With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, the Golden Raspberry awards, or Razzies, are not too far behind. The Golden Raspberry nominations were announced recently and include a diverse array of nominees. The film, 50 Shades of Grey is leading the pack, along with some the worst movies of 2015, (including Jupiter Ascending and Mortdecai), the Razzie awards adds a sense of humor to an otherwise stiff award season. Over the years, the ceremony has gone from being a complete farce, to becoming a some-what prestigious award celebration with coverage from major news media sites. Even A-list celebrities have been known to show up and accept their award, just to show they aren’t ashamed of being the best of the best of the worst.
How did the Razzies come about? Via the official website, The Golden Raspberry awards is the brain child of John Wilson, author of Everything I Know I learned At The Movies, and The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
“Starting with an Oscar® Night ceremony so small it was actually staged in a living room alcove, The Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Awards have since grown into what E! On-Line recently called ‘the foremost authority on all things that suck on the big screen.’ Annually presenting Dis-Honors for Worst Achievements in Film since 1980 in categories ranging from the obvious (Worst Picture, Actor and Actress) to the obtuse (Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel and Worst Screen Couple) The RAZZIES® today receive television, radio and newspaper coverage around the world. Their yearly bestowing of Tinsel Town’s Tackiest Trophies is regularly covered by all three major worldwide newswire services (AP, UPI and Reuters) CNN, major market TV network affiliates across the U.S. and on nationwide ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR network radio news.”
The Razzie awards acknowledge the worst films of each year. From big budget blockbusters, to independent film, from D-list celebrities, to A-list celebrities, they do not discriminate. For example, Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, and Eddie Redmayne have all been nominees or winners. But they also honor those that may not be so great at acting like Madonna, Burt Reynolds, and Adam Sandler.
It’s a shame the show isn’t televised, but celebrities don’t want to show up (and who would just to be humiliated?) However, within the last decade, more and more talent are showing up to collect their winnings. Top tier talent like Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock are the most memorable celebrity appearances to appear at the award show.
In 2005, actress Halle Berry showed up to collect her worst actress award for Catwoman. Dubbed one of the worst films of the 2000s, someone thought deviating from the DC comic character version would be good idea for a movie. It was internationally slammed by critics, fans, and Halle Berry. Unfortunately, her career never recovered. This is sad because a few years before she achieved a historical Oscar win for the film Monster’s Ball. When Berry showed up on stage, the audience was confused, yet excited to see her there, but it was her acceptance speech that will go into the history books as one of the best ever. You can view her acceptance speech in its entirety via the Razzie channel on YouTube.
It’s great to know Sandra Bullock has a sense of humor. The actress usually thrives in comedic roles, but in the 2010 film All About Steve, that was not the case. According to Mental Floss, Bullock showed up to the Razzie’s ready to torture the audience with DVD copies of All About Steve, and full movie scripts as take home gifts for guest. Twenty-four hours later, Sandra Bullock would go on to win an Oscar for best actress in The Blind Side. Just like Halle Berry, Bullock is both a Razzie and an Oscar winner. Showing she isn’t above admitting when she sucks. You can watch her full acceptance speech via the Razzie YouTube channel.
In addition to Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock, several celebrities have received both Golden Raspberry Awards and Academy Awards. That goes to show that sometimes even the best actors make misguided choices in Hollywood. Mental Floss has put together a list of these Razzie/Oscar winners. Two actors that may soon be added to this list in 2016 are Sylvester Stallone (with a whopping four Golden Raspberry wins), and Eddie Redmayne (who won an Oscar last year for The Theory of Everything, and is nominated for worst supporting actor in Jupiter Ascending in 2015).
Will any celebrities show up to this year’s Golden Raspberry award show? Eddie Redmanye seems like he has a good sense of humor about these types of things. Or maybe Stallone will show up to rub his Academy win in the face of the Razzie awards. Fingers crossed.
Be sure to check out the full list of worst nominees on the Razzie Website.
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