‘Transformers,’ ‘Lost’ lead Razzie nods

Posted by · 7:04 am · February 1st, 2010

Transformers: Revenge of the FallenI don’t really have much time for the Razzie Awards, since I think they’re a pretty lazy execution of a great idea. By all means single out the year’s artistic underachievers for censure, but why pick such easy targets as Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers?

If I ran the Razzies, I’d use them to reprimand the really embarrassing projects that fell way short of expectations and/or potential. Pound for pound, is “All About Steve” really a worse film than “Amelia,” which escaped humiliation by virtue of its prestige? Call it schadenfreude if you will, but I’d take more pleasure in the Razzies if they aimed a little higher.

Anyway, for those of you who enjoy them, this year’s noms are after the cut. The most obvious talking point is the Worst Actress mention for Sandra Bullock. No, Streepoholics, it doesn’t damage her Oscar chances.

Worst Picture

“All About Steve”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Old Dogs””
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Worst Actor
Will Ferrell, “Land of the Lost”
Jonas Brothers, “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience”
Steve Martin, “Pink Panther 2”
Eddie Murphy, “Imagine That”
John Travolta, “Old Dogs”

Worst Actress
Beyonce, “Obsessed”
Sandra Bullock, “All About Steve”
Miley Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Megan Fox, “Jennifer’s Body” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Sarah Jessica Parker, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”

Worst Supporting Actor

Billy Ray Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Hugh Hefner, “Miss March”
Robert Pattinson, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Jorma Taccone, “Land of the Lost”
Marlon Wayans, “G.I. Joe”

Worst Supporting Actress
Candice Bergen, “Bride Wars”
Ali Larter, “Obsessed”
Sienna Miller, “G.I. Joe”
Kelly Preston,”Old Dogs”
Julie White, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Worst Director
Michael Bay, “Trasformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Walt Becker, “Old Dogs”
Brad Silberling, “Land of the Lost”
Stephen Sommers, “G.I. Joe”
Phil Traill, “All About Steve”

Worst Screenplay
“All About Steve”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen”
“Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Worst Screen Couple
Jonas Brothers, “The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience”
Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, “All About Steve”
Will Ferrell and any co-star, Creature or “Comic Riff,” “Land of the Lost”
Shia Lebouf and Megan Fox or any Transformer, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Pink Panther 2”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Worst Picture of the Decade
“Battlefield Earth”
“Freddy Got Fingered”
“I Know Who Killed Me”
“Swept Away”

Worst Actor of the Decade

Ben Affleck
Eddie Murphy
Mike Myers
Rob Schneider
John Travolta

Worst Actress of the Decade

Mariah Carey
Paris Hilton
Lindsay Lohan
Jennifer Lopez

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  • 1 2-01-2010 at 7:40 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Each to his own. I actually think “The Lovely Bones” is “bag of poo kinda bad.” I just don’t think it’s much fun hurling rocks at movies that were never supposed to be good in the first place. But that’s me.

  • 2 2-01-2010 at 7:10 am

    Jim said...

    Yeah I see what you mean by “easy targets”. I haven’t seen this Jonas Brothers film, but judging by the title it’s a concert … so how does that qualify for an acting category when they weren’t acting?

  • 3 2-01-2010 at 7:10 am

    med said...

    Worst Actress Sandra Bullock. It may not hurt her Oscar chances but it certainly doesn’t help either.

  • 4 2-01-2010 at 7:16 am

    Hans said...

    On a purely awards-geek level, I was almost tempted to call R-Pats’ nod in Supporting Actor category fraud until I realized that, yeah, he’s not in, like, any of the movie.

    And call me crazy, but I enjoyed the acting from the two leading ladies of my guiltiest pleasure of the year, Obsessed.

  • 5 2-01-2010 at 7:26 am

    Ben M. said...

    Totally agree on the easy targets thing. I actually think you could argue Nine and Lovely Bones were deserving of at least some razzie consideration (they didn’t make the longlist in any category) and by far the worst film I’ve seen all year, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, didn’t get any noms probably because it had too low-key a release.

  • 6 2-01-2010 at 7:27 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Ben: Agreed. I’d make some room for “The Lovely Bones” myself.

    Med: My guess is Bullock is going to be a great sport about this, make a joke of it and endear herself to more people in the process.

  • 7 2-01-2010 at 7:34 am

    stylewriter said...

    The issue with Nine is it was boring in parts. It was well acted, well directed, the cinematography and editing are actually really good. Nine is not Razzie material. It’s supposed to go to the drecks of moviemaking and while you may not like The Lovely Bones I completely disagree with it being something as offensively bad as Transformers or All About Steve. What you want, in my mind, is essentially “dumbing up” the nominees. You want more prestigious nominees, but why? There is boring, bad and bag of poo kinda bad. The Razzies should be for the latter.

