Monday, June 5, 2017

Announcing the 2016 Cosmos!

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are extending the deadline to cast your nominations to Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at midnight PDT. Scroll down to "Cast Your Nominations" for online and downloadable ballots.


Oh my God, I know!

Totally irresponsible. It's June and we're just now announcing the nomination process for the 2016 Cosmique Movie Awards.

Part of the delay was intentional. Some voters had complained that our previous schedule (beginning nominations with the announcement of the Oscar nominations, announcing our nominees on the day of the Academy Awards) was too rushed. Many voters get a sense of what they want to see from the Academy Awards, often at the night of the awards ceremony itself.

So we decided to delay things a bit, but neglected to tell you that, and then life got in the way and delayed things further.

I know it seems so long ago at this point, but if you can pause on Wonder Woman, Alien: Covenant, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for just a moment and cast your minds back to Moonlight, La La Land, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that would be great.

Tweaked Awards Categories

Every year we make some slight changes to our awards categories. This year there's one one-off change and another cosmetic change.

Last year, there were so many films set in San Francisco that we decided to have a one-off "Best San Francisco Film of 2015" award. This year, there were hardly any San Francisco films but we noticed a huge uptick in cameos. We had a Best Cameo award for five years, from 2002 through 2006, but then let it die off. This year we've decided to revive it, and we have more "Buzzworthy" suggestions for Best Cameo in a 2016 Film than for any other award this year. You'll find this award at the end of the Best Performances section of the ballot.

The tweak was to the "Best Queer Film" award. Some in our community identify more as "queer" than other labels, and originally we felt it was sufficiently inclusive of the entire community. But others aren't ready to reclaim the term. We therefore decided to rename this award Best LGBTQ Film of 2016. All the same sorts of films as before are eligible to be nominated.

The 2016 Awards Calendar

Here's the schedule for the 2016 awards season.

  • Monday, June 5, 2017 - Nominations are open!
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017 - Last day to cast your nomination ballots. Voting closes at midnight PDT.
  • Monday, July 17, 2017 - Nominees announced, and voting begins to determine the winners.
  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Final voting closes. Announcement of winners TBD.

Nomination Resources

Can't remember what you saw in 2016? The ballots include "Buzzworthy" suggestions, but you're free to nominate any eligible film or performance. Here are a few resources to let you know which films are eligible:

Cast Your Nominations!

Are you ready? There are two ways to vote:

What About the 2015 Awards?

If you missed our announcement of the 2015 winners, check out the winners for Lifetime Achievement, Best Overall of 2015, Best Performance of 2015, Best by Genre of 2015, and Worst of 2015. We also have some interesting trivia about the 2015 winners.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2015 Cosmo Trivia

Which was the first? Which had the most? Some trivia about the winners of the 2015 Cosmique Movie Awards as well as lifetime records through the 2015 Awards.

2015 Cosmo Awards Trivia


  • Four films tied for the most awards, each winning four awards: Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ex Machina; Mad Max: Fury Road; and The Revenant. They tie with The Aviator and Garden State in 2004 for the fewest wins for the top-winning films of the year.
  • This year, no films with multiple nominations swept all of their awards. The highest winning ratios were for Ex Machina and Mad Max: Fury Road, which each won four out of five (80%) of their nominations. There have been multi-nominated film sweeps in six other years, while four other years – 2002, 2003, 2010, and 2014 – also did not have any multi-nominated sweeps.
  • No individual won more than one award this year. This has only happened three other times in Cosmo history: in 2006, 2013, and 2014. Usually someone wins two awards, though only once (in 2003 with Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron) has more than one person won two awards in the same year. No one has ever won more than two awards in the same year.
  • In 2015, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara tied for the most individual nominations of the year with four nominations each, the first year that more than one person has received that many nominations in a single year. No one has ever had more than four nominations in a single year, though five others tie this record (Ian McKellen in 2003, Natalie Portman in 2004, Anne Hathaway in 2012, Chloë Grace Moretz in 2013, and Scarlett Johansson in 2014).
  • For the second year in a row, and for only the second time in Cosmo history, the winner or one of the winners (in the event of a tie) of Best Film did not also win for either of the two major genre awards: Best Drama or Best Comedy (which was Best Comedy/Musical in some years). In 2015, The Martian won Best Film but wasn’t even nominated for either of the two major genre awards. In 2014, Boyhood won Best Film but similarly wasn’t nominated for either of the two major genre awards.
  • The Martian is the first Best Picture winner in Cosmo history to not win any other awards. It was nominated for a total of ten awards.
  • Cate Blanchett, who received four individual nominations in 2015 (including one win), has received a total of 20 individual Cosmo nominations, more than any other individual, and has won five individual awards, also the most. Ian McKellen, who was nominated and won this year’s Best Actor of All Time Lifetime Achievement, has received the second-most individual nominations, 14, but Julianne Moore and Charlize Theron are tied for receiving the second most number of awards with four each. 
  • Cate Blanchett also hold the record for receiving nominations in the most years of the awards (ten out of the awards’ 12 years), followed by Ian McKellen, Rosalind Russell, and Meryl Streep who have received nominations in eight out of 12 years. Cate Blanchett also holds the record for the most years winning an award, having won awards in five of the ten years she was nominated.

