The Golden Raspberry, popularly known as the Razzie award, is a peculiar piece of Hollywood legend. While every film award season is typically a four month long celebration of the best the global entertainment industry has to offer, the Razzie awards revel in giving acknowledgement to the worst.
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, which has hosted the Razzie awards since 1981, just released the short list of nominees for the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. At the moment, the list is only available to registered voters, but Variety shared the list.
At the top of the Razzie category for worst picture is The Interview. While the still-unfolding hacking scandal involving Sony Pictures Entertainment garnered lots of press for the Seth Rogen political comedy, critics and audieneces were less than kind, calling the screenplay full of “middling laughs bolstered by its two likable leads.”
Other possible Razzie award for worst picture suggested nominees are Transcendence, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend of Hercules, and the Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape.
Tied for most suggested Razzie award categories are the Seth MacFarlane comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Both MacFarlane and Transformers director Michael Bay are suggested nominees for the worst director Razzie. According to Rotten Tomatoes, both films were more poorly rated than The Interview.
Several movies were suggested for multiple Razzie awards. I, Frankenstien a fantasy re-telling of the Frankenstein story based on a graphic novel of the same name, received four Razzie suggestions including a worst actor nod for star Aaron Eckhart.
Apparently, it was not a good year for biblical epics. Both Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings were suggested in the Razzie category for worst remake, rip-off, or sequel. Noah director Darron Aronofsky was suggested in the Razzie category of worst director, but Ridley Scott was spared. No acting Razzie nominations were suggested for either film.
No more films can be suggested for nomination, but dedicated or disgusted film buffs still have a chance to be part of Razzie award history. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has voting memberships for sale via their website. Memberships are two for $40 until January 10, when voting on the official nominees closes. Membership includes the nominee ballot, the final ballot, which will select the Razzie award winners, and an invitation for two to attend the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards in Hollywood.
The official nominees for the respective Razzie awards will be announced January 14, one day before the Academy Award nominee announcements. The Razzie awards will be handed out to the unlucky winners on February 21, one day before the Academy Award ceremony.