Golden Raspberry Awards
The Golden Raspberry Awards is a parody award show honoring the worst of cinematic under-achievements. Co-founded by UCLA film graduates and film industry veterans John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy, the Razzie Awards' satirical annual ceremony has preceded its polar opposite, the coveted Academy Awards, for four decades. The term is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry", which in turn comes from Cockney rhyming slang where "raspberry" is short for "raspberry tart", which is rhyming slang for "fart". The statuette itself is a golf ball-sized raspberry atop a mangled Super 8mm film reel spray-painted gold, with an estimated street value of $4.97. The Golden Raspberry Foundation have claimed that the award "encourages well-known filmmakers and top notch performers to own their bad."
The first Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony was held on March 31, 1981, in John J. B. Wilson's living-room alcove in Hollywood, to honor the worst films of the 1980 film season.
HistoryAmerican publicist John J. B. Wilson traditionally held potluck parties at his home in Hollywood on the night of the Academy Awards. In 1981, after the 53rd Academy Awards had completed for the evening, Wilson invited friends to give random award presentations in his living room. Wilson decided to hold the event, after seeing a 99-cent double feature of Can't Stop the Music and Xanadu. He gave attendees ballots to vote on the worst. Wilson stood at a podium made of cardboard in a tacky tuxedo, with a foam ball attached to a broomstick as a fake microphone, and announced Can't Stop the Music as the first Golden Raspberry Award Winner for Worst Picture. The impromptu ceremony was a success and the following week a press release about his event was picked up by a few local newspapers, including a mention in the Los Angeles Daily News with the headline: "Take These Envelopes, Please".
Approximately three dozen people came to the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards. The 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards had double the attendance, and the 3rd awards ceremony had doubled that number. By the 4th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, CNN and two major wire services covered the event. "We finally figured out you couldn't compete with the Oscars on Oscar night, but if you went the night before, when the press from all over the world are here and they are looking for something to do, it could well catch on," Wilson told BBC News.
FormatMembers of the Golden Raspberry Award Organization vote to determine the recipients. Voting members hail from all 50 U.S. states and every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
The ceremony is modeled after the Academy Awards but done with deliberate intent to be low end and tacky.
Recipients who have accepted their awardRecipients who have accepted their Golden Raspberry Award include Tom Green, Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock, Michael Ferris, J. D. Shapiro, Paul Verhoeven, eight-time Oscar Winner Alan Menken, Dinesh D'Souza, Fifty Shades of Grey Producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca and Dwayne Johnson.
Contenders for worst and bestSeveral people have gotten Razzie nominations for being the worst at the same time they got nominations from other organizations for being the best.
Razzie and OscarThree people won both the Razzies and Oscars the same weekend: Alan Menken in 1993, Brian Helgeland in 1997 and Sandra Bullock in 2010, although each of the three won for two different films in the same year. Two actors had performances in the same movie netting them both Oscar and Razzie nominations, James Coco and Amy Irving. The Aerosmith song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", as part of the original soundtrack to the 1998 film Armageddon, was nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song, as was the Trisha Yearwood song "How Do I Live" from the 1997 film Con Air and the Tony Bennett song "Life in a Looking Glass" from the 1986 film That's Life!.
Wall Street is the only film to date to win both an Oscar and a Razzie. Michael Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor, however Daryl Hannah's performance was not as well received, which earned her a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress.
Disney's The Lone Ranger may have won one of its five nominations, but it was also nominated for two Oscars.
The 1983 romance dance flick Flashdance was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay, but won one of its three Oscar nominations for Best Original Song for Irene Cara's "Flashdance... What a Feeling".
While 1992's The Bodyguard was a critical failure, it was a huge box office hit and, moreover, its multi-platinum soundtrack album overshadowed the film that it garnered two nominations for Best Original Song.
Razzie and Annie AwardIn spite of the heavily negative critical consensus, the 2012 action film Battleship was also nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Effects in a Live Action Production.
Razzie and Golden Globe, winner of the inaugural Worst Actor Razzie for 1980's The Jazz Singer, was nominated for the Golden Globe in the same role.