Overall as of the 2015 Awards


  • Rosalind Russell’s three individual awards over eight individual nominations are both records for anyone whose career and lifespan predates the origination of the Cosmique Movie Awards. Her most recent nomination was at the 2012 awards.
  • A total of 567 performers and directors have received at least one individual nomination over the years. Of these, 381 (67%) have only received nominations in a single year. Of the 186 (33%) who’ve received nominations in multiple years, 89 (16%) have received nominations in two different years, 51 (9%) have received nominations in three different years, 24 (4%) received nominations in four different years, and 22 (4%) have received nominations in five or more years.
  • Of the 567 performers and directors who have received nominations over the years, 337 (59%) have only received one nomination, while another 103 (18%) have received just two nominations over the years. Of these 103, 41 of them received both nominations the same year. The remaining 127 people have received three or more nominations over the years.
  • Of the individuals who’ve only been nominated in a single year, Rooney Mara holds the record for the most individual nominations with four, followed by Sean Astin and Katharine Hepburn with three each.
  • Nicole Kidman continues to hold the record for the most individual nominations (ten nominations over seven years) without winning an individual award. She has also shared in five ensemble nominations but none of them won, tying with Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, and Julia Roberts for the most ensemble nominations without an ensemble win. But Berry, Lawrence, and Roberts all have individual wins.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015

Best Films of All Time

Winner


  • The Shawshank Redemption

Additional Nominees


  • Amadeus
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Best Actresses of All Time

Winner


  • Helen Mirren

Additional Nominees


  • Anne Bancroft
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Norma Shearer
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Holly Woodlawn

Best Actors of All Time

Winner


  • Ian McKellen

Additional Nominees


  • Matt Damon
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Tom Hanks
  • Michael Keaton
  • Ben Kingsley

Best Comedic Actresses of All Time

Winner


  • Betty White

Additional Nominees


  • Tallulah Bankhead
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Imogene Coca
  • Kathleen Turner
  • Leslie Ann Warren

Best Comedic Actors of All Time

Winner


  • Eddie Murphy

Additional Nominees


  • Jim Carrey
  • John Cleese
  • John Goodman
  • Paul Lynde
  • Bruce Willis


Best Overall of 2015

Best Film of 2015

Winner


  • The Martian

Additional Nominees


  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Revenant
  • Room

Best Director of a 2015 Film

Winner


  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Additional Nominees


  • Todd Haines – Carol
  • Tom Hooper – The Danish Girl
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  • Ridley Scott – The Martian

Best Script of a 2015 Film

Winner


  • Ex Machina

Additional Nominees


  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • Man From Reno
  • The Martian
  • Room

Best Cinematography, Art Direction or Set Design for a 2015 Film

Winner


  • Mad Max: Fury Road

Additional Nominees


  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design or Make-Up for a 2015 Film

Winners (tie)


  • Cinderella
  • Mr. Holmes

Additional Nominees


  • Black Mass
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • Pan

Best Visual Effects for a 2015 Film

Winner


  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Additional Nominees


  • Crimson Peak
  • Ex Machina
  • Jurassic World
  • The Martian
  • Spectre

Favorite Cinematic Guilty Pleasure of 2015

Winner


  • The Overnight

Additional Nominees


  • Magic Mike XXL
  • San Andreas
  • Ted 2
  • Unfinished Business
  • Vacation

Best Use of (Gratuitous?) Nudity in a 2015 Film

Winner


  • The Danish Girl

Additional Nominees


  • Angels With Tethered Wings
  • Brooklyn Bizarre
  • Drown
  • Hard to Be a God
  • Unfinished Business


Best Performances of 2015

Best Actress of 2015

Winner


  • Brie Larson – Room

Additional Nominees


  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Sarah Snook – Predestination


Best Actor of 2015

Winner


  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Additional Nominees


  • Matt Damon – The Martian
  • Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  • Tom Hanks – Bridge of Spies
  • Ian McKellen – Mr. Holmes
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl


Best Supporting Actress of 2015

Winner


  • Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina

Additional Nominees


  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Helen Mirren – Trumbo
  • Sarah Paulson – Carol
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl


Best Supporting Actor of 2015

Winner


  • Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Additional Nominees


  • Benicio Del Toro – Sicario
  • Robert DeNiro – Joy
  • Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
  • Michael Keaton – Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies


Best Young Actress of 2015

Winner


  • Elle Fanning – Trumbo

Additional Nominees


  • Kennedi Clements – Poltergeist
  • Isabella Crovetti-Cramp – Joy
  • Kaitlyn Dias – Inside Out
  • Abby Ryder Fortson – Ant-Man
  • Odeya Rush – Goosebumps


