Razzie Awards: Who Sucked Big Time Last Year?By: Toni Matthews-El - January 16, 2014
Award season is in full swing, and I don’t just mean accolades. It’s time for the worst of the worst to receive their “honors” as well.
The Golden Raspberry Awards is meant to single out the worst movies, directors, actors, and so forth, who have failed to meet even the most bare minimum of moviegoer expectations. This year marks the 34th Razzies and the nominations were promising, for lack of a better term.
Affectionately known as the Razzies, the distinctions given are totally tongue in cheek. No malice is meant in poking fun at the “glut of self-congratulatory awards” that Hollywood gives itself each year. Still, plenty of fun can be had kicking people while they’re down. After all, who really wants to be reminded of just how terrible their movie-related endeavors were?
Adam Sandler’s “Grown-Ups 2″ leads the way with an embarrassing eight nominations, including worst picture and worst actor. Given the lackluster nature of the first movie, it’s not exactly surprising that the sequel was terrible. Apparently Sandler is either too rich or too bored to be truly funny anymore. I prefer this explanation to the one where he was never funny and an entire generation simply outgrew his humor. That would be too depressing. In any case, odds are he and his latest visual car-crash will be walking away with at least one award.
Proving that nepotism doesn’t always deliver the desired outcome, “After Earth” is another heavy contender for multiple Razzie awards. The Will Smith movie was meant to shine a light on his son, Jaden’s, aspiring acting career and their father/son bond. The problem is that we already had that movie: It was called “The Pursuit of Happyness” and it was actually pretty good. This movie? Not so much. Proof positive that sometimes it’s best to quit while you’re ahead.
Other promising nominees include repeat-offender Tyler Perry, whose “Madea’s Christmas” and “Temptation” both received nods, and newcomer Lady Gaga. “Machete Kills” was probably never meant to be taken seriously, but unfortunately for Gaga’s, her acting chops are questionable even in movies that are bad on purpose. Yikes.
Who will limp away with a Razzie all their own? You’ll just have to wait until March 1st to find out. In the meantime, check out the official site for a full list of nominees.
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