So the context goes that my mother was watching Arthur on TV on Sunday. You know, Arthur, that 2011 remake of a 1980s film about some rich brat who talks in a strange British accent? The male lead was Russell Brand, and she said she rather liked him. However, after doing some research, I found that he was a nominee of the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor (he didn’t win, though, aw). And that got me thinking about the Raspberries in my opinion.
But first of all, here is the list of winners for 2012.
Worst Picture: The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn 2
Worst Leading Actor: Adam Sandler (That’s My Boy)
Worst Leading Actress: Kristen Stewart (Snow White & the Huntsman, and the Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn 2)
Worst Screenplay: That’s My Boy
Worst Supporting Actor: Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn 2)
Worst Supporting Actress: Rihanna (Battleship)
Worst Director: Bill Condon (the Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn 2)
Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble: Mackenzie Foy & Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn 2) and everyone in the Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn 2
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel: The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn 2
You can see that last year was not a very fun year. Pretty much people from the same movie production snagged all the awards. I haven’t watched any of these films, and I’m sceptical about whether it was really that bad, though of course people might have criticised it for following in the path of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows and having not 1 but 2 movies for its last book.
The Raspberry Awards are deliberated by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, of which you can become a member by visiting its website. Judges include journalists, cinema fans and film professionals all over the world. This award ceremony is held a day before the Oscars, to garner media attention. Amusingly, they say that most of the award winners do not attend the ceremony. Alas, maybe they’re too busy dressing up for the genuine ceremony, enamoured in the possibility of winning a prestigious Oscar!
And one cannot deny that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are pretty big stars on the red carpet, even if they win nothing. Every once in a while, the Golden Raspberry dishes out cool award categories too, like 2010’s Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3-D, of which The Last Airbender takes the glory. No doubt with the rise of unnecessary 3-D remakes, we’ll be seeing more award nominees along the way.
Do you have nominees in your mind that you feel absolutely have to win? 2013 is drawing to a close, and we are finally really rid of Twilight, so which are your projections for this year? Surely Google earns a mention for its blatant publicity on The Internship (which, by the way, was really pretty racist)? Usually most award recipients over the years have been in the comedy genre (Adam Sandler has, for one, been a frequent winner). Is this an example of humour gone bad, or was it all deliberate?