Razzies aim typically low

Posted by · 5:15 am · January 24th, 2011

The Golden Raspberry (aka Razzie) Awards irritate me on an annual basis, largely because they’re such a joyless, unimaginative and, worst of all, cowardly execution of a neat idea: singling out the worst cinematic achievements of the year for a bit of a ribbing.

Except they aren’t about genuinely failed artistry nearly as much as they are about piling on whichever easy celebrity targets happened to have a film out in the past 12 months. They’re intended as a bit of fun, obviously, but how fun is it really to beat up on tween idols like Miley Cyrus and the “Twilight” team? “The Expendables” isn’t that ineptly directed — but hey, it’s Sly, so it must be bad!

Wouldn’t it be more subversive to aim at some higher targets who flubbed in 2010? (You’d think a “Worst Use of 3D” award would have been invented for “Alice in Wonderland,” but no — works from prestige directors are above the law here, apparently.)

Anyway, this year, the Razzies’ celebrity fixation has led them to nominating three fine performances as the year’s worst: Cher’s valiant vamping in “Burlesque” (which made my own Best Supporting Actress ballot), Jessica Alba’s perfectly credible dramatic turn in “The Killer Inside Me” (did these dolts even watch the film?) and Jennifer Aniston’s game salvage attempt on the otherwise dismal “The Bounty Hunter.” The joke’s on the Razzies, as far as I’m concerned.

Full list of nominees, if you care, at The Circuit. (UPDATE: Telegraph critic Tim Robey offers an excellent takedown of the nominations, complete with his own superior suggestions in each category.)

[Photo: IFC Films]

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  • 1 1-24-2011 at 5:31 am

    JJ1 said...

    Yeah, these stink. Alba is a good example of a performance that is perfectly acceptable. There are probably thousands upon thousands of performances that were worse. But this organization won’t go there. They need their stars, I guess.

  • 2 1-24-2011 at 5:35 am

    Glenn said...

    Yeah, in theory the Razzies should just be a bit of a laugh, but they tend to get more mean-spirited and, as you say, cowardly as the years go by.

    Not to get all “gay” here, but Cher, Liza and Barbra? Liza wasn’t even in “Sex and the City 2” apart from one musical sequence and Barbra? Well, I haven’t seen “Little Fockers”, but they found room for her and not DeNiro? Of course not. Did anybody really leave the cinema of “Little Fockers” and really think Barbra Streisand was the reason it was so bad? I doubt it.

    Of course, the Razzies’ scope is even more narrow that Oscar! Glancing at those nominations you’d think only six or seven bad movies were released last year. Ugh, too much thought given to these things as it is!

    I can heartily recommend Robert Pattinson as worst actor in “Remember Me” though. It was like he was channelling Marlon Brando by way of “Rain Man”. What a strange, awful performance. I thought he’d be better outside of the “Twilight” vacuum, but alas he was not. Sulking doesn’t equal depth.

  • 3 1-24-2011 at 5:41 am

    Nicolas said...

    Spot on characterisations Guy; Cher, the Expendbles, or the acting abilities and/or the overall quality of a film lice Eclipse are not nearly as bad as other films and performances of 2010. It’s okto have some fun with celebrities doing shitty things but seriously, Streisand was the worst thing about Fockers!?

  • 4 1-24-2011 at 5:58 am

    Maxim said...

    Guy, if you honestly share my disqust with this particular bundle of hate, then why list all the nominees at all?

    I’d grant you mentioning some of the picks to make a point (and it’s a point worth making) but it’s not like you own them or the universe futher exposure.

    The point being, these have all of the legitimacy of any of a counltess number of forum polls and their only value is that of the Anti-Globes.

    And I have to mention the obvious, it’s kind of odd seeing someone accuse someone of being joyless and say that: “a neat idea: singling out the worst cinematic achievements of the year for a bit of a ribbing” all in the same sentence.
    I’m sure that you think that there is a joyful way to go about it but I think you are on very thin ice here rhetorically speaking.

  • 5 1-24-2011 at 6:00 am

    Maxim said...

    One correction: I am sorry I needlessly insulted the Globes but comparing Razzies to them. These are a lot closer to MTV movie awards.
    No need to give them futher legitimacy.

  • 6 1-24-2011 at 6:01 am

    Elton Telles said...

    Jennifer Aniston gave such a disgraceful performance in “The Bounty Hunter”! Painfully unfunny and demostrating a terrible chemistry with Butler, the movie sucks as well. For me, the worst of last year so far.

    On the other hand, I agree with your post. Razzies wastes a nice idea awarding s**** like these, when there are a lot of promissing films which have turned out to be great failures like “The Tourist” or “Never Let Me Go”.

  • 7 1-24-2011 at 6:03 am

    red_wine said...