  • 8 2-01-2010 at 7:45 am

    James D. said...

    Mike Myers was pretty bad, but his turn in Inglourious Basterds should keep him off Worst Actor of the Decade.

    Guy, I agree with you, they should go after prestige pictures. Unfortunately, the Academy has been known to award these films, even bad ones. How weird would it be if the Reader was nominated for Worst Picture and Best Picture in two days?

  • 9 2-01-2010 at 7:46 am

    Adam Smith said...

    @Guy: Whoa whoa whoa, “never supposed to be good in the first place”? You can say “never meant to be prestigious” or “never meant to be classics”, but who the hell makes a movie without intending it to be enjoyable (this may be a semantics argument–you might not consider “enjoyable” and “good” to be synonymous, though many probably do)? No one would put up the millions of dollars necessary to fund a film if they weren’t looking to make it good.

  • 10 2-01-2010 at 7:47 am

    Federico Gomez said...

    Pity that it will not affect Bullock’s chances. Academy is about to commit suicide with their decisions this year if they are to nominate The Hangover, award Avatar and Sandra for their huge box office achievements despite lack of quality.

  • 11 2-01-2010 at 7:53 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Adam: You have more faith in the dark, cynical souls of the people who made “G.I. Joe” than I do, evidently. I wish I were more like you.

  • 12 2-01-2010 at 7:59 am

    Loyal said...

    Guy, you don’t strike me as someone who would have the fortitude to sit through GI Joe.

  • 13 2-01-2010 at 7:59 am

    Angelica Timothy said...

    OMG! Sandra Bullock winning the Oscar over Meryl Streep will be remembered as the biggest shame of Academy Awards history. Meryl lost undeservedly before to some one hit wonders but this time if Sandra wins it means that Academy doesn’t give a shit about her. She is always taken for granted. Pity! This is the greatest actress of all times. Not Katherine Hepburn, not any other. But yet we all take her for granted as she is always great so lets pass over to another. This will be the biggest shame of Academy Awards. Meryl Streep losing to a Razzie nominee and potential winner(and if there is justice, she should win it for disasterous All About Steve). God, please prevent this!!!

  • 14 2-01-2010 at 8:06 am

    Chris said...

    So, Guy, do you really think it’s better to “hurl rocks” at films like “The Lovely Bones” that try to achieve some artistic value and (possibly) fail than to point out the crap studios produce only to keep people as dumb as they are so that they keep bringing their money to the box office?

    For someone who loves cinema as much as you, I think that’s quite a strange position to take. I think the “Razzies” are a terrible thing in the first place, because I’m opposed to the culture of badmouthing so many people adhere to. But I would find them even worse if they gave trash such as “GI: Joe” or “Transformers” a slip in order to “award” the work of people who actually care about their output and put a considerable part of themselves into it.

  • 15 2-01-2010 at 8:08 am

    Chris said...

    And now I forgot to add:
    There’s a sequel to “Pink Panther”???

  • 16 2-01-2010 at 8:09 am

    Megan said...

    I can see both views, here.

    On the one hand, how predictable and pedestrian al these choices were. It almost feels pointless the more you peruse the list.

    HOWEVER, it sure is fun to sling mud at the likes of Eddie Murphy and Megan Fox.

    But yeah, this list was not a rip-roaring read.

  • 17 2-01-2010 at 8:17 am

    Joey said...

    “Lazy execution of a great idea?” Get a life! You guys take yourselves way too seriously. Have some perspective.

  • 18 2-01-2010 at 8:36 am

    matsunaga said...

    I don’t think, “The Reader” was a bad movie… I think its just really like that… There’s nothing more, nothing less. Very well acted though Kate doesn’t deserve the Oscar… She deserves it for supporting… Well directed and written..

    As for the nominees… well, this time i’ll gonna root for Sandra Bullock… But wait, Miley Cyrus might rob her the award!

  • 19 2-01-2010 at 8:39 am

    Michael said...

    omg, seriously why is everyone taking the Razzie awards so seriously. Guy’s write-up is just his opinion, which many other people (including myself) happen to agree with. What’s wrong with nominating a film for worst movie of the year if you truly thought it was the worst movie of the year. Who gives a damn if the intention was for it to be good or to have artistic merit or not. If it sucked then too bad, who cares who made it, better luck next time. I never saw Amelia, but we all know how that movie turned out, so I would have rather enjoyed seeing that movie along with “the Lovely Bones” in the mix of other very crappy films that came out this year. This list was pretty boring as Guy said, but seeing it spiced up with other films such as Lovely Bones and Amelia would have been rather humorous.

  • 20 2-01-2010 at 8:51 am

    tintin said...

    Street figther and Dragonball??!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

  • 21 2-01-2010 at 9:08 am

    David said...