1988's Cocktail won two of its four nominations for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay, but the Beach Boys's song "Kokomo" was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
Despite being a major critical and commercial disappointment, and only receiving the most awards and nominations, the 2019 film Cats was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Taylor Swift's song "Beautiful Ghosts".
Razzie and GrammyVarious songs received nominations for both the Razzie and the Grammy Awards, such as Madonna's "Die Another Day", Will Smith's "Wild Wild West", Britney Spears' "Overprotected", U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me", The Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is the Beginning Is the End", and LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live".
Razzie and Saturn AwardIn 1981, Stanley Kubrick was nominated both for a Razzie Award as Worst Director at the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards as well as for a Saturn Award for Best Director at the 8th Saturn Awards for the same film: 'The Shining. In 2002, Natalie Portman was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress and for the Saturn Award for Best Actress for the same role in '. Cassandra Peterson was nominated for Worst Actress at the 9th Golden Raspberry Awards and for Best Actress at the 16th Saturn Awards for her role as Elvira in the 1988 film .
In 2001, whilst Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes garnered all three Razzies it was nominated for, Rick Baker's makeup designs were very well received, that it earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Makeup, while Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth and Colleen Atwood were respectively nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Costume.
The 1997 apocalyptic film The Postman'' "received" all five awards, but also three Saturn nominations.
Razzie and international awardsIn 2017, Darren Aronofsky, director of Mother!, was nominated for both the Worst Director Razzie at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards and the Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.
In 2018, the mystery comedy Holmes & Watson won four of its six nominations at the 39th Golden Raspberry Awards, but was also nominated for two ALFS Awards and Young British Performer ).
Despite receiving two Razzie nominations for Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt also received an ALFS Award nomination for her performance in the CGI-animated box office hit Sherlock Gnomes, as well as critically acclaimed movies A Quiet Place and Mary Poppins Returns.
- Worst Picture: 1980 to present
- Worst Director: 1980 to present
- Worst Actor: 1980 to present
- Worst Actress: 1980 to present
- Worst Supporting Actor: 1980 to present
- Worst Supporting Actress: 1980 to present
- Worst Screenplay: 1980 to present
- Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel: 1994 to present, except 1996 and 1999
- Worst Screen Combo: 2013 to present
- The Razzie Redeemer Award: 2014 to present
- Worst Original Song: 1980 to 1999, 2002
- Worst New Star: 1981 to 1998, except 1989
- Worst Musical Score: 1981 to 1985
- Worst Visual Effects: 1986 to 1987
- Worst Screen Couple: 1994 to 2009, 2011 to 2012
- Worst Screen Couple/Worst Screen Ensemble: 2010
- Worst Screen Ensemble: 2011 to 2012
|1996||Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million||Twister—Michael Crichton & Anne-Marie Martin||The Hunchback of Notre Dame—Tab Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker & Noni White|
Independence Day—Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich
'—David Koepp and Robert Towne
A Time to Kill—Akiva Goldsman
|1997||Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property||Con Air||Batman & Robin|
|1998||Worst Movie Trends of the Year||58-year-old leading men wooing 28-year-old leading ladies||Trailers that give away the film's entire plot|
Longer movies, shorter plots
THX Deafening Audio
Mega-zillion-dollar cross-promotional overkill: Armageddon, Godzilla, etc.
|2002||Most Flatulent Teen-Targeted Movie||'||Eight Crazy Nights|
|2003||Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie||The Cat in the Hat||2 Fast 2 Furious|
From Justin to Kelly
The Real Cancun
|2005||Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets||Tom Cruise, his baby, Katie Holmes, Oprah Winfrey's couch and the Eiffel Tower||Tom Cruise and his anti-psychiatry rant|
Paris Hilton and... "who EVER!"