    The Tourist was robbed.
    It is by far the most awful thing I saw at cinemas this year and the only film that qualifies for ZERO stars or an F grade.
    Jolie and Depp deserved to be up here too, specially Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s screenplay.

  • 8 1-24-2011 at 6:05 am

    Danny said...

    I’m with you, Guy. I thought Cher’s performance in “Burlesque” was great. Oh well. This dumb Razzie nomination is leveled by the Globe win for Diane Warren (really, shouldn’t the singer get something too?).

    “Sex and the City 2” was awful; but Cynthia Nixon (maybe Kristin Davis) was the lone bright spot. SJP and Kim Cattrall were horrid. Why nominate all of them?

    The “Twilight” movies are what they are, and I’m in no fan of the books (read on recommendation by my little sister — and what big brother wants to break a promise to his little sister — the books are wretched). But the third film wasn’t bad. They’ve never been on the “Harry Potter” level …

    Barbra Streisand wasn’t bad in “Little Fockers.”

    I thought “Machete” was good, popcorn fun. Jessica Alba was fine.

    Liza had a cameo in “Sex and the City 2.” How about John Corbett’s dippy performance?

    I would have thought the entire ensemble of “My Soul to Take” could have filled the entire ballot for all categories.

  • 9 1-24-2011 at 6:05 am

    red_wine said...

    When comparing the Razzies and the Globes, its the Razzies that are insulted.

  • 10 1-24-2011 at 6:23 am

    Maxim said...

    If only because they are allergic to even a tiny amount of validity, red_wine.

    And by the way, when did they switch you to cool aid?

  • 11 1-24-2011 at 6:39 am

    Jim T said...

    I’m with Glenn. I thought about the same thing: What do they have against huge gay icons? But I guess it’s mostly “we can’t stand old women”.

    Funny how they’re supposed to punish what’s wrong about cinema each year and have some fun at the same time when they actually embrace one of the most joyless mentalities of Hollywood.

    I thought Barbra was pretty good in the second “Fockers” movie so I doubt she was that bad at the last one. And Liza doesn’t even count as “acting” in SatC2.

  • 12 1-24-2011 at 7:01 am

    billybil said...

    I agree. They’re really made themselves look like foolish idiots this year – negative starfucking in the worse way. I’d like to slap every damn one of the people who made these nominations in the face.

    At least, if you’re in the business, you can see these supposedly negative nominations as clearcut indication of how big a star you are.

    Or maybe they’re being stupid in another way? -Maybe they’re deliberately trying to flatter these people by giving them additional press. But, again, obviously it’s more about their need to “touch” the lives of these superstars in some pitiful way because most of these people don’t need their ridiculous focus.

    What assholes they are.

  • 13 1-24-2011 at 7:03 am

    Graysmith said...

    It is odd that they didn’t take a shot at The Tourist, especially all the hoopla about its Golden Globe nominations. Same with Killers, which was the worst movie of last year that I’ve seen (so far). How did Katherine Heigl escape a nomination? She was worse than Aniston was in The Bounty Hunter.

    Speaking of Aniston, while I can accept her getting nominated for The Bounty Hunter, I don’t think it’s fair to single her out in The Switch. It wasn’t a great performance or anything, but it wasn’t anything offending either. And the movie wasn’t better than its reputation, much thanks to Jason Bateman.

  • 14 1-24-2011 at 7:17 am

    marco70go said...

    Absolutely agree with you, Guy. Year after year, the Razzies keep reaching new all time lows (and I’m clearly not talking about the quality of their nominees); nominating Cher is quite simply the proof they haven’t seen Burlesque at all.. ditto for Streisand, whose cameo in Meet the Fockers is maybe completely unnecessary, but that has nothing to do with bad acting.
    Where’s The Tourist? Where’s Alice in Wonderland? And where is Ellen Page, who was completely miscast in Inception?

  • 15 1-24-2011 at 7:30 am

    Danny said...

    While I love Sandra Bullock, I think her appearing to accept her award last year only gave credence to the Razzies. Thus, the inclusion of big name stars (Aniston, Cher, Streisand, etc.) that may not necessarily be deserving.

    Marco70go hit the nail on the head: Ellen Page in “Inception” was reminscent of Sofia Coppola in “The Godfather Part III.” Just a bad fit.

    But I guess it’s a reminder that the Razzies are the flip side of the Oscars. The Oscars are not really about the year’s best … they’re more a reflection on popularity and active campaigning.

  • 16 1-24-2011 at 7:39 am

    Wes said...

    Barbara Streisand was actually the sole reason I liked Little Fockers. I kinda wanted to see more of her in it.

  • 17 1-24-2011 at 7:39 am

    Jasper said...

    “I thought Machete don’t text.” *sniffle* I liked Jessica Alba in Machete.

