Sunday, December 8, 2013

How ensemble nominations affect the best of the best

The Cosmique Movie Awards have two ensemble categories: Best Ensemble, which rewards an entire cast for their collective acting (the Screen Actors Guild's equivalent of a Best Picture), and Sexiest Ensemble, rewarding the cast as a whole for their overall attractiveness (shallow, but fun).

Usually when we speak of most-nominated actors and actresses, we generally focus on their individual achievements. Rosalind Russell has had 13 individual nominations, winning three of them, making her the person with the most individual nominations and tying with Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron for the most individual awards.

But how do those figures change when ensemble nominations are factored in?

Rosalind also has shared an ensemble win for The Women (1939), which won Movie With the Best Ensemble Cast at the first Cosmos, bringing her to four wins out of 14 nominations.

But it's Cate Blanchett whose ensemble awards put her at the top. She's won two of her 12 individual nominations, but she's also shared in winning two out of five ensemble nominations, bringing her to four Cosmos out of 17 total individual and ensemble nominations.

Nipping at her heels is her Lord of the Rings costar Ian McKellen, whose eight ensemble nominations (and two wins) -- more than any other actor thanks to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and the X-Men franchises -- are paired with another eight individual nominations (one win), giving him 16 nominations with three wins.

Rosalind's collective 14 nominations are followed by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, who each have 13 collective nominations. Meryl won three of her 10 individual nominations but none of her three ensemble nominations. Nicole has eight individual and five ensemble nominations, but has never won.

They're followed by Anne Hathaway with a four awards out of eight nominations, winning two of her seven individual nominations and two of her five ensemble nominations.

Orlando Bloom has a total of 11 nominations, four individual and seven ensemble. All four of his awards were ensemble wins (two for Lord of the Rings films, one for a Pirates of the Caribbean film, and one for Troy). And our list is rounded out with Natalie Portman, with two awards for her collective 10 nominations. Both of her awards were for individual performances out of seven individual nominations. She has shares in three ensemble nominations.

When ensemble awards are factored in with individual awards, five actors are tied for the most awards, with four awards each: Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Rosalind Russell. All required ensemble wins to round out their wins. Rosalind Russell has the most individual awards, while Orlando Bloom is unusual in that he's tied for first for overall wins, but all of his awards are for ensembles.

That's where the vote totals stand after nine years of Cosmo Awards. We'll see what happens next year. Will Rosalind Russell receive another Hall of Fame nomination? Will Cate Blanchett be recognized for Blue Jasmine? And three of these actors appear in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a favorite franchise for Cosmo voters that could well get more individual or ensemble nominations. We shall see.

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