The year was 1996. The MTV Movie Awards went down on June 8 at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. The hosts were two of the hottest comedians of the decade, Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo. And the big winners were Brad Pitt, Alicia Silverstone...and a Ham and Cheese Sandwich.
For one year and one year only, the totally random but absolutely vital category of Best Sandwich In A Movie was part of the show, and three viable contenders competed for the prize. The nominees: the Turkey Club Sandwich from “Four Rooms,” the Submarine Sandwich With Tomatoes And Provolone from “GoldenEye,” and the Ham And Cheese On Sliced Bread Sandwich from “Smoke.”
The latter nominee won the coveted trophy and the honor of going down in history as the sole victor of the Best Sandwich Golden Popcorn trophy, which is definitely a mouth-ful (see what I did there?). For some unknown reason, Academy Award-winning actress Faye Dunaway accepted the trophy, saying, “Oh gosh. Thank you, thank you very much. This is great. As an actress in Hollywood I can most certainly empathize with what it is to be a sandwich. You know — smashed, squeezed, chewed up, drooled upon, and, occasionally, spit out. Thank you.”
Sadly, the category didn’t roll over in 1997 or any year since, which is frankly a catastrophe because it means that many worthy sandwiches on the big screen have since gone unrecognized. That’s why we’d like to pay homage to the Best Sandwich award by giving it away this year, right here.
And the nominees for the 2015 Best Sandwich In A Movie are…
The Dutch Cheese Sandwich from “The Fault in Our Stars”Giphy
When Augustus takes Hazel on a picnic to tell her that they’re going to Amsterdam, he thoughtfully brings a Dutch-themed lunch, including two sandwiches made with Dutch cheese. A little bland? Perhaps, but it’s the sentiment behind the sandwich that counts here.
The Roast Beef And Mayo Sandwich from “22 Jump Street”Giphy
Zook is eating a roast beef sandwich with lettuce and mayo and drops it on the ground. At the same time, Jenko drops the Q-tip he was using to clean his ear with, and they both bend down to pick their things up. They keep bumping heads and joke that it’s a meat-cute, which earns them extra points for wordplay.
The Arby’s Sandwich from “Foxcatcher”Giphy
Apparently it was a banner year for Channing Tatum and his onscreen sandwich counterparts. In “Foxcatcher,” Mark goes into an Arby’s and orders a #4 with extra meat. The waitress tells him it’ll cost an extra 65 cents, which Mark gets all flustered about, but he accepts it and proceeds to sit in his car with the radio on and wolf the whole thing down. It is utterly riveting cinema.
And the winner is…
The Roast Beef And Mayo Sandwich from “22 Jump Street!”
Congratulations to “22 Jump Street,” and thank you for your contribution to sandwiches in cinematic history.