Best Young Actor of 2015

Winner


  • Jacob Tremblay – Room

Additional Nominees


  • Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
  • Asa Butterfield – A Brilliant Young Mind
  • Levi Miller – Pan
  • Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes
  • Ty Simpkins – Jurassic World


Best Ensemble Cast of 2015

Winner


  • Spotlight

Additional Nominees


  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Sexiest Ensemble Cast of 2015

Winner


  • Magic Mike XXL

Additional Nominees


  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • The Boy Next Door
  • Furious 7
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service


Favorite Male Heroic Character of 2015

Winner


  • Harrison Ford – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Additional Nominees


  • Jamie Bell – Fantastic Four
  • Daniel Craig – Spectre
  • Matt Damon – The Martian
  • Taron Egerton – Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Chris Pratt – Jurassic World


Favorite Female Heroic Character of 2015

Winners – tie


  • Carrie Fisher – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

Additional Nominees


  • Jessica Chastain – The Martian
  • Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Rooney Mara – Pan
  • Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Male Villain of 2015

Winner


  • James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Additional Nominees


  • Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  • Domhnall Gleeson – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Hugh Jackman – Pan
  • Samuel L. Jackson – Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Christoph Waltz – Spectre


Best Female Villain of 2015

Winner


  • Cate Blanchett – Cinderella

Additional Nominees


  • Rose Byrne – Spy
  • Jessica Chastain – Crimson Peak
  • Gwendoline Christie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Julianne Moore – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Tilda Swinton – Trainwreck


Actor’s Character from a 2015 Film You Would Most Like to be Intimate With

Winner


  • Matt Bomer – Magic Mike XXL

Additional Nominees


  • Ben Barnes – Seventh Son
  • Zac Efron – We Are Your Friends
  • Adrian Grenier – Entourage
  • Ryan Guzman – The Boy Next Door
  • Jeremy Irvine – Stonewall


Actress’ Character from a 2015 Film You Would Most Like to be Intimate With

Winner


  • Scarlett Johnasson – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Additional Nominees


  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Sophie Cookson – Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Naomie Harris – Spectre
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Léa Seydoux – Spectre


Best by Genre of 2015

Best Action/Adventure Film of 2015

Winner


  • Mad Max: Fury Road

Additional Nominees


  • Jurassic World
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Spectre


Best Animated Film of 2015

Winner


  • Inside Out

Additional Nominees


  • Anomalisa
  • Boy and the World
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie


Best Comedic Film of 2015

Winner


  • What We Do in the Shadows

Additional Nominees


  • Entourage
  • Joy
  • The Overnight
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck


Best Documentary Film of 2015

Winner


  • Amy

Additional Nominees


  • Batkid Begins
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  • Iris
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Where to Invade Next?


Best Dramatic Film of 2015

Winner


  • The Revenant

Additional Nominees


  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Hateful Eight


Best Fantasy Film of 2015

Winner


  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

Additional Nominees


  • The Age of Adaline
  • Cinderella
  • Crimson Peak
  • It Follows
  • Pan


Best Historical Film of 2015

Winner


  • The Revenant

Additional Nominees


  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Legend
  • Steve Jobs
  • Trumbo


Best Horror/Thriller Film of 2015

Winner


  • Goodnight Mommy

Additional Nominees


  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Crimson Peak
  • Krampus
  • The Lazarus Effect
  • What We Do in the Shadows


Best Musical Film of 2015

Winner


  • Pitch Perfect 2

Additional Nominees


  • Amy
  • The Last Five Years
  • Love & Mercy
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?


Best Mystery/Suspense Film of 2015

Winner


  • Ex Machina

Additional Nominees


  • Crimson Peak
  • The Gift
  • Man From Reno
  • Mr. Holmes
  • Predestination


Best Queer/LGBT Film of 2015

Winner


  • Carol

Additional Nominees


  • The Danish Girl
  • Freeheld
  • Grandma
  • I Am Michael
  • Tangerine


Best Science Fiction Film of 2015

Winner


  • Ex Machina

Additional Nominees


  • Ant-Man
  • Jurassic World
  • The Martian
  • Predestination
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Superhero Film of 2015

Winner


  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

Additional Nominees


  • Ant-Man
  • Batkid Begins
  • Fantastic Four
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Favorite San Francisco Film of 2015

Winners – tie


  • Ant-Man
  • Inside Out

Additional Nominees


  • The Age of Adaline
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • Man From Reno
  • When the World Came to San Francisco


Worst of 2015 Winners

Most Overrated Film of 2015


“Winner”


  • Fifty Shades of Grey

Additional Nominees


  • Chappie
  • Creed
  • Fantastic Four
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mortdeca


Worst Film of 2015


“Winners” – tie


  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Pixels

Additional Nominees


  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Taken 3


Worst Performance of 2015

Winner


  • Jennifer Lopez – The Boy Next Door

Additional Nominees


  • Tom Cruise – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • Will Farrell – Get Hard
  • Gwyneth Paltrow – Mortdecai
  • Adam Sandler – Pixels
  • Shailene Woodley – The Divergent Series: Insurgent