Useful Notes / Golden Raspberry Award

The Golden Raspberry Awards (and by "raspberry" we mean the big, loud, wet one), often shortened to the "Razzies", is an award ceremony in recognition of the worst in film; 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.

There have, however, 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. There is also criticism towards the "Worst Actor" categories, since an actor/actress usually gets nominated for being in a bad film in the first place, regardless of their actual acting skill in a film. Nevertheless, the Awards still go on, despite little-to-no respect from cinephiles.

Remember, it's just a movie...

For partial lists of winners with notably large or interesting win patterns, see the Trivia sub-page.


Worst Picture winners include: