While tonight, the best of the best films will be honored and the stars will be anxiously waiting to see who will be bringing home the coveted Oscar statuette, last night was for losers. Every year, The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation holds the Razzie Awards ceremony on “Oscar Eve” to celebrate the worst of the worst.
This year, The 36th Annual Golden Razzie Awards were held at The Palace Theatre on Broadway Street in Los Angeles, California, in an event that was described as “shorter and not as white.” Here, the prize is a $4.97 spray-painted Golden Raspberry Statuette that has been handed out to such celebrities as Chevy Chase, Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock.
Leading the pack for winning the most awards that nobody ever wants was Fifty Shades of Grey, which tied for Worst Picture and won for Worst Actor, Worst Actress and Worst Screen Combo. In addition to tying for Worst Picture, Fantastic Four also won for Worst Remake/Rip-Off or Sequel and Worst Director. Kevin James, in the running for six awards only took home one award for Worst Screenplay for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The only light in this very dark tunnel was Sylvester Stallone who won this year’s Redeemer Award for his work in Creed.
This year’s list of Razzies winners (of losers if you prefer) include:
Worst Picture Tie: Fantastic Four and Fifty Shades of Grey
Beating Out: Jupiter Ascending, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 and Pixels. (Incidentally, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 had the lowest Rotten Tomatoes Score with just 5%)
Worst Actor: Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Beating out: Johnny Depp (Mordecai), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Adam Sandler (The Cobbler and Pixels) and Channing Tatum (Jupiter Ascending)
Worst Actress: Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Beating Out: Katherine Heigl (Home Sweet Hell), Mila Kunis (Jupiter Ascending), Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Mortdecai)
Worst Supporting Actor: Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending)
Beating Out: Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Vacation), Josh Gad (Pixels and The Wedding Ringer), Kevin James (Pixels), Jason Lee (Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip)
Worst Supporting Actress: Kaley Cuoco (Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Chip (voice only) and The Wedding Ringer
Beating Out: Rooney Mara (Pan), Michelle Monaghan (Pixels), Julianne Moore (Seventh Son) and Amanda Seyfried (Love the Coopers and Pan)
Worst Remake/Rip-Off or Sequel: Fantastic Four
Beating Out: Alvin and the Chipmunks 4: Road Chip, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Worst Screen Combo: Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Beating Out: All Four “fantastic” (Fantastic Four), Johnny Depp & His Glued-On Mustache (Mortdecai), Kevin James & Either His Segue or His Glued-On Mustache (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2) and Adam Sandler & Any Pair of Shoes (The Cobbler)
Worst Director: Josh Trank (Fantastic Four)
Beating Out: Andy Fickman (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Tom Six (The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)), Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Andy & Lana Wachowskis (Jupiter Ascending)
Worst Screenplay: Kevin James & Nick Bakay (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2)
Beating Out: Simon Kinberg & Jeremy Slater (Fantastic 4), Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey), Andy and Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending) and Tim Herlihy & Timothy Dowling (Pixels)
Redeemer Award: Sylvester Stallone (“From All-Time Champ to 2015 Award Contender for Creed“)
Beating Out: Elizabeth Banks (“From Razzie ‘winning’ Director for Movie 43 to Directing the 2015 hit Pitch Perfect 2“), M. Night Shyamalan (“From Perennial Razzie nominee & ‘winner’ to directing the 2015 horror hit, The Visit“) and Will Smith (“For following up Razzie ‘wins’ for After Earth by starring in Concussion“)
The Golden Raspberry Foundation was created by self-proclaimed “cine-maniac and cynic” John Wilson who has fought for the underdogs of film for 36 years. The very first Razzie Award ceremony was held in 1980 in his own living room with just a handful of people. Today, it is estimated that the audience craving information about the Razzies is about two billion people.
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