    @9 “No one would put up the millions of dollars necessary to fund a film if they weren’t looking to make it good.”

    Are you aware of the business aspect of the film industry? A lot of the films on the Razzie nomination list were films intended to separate the general public from their money. You think “Land of the Lost” was made with an intention of it being good? No. It was made to put butts in seats at $10 a head.

  • 22 2-01-2010 at 9:30 am

    aspect ratio said...

    It’s a bit of a shame that they go after big celebrities and blockbusters instead of actually nominating bad performances/films. Megan Fox, for example, was nowhere near Razzie-bad in Jennifer’s Body (an underrated, fun film for the record).

    I didn’t see G.I. Joe and The Land of the Lost until they came out on DVD/Blu-ray but I didn’t find either that offensively bad, probably because of my extremely low expectations going in. That Streetfighter movie makes G.I. Joe look like Citizen Kane, but of course it made no money and had no stars.

  • 23 2-01-2010 at 9:31 am

    Kay said...

    I’m glad they included Old Dogs which is really one of the worst movies of the year, I agree that Amelia should be up there but so should Coraline, I hate these awards because they really just target the big names to get the attention — Sandra Bullock was not bad in All about Steve, Beyonce was not bad in Obsessed — it’s a movie that was successful and fun to watch. Transformers 2 was better than the first one and the box office proves it.

  • 24 2-01-2010 at 9:31 am

    Andrew F said...

    “All bad art is the result of good intentions.”
    -Oscar Wilde

  • 25 2-01-2010 at 9:57 am

    Lauren said...

    “Transformers 2 was better than the first one and the box office proves it”??? Please tell me that you’re not being serious. Box office returns have nothing to do with the quality of a film; I’d like to introduce you to a little movie called “The Hurt Locker” which earned $12 million but is probably going to win the Best Picture Oscar.

  • 26 2-01-2010 at 9:58 am

    Mike_M said...

    @Kay, you think Coraline was one of the worst movies of the year? Wow, it is my favorite animated film of the year for sure.

    Land of the Lost wasnt that bad… it just didnt know if it was a family comedy or a young adult male movie, the ads said family comedy but the movie said otherwise.

    I laughed, but I am a sucker for Ferrell and McBride, if only they went a little farther, cut the budget by 60 mil it would have been awesome.

    GI Joe was crap, it wasn’t even fun, but neither was Wolverine and I wanted to enjoy and love both, but couldn’t.

  • 27 2-01-2010 at 10:12 am

    j said...

    All About Steve has the lowest MC score of the major nominees; Amelia more than doubles it.

    Also, it has a lower score than Gigli and Swept Away.

  • 28 2-01-2010 at 10:19 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    God the whole point of the Razzies – are to take down big Hollywood. Who cares if a promising independent/art house filmmaker makes a movie that disappoints – the general public isn’t likely to be bombarded with television advertisements for it.

    I hope that “Old Dogs” wins – and I want Michael Bay to win.

  • 29 2-01-2010 at 10:21 am

    red_wine said...

    Very frankly , most Razzie movies are outside the spectrum of movie watchers like us perhaps. I have not seen a single nominated movie from these in any category. Nor do I have any desire nor does it occur to me to seek and watch those movies.

    Maybe its the same with Guy. Thats why we list movies from what we have seen. I would nominate Harry pooter and half Blood prince for razzies because of all the movies that I have seen, it was probably the lowest in quality but also realize I can’t list Transformers because i never saw it in the first place. So I’m not saying HP6 is worse than Transformers, but its probably the worst out of what I have seen.

    So in that regard I do think Oscar movies should be considered. Benjamin Button would have made a very good nominee/winner in my opinion. So would have Meryl Streep for Doubt.

    By the whats this hysteria of almost fanatical proportions sweeping the internet “OMG Meryl Streep is the best actress ever, give her oscar”. As if her entire credibility, talent & legacy is at stake, a slave to another Oscar win. She’s a great actress, we all know that, bu what is this absurd obsession that people have with her winning. I have many favorite actors who don’t even have nominations. This Meryl Streep thing is really getting out of hand.

    And there is not a shred of ingeniousness in the suggestion. If somebody were talking about an unappreciated actor like maybe Farrow or Oldman or something like that, the obsession would carry weight. But here is an actress who is by consensus considered to be the amongst the bet actresses ever, has 2 wins and countless nominations and yet people think she is undervalued or under-rated in someway. For heaven’s sake folks you are asking for an Oscar number 3. There are great actors who don’t have nomination no. 1. Get some perspective.

  • 30 2-01-2010 at 10:35 am

    Adam Smith said...

