Earmuff Awards 2009

The Frat Pack Tribute Earmuff Awards - 2009

logo-lgCritical acclaim for Todd Phillip’s surprise box office champion The Hangover continued with a landslide victory in the 5th Annual Frat Pack Earmuff Awards, according to earmuffawards.com creator Kevin Crossman.

The ensemble bachelor party comedy won eleven Earmuffs including Best Picture, Best Director (Todd Phillips), Best Actor (Zach Galifianakis), Best Supporting Actor (Ken Jeong), Best Supporting Actress (Heather Graham), Best Scene-Play, Best Character, Best Musical Moment (”Stu’s Song”) and Best Catch Phrase, Best Sound Bite, and Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol. Frat Pack fans supported The Hangover, depsite none of the big Frat Pack stars. However, the film featured many familiar faces and similar themes from Phillip’s seminal Frat Pack hit, Old School.

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 comedy group known as Team Apatow is also included for Earmuff consideration. Voting is open to Frat Pack fans worldwide.

Judd Apatow’s dramedy Funny People won two awards. Leslie Mann stopped The Hangover sweep of the top categories with a win as Best Actress. Costar Adam Sandler won the award for Best Dramatic Performance, a new Earmuff category for 2009.

Best Picture nominee Zombieland won two awards including Bill Murray for his second straight Earmuff Award for Best Celebrity Cameo. Zombieland also won Best Special Effects for it’s titles sequence.

Seth Rogen’s dark comedy Observe and Report was a Best Picture nominee but won it’s only Earmuff Award for it’s notorious sex scene that many had claimed was date rape. Rogen’s 2008 comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno won an award of sorts as Frat Pack fans voted Wal-Mart’s banning of “Make a Porno” on the DVD cover with an Earmuff Award for Dubious Achievement.  Rogen’s voice work in Monsters vs. Aliens was recognized in the category for Best Voice Over.

I Love You, Man entered the Earmuffs with 18 nominations, second only to The Hangover. While the film was shut out in nearly every category, Frat Pack fans recognized Paul Rudd with the award for Best Performance by a Frat Pack Friend. Rudd was recently named Frat Pack Man of the Year on the strength of his charming yet awkward performance in the John Hamburg “bromance” opposite Jason Segel.  Rudd won in this category previously, scoring a win in 2005 for his role in The 40 Year-Old Virgin.

Ben Stiller’s family sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian won two Earmuff Awards. Fans of Amy Adams and/or female aviators voted Best Costume Design for Amelia Earhart’s jodhpurs. One in one of the most competitive and glamourous Earmuffs categories is Best Frat Pack Cameo, won by Jonah Hill for his performance as an eager security guard. Hill and Stiller were also recognized for Best Multimedia Feature for their “Crash the NBC Gate” viral video on FunnyOrDie.com, leaving Hill as the only individual with more than one win this year.

Other Earmuffs were awarded to Danny McBride for Best Hair for his role as Kenny Powers in HBO’s Eastbound and Down series, produced by Will Ferrell.  Ferrell won the award for Best Non-Movie Appearance for hosting Saturday Night Live, and continued a record streak of winning Earmuffs each year during the award’s existence.

Last year’s winner Mike Simmers won again in the Best Community Content category, designed to showcase Frat Pack fans’ devotion to their heroes. Simmers’ YouTube video Frat Pack Origins: Zoolander won the category and mixed clips from Ben Stiller’s Frat Pack hit with last summer’s Wolverine blockbuster.

Awards Scorecard

  • 11 - The Hangover
  • 2 - Funny People, Zombieland, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • 1 - I Love You, Man, Observe and Report, Eastbound and Down.

Best Picture

  • I Love You, Man
  • Observe and Report
  • The Hangover
  • Funny People
  • Zombieland

Best Director

  • Jon Hamburg – I Love You, Man
  • Jody Hill – Observe and Report
  • Todd Phillips – The Hangover
  • Judd Apatow – Funny People
  • Ruben Fleischer – Zombieland

Best Actor

  • Paul Rudd – I Love You, Man
  • Jason Segel – I Love You, Man
  • Seth Rogen – Observe and Report
  • Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover
  • Woody Harrelson – Zombieland

Best Actress

  • Rashida Jones – I Love You, Man
  • Anna Faris – Observe and Report
  • Amy Adams – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Leslie Mann – Funny People
  • Emma Stone – Zombieland

Best Supporting Actor

  • Jon Favreau – I Love You, Man
  • Ken Jeong – The Hangover
  • Owen Wilson – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Danny McBride – Land of the Lost
  • Jonah Hill – Funny People

Best Supporting Actress

  • Kristen Bell – Fanboys
  • Jamie Pressly – I Love You, Man
  • Kristen Wiig – Adventureland
  • Heather Graham – The Hangover
  • Aubrey Plaza – Funny People
  • Abigail Breslin – Zombieland

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

  • Danny McBride – Eastbound & Down
  • Paul Rudd – I Love You, Man
  • Jason Segel – I Love You, Man
  • Seth Rogen – Observe and Report
  • Ed Helms – The Hangover

The Henry Poole Award for Best Dramatic Performance

  • Seth Rogen – Observe and Report
  • Adam Sandler – Funny People
  • Leslie Mann – Funny People
  • Danny McBride – Up in the Air
  • Patton Oswald – Big Fan

Best Character

  • Kenny Powers – Eastbound & Down
  • Peter Klaven – I Love You, Man
  • Ronnie – Observe and Report
  • Alan – The Hangover
  • Mr. Chow – The Hangover
  • Tallahassee – Zombieland

Best Scene-Play (Best scene in a movie)

