Fifth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards

Honoring films released in the 2004 calendar year

 

The results are in!

In a private ceremony held on April 16, Million Dollar Baby was named Best Film of 2004 by the Cosmique Movie Academy, but for the first time ever Cosmo voters split and gave the Best Director award to Martin Scorsese for The Aviator rather than to the Best Picture's director, Clint Eastwood.

Baby also tied with Garden State for Best Drama, an award that generally predicts the Best Film winner. I Heart Huckabees took the honors for Best Comedy.

Jamie Foxx was named Best Actor for Ray, consistent with the Academy Awards and other award shows, but in an unexpected upset for Hilary Swank, Annette Bening received the award for Best Actress for her performance in Being Julia - the film’s only nomination.

It was an unusual year where no single film dominated the nominations and there were few clear front-runners. Spider-Man 2 received 11 nominations, the most of the year, but far short of increasing records set in each of the previous three years. The Aviator and Garden State each took four awards, the most of the evening.

Two films and four actors were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Harold and Maude and The Women were both inducted into the Best Film of All Time Hall of Fame, the second time in Cosmo history that there was a tie in this category. Audrey Hepburn and Jack Lemmon were each named to the Acting Hall of Fame, while Charlie Chaplin and Lucille Ball were inducted into the Comedic Acting Hall of Fame.

George Bush was an unusual winner, taking home dubious awards for Best Villain and Worst Performance for Fahrenheit 9/11, which as expected also won Best Documentary. Bush is the first politician to win a Cosmo Award; last year, Senator Robert Byrd was the first politician to be nominated.

In the new category for Best Queer Film, Eating Out was a surprise winner, beating several other films that enjoyed significantly better distribution. The film’s theatrical run at the Castro Theatre a week before balloting closed was cited as an instrumental factor in its success.

For complete results, please see the results of the nominees and winners by category has been posted. In addition, lists are available of top nominated films, an alphabetical list of nominated films, and nominated individuals.

Key dates for this year's Cosmo season included:

  • Friday, January 7, 2005 - Categories for the Fifth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards announced.

  • Tuesday, January 25th - Cosmo nomination ballots were issued to voters. (Oscar nominees announced.)

  • Friday, February 11th - Cosmo nomination ballots were due by midnight.

  • Sunday, February 27th - Cosmo nominations were announced. Final Cosmo ballots were issued to voters. (Oscar winners announced.)

  • Friday, March 25th - Final Cosmo ballots were due by midnight.

  • Saturday, April 16th - Cosmo Awards Ceremony was held, and final winners publicly announced.

 

Resources for Voters

  • 2004 Nominees - lists the nominees and winners by category

  • 2004 Ratings - lists the results of the ratings ballots that determined the winners of Most Watched, Highest Rated, and Most Popular

  • Nominees A-Z - alphabetic list of nominated films

  • Top Nominees - nominated films sorted by their number of nominations

  • Nominated Individuals - nominated actors and directors listed alphabetically

  • 2004 Trivia - trends and trivia covering the Fifth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Final Ballots - members with the correct password may vote for the winners of each individual award as well as the three ratings awards

Additional Resources

  • Categories - list of the different awards, including a definition of their scope, comments about the categories, and examples of potential nominees

  • For Your Consideration - profiles of selective films released in 2004

  • List of Eligible Films - our official list of films that qualify for categories limited to films first released in U.S. theaters in 2004

  • Critics Choice - a look at how professional film critics viewed the films of 2004

  • The Other Awards - a review of the principle nominations from the other major awards shows

  • Movie Trailer Reviews - our synopsis of some of the best trailers of the year, with links to download them

  • Trivia - trends and trivia covering the first four years of the Cosmique Movie Awards

  • The Movie Times: 2004 Box Office - chronological list of films that have been released theatrically in 2004

  • Movie Trailers - Quicktime trailers of current and recent theatrical trailers (note: best with a fast connection)