Razzie Nominations Announced Too

In the midst of all the hoopla surrounding yesterday’s announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations, the committee behind the Golden Raspberry Awards once again stepped forward to deflate Hollywood’s celebratory back-slapping. The organization announced its nominees for the worst of all the crap that plagued movie screens last year. Would it surprise you to learn that ‘The Last Airbender’ and ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ topped the list? No, I didn’t think so.

I like the idea of the Razzies in theory better than they usually wind up being in execution. Year after year, the awards take pot-shots at easy targets – movies that are pretty much universally agreed to be terrible. That’s essentially what happened with this year’s nominations, which poke fun at critically reviled duds like ‘Vampires Suck’, ‘Jonah Hex’, ‘The Last Airbender’, and ‘The Bounty Hunter’. Do we really need someone to tell us that these movies stink?

If there are any surprises here, I can’t believe that anyone even remembered ‘Valentine’s Day’ enough to work up any hatred for it. Admittedly, I haven’t seen the film, but is it really that awful, or just generic and mediocre? While you couldn’t pay me to see ‘Twilight: Eclipse’, from what I’ve heard, it’s somewhat less atrocious than the previous two ‘Twilight’ movies.

Just once, I’d like to see the Razzies grow some balls and take down a few overrated movies that people out there actually like and might defend. I’m not an ‘Inception’ hater by any means, but I certainly think that movie deserves an award for “Worst Abuse of Pseudoscience Gibberish in a Screenplay.” Or how about ‘Black Swan’ for “Most Gratuitous Lesbian Fantasy Scene Written and Directed by Men”? But do we see anything like that here? Of course not.

Anyway, here are the Razzie nominees:

WORST PICTURE
  • ‘The Bounty Hunter’
  • ‘The Last Airbender’
  • ‘Sex and the City 2’
  • ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
  • ‘Vampires Suck’
WORST ACTOR
  • Jack Black, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’
  • Gerard Butler, ‘The Bounty Hunter’
  • Ashton Kutcher, ‘Killers’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’
  • Taylor Lautner, ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’
  • Robert Pattinson, ‘Remember Me’ and ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
WORST ACTRESS
  • Jennifer Aniston, ‘The Bounty Hunter’ and ‘The Switch’
  • Miley Cyrus, ‘The Last Song’
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, ‘Sex and the City 2’
  • Megan Fox, ‘Jonah Hex’
  • Kristen Stewart, ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • Billy Ray Cyrus, ‘The Spy Next Door’
  • George Lopez, ‘Marmaduke,’ ‘The Spy Next Door’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’
  • Dev Patel, ‘The Last Airbender’
  • Jackson Rathbone, ‘The Last Airbender’ and ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
  • Rob Schneider, ‘Grown Ups’
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Jessica Alba, ‘The Killer Inside Me,’ ‘Little Fockers,’ ‘Machete’ and ‘Valentine’s Day’
  • Cher, ‘Burlesque’
  • Liza Minnelli, ‘Sex and the City 2’
  • Nicola Peltz, ‘The Last Airbender’
  • Barbra Streisand, ‘Little Fockers’
WORST EYE-GOUGING MISUSE OF 3D
  • ‘Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore’
  • ‘Clash of the Titans’
  • ‘The Last Airbender’
  • ‘The Nutcracker in 3-D’
  • ‘Saw 3D’
WORST SCREEN COUPLE OR ENSEMBLE
  • Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, ‘The Bounty Hunter’
  • Josh Brolin’s Face and Megan Fox’s Accent, ‘Jonah Hex’
  • The Entire Cast of ‘The Last Airbender’
  • The Entire Cast of ‘Sex and the City 2’
  • The Entire Cast of ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
WORST DIRECTOR
  • Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, ‘Vampires Suck’
  • Michael Patrick King, ‘Sex and the City 2’
  • M. Night Shyamalan, ‘The Last Airbender’
  • David Slade, ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
  • Sylvester Stallone, ‘The Expendables’
WORST SCREENPLAY
  • M. Night Shyamalan, ‘The Last Airbender’
  • John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, ‘Little Fockers’
  • Michael Patrick King, ‘Sex and the City 2’
  • Melissa Rosenberg, ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
  • Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, ‘Vampires Suck’
WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL
  • ‘Clash Of The Titans’
  • ‘The Last Airbender’
  • ‘Sex and the City 2’
  • ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’
  • ‘Vampires Suck’

The Razzie “winners” will be announced February 26th, one day before the Oscars.

[via IFC]

8 comments

  1. canadianghetto

    The Razzies are kinda fun, but I wish they went for the Jugular like Ricky Gervais did at the Golden Globes. All of the stuff they nominate everyone knows it sucks and it is only funny when Paris Hilton or other similarly terrible actors win. If they went after movies like “The Tourist” that at least had a small amount of critical buzz it would be a lot more entertaining.

  2. I think that, if Twilight sweeps, it will upset quite a few people. I mean, who cares if Last Airbender, Cats and Dogs, or Clash of the Titans pick up a few. But, if Twilight, Robert Patterson and Kristen Stewart sweep, you will piss off a ton of preteen and teenage girls. That might be fun!

  3. I’m a Razzie voter, and for those not “in the know” you basically get a sheet of potential nominees and are asked to pick five in each of the cateogories. You DO have the opportunity to write in votes (I wrote in IRON MAN 2 for Worst Picture…yes, I hated it that much), but the chances of write-ins nabbing a nomination would be pretty slim (they don’t give you enough lead time between getting the ballot and when it’s due for any type of coordinated effort among other voters). You never get to vote again after the nominees are announced.

  4. EM

    The “Screen Couple or Ensemble” category is kind-of interesting—it might make a nice category for “best” awards too. However, I think this year’s list of Razzie nominees spoils the category a bit—it seems nonsensical to have the four leads of Sex and the City 2 nominated collectively as “Worst Actress” when not only is there an ensemble category, but the entire film’s cast has indeed been nominated in the ensemble category. I hereby razz this senseless duplication.

    • nate boss

      that’s part of the perplexing bully-ness that is this award show. they couldn’t hold their spite against one person, they have to put the same venom into two categories. i’m sorry (well, not really), but no amount of explanation into how these votes count will change my opinion that this is a ridiculous, attention whoring award, that is more full of sour grapes, emotion, and longstanding grudges than it is a statement of anything relevant or helpful.

      the razzies, funnily enough, don’t have any berries, and are instead pure, unadulterated dick. as such, they shoot blanks every time.

      • EM

        A “ridiculous, attention whoring award, that is more full of sour grapes, emotion, and longstanding grudges than it is a statement of anything relevant or helpful”—sorry, I kept losing track of whether you were describing the Razzies or the Oscars. 😀

  5. EM – beat me to it.

    The only thing that helps keep the Oscar flavored bile taste out of my mouth (and most if not all award ceremonies) is something like the razzies.

    If only Ricky Gervais could host them all.

    I love seeing films I enjoyed getting praised by others. But all of these people, and I do mean all of these people get way, way too much praise already.

    When the hell are the Garbageman of the year awards. Or the guy who never cuts people off in traffic awards.

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