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.
Starting with the 2015 awards, a new category, the Razzie Redeemer Award, has been handed out to a past nominee or "winner" who has moved onto a more critically successful movie.
- 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. Menken lists the Razzie in his official website and has often spoke "proudly" of the achievement - "I won three Academy Awards within the course of three years and one Razzie" - and even if he didn't ask for his statue, the lyricist has done so, and it is in his house alongside the Tony◊ won by the Newsies adaptation.
- 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, (the writer received Worst Screenplay in a radio program, and picked up Worst Movie of the 2000s in person) and Paul Verhoeven for Showgirls (the first to attend the ceremony). 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 TV series, Robert Conrad, picked up the awards for the ill-fated, In-Name-Only movie adaptation starring Will Smith as a protest.
- Two people have been nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie for the same performance: James Coco, for Best and Worst Supporting Actor in Only When I Laugh, and Amy Irving, for Best and Worst Supporting Actress in Yentl. (Neither of them won either award.)
- 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"note ) and Madonna (8 awards, including Worst Actress of the Century) for actors.
- A few non-fiction movies have ran for Razzies, most notably two documentaries: Michael Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11, the first Razzie winner (four awards scorning the performances of high-ranking American Iraq hawks who "starred" as themselves) that bombed neither critically nor financially;note and Dinesh D'Souza's Hillary's America won Worst Picture in 2017 for being as fake as a documentary can be while also showcasing inept filmmaking at its finest (D'Souza went on to appear in the video announcing the 2017 winners, claiming the Razzie voters picked on his movie because Hillary lost the presidential election, while also claiming getting such an award was fantastic - "my audience loves the fact that you hate me!"). Along with them, Andrew Dice Clay's performance movie Dice Rules! ran for Worst Picture in 1991, The Jonas Brothers won Worst Actor for their concert movie, and two documentaries led to Worst Actress nods, Madonna in Truth or Dare, and Sarah Palin in The Undefeated.
- Cross-dressing noms are a Running Gag. Winners include Tyler Perry (A Madea Christmas and Boo! A Madea Halloween 2), Adam Sandler and David Spade (both for Jack and Jill), Dom De Luise (Haunted Honeymoon), Eddie Murphy (Norbit), and Brooke Shields◊ (the 1983 film Sahara). Nominees include Barbra Streisand (Yentl), Kurt Russell◊ (Tango & Cash), Kevin Kline◊ (Wild Wild West), "The Wayans Sisters" (White Chicks), Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson (both for Big Momma's House 3), and John Candy (Nothing but Trouble). Amusingly, famed Drag Queen Divine once ran for Worst Actor.
- Ensembles that won Worst Actor/Actress: The Jonas Brothers, The Spice Girls, the Wayans Brothers in Little Man and the gal pals from Sex and the City 2. Worst Actress also had noms for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the stars of Bratz and The Women, and the Wayans in White Chicks.
- Worst Screen Couple/Combo is clearly the most comedic category. Gag Boobs nominations ("Pamela Anderson's impressive enhancements", "Mariah Carey's cleavage", "Sharon Stone's lopsided breasts"), all-inclusive nominations of "any actors" that lead to an esoteric win (Showgirls: "Any combination of two people or two body parts") and two a bit more specific (John Travolta and anyone sharing the screen with him in Battlefield Earth, Tom Green and any animal he abuses in Freddy Got Fingered), actors Acting for Two (with wins for Leonardo DiCaprio in The Man in the Iron Mask and Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me) and actor/object combinations (though the only which won was "Kirk Cameron and his ego" in Saving Christmas; this one came up after his attempt to tilt Rotten Tomatoes to up his panned movie's scores on the site prompted an Internet Backdraft that sent it the other way).
- The Razzies have irregularly given an award called "Worst Career Achievement". The "winners" so far have been:
- Few animated films got the attention of the Razzies until the widely reviled The Emoji Movie swept its four nominations, including Worst Picture, in 2018. Prior to that, Thumbelina won Worst Original Song and one of Kelsey Grammer's roles that earned him Worst Supporting Actor in 2014 was Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.
- Three U.S. Presidents have won Razzies. Ronald Reagan received the special "Worst Career Achievement" award upon becoming President (as he had been an actor for quite some time before entering politics), Donald Trump won Worst Supporting Actor for 1990's Ghosts Can't Do It (As Himself, the only one to win before taking office since that film predated his entry into politics by 20+ years), and George W. Bush won Worst Actor for 2004's Fahrenheit 9/11 (again, As Himself).
- In addition to the individuals listed above, one film has won both an Oscar and a Razzie. Wall Street got an Oscar for star Michael Douglas, but Daryl Hannah won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress.
Worst Picture winners include:
- 1980: Can't Stop the Music (one of the films that inspired the awards)
- 1981: Mommie Dearest (also won Worst Picture of The '80s in 1990)
- 1982: Inchon
- 1983: The Lonely Lady
- 1984: Bolero
- 1985: Rambo: First Blood Part II
- 1986: Howard the Duck (tie with Under the Cherry Moon, first of three films based off of comic book material to win this Razzie)
- 1986: Under the Cherry Moon (tie with Howard the Duck)
- 1987: Leonard Part 6 (first Razzie to be accepted by the star of the movie, Bill Cosby, who had disowned the film immediately and requested a specially-made Razzie; he did not attend the ceremony)
- 1988: Cocktail
- 1989: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
- 1990: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (tie with Ghosts Can't Do It)
- 1990: Ghosts Can't Do It (tie with The Adventures of Ford Fairlane)
- 1991: Hudson Hawk
- 1992: Shining Through
- 1993: Indecent Proposal (this and the next 3 Worst Picture winners were all erotic-based)
- 1994: Color of Night (only Worst Picture to not have won any other categories)
- 1995: Showgirls (also won Worst Picture of The '90s in 2000; first award where one of the crew members of the film, director Paul Verhoeven, personally accepted the Razzie at the actual show)
- 1996: Striptease
- 1997: The Postman
- 1998: An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (this helped lead to the Directors Guild of America retiring the "Alan Smithee" alias)
- 1999: Wild Wild West
- 2000: Battlefield Earth (also won Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years in 2005 and Worst Picture of the 2000s in 2010; the last was accepted at that show by the writer of the film, J.D. Shapiro)
- 2001: Freddy Got Fingered
- 2002: Swept Away
- 2003: Gigli (also won Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Years in 2005)
- 2004: Catwoman (the second of three comic book movies thus far to win this Razzie, and the first of two superhero-themed films to win the Razzie; the actress who played the titular character, Halle Berry, personally accepted one of the awards the film got)
- 2005: Dirty Love
- 2006: Basic Instinct 2
- 2007: I Know Who Killed Me
- 2008: The Love Guru
- 2009: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
- 2010: The Last Airbender (also won the one-time "Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D" award)
- 2011: Jack and Jill (first film to sweep the Razzies, and for good reason)
- 2012: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
- 2013: Movie 43
- 2014: Saving Christmas
- 2015: Fifty Shades of Grey (tie with Fantastic Four (2015))
- 2015: Fantastic Four (2015) (tie with Fifty Shades of Grey; third of three comic book movies, and the second superhero film thus far, to win this Razzie. It also won "Worst Prequel, Remake, Ripoff or Sequel")
- 2016: Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (first documentary film to win Worst Picture; it also won awards for Worst Director, Worst Actor, and Worst Actress)
- 2017: The Emoji Movie (first animated movie to win Worst Picture and the first ever to be nominated; it also won awards for Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Combo for "Any two obnoxious emojis")