2011 Internet Movie Poster Awards - Not So Serious Awards
Best Canine Decapitation Award goes to Our Idiot Brother for mounting the poor pooches head on the family couch. Though the dog does look rather happy, all things considered...
Most Disarming Child Award goes to Bereavement. After the MPAA banned their first design for depicting a child holding a weapon they just gave the big knife to the grown up instead. Not sure if that made it less disturbing or more.
Most Reflective Eye Socket Award goes to the first Straw Dogs poster for putting a reflection in a piece of glass that's no longer there. Fortunately, the second poster quickly remedied this problem.
The Phil Mickelson Award goes to the Neville Longbottom character poster from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two for looking a lot like the golfer after he's just shot into another bunker. All the mayhem going on in the background is also very reminiscent of your typical PGA tournament.
Most Sexist Tagline Award goes to the I Don't Know How She Does It poster for saying "If it were easy, men would do it too." Runner up goes to Alabama Moon for its tagline of "An adventure for the boy in all of us" that apparently assumes that only males are looking at the poster.
The Cujo Award for creepiest (non-decapitated) dog on a poster goes to the banner for Spy Kids 4.
Most Unflattering Poster Award goes to Contagion and The Three Musketeers for some rather unappealing looks for Gwyneth Paltrow and Milla Jovovich.
Best Visual Tagline Award goes to the Australian poster for Friends With Benefits. For those who do not understand the gestures, it translates to "She is Okay!"
Most Offensive News Post Award goes to The IMP's posting for Courageous which said "From the creators of Fireproof? Thanks for the warning..." This resulted in an email from a friend of Kirk Cameron chastising us for saying such an offensive thing. (They must not have read any of the reviews for that film...)
House of Wax Award goes to The Dilemma for featuring what are clearly replicas of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James on loan from Madame Tussauds.
Most Original Title Font goes to the Australian poster for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
Best Form of Flattery Award goes to Fright Night and Drive. One for having an awfully similar look to the poster for No Country For Old Men and the other for having the same tagline.
Worst Snack Idea Award goes to the Russian poster for A Good Old Fashioned Orgy for showcasing a toilet full of potato chips. Don't ask where the dip is...
The Se7en Award goes to An Invisible Sign for its use of numbers as letters.
Most Adorable Poster Award goes to the international banner for Puss in Boots with Kung Fu Panda a close second.
Most Reckless Poster Award goes to Larry Crowne. The poster was considered so dangerous for showing its stars riding a scooter without helmets that the Spanish distributor was fined 30,000 euros.
Posters Most Likely to Scare Away Target Audience Award goes to Mars Needs Moms for some genuinely frightening character posters.
Most Subtle Joke Award goes to the poster for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Look closely enough and you'll notice that Oldman has a mole on his nose.
Gratuitous Animal Placement Award goes to Tower Heist for the cute little dog in a sweater who just seemed to be wandering through the posters.
Egotistical Director Award goes to Lars von Trier who got his very own "character" poster for Melancholia. Runner up goes to Hugo for referring to Martin Scorsese as "one of the most legendary directors of our time". Might be true, but sheesh...
Best Hangover Spoof Award goes to the NBC's Up All Night. Honorable mention has to go to the poster for A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.
Best Subliminal Message Award goes to The Muppets for their fake movie poster for Green With Envy. Look very carefully in the trees above Amy Adams's head and you'll see Kermit peeking out. For another slightly less subtle object in the trees, check out the hidden monster shape in the poster for Winnie the Pooh.
Green is the New Purple Award goes to the international Green Lantern poster that suggests that he and The Phantom were separated at birth.
Most Unusual Critical Blurb Award goes to the poster for Bellflower that says "A mix of John Hughes and Mad Max. One of the most strong and stylish critiques of the idiocy and confusion in young manhood since Fight Club."
Most Inappropriate Tagline for a Kid's Film Award goes to the poster for Gnomeo and Juliet that promises a "shedload of fun".
Worst Tagline of the Year award goes to Go For It: "She wasn't the best... it didn't matter" Runners up include The Rite ("You can only defeat it when you believe.") and White Irish Drinkers ("Blood is thicker than Brooklyn").
Best Director's Credit Award goes to the teaser for Young Adult for featuring the director and his credits on a gold book sticker.
Al Who? Award goes to the poster for Wild Salome that touts the film as being "from the acclaimed director of Looking for Richard" instead of telling us it was directed by Al Pacino.
Most Annoying Expression Award goes to Melissa McCarthy in the Bridesmaids character poster. Runners up include almost every other poster for that film.
Best Release Date Award goes to A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas for telling us that "Christmas comes prematurely". Special mention goes to the Happy Feet 2 poster for its "Novemburr" release date.
Most Inappropriate Actor Placement Award goes to the Spanish poster of The Green Hornet for having Cameron Diaz casually lounging on the hood of a speeding car. Worse yet, her back is resting up against the other firing machine gun.
Most Accurate Tagline Award goes to the character poster for Your Highness for saying "Natalie Portman is Mighty Fine". Runner up goes to The Human Centipede 2 poster for just saying "Sick".
Thanks for checking out the awards this year. Hope you enjoyed them!
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