Mr. and Mrs. Britney, their baby and their camcorder
The Simpsons: Ashlee, Jessica and Nick
|2006||Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment||RV||Deck the Halls|
The Shaggy Dog
|2007||Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie||I Know Who Killed Me||'|
|2010||Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D||The Last Airbender||'|
Clash of the Titans
|2017||The Razzie Nominee So Rotten You Loved It||Baywatch||The Emoji Movie|
Fifty Shades Darker
Anniversary AwardsEvery decade-closing ceremony includes an award for the worst actors and movies of the decade—though the 2000 ceremony put the actors as worst of the 20th century instead. Special prizes for the 25th anniversary of the Razzies awards were also given out in 2005.
|1980s||Worst Actor||Sylvester Stallone||Christopher Atkins|
|1980s||Worst Actress||Bo Derek||Faye Dunaway|
|1980s||Worst Picture of the Decade||Mommie Dearest||Bolero |
Howard the Duck
The Lonely Lady
|1980s||Worst New Star of the Decade||Pia Zadora||Christopher Atkins |
|1990s||Worst Actor of the Century||Sylvester Stallone||Kevin Costner|
|1990s||Worst Actress of the Century||Madonna||Elizabeth Berkley|
|1990s||Worst Picture of the Decade||Showgirls||' |
|1990s||Worst New Star of the Decade||Pauly Shore||Elizabeth Berkley|
|Of Our First 25 Years||Worst Razzie Loser||Arnold Schwarzenegger||Kim Basinger|
|Of Our First 25 Years||Worst Drama||Battlefield Earth||The Lonely Lady |
|Of Our First 25 Years||Worst Comedy||Gigli||The Adventures of Pluto Nash |
The Cat in the Hat
Freddy Got Fingered
Leonard Part 6
|Of Our First 25 Years||Worst Musical||From Justin to Kelly||Can't Stop the Music |
|2000s||Worst Actor of the Decade||Eddie Murphy||Ben Affleck|
|2000s||Worst Actress of the Decade||Paris Hilton||Mariah Carey|
|2000s||Worst Picture of the Decade||Battlefield Earth||Freddy Got Fingered |
I Know Who Killed Me
Other types of awardsMel Gibson, "A Safe Hollywood-Haven", Melissa McCarthy, and Eddie Murphy.
Worst Career AchievementThis award has been given five times, to Ronald Reagan in 1981, to Linda Blair in 1983, to Irwin Allen in 1985, to "Bruce the Rubber Shark" from Jaws in 1987, and to director Uwe Boll in 2009 who received this for his achievement as "Germany's answer to Ed Wood".
Governor's AwardThis is a special award given by Razzie Award Governor John J. B. Wilson to an individual whose achievements are not covered by the Razzies' other categories. It was awarded in 2003 to Travis Payne for "Distinguished Under-Achievement in Choreography" in the film From Justin to Kelly.
Barry L. Bumstead AwardThis award is given to a critical and financial failure that would've been nominated if it had received an eligible release. It was awarded in 2015 to United Passions, to Misconduct in 2016, in 2017 to CHiPs and in 2018 to Billionaire Boys Club.
- 1980: 1st Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1981: 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1982: 3rd Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1983: 4th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1984: 5th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1985: 6th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1986: 7th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1987: 8th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1988: 9th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1989: 10th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1990: 11th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1991: 12th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1992: 13th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1993: 14th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1994: 15th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1995: 16th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1996: 17th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1997: 18th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1998: 19th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 1999: 20th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2000: 21st Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2001: 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2002: 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2003: 24th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2004: 25th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2005: 26th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2006: 27th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2007: 28th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2008: 29th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2009: 30th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2010: 31st Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2011: 32nd Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2012: 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2013: 34th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2014: 35th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2015: 36th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2016: 37th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2017: 38th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2018: 39th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 2019: 40th Golden Raspberry Awards
Sam Adams of Indiewire has said the Razzies are "like hecklers hurling insults at comedians or a concertgoer yelling out 'Whoo!' during a quiet song, they're not-so-secretly crying out to be noticed. The Razzies, properly enough, avoid pouncing on the little guy; they don't trash no-budget indies no one has seen for having bad lighting or terrible sound". Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph has said "the Razzies' ongoing failure to train its sights on anything but the most obvious targets means it grows more tired and redundant by the year". CraveOnline's William Bibbiani stated that the Razzies follow "a cheap shot of pranksterism", and "with only a handful of exceptions, only seen fit to nominate the most infamous movies of the year, and not necessarily the worst."