Cool Stuff Awards

Awards are a fun concept, but often boring in execution.

It’s difficult to sit through all the nominated films and television shows in any given year, but without doing so, you can’t become fully emotionally invested in the race.

For me, the obvious solution to this problem was to create a ceremony exclusively honouring things that I have already watched – now known as the Cool Stuff Awards.

This prestigious tradition has a bumpy history.

It began on my now-defunct childhood blog before being ferried over to this shiny new site, while it has also been forced into hiatus on a couple of occasions.

However, as it now seems to be in a consistent rhythm, I thought this would be a good time to take stock of the (metaphorical) trophies handed out so far.

Analysing the results revealed the following actors and projects to be the most decorated in the history of the Cool Stuff Awards. Behold!

Most Wins

  1. Jennifer Lawrence – 3 wins
    (American Hustle, mother!, Don’t Look Up)
  2. Jonathan Majors – 2 wins
    (Lovecraft Country, The Harder They Fall)
  3. Scarlett Johansson – 2 wins
    (Captain America: Civil War, Marriage Story)

Most Wins

  1. Everything Everywhere All at Once – 5 wins
  2. Fargo (season 2) – 3 wins
  3. Ex Machina – 3 wins
  4. American Hustle – 3 wins

And here, for posterity, is every winner recognised so far. Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!


Best Supporting Actress

2022: Stephanie Hsu
(Everything Everywhere All at Once)
2021: Aunjanue Ellis
(King Richard)
2019: Rachel Weisz
(The Favourite)
2018: Allison Janney
(I, Tonya)
2017: Tilda Swinton
2016: Scarlett Johansson
(Captain America: Civil War)
2015: Alicia Vikander
(Ex Machina)
2013: Jennifer Lawrence
(American Hustle)

Best Supporting Actor

2022: Ke Huy Quan
(Everything Everywhere All at Once)
2021: Willem Dafoe
(Spider-Man: No Way Home)
2019: Riz Ahmed
(The Sisters Brothers)
2018: Henry Cavill
(Mission: Impossible – Fallout)
2017: Michael Fassbender
(Alien: Covenant)
2016: John Goodman
(10 Cloverfield Lane)
2015: Oscar Isaac
(Ex Machina)
2013: Bradley Cooper
(American Hustle)

Best Lead Actress

2022: Michelle Yeoh
(Everything Everywhere All at Once)
2021: Jennifer Lawrence
(Don’t Look Up)
2019: Scarlett Johansson
(Marriage Story)
2018: Frances McDormand
(Three Billboards…)
2017: Jennifer Lawrence
2016: Jane Levy
(Don’t Breathe)
2015: Emily Blunt
2013: Amy Adams
(American Hustle)

Best Lead Actor

2022: Austin Butler
2021: Jonathan Majors
(The Harder They Fall)
2019: Aaron Paul
(El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie)
2018: Nicolas Cage
2017: Daniel Kaluuya
(Get Out)
2016: Ryan Gosling
(The Nice Guys)
2015: Andrew Garfield
(99 Homes)
2013: Robert Downey Jr
(Iron Man 3)

Best Motion Capture

2022: Sigourney Weaver
(Avatar: The Way of Water)
2021: Steve Agee and Sylvester Stallone
(The Suicide Squad)
2019: Rosa Salazar
(Alita: Battle Angel)

Best Stunt Work

2022: Top Gun: Maverick
(Paramount Pictures)
2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
2019: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Best Score

2022: M. M. Keeravani
2021: Hans Zimmer
2019: Alan Silvestri
(Avengers: Endgame)
2018: Ludwig Göransson
(Black Panther)

Best Screenplay

2022: The Banshees of Inisherin
(Martin McDonagh)
2021: Nightmare Alley
(Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan)
2019: Marriage Story
(Noah Baumbach)
2018: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
(Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman)

Valerian Prize for Most Underrated Film

2022: The Menu
(Searchlight Pictures)
2021: Last Night in Soho
(Universal Pictures)
2019: Hellboy
2018: Hotel Artemis
(Global Road/Lionsgate)
2017: Valerian
(EuropaCorp/STX Films)

Unsung Hero

2022: Mia Goth
2021: RJ Cyler
(The Harder They Fall)

Best Director

2022: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
(Everything Everywhere All at Once)
2021: Denis Villeneuve
2019: Dexter Fletcher
2018: Anthony and Joe Russo
(Avengers: Infinity War)
2017: Jordan Peele
(Get Out)
2016: Dan Trachtenberg
(10 Cloverfield Lane)
2015: George Miller
(Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Picture

2022: Everything Everywhere All at Once
2021: Don’t Look Up
2019: Avengers: Endgame
2018: The Shape of Water
(Fox Searchlight)
2017: Logan
(20th Century Fox)
2016: Don’t Breathe
(Sony Pictures)
2015: Ex Machina
2013: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


Worst Screenplay

2022: The Gray Man
(Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely)
2021: Venom: Let There Be Carnage
(Kelly Marcel)
2019: Joker
(Todd Phillips and Scott Silver)
2018: Pacific Rim: Uprising
(Steven S. DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, T.S. Nowlin)

Worst Director

2022: Taika Waititi
(Thor: Love and Thunder)
2021: Chloé Zhao
2019: David Leitch
(Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw)
2018: Brad Bird
(The Incredibles 2)

Worst Supporting Performance

2022: Taika Waititi
(Thor: Love and Thunder)
2021: Woody Harrelson
(Venom: Let There Be Carnage)
2019: Anthony Mackie
2018: Rafe Spall
(Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)

Worst Lead Performance

2022: Dwayne Johnson
(Black Adam)
2021: Vin Diesel
(F9: The Fast Saga)
2019: Bruce Willis
2018: Liam Neeson
(The Commuter)

Most Overrated Film

2022: The Batman
(Warner Bros.)
2021: Licorice Pizza
(United Artists/Universal Pictures)
2019: Us
(Universal Pictures)

Worst Picture

2022: The Gray Man
2021: F9: The Fast Saga
(Universal Pictures)
2019: Brightburn
(Sony Pictures)
2018: The Cloverfield Paradox
(Netflix/Paramount Pictures)
2013: Movie 43
(Relativity Media)


Best Supporting Actor

2022: Paddy Considine
(House of the Dragon)
2021: Callum Scott Howells
(It’s A Sin)
2020: Antony Starr
(The Boys)
2015: Vincent D’Onofrio

Best Supporting Actress

2022: Jennifer Coolidge
(The White Lotus)
2021: Kaitlyn Dever
2020: Uzo Aduba
(Mrs America)
2015: Yael Grobglas
(Jane The Virgin)

Best Lead Actor

2022: Martin Freeman
(The Responder)
2021: Tim Robinson
(I Think You Should Leave)
2020: Jonathan Majors
(Lovecraft Country)
2015: Patrick Wilson

Best Lead Actress

2022: Lizzy Caplan
(Fleishman is in Trouble)
2021: Cush Jumbo
(The Beast Must Die)
2020: Cate Blanchett
(Mrs America)
2015: Kirsten Dunst

Worst Television Series

2022: Fate: The Winx Saga
2021: Intruder
(Channel 5)
2020: Ratched

Best Television Series

2022: The White Lotus
2021: It’s A Sin
(Channel 4)
2020: I May Destroy You
2015: Fargo