    @David: You are skewing the point with your own definition of what’s good. Making a film that is considering good or appealing by a certain portion of the marketplace isn’t a crime. Most folks here didn’t like Transformers 2 or Paul Blart: Mall Cop (or, if you’re like me, didn’t see them), but clearly a lot of people did. And from a business perspective, making money is the thing. But you’re not gonna make money on something you think NO ONE WILL LIKE. The people who put up the money for these movies, who put their blood, sweat, and tears into carrying boom mics, securing locations, setting up the crafts service tables, editing, mixing, operating cameras, etc. etc. etc.–they don’t set out to make a bad movie. They set out to make a movie that will appeal to a certain demographic. Just because we’re not in that demographic doesn’t diminish their work. They still work very hard. How would those movies ever get made? There’d be no morale if every day they set out with the mentality of “Come on, everyone! Let’s make a terrible movie that no one will enjoy and that will make no money!” The movies they make may end up sucking beyond belief, but don’t insult them by saying they intend for the movie to be bad. You don’t make money by intentionally making a product defective.

  • 31 2-01-2010 at 11:01 am

    John said...

    @Angelica-This is obviously your first Oscarss for you to make such a ridiculous statement. Meryl has, actually, already lost to several Raspberry nominees (Catherine Zeta-Jones, for one). And part of getting a Razzie nomination is part of the biz-in the past 15 years, only three times has Worst Actress not also featured an actress that was also nominated for an Oscar.

  • 32 2-01-2010 at 11:09 am

    billybil said...

    Hey Guy – I’m sure you mean “Steepoholics” in a purely affectionate and respectful way, right?

    You wouldn’t want to hurt my feelings now, would you?

  • 33 2-01-2010 at 11:13 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Nothing but love in my heart, Billybil.

  • 34 2-01-2010 at 11:49 am

    Chris138 said...

    John Travolta is a contender for worst actor of the decade? Aw. That’s just mean.

  • 35 2-01-2010 at 12:05 pm

    Jim Τ said...

    I adore Meryl but I don’t want her to win because of that love. If she wins for a performance in this nothing movie, she won’t win for a future, possibly great movie-role-performance. I don’t think they will give her a fourth so the third one must come with a bang.

  • 36 2-01-2010 at 12:41 pm

    Angelica Timothy said...

    @red wine

    This is definitely not true, you brainless @sshole. What is true is that the overhype surronding Sandra Bullock to make her win over Meryl Streep. She might be the best actress you’ve ever watched if you keep watching Transformers and Proposal but that’s not the case with quality in cinema.

  • 37 2-01-2010 at 12:48 pm

    Liz said...

    I really love how some people write things like “@sshole.” As though the missing “a” somehow excuses the insult.

  • 38 2-01-2010 at 1:11 pm

    red_wine said...

    Jesus Angelica, how was what I wrote even remotely about Sandra Bullock.

  • 39 2-01-2010 at 1:18 pm

    Aleksis said...

    Mark Wahlberg should have got a supporting nod for The Lovely Bones imho.

  • 40 2-01-2010 at 1:26 pm

    clydefontaine said...

    Chris Klein got robbed. His performance in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is absolutely epic, as in epically bad.

  • 41 2-01-2010 at 2:19 pm

    m1 said...

    WHY is Miley Cyrus nominated? She was the one thing that kept the movie from being a total failure!!

  • 42 2-01-2010 at 3:08 pm

    m1 said...

    God, I hate these awards! We get it, an actor turns in a bad performance, and the critics are mean. This is such an insult to cinema. I want the nominated actor to sue the guild who votes for these awards.

  • 43 2-01-2010 at 4:58 pm

    leonardo said...

    Excuse me Guy, but for me the nomination of Sandra Bullock for worst actress, puts in real danger her chances to win the oscar. I mean, do the AMPAS really need to give an award of best actress to the weakest role that will be nominated tomorrow, when they can recognize real works like Meryl`s or Carey`s ? Is not the people choice awards, let`s be serious.

  • 44 2-01-2010 at 5:04 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “All About Steve” has been around for months. Everybody has already had a chance to crap all over it. Yet lo and behold, it hasn’t dented Bullock’s precursor run in the slightest.

    Why would it start making a difference now?

  • 45 2-01-2010 at 5:15 pm

    leonardo said...

    Guy: I think that this could be like the NORBIT effect, with Eddie Murphy. “All About Steve”, remember us the really bad actress that Sandra can be, and really, is she that great in The Blind Side, that she deserves a BEST ACTRESS award. Is not a popularity contest, i mean if TBS was a boxoffice movie like An Education or Precious, does Sandra be the frontrunner?

  • 46 2-01-2010 at 5:16 pm

    leonardo said...

    Guy: I think that this could be like the NORBIT effect, with Eddie Murphy. “All About Steve”, remember us the really bad actress that Sandra can be, and really, is she that great in The Blind Side, that she deserves a BEST ACTRESS award ? Is not a popularity contest, i mean if TBS was a boxoffice movie like An Education or Precious, does Sandra be the frontrunner?