  • 18 1-24-2011 at 8:05 am

    carrie said...

    i disagree with Alba for KIM and Cher but i saw 80% of movies nominated(i don’t see Kitty Galore,Last Song and Marmaduke) so i can say it was very bad movies(but they forgot “Skyline” and “the tourist” but every one trashed these 2 movies)

  • 19 1-24-2011 at 8:25 am

    Atticus said...

    Guy does your very open crush on all things Jennifer Aniston skew your opinion on her performance? Even just a little? The Bounty Hunter and both Aniston and Butler were horrible. I’m not surprised to see their names listed at all. But I do agree with you about Jessica Alba for the Killer Inside Me. It’s obvious that no one over at the Razzies saw this movie or even read the reviews. Nominate her for the others but The Killer Inside me was a pleasant surprise.

  • 20 1-24-2011 at 8:26 am

    qwiggles said...

    Shame on them for beating up on David Slade, who did his best, and letting The Tourist ride free. Shame!

  • 21 1-24-2011 at 8:29 am

    Aaron said...

    When comparing Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D, how does one determine which is “worst” and which is “best”?

  • 22 1-24-2011 at 8:35 am

    Holden said...

    I don’t understand the Jessica Alba hate. Sure, she sucked in Little Fockers and Valentine’s Day, but she was all right in Machete, and pretty good in The Killer Inside of Me.

    I’m no Twilight fan by any stretch, but it seems a bit odd that Eclipse would receive so much attention here. It was probably the only acceptable film of the whole series, and it seems to have garnered more flack than either of its predecessors.

    Would it have killed them to nominated Johnny Depp? I don’t care what you say, he’s been off of him his game the last two years, and The Tourist was a new low. Same goes for Angelina Jolie, but then again, Salt was sorta good.

    This has the same sort of problem as the Grammys. It isn’t creative in its selection, and often rewards those undeserving. Maybe one day…. but one can only wish.

  • 23 1-24-2011 at 8:47 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Yeah, they really tip their hand with the nominees for “This Movie” AND “That Movie” AND “Other Movie.” Proof that they want to just crap on Jessica Alba and George Lopez instead of actually slamming individual failures.

    Imagine how pathetic the Oscars would be if they nominated Leonardo DiCaprio this year for Shutter Island AND Inception AND Hubble 3D?

  • 24 1-24-2011 at 10:32 am

    Alex in Movieland said...

    I really enjoyed Sex and the City 2 and I’m not ashamed of it.
    except for one scene, which I found completely hard to believe, I thought it was ok all around and quite entertaining.

  • 25 1-24-2011 at 10:43 am

    DylanS said...

    “Worst Use of 3D” is an award that should go to “Clash of the Titans”. Hands down worst 3D ever.

  • 26 1-24-2011 at 11:09 am

    m1 said...

    The Last Song should be nominated for Worst Picture. It should replace Eclipse. These awards suck.

  • 27 1-24-2011 at 12:13 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    They’re not aiming to bring down Lars von Trier. Hollywood pollutes the multiplex with crap all year long and some egomaniac A-list primadonna is going to get it.

  • 28 1-24-2011 at 1:17 pm

    jason said...

    i’m going to predict a sweep for the last airbender

  • 29 1-24-2011 at 2:49 pm

    m1 said...

    Alice in Wonderland? Ellen Page? Really? Are you people smoking something? Neither of them would deserve to be nominated in any year.

  • 30 1-24-2011 at 3:20 pm

    Evan said...

    I think people are taking this a little too seriously.

  • 31 1-24-2011 at 3:34 pm

    john t. said...

    Guy , with all due respect, please give-up on the campy-fest Burlesque and your Cher obesession . This movie just wasn’t the comeback that Cher , her representatives, and her fans desired.

  • 32 1-24-2011 at 4:15 pm

    MovieMan said...

    Cannot believe that Pattinson was included. His performance in “Remember Me” is mesmeric, and he’s always done just fine in the “Twilight” movies, regardless of film quality.

  • 33 1-24-2011 at 7:46 pm

    PaulH said...

    Yeah, Richard Roeper, so much for you ragging on When in Rome as the year’s worst movie. Far from it, and Kristen Bell shouldn’t be named the worst of anything.

  • 34 1-25-2011 at 12:40 am

    Kris said...

    Stop your blind hatred .

    Most of the nominees were terrible .
    And cher was absolutely abysmal .

    I , For one , support the Razzie nominations .

  • 35 1-25-2011 at 5:26 am

    ABC said...

    I’ve defended Aniston’s film career so many times over the years, but she was pretty bad in The Bounty Hunter, and yes, I did vote for her. I also voted for Heigl for Killers, too, and can’t believe she missed the cut. I voted for When in Rome in several categories, but I guess no one else saw it. I don’t understand the Twilight ragging. Not a fan but the nominations seem silly. Although, I did vote for Pattinson for Remember Me. Horrid. My boy, Cam Gigandet, didn’t get a nod, though. Shame. He was craptacular.