosses won the award for Best Picture, star Jason Bateman won the award for Best Performance by a Frat Pack Friend, and the award for Best Use of Drugs and Alcohol. Bosses costar Jennifer Aniston played against type as a lecherous dentist and won the award for Best Character. Aniston also contributed to the Best Costume Design award by appearing in sexy lingerie.

Bridesmaids was the biggest comedy hit of 2011 and led all winners with six awards, including Best Director (Paul Fieg), Best Actress (Kristen Wiig), and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy). The film’s raunchy content was a contributing factor in winning the awards for Best Scene-Play, Best Sound Bite, and Best Sex Scene.  Both Horrible Bosses and Bridesmaids contributed to the win in the category of Best Trend, which recognized a serious of R-rated comedies released throughout the year.

Steve Carell left The Office in 2011 but his movie career seems to be going strong. His film Crazy Stupid Love narrowly lost out for Best Picture, but Carell did win the award for Best Actor and the film also picked up the award for Best Catch-Phrase (”Fuck! Seriously, it’s like you’re Photoshopped!”).

No other films won more than one award, including Indie darling Cedar Rapids. The Ed Helms comedy led all Earmuff Award nominees but took home a single award for Best Supporting Actor for longtime Frat Pack collaborator John C. Reilly who stole the show with his midwestern insurance salesman Dean Ziegler.

Frat Pack fans and Frat Pack Tribute site editors voted for this year’s Frat Pack Earmuff Awards. In many cases, the voting followed popular trends, including following the Oscars for awarding The Muppets with Best Musical Moment and for piling onto James Franco for his universally panned performance as Oscar Host. In other areas, the voting spread some love to a number of projects. Three of Seth Rogen’s 2011 films were recognized, including Rogen himself as the voice of Paul and also his passion project The Green Hornet for Best Special Effects. Rogen’s 50/50 costar Joseph Gordon-Levitt won the award for Best Dramatic Performance. The Beastie Boys’ longform video Fight for Your Right Revisited featured a number of Frat Pack stars and friends, including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Rogen, Reilly, and Danny McBride.

Owen Wilson’s raunchy Spring release Hall Pass was not a big hit, but his viral video for Funny or Die won the award for Best Multimedia Feature. Wilson’s friend and frequent costar Adrien Brody won the award for Best Celebrity Cameo for his role in Midnight in Paris. Paul Rudd’s unexpected appearance on Saturday Night Live with I Love You, Man costar Jason Segel won the award for Best Frat Pack Cameo. Rudd’s long hair and beard in Our Idiot Brother won the award for Best Hair.

Frequent Frat Pack supporting player David Koechner won the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Frat Pack Tribute editors. Koechner famously played sports anchor Champ Kind in Anchorman, opposite Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell. Koechner also appeared opposite Ferrell in Talladega Nights and Semi-Pro. He also had small roles opposite Owen Wilson in Drillbit Taylor and Jack Black in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny. In addition to appearing in small roles opposite Steve Carell in The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Get Smart, Koecher has had a recurring role as the lecherous Todd Packer on The Office.  In recent years, Koechner has appeared in a variety of roles including Snakes on a PlaneFinal Destination 5, and in the charming indie comedy Tenure opposite Luke Wilson.

Awards Scoreboard

Bridesmaids - 6
Horrible Bosses - 5
Crazy Stupid Love - 2

Best Picture

  • Cedar Rapids
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Bad Teacher
  • Horrible Bosses
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Director

  • Miguel Arteta - Cedar Rapids
  • Greg Mottola - Paul
  • Paul Feig - Bridesmaids
  • Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
  • Jesse Peretz - Our Idiot Brother

Best Actor

  • Ed Helms - Cedar Rapids
  • Will Ferrell - Everything Must Go
  • Owen Wilson - Midnight in Paris
  • Steve Carell - Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 50/50

Best Actress

  • Christina Applegate - Hall Pass
  • Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
  • Cameron Diaz - Bad Teacher
  • Julianne Moore - Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Leslie Mann - The Change-Up

Best Supporting Actor

  • John C. Reilly - Cedar Rapids
  • Jason Bateman - Paul
  • Kevin Spacey - Horrible Bosses
  • Michael Pena - 30 Minutes or Less
  • Seth Rogen - 50/50

Best Supporting Actress

  • Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
  • Rose Bryne - Bridesmaids
  • Lucy Punch - Bad Teacher
  • Jennifer Aniston - Horrible Bosses
  • Analeigh Tipton - Crazy, Stupid, Love

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

  • Ed Helms - Cedar Rapids
  • Jason Bateman - Horrible Bosses
  • Jonah Hill - Moneyball
  • Patton Oswalt - Young Adult
  • Sacha Baron-Cohen - Hugo

