Useful Notes: Golden Raspberry Award


The Razzies are just like the Oscars, except that the rightful nominees win.

Also known as "The Razzies" (and by "raspberry" we mean the big, loud, wet one), when you've made a movie that is uniquely terrible, this is exactly the sort of "award" you may be in for.

Created by John J.B. Wilson, the Razzies have been handed out since 1981, traditionally on the evening before the Academy Awards are handed out. Understandably, very few people ever show up in person to accept their Razzie, a gold-painted plastic statue costing "about $4.97". A few have, though, taking the suckitude of their movie in stride (which makes you wonder). A few actors and films have won both Oscars and Razzies, while a select few have been nominated for both awards for the same work.

To date, only one actor has ever won both the Razzie and the Oscar in equivalent categories in the same year (albeit for different films), in 2010 and Sandra Bullock actually did turn up to collect both (the Worst Actress Razzie for All About Steve, the Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side); Bullock even "gifted" the Razzie audience with Blu-Rays of the former film. Two others also won simultaneous awards: composer Alan Menken (Oscar for Score and Song in Aladdin, Razzie for Worst Song in Newsies) and screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Oscar for the L.A. Confidential adaptation, Razzie for The Postman). Helgeland decided to accept the Razzie, and they delivered it to him in his office; his collaborator, Eric Roth who had himself adapted Forrest Gump into the far better-known movie and won an Academy Award for that one was not so gracious.

Aside from the aforementioned Sandra Bullock, among the people who've showed up to collect awards are Halle Berry for Catwoman (bringing her Oscar from the previous year to the ceremony!), Tom Green for Freddy Got Fingered (accepting all four of the awards he personally won as well as the Worst Picture trophy... and showing a distinct lack of maturity by berating the crowd), J.D. Shapiro for Battlefield Earth, and Paul Verhoeven for Showgirls. Tom Selleck received his for Christopher Columbus The Discovery on a talk show, and on another show Bill Cosby received a literal Golden (and marble) Razzie for Leonard Part 6 instead of the cheap one. The star of The Wild Wild West, Robert Conrad, picked up the awards for the ill-fated adaptation starring Will Smith as a protest.

Though there have been criticisms of The Razzies' process. As Brad Jones stated in his Mommie Dearest Cinema Snob review, and Sandra Bullock also pointed out when accepting her award for All About Steve, many Razzie voters don't even see the films they're nominating, instead choosing to hate on films just because they're popular to hate on. Along with some now-critically acclaimed films being nominated for Razzies such as The Shining in 1980, The Thing in 1982, and Scarface in 1983, it's easy to see where some of the backlash lies. And The A.V. Club stated in their coverage of the 2013 awards that they tend to go for really low-hanging targets instead of truly irredeemable films like A Good Day To Die Hard. Nevertheless, the Awards still go on, despite little-to-no respect from cinephiles.

The biggest Razzie winners are Jack and Jill (10 awards, i.e. all the categories), Battlefield Earth (9 total; 7 awards upon release, Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years in 2005, and Worst Movie of the 2000s in 2010), Showgirls (8 total, 7 awards upon release and Worst Movie of the 90s in 2000), and I Know Who Killed Me (8 awards in 2008, though one is kind of a cheat as Lindsay Lohan tied with Lindsay Lohan for Worst Actress as she played two roles) for movies, Sylvester Stallone (10 awards, including Worst Actor of The '80s and Worst Actor of the Century, the latter being for "99.5% of everything he's EVER done") and Madonna (8 awards, including Worst Actress of the Century) for actors.

To date, only one documentary (Michael Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11) has ever been nominated for or won a Razzie. It was also the first Razzie winner (all four awards scorning the performances of high-ranking American Iraq hawks who "starred" as themselves) that bombed neither critically nor financially. note 

The only animated film to ever "win" one thus far has been Don Bluth's adaptation of Thumbelina, which won "Worst Original Song" for "Marry the Mole".

Remember, it's just a movie...


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