Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2013 Razzie Nominations

The Golden Raspberry Awards - which "honor" the worst cinema had to offer in the past year - announced their annual nominees today, as is there tradition of going just before the Oscars (the ceremony will also be the day before the Oscars). And, as is expected, the face of the Razzies this year is once again Adam Sandler, whom I personally have a terrible allergy towards. I'm sure he's a decent guy in real life, but his films - I mean, I'm pretty sure he doesn't even try anymore, and yet he notches millions of dollars every time anyway. That just…when there are true talents that struggle to get their projects off the ground…I know it's a business and the general public doesn't necessarily embrace challenging, passionate filmmaking, but still.


(I will concede that Sandler isn't completely terrible - Punch Drunk Love was a smart utilization of his talents, and I rather liked him in Funny People as well. Though I realize I'm one of the few people, apparently, who liked Funny People at all.)

Anyway, most of these are relatively easy targets, such as box-office flops The Lone Ranger and After Earth, as well as intentionally-dumb comedies like Scary Movie 5 and Movie 43 and the requisite Tyler Perry films, in this case, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas and Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Similarly, the acting categories are littered with previous Razzie punching bags, including Sandler, who could win a third consecutive Worst Actor prize. Though we have to ask what's worse: being recognized by the Razzies for being a terrible movie, or being really bad but not bad enough to be recognized by a group who's sole purpose is to "honor" bad movies (looking your way, R.I.P.D.)?

I also get that these are supposed to be humorous, but it's still kind of disappointing that they went mostly for the low-hanging fruit.

A full list of nominees can be found after the jump.

WORST PICTURE
After Earth
Grown Ups 2
The Lone Ranger
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Movie 43

WORST ACTOR
Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger
Ashton Kutcher, Jobs
Adam Sandler, Grown Ups 2
Jaden Smith, After Earth
Sylvester Stallone, Bullet to the Head / Escape Plan / Grudge Match

WORST ACTRESS
Halle Berry, The Call / Movie 43
Selena Gomez, Getaway
Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons
Tyler Perry (as Madea), Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Naomi Watts, Diana / Movie 43

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Chris Brown, Battle of the Year
Larry the Cable Guy, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Taylor Lautner, Grown Ups 2
Will Smith, After Earth
Nick Swardson, A Haunted House / Grown Ups 2

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lady Gaga, Machete Kills
Salma Hayek, Grown Ups 2
Katherine Heigl, The Big Wedding
Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Lindsay Lohan, InAPPropriate Comedy / Scary Movie 5

WORST SCREEN COMBO
The entire cast of Grown Ups 2
The entire cast of Movie 43
Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, Scary Movie 5
Tyler Perry and either Larry the Cable Guy or That Worn-out Wig and Dress, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Jaden Smith and Will Smith on Planet Nepotism, After Earth

WORST SEQUEL, REMAKE, OR RIP-OFF
Grown Ups 2
The Hangover Part III
The Lone Ranger
Scary Movie 5
The Smurfs 2

WORST DIRECTOR
The 13 people who directed Movie 43
Dennis Dugan, Grown Ups 2
Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas / Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth
Gore Verbinski, The Lone Ranger

WORST SCREENPLAY
After Earth
Grown Ups 2
The Lone Ranger
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Movie 43

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