The Henry Poole Award for Best Dramatic Performance

  • Ed Helms - Cedar Rapids
  • Will Ferrell - Everything Must Go
  • Emma Stone - The Help
  • Jonah Hill - Moneyball
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 50/50

Best Character

  • Dean Ziegler - Cedar Rapids
  • Paul - Paul
  • Annie - Bridesmaids
  • Dr. Julia Harris, DDS - Horrible Bosses
  • Jacob - Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Scene-Play (Best scene in a movie)

  • Gary’s hall pass fantasy (post-credits) - Hall Pass
  • Dance Off / Piss Fight - Fight for Your Right - Revisited
  • Dress Fitting - Bridesmaids
  • Jacob teaches Cal - Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Ned wants to play charades - Our Idiot Brother

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

  • “Who wants to get wasted? Choo Choo!” - Cedar Rapids
  • “I was giving him a faux-job” - Hall Pass
  • “If your vagina is anything like my hand, there will be no problem” - Your Highness
  • “Fuck. Seriously? It’s like you’re Photoshopped” - Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • “I need to cool it on the Thai food” - The Change-Up

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

  • “I’m a big fan of the HBO series, the Wire” - Cedar Rapids
  • “I saw this coming a mile away. Thanks for warning me!” - Everything Must Go
  • “Bhaaha. I am not confident which end that came out of.” - Bridesmaids
  • “Get your dick hard because I’m going to suck it like I’m mad at it.” - Bad Teacher
  • “I got shot with a pen today. A pen, Bro!” - 30 Minutes or Less

Best Musical Moment

  • Tim sings at Talent Competition - Cedar Rapids
  • “Alantown” - The Hangover - Part II
  • Dylan does Kriss Kross’s “Jump” - Friends with Benefits
  • “Man or Muppet” - The Muppets
  • “Life’s a Happy Song” - The Muppets

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

  • Fight for Your Right - Revisited - Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood
  • Will Ferrell - The Office
  • The Ambiguously Gay Duo (SNL) - Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Fred Armisen, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon
  • Will Ferrell for Old Milwaukee Beer
  • Ben Stiller wins Charlie Chaplin Award

Best Multimedia Feature (trailer, web, application, or DVD)

  • Judd Apatow Gives Hosting Advice to James Franco - FunnyorDie.com
  • Owen Wilson Explains Hall Pass to Children - FunnyorDie.com
  • Always Open with David Koechner
  • Kenny Powers for K-Swiss (YouTube, commercials, NCAA Tourney group, iPhone app)
  • Paul Rudd Pitches Harvey Weinstein - FunnyorDie.com

Best Visual Effects

  • Kato-vision - The Green Hornet
  • Paul - Paul
  • The Minotaur - Your Highness
  • Stu’s Tattoo - The Hangover - Part II
  • Computer-generated nipples and breasts - The Change-Up

Heat Vision Voiceover Award

  • Charles Shaughnessy - Your Highness
  • Seth Rogen - Paul
  • Steven Spielberg - Paul
  • Russell Brand - Hop
  • Character Introductions - Horrible Bosses

Mugatu Award for Best Costume Design

  • Thadeous as Best Man - Your Highness
  • Retro clothes  - Fight for Your Right - Revisited
  • Elizabeth’s Car Wash Outfit - Bad Teacher
  • Julia’s lingerie - Horrible Bosses
  • Bomb vest - 30 Minutes or Less

Ron Burgundy Award for Best Hair

  • Leezar’s wizard mane - Your Highness
  • MCA wig (McBride/Black) - Fight for Your Right - Revisited
  • Ned’s long hair and beard - Our Idiot Brother
  • Janet’s dreadlocks - Our Idiot Brother
  • Adam’s bald head - 50/50

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

  • James Franco - The Green Hornet
  • Stephen Root - Everything Must Go
  • Will Ferrell - “Niggas in Paris” (Blades of Glory sample)
  • Paul Rudd - Saturday Night Live (with Jason Segel)
  • Jack Black - The Muppets

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

  • Steven Spielberg - Paul
  • Adrien Brody  - Midnight in Paris
  • Paul Giamatti  - The Hangover - Part II
  • Laura Dern - Everything Must Go
  • Bob Newhart - Horrible Bosses

Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol

  • Pot brownies with golf - Hall Pass
  • Pills and Alcohol on a Plane - Bridesmaids
  • Gym smoke / Phyllis smokes pot for first time - Bad Teacher
  • Test Instructor Gets roofied - Bad Teacher
  • Dale spills the coke - Horrible Bosses

Best Sex Scene

  • “The Best of Times” and “Faux Job / End Credits”  - Hall Pass
  • Annie Gets together with Ted - Bridesmaids
  • Dry hump - Bad Teacher
  • Sex with Tatiana - The Change-Up
  • Angry Kiss on SNL - Jason Segel and Paul Rudd

The Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement

  • James Franco bombs as Oscar host
  • Jenna Fischer’s very fake tan - Hall Pass
  • Leslie Mann’s computer generated breasts - The Change-Up

Best Trend

  • The return of on-screen genitalia– Your Highness, Hall Pass, The Hangover - Part II, Our Idiot Brother
  • Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn working with the Pack -  Fight for Your Right - Revisited, The Office, Neighborhood Watch
  • The return of the R-rated comedy - Hall Pass, Your Highness, Bridesmaids, The Hangover - Part II, Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, The Change-Up, 30 Minutes or Less, Our Idiot Brother

Complete List of Winners

  • Best Picture: Horrible Bosses
  • Best Director: Paul Feig - Bridesmaids
  • Best Actor: Steve Carell - Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Best Actress: Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
  • Best Supporting Actor: John C. Reilly - Cedar Rapids
  • Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
  • Best Performance by a Frat Pack Friend: Jason Bateman - Horrible Bosses
  • The Henry Poole Award for Best Dramatic Performance: Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 50/50
  • Best Character: Dr. Julia Harris, DDS - Horrible Bosses
  • Best Scene-Play: Dress Fitting - Bridesmaids
  • Best Catch Phrase: “Fuck. Seriously? It’s like you’re Photoshopped” - Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Best Sound Bite: “Bhaaha. I am not confident which end that came out of.” - Bridesmaids
  • Best Musical Moment: “Man or Muppet” - The Muppets
  • Best Non-Movie Appearance: Fight for Your Right - Revisited - Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood
  • Best Multimedia Feature: Owen Wilson Explains Hall Pass to Children - FunnyorDie.com
  • Best Visual Effects: Kato-vision - The Green Hornet
  • Heat Vision Voiceover Award: Seth Rogen - Paul
  • Mugatu Award for Best Costume Design: Julia’s lingerie - Horrible Bosses
  • Ron Burgundy Award for Best Hair: Ned’s long hair and beard - Our Idiot Brother
  • Luke Zoolander Award for Best Frat Pack Cameo: Paul Rudd - Saturday Night Live
  • Lance Armstrong Award for Best Celebrity Cameo: Adrien Brody  - Midnight in Paris
  • Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol: Dale spills the coke - Horrible Bosses
  • Best Sex Scene: Annie Gets together with Ted - Bridesmaids
  • The Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement: James Franco bombs as Oscar host
  • Best Trend: The return of the R-rated comedy - Hall Pass, Your Highness, Bridesmaids, The Hangover - Part II, Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, The Change-Up, 30 Minutes or Less, Our Idiot Brother
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: David Koechner

Earmuff Award Nominations

Ed Helms’ indie comedy Cedar Rapids led all nominees with ten total nominations for the Frat Pack Tribute Earmuff Awards, site creator Kevin Crossman announced. Helms was nominated in three categories, including Best Actor, and the film also picked up nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Miguel Arteta), Best Supporting Actor (John C. Reilly), and Best Catch-Phrase (”Who wants to get wasted? Choo-Choo!”).  In the Best Picture category, Cedar Rapids will face off Midnight in Paris, Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Woody Allen’s historical fantasy Midnight in Paris won an Oscar, and it’s nominated for four awards including Best Director, and Best Actor (Owen Wilson). Steve Carell left his TV series The Office in 2011 but his movie career is as strong as ever thanks to Crazy, Stupid, Love. The family dramedy picked up seven nominations including Best Actor, Best Actress (Julianne Moore), Best Supporting Actress (Analeigh Tipton), and Best Catch-Phrase.

The box office hits Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, and Bad Teacher also picked up key award nominations. Thought Bridesmaids did not score a Best Picture nomination, director Paul Feig, lead actress Kristen Wiig, and supporting actresses Melissa McCarthy and Rose Bryne were nominated. Horrible Bosses was a big hit for Jason Bateman, who scored a Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Greg Motolla’s alien comedy, Paul.  Bateman will compete in that category with Seth Rogen (50/50) who also scored a  Voiceover nomination for Paul. Cameron Diaz led a number of nominations for the raunchy Bad Teacher, including Best Supporting Actress (Lucy Punch), Best Sex Scene, Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol, and Best Sound Bite.

Will Ferrell didn’t have a major studio release in 2011, yet he led all performers with five total nominations. Ferrell was nominated for Best Actor for his indie dramedy Everything Must Go, but also scored nominations for his work on The Office, in the Beastie Boys video Fight for Your Right - Revisited, and for his regional Old Milwaukee Beer commercials.

The 2011 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.  This year, the award winners will be based on voting from the fan community.

Most Nominations

  • Cedar Rapids - 10
  • Bridesmaids - 9
  • Horrible Bosses - 9
  • Bad Teacher - 8
  • Crazy, Stupid Love - 7
  • Paul - 7

Earmuff Awards logo by Jenny Spaulding


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