Why We Love the Razzies (Plus the Full List of 2013 Nominees)

Why We Love the Razzies (Plus the Full List of 2013 Nominees)

Jan 09, 2013

Razzie awardForget the Oscars and the Golden Globes – the award nominations that matter more than all others have officially been revealed: the 2013 Razzie nominations are upon us.

Yes, it’s once again that time of the year – a time when the good folks at the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation gather together to give us an alternative to all of Hollywood’s self-congratulatory backslapping. And while some folks don’t approve of the Razzies – finding them mean-spirited and tonally deaf in a season dedicated to celebrating good movies -- we like them because, let’s be honest: Hollywood makes a whole lot of crap.

Look at this year’s list of nominees, which rips on films like Battleship and actors like Nic Cage (have we yet reached a point where we can just call these Worst Actor awards the Cageys?) as proof of that. They should rename the ceremony in honor of The Twilight: Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 since that film earns a nod in every category. If you listen closely, you can hear Twi-hards screaming in agony as you read this.

Some might argue that the Razzies serve no real purpose, but they do. Where else can we celebrate the awfulness of Rihanna’s fledgling acting career or be reminded that six people across this great nation actually paid money to see The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure in a theater? If not for the Razzies, could we ever stand together as Americans and say “Yes, you’re right. Tyler Perry in drag is awful. Will you please stop making more of these movies now?”

It’s sad when a normally great and dependable actor like Liam Neeson turns up among the nominees (he gets a double nod for his work in Battleship and Wrath of the Titans), but even the mightiest of us stumble. Thanks to the Razzies, Neeson now knows this – and he can work on correcting it. Nick Swardson, meanwhile, should probably get used to being “honored” at these events.

Oogieloves big balloon adventure

Kidding and snark aside, one of the reasons I’ve always liked the Razzies is that it provides an opportunity for actors and filmmakers to have fun with their projects that didn’t quite hit the mark. Halle Berry showed up and accepted her Worst Actress award for Catwoman and turned in a better performance in her acceptance speech than she did in the film. Bill Cosby accepted his three awards for Leonard Part 6, and many other big names have eventually claimed their dubious distinctions. No one wants to fail, but it happens – and being able to poke a bit of fun at your failings certainly helps your career in the long run. We like our stars to be human – and while the pomp and circumstance of the Oscars is a spectacle unlike any other, the Razzies make a great counterpoint to it all while humanizing some larger-than-life folks in the process.

With that in mind, let’s not be bitter or angry about the Razzies – let’s celebrate them for pointing out that you can spend millions of dollars and hire big-name actors and still make a really awful movie. As Kevin Smith has said, "Hollywood -- it's the only place where you can fail upwards." The Razzies have certainly helped prove that. 

Here are the official nominations:

Worst Picture
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That's My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Worst Director
Sean Anders - That's My Boy
Peter Berg - Battleship
Bill Condon - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry - Good Deeds/Madea's Witness Protection
John Putch - Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Worst Actress
Katherine Heigl - One for the Money
Milla Jovovich - Resident Evil: Retribution
Tyler Perry - Madea's Witness Protection
Kristen Stewart - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2/Snow White and the Huntsman
Barbra Streisand - The Guilt Trip

Worst Actor
Nicolas Cage - Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance/Seeking Justice
Eddie Murphy - A Thousand Words
Robert Pattinson - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry - Alex Cross/Good Deeds
Adam Sandler - That's My Boy

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel - Playing for Keeps/Total Recall
Brooklyn Decker - Battleship/What to Expect When You're Expecting
Ashley Greene - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Jennifer Lopez - What to Expect When You're Expecting
Rihanna - Battleship

Worst Supporting Actor
David Hasselhoff - Pirannha 3-DD
Taylor Lautner - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Liam Neeson - Battleship / Wrath of the Titans
Nick Swardson - That's My Boy
Vanilla Ice - That's My Boy

Worst Screen Ensemble
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That's My Boy
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Madea's Witness Protection


Worst Screenplay
Atlas Shrugged Part II
Battleship
That's My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance
Pirannha 3DD
Red Dawn
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Madea's Witness Protection


Worst Screen Couple
Any two cast members from Jersey Shore in The Three Stooges
Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry and his drag in Madea's Witness Protection
Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, or Susan Sarandon in That's My Boy

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