Description of Categories
Third Annual Cosmique Movie Awards
Best Films Overall of 2002
Best Performances of 2002
Best Films by Genre of 2002
This is the single broadest category imaginable. Any film of any year is eligible, even if it was never officially released in the United States. Of course, more obscure films are less likely to achieve enough support amongst other voters to actually achieve a nomination. The important thing is for voters to vote for what they think is the best film of all time, not what the critics think. (The Women has been a perennial nominee, but has probably never made a critic's top 10 list of the best films of all time.) The evaluation here is for the whole package - script, acting, the works.
May be any actress of any era or nationality who has appeared in at least one motion picture. Do made-for-TV movies count? I doubt we'll have to worry about folks who have never been in a single big-screen movie...
As with Best Actress above, except that this time it's the guys' turn.
This category is also fairly broad insofar as voters may judge "best" by whatever criteria they see fit. The only requirement is that the film had to have been released in the United States in the 2002 calendar year. This includes films that had limited release in New York and Los Angeles to qualify for awards, and then received wider release in January/February. However, films that were screened at film festivals but did not receive a general release until later are generally only considered during their year of regular release.
This is considered to be a sort of "technical" award that, like editing or sound, are challenging for someone who isn't an industry insider to judge. It's hard to know how much of a film's greatest is because of the director (rather than the script, the actors, the editing, and the like). For that reason, while voters may choose the ultimate winner, the actual nominees are selected algorithmically using a formula that considers Best Director nominations from the other major awards shows as well as the number of Cosmo nominations the film has received.
No distinction is made here between adapted versus original screenplays.
Cinematography covers the actual filming of scene, including the choice of cameras and lenses, camera angles, the lighting design and placement, and the like. Art Direction involves the creation of sets and the use of furnishings and props within the set. Taken together, you can consider this category to be the visual appeal of the film separate from special effects and costuming.
This covers everything that the performers wear: wigs, clothing, make-up, fake noses, and the like.
This covers any extraordinary effects used in the film other than costumes and make-up, including those that are staged and filmed (such as a car crash), those that are filmed using miniatures or stop-action, and those that are imposed digitally after filming is done.
This is just as broad (and confined) as the Best Film of 2002. As long as it qualifies as a 2002 film, it qualifies for this category. Of particular interest are films that actually tried to be good, though the Academy’s voters are not specifically constrained to ignore deliberate monstrosities like Freddy Got Fingered.
Defining a leading role is challenging. The Academy has it easy because the studios themselves decide (within certain guidelines) which categories to submit into. But the Academy does have some restrictions, such as requiring performers whose name appears above the title in film credits to be considered a lead. The Cosmique Movie Academy does not use those restrictions, and studios are not themselves pitching their performers to us. We have seen candidates receive nominations for both Leading Roles and Supporting Roles for the same performance. Consider your nomination carefully; choosing an unconventional interpretation will be less likely to overlap with your peers, and your candidate would then be that much less likely to succeed. The Board of Governors has not yet had to decide what to do in a situation when a candidate is successfully nominated in both Lead and Supporting categories. Also, note that this is for categories where the performer is female, even if the character is not (e.g., Linda Hunt).
As with Best Actress above, consider carefully whether the candidate is appropriate for a supporting or a lead role.
As with the Lead Actress and Actor categories, voters should consider hard whether the candidate was truly in a leading or supporting role. There are no rules preventing voters from nominating the same performance in both supporting and lead roles, though the Board of Governors may consider disqualifying one of those nominations in the unlikely event that both prevail.
Consider the entire cast, leads and supporting roles alike, in terms of both their individual performances as well as their interactions with one another. It is theoretically possible for a voter to nominate a particular film's cast to be nominated here even if the voter doesn't consider any of the actors or actresses to be worthy alone for an individual nomination.
Are villains necessarily intrinsically evil? Can a character be an inadvertent villain, or do they have to act with deliberate malice? Can they be considered a villain if they are redeemed in the end? Can they be considered a villain if they perform some villainous acts, even if they also perform some good ones? And to what extent is the voter basing his or her decision based on the character as written, or as performed by the actor or actress (if that is, indeed, separatable)? Each voter will have to decide for himself or herself how to best interpret the category.
Originally, this was going to be “Best Breakthrough Role,” but we figured that the actors who had their breakthrough role last year deserved a chance. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has a “Face of the Future Award” separate from their young performers categories, and perhaps we’ll do that someday. We have decided not to define “young,” but reaching late-20s is starting to push it, particularly if it’s an adult role. The Academy directors reserve the right to disqualify spurious nominations.
New category for 2002. IMDb defines cameo as a "'bit part' played by a famous actor who would ordinarily not take such a small part." Of course, this is hard to interpret: maybe that famous actor is just down on his luck. The role should not be more than a few scenes. Sometimes (but not always), the performer is playing himself. This category is open to both men and women.
This is a new category for 2002. We tried to be very careful to choose the exact right language for this one. First off, notice that it’s “Actor’s Character…” That’s right. Although voters should put down the name of the actor on their ballot, they are really nominating the character, at least as portrayed by that actor. If their character has a reputation for killing everyone they are intimate with, they might want to reconsider that moment of intimacy. If you can’t get past the make-up effects that gave them bad teeth, don’t nominate the character. But conversely, it may be a suitable nominee if the character is nice, even if the actor is a tyrant in real life. Also, voters may interpret "intimate" however they want. We deliberately kept it vague. It could be a candlelight dinner, a furtive fumble, a passionate affair, or a lifelong romance. (Or, for possible nominees from at least three different films, a love that lasts for all eternity.) And feel free to ignore the character's sexual orientation (if stated or implied). Maybe he was just going through a phase, or just refuses to be bound by labels.
As with above, this is the character (as portrayed) by the actress that you would most want to be intimate with, not the actress herself.
This category is open to both male and female performers in both leading and supporting roles. The only requirement is that the film was released in the United States in 2002.
Pretty straightforward - if the voter considers it to be an action and/or an adventure film, it probably is.
Of course, not all musicals are comedies, but we’re going with the Golden Globes’ categories here. A dramatic musical could, in theory, also be nominated for Best Drama. As with all categories, a film may be eligible for more than one genre.
Like the Academy Awards, we’re interpreting this one to cover anything nonfiction, including “reality” movies. Yes, in theory, “Jackass” was eligible for a Best Documentary Oscar (though it missed the deadline to submit…)
As with all of our genres, a film could qualify for this as well as other genres. Even comedies, providing that it has sufficient dramatic appeal.
How do we define historical? Does the film have to involve historical figures participating in actual historical events? Does it qualify if it has completely fictional characters in a historic event? Or how about historical figures in a completely made-up event? Interpreted most broadly, it can even include completely fictional characters and events so long as they are set in a historically recognizable setting. But if so, it has to be historically recognizable and at a minimum say something about that era. Voters may individually determine how narrowly or broadly they choose to interpret the category, but the Board of Governors reserves the right to reject irrelevant nominations.
This is a broad, convoluted category that's subject to many disparate films (just look at last year's nominees). Perhaps next year we'll consider separating it into Mystery/Suspense and Thriller/Horror categories.
Last year, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films considered Serendipity to be a fantasy film. Yes, Serendipity - and worthy of not one but two Saturn nominations, too. So while something tells us that this crowd won't have trouble coming up with five worthies, don't feel constrained by the obvious. (That said, the Board of Governors reserves the right to reject completely inappropriate nominations.)
Interpret this broadly to also include prequels or any new incarnation of a film within a movie franchise. Unlike other awards shows, ours should not include remakes, though it could in theory include a sequel to a remake.