Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Best of the Worst

The Razzies are out.  Yesterday, I posted a link to the nominations for the Golden Raspberries  For the past several years, before I retired from the classroom, I would share the Oscar nominees and  the Razzies and then post them on the bulletin board outside my door.  For those of you who do not know what the Golden Raspberry is, it is the award for the worst of Hollywood. Every year since 1981, the Razzie has been presented on the eve before the Oscars.  The Razzie award is a small "golf-ball sized raspberry" glued to an 8mm film canister and then spray painted gold.  It is stated to be worth about $4.79.

What makes the Razzie unique is it has a little fun with the movie industry.  It has awarded everything from of course Worst director and Worst film to more unusual awards like Worst Screen Couple, Worst Screen Ensemble and Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel. and   This year's nominees include That's My Boy, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part II, A Thousand Words, Medea's Witless Protection, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance along with other movies

While for the most part, Hollywood has tried to ignore the Razzies two notable exceptions have shown up to accept their awards.  Halle Berry, for Catwoman, accepted her award in a humorous eight minute speech (warning the speech contains a few expletives).  There was also the arrival of Sandra Bullock for All About Steve who arrived with "team Bullock" and a red wagon full of the DVDs of the movie in question.  She also carried a shooting script of the movie announcing that the members could either promise to watch the movie or she would go through the script line by line and ask anyone to tell her how she could have delivered a line better.

The Razzies  uses the votes of its membership of 647 to determine the nominees with the exception of Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel which uses the 48,000 members of Rotten Tomatoes to make that nomination. The current ten categories have been done now for nine years.  The Razzies were a response to the "Tinsel Town’s annual glut of self-congratulatory awards." In 2010, that honor (dishonor?) went to Battlefield Earth. There was one award that is only offered every 10 years: Worst Film of the Decade.

We all need a little humor in our lives.