  • Catching the Pervert – Observe and Report
  • Meeting Mike Tyson – The Hangover
  • End-credits / photos – The Hangover
  • Lunch with Eminem – Funny People
  • Meeting “BM” at his Mansion – Zombieland

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

  • “I’m slappin’ da bass” – I Love You, Man
  • “Totally. Totes McGotes.” – I Love You, Man
  • “Matt Lauer Can Suck It” – Land of the Lost
  • “It’s not a purse, it’s a satchel. Indiana Jones has one” – The Hangover
  • “Paging Doctor Faggot. Doctor Faggot” – The Hangover

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

  • “In your face. In your face arghhhhhh” – I Love You, Man
  • “Give it back. Return the favor. I don’t think she sucks his dick.” – I Love You, Man
  • Fuck You Battle – Observe and Report
  • I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack… And now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack.” – The Hangover
  • “Don’t you get sick of talking about your dick?” – Funny People

Best Musical Moment

  • Bat Fight – Will Ferrell
  • Tom Sawyer – I Love You, Man
  • Stu’s Song – The Hangover
  • In the Air Tonight – The Hangover
  • Dracula’s Lament with Jason Segel – Late Late Show with Craig Furguson 1000th episode

Best Non-Movie Appearance (non-musical)

  • Danny McBride – Eastbound & Down
  • Will Ferrell – Eastbound & Down
  • Joaquin Phoenix Oscar Riff – Ben Stiller
  • Vanity Fair Cover – Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel
  • Will Ferrell Hosts SNL – Will Ferrell

Best Multimedia Feature (trailer, web, or DVD)

  • Kenny Powers – Message from a Legend (Eastbound and Down / HBO)
  • Bat Fight – Will Ferrell and Craig Robinson (Funny or Die)
  • Flatulence Explained – Jason Segel and Paul Rudd (YouTube interview)
  • Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill Crash the NBC Gate – FunnyOrDie.com
  • Red Hour moves to Fox – Ben Stiller

Best Visual Effects

  • Projectile Vomit – I Love You, Man
  • Stu’s Tooth – The Hangover
  • The Land of the Lost – Land of the Lost
  • Zombies – Zombieland
  • The Rules / Opening Credits – Zombieland

The Heat Vision Voiceover Award

  • Seth Rogen – Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Bill Hader – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Jesse Eisenberg – Zombieland
  • Owen Wilson – The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Jason Schwartzman – The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mugatu Award for Best Costume Design

  • Zoe in Slave Outfit – Fanboys
  • Adventureland crew tshirts – Adventureland
  • Caucasian Crackhead – Observe and Report
  • Amelia Earhart’s jodhpurs – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Gold Statue Paint – Year One

Ron Burgundy Award for Best Hair

  • Ashley Schaeffer – Eastbound & Down
  • Kenny Powers – Eastbound & Down
  • Bobby’s moustache – Adventureland
  • General Custer – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Cha-Ka – Land of the Lost

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

  • Danny McBride – Observe and Report
  • Jonah Hill – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Todd Phillips – The Hangover
  • Rob Riggle – The Hangover
  • Will Ferrell – The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

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

  • Lou Ferrigno – I Love You, Man
  • Steve Carell – Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill Crash the NBC Gate / FunnyOrDie.com
  • Mike Tyson – The Hangover
  • Eminem – Funny People
  • Bill Murray – Zombieland

Best Use of Drugs/Alcohol

  • Boat Race – I Love You, Man
  • Partners in Crime Montage – Observe and Report
  • Alan Gets Roofies instead of Esctasy – The Hangover
  • Marshall, Will, and Cha-Ka Drink the Juice – Land of the Lost
  • Smoking Pot with Bill Murray – Zombieland

Best Sex Scene

  • “You Want to Take Your Shirt Off” – Fanboys
  • Brandi and Ronnie’s Date – Observe and Report
  • Oh Loses His Virginity – Year One
  • Laura and George go to the store – Funny People
  • Brad Seduces Suzie – Extract

Best Community-Generated Content

  • Frat Pack Origins: Zoolander – Mike Simmers
  • Dueling Observe and Report Reviews – Drew Hunt and Rick Duran
  • Frat Trek (trailer mashup) – Mike Simmers
  • Star Trek: Old School – Sputnik Animation
  • The Frat Pack graphic design project – Greg Barone

The Andy Dick Award for Dubious Achievement

  • Wal-Mart Removes “Make a Porno” from Zack and Miri DVD Cover
  • Date Rape Controversy – Observe and Report
  • Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson Wrestle on Raft in Italy; Woody Gets Black Eye
  • Entourage Slams Seth Rogen and Knocked Up two years too late – Entourage
  • Continued Public Bickering – Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow

The Frat Pack Tribute Earmuff Awards Nominees

Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture Nominees

The Hangover received the most overall nominations with 20, followed by I Love You, Man with 18, Observe and Report with 15, Zombieland with 12 and Funny People with 11. These Best Picture nominees dominated the nominations as the next closest number of nominations from other movies were Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Land of the Lost with five each. Danny McBride’s television series Eastbound and Down, produced by Will Ferrell, received seven nominations in total.

Among individuals, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Danny McBride, and Will Ferrell each received five nominations (though one of Rogen’s was in the Dubious Achievement category). Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill had four nominations each, with Frat Pack regulars Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller being tapped for three each.

Earmuffs Timeline

January 24, 2010 - For your consideration ballot completed
January 25, 2010 - Nomination voting begins
February 6, 2010 - Nomination ballots due at 11:45 pm PST
February 8, 2010 - Nominations announced on Frat Pack Tribute website
February 28, 2010 - Awards ballots due at 11:45 pm PST
March 3, 2010 - Awards announced on Frat Pack Tribute website

Earmuff Awards logo by Jenny Spaulding

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