Every year, the Cosmo Awards are
filled with statistical fascination. (No, really!) Some trends become
easier to spot; others are broken with a surprising twist.
Here, then, are some of the
"firsts" set by our winners and nominees, as well as some interesting
patterns that become increasingly obvious as the years roll along...
Trends and Patterns
At the Sixth Annual
Awards, Ang Lee won Best Director for
which went on to win Best Film of 2005. Only once has this trend
been bucked: at the Fifth Annual Awards, Martin Scorsese won Best
Director for The Aviator but the Best Film went to Million
It happened in
2001 (Gosford Park), 2003 (Lord of the Rings: The
Return of the King), 2004 (Million Dollar Baby),
and 2005 (Brokeback Mountain). The only films to
break the trends were musicals that won Best Musical. The
first was the Wizard of Oz in an all-Hall of Fame year that
shouldn't be looked to for trends. The only other one was a
rather dramatic musical, Chicago.
The Best Film
winner doesn't always have the most nominations -- the "fun"
categories tend to help out action/adventure and
sci-fi/fantasy films here -- but they almost invariably are
in the top three for most nominations. And with 15
nominations, the second-most behind Serenity,
Brokeback Mountain helped reinforce that trend.
In 2001, Gosford Park
received 12 nominations, the second-most of the year (behind Moulin Rouge), but the most positive nominations (since two
of Moulin Rouge's 13 nominations were in negative
categories). The Lord of
the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the third-most
nominated film, tied with Moulin Rouge for the second
most positive nominations, and ended up tying with Gosford
Park for Best Film. In 2002, Chicago received 16
nominations, coming in second behind The Two
Towers' 21 nominations, but ended up taking home the top
prize. In 2003, The Return of the King dominated with
a record 26 nominations and took home Best Film among its 12
Only once has this
trend been broken: Million Dollar Baby won in 2004
with only four nominations, even though 13 other films
received more nominations, but won Best Film.
Firsts, Bests, and Mosts
Uma Thurman almost achieved it first with Kill Bill, Volume 1, but
few votes shy of scoring a Best Female Villain nomination.
She has three: for
Angel Eyes, Gigli, and Monster-in-Law. She has