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The 2013 Razzie Nominations Name Check the Usual Suspects, But Fail to Break the Surface

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 8, 2013 | Comments ()


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The problem with the Razzie nominations these days is that they aim for the big, easy targets most likely to elicit attention. Was Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II a bad movie? Of course, it was. Was it one of the worst of 2012? Only in the context of the damage it's done to the pop-cultural landscape. Is Katherine Heigl a terrible person? Of course she is. Was her performance in One for the Money one of the worst of the year? Actually, no: She was better than the movie deserved. Likewise, Kristen Stewart was not good, but she certainly wasn't heinous in Snow White and the Huntsman. I think they're just checking off the Adam Sandler, Twilight, and David Hasselfhoff boxes. I doubt they've even seen many of these films. The Razzies don't unearth the worst of the year; they validate our own perceptions of the worst, based mostly on films few of us have seen.

I do see a lot of Tyler Perry on the list, however. The problem is, the worst movie of the year, which contained the worst supporting performance of the year (Matthew Fox) is missing from the nominations. At least Perry was appropriately recognized for his risible performance. But, by God, Wrath of the Titans, Ghost Rider, Playing for Keeps, and Gone deserve more opprobrium. For another take, check out Amanda's Worst of 2012.

Here are the 2013 Razzie Nominations.

Worst Picture
"Battleship"
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure"
"That's My Boy"
"A Thousand Words"
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"

Worst Director
Sean Anders - "That's My Boy"
Peter Berg - "Battleship"
Bill Condon - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"
Tyler Perry - "Good Deeds" / "Madea's Witness Protection"
John Putch - "Atlas Shrugged: Part II"

Worst Actress
Katherine Heigl - "One for the Money"
Milla Jovovich - "Resident Evil: Retribution"
Tyler Perry - "Madea's Witness Protection"
Kristen Stewart - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II" / "Snow White and the Huntsman"
Barbra Streisand - "The Guilt Trip"

Worst Actor
Nicolas Cage - "Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance" /" Seeking Justice"
Eddie Murphy - "A Thousand Words"
Robert Pattinson - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"
Tyler Perry - "Alex Cross / Good Deeds"
Adam Sandler - "That's My Boy"

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel - "Playing For Keeps / Total Recall"
Brooklyn Decker - "Battleship / What to Expect When You're Expecting"
Ashley Greene - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"
Jennifer Lopez - "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
Rihanna - "Battleship"

Worst Supporting Actor
David Hasselhoff - "Pirannha 3-DD"
Taylor Lautner - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"
Liam Neeson - "Battleship / Wrath of the Titans"
Nick Swardson - "That's My Boy"
Vanilla Ice - "That's My Boy"

Worst Screen Ensemble
"Battleship"
"The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure"
"That's My Boy"
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipsed Part II"
"Madea's Witness Protection"

Worst Screenplay
"Atlas Shrugged Part II"
"Battleship"
"That's My Boy"
"A Thousand Words"
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
"Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance"
"Pirannha 3-DD"
"Red Dawn"
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"
"Madea's Witness Protection"

Worst Screen Couple
Any two cast members from "Jersey Shore" in "The Three Stooges"
Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II"
Tyler Perry and his drag in "Madea's Witness Protection"
Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, or Susan Sarandon in "That's My Boy"

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  • malechai

    Susan Sarandon was in "That's My Boy"? Oh, Susan.

  • e jerry powell

    Yeah, well, she was also in season three of The Big C.

  • Uriah_Creep

    OK, season three was bad, but it sure wasn't That's My Fucking Boy levels of bad, man. Laura Linney is still 1,000,000 times better than Adam Sandler.

  • e jerry powell

    True, she is. Linney is beginning to fall into the Sandler-one-note trap, though. Hyde Park on Hudson is a warning sign that she really needs to branch out with the kinds of roles she's taking. She can only play Mary Ann Singleton for so much longer; there's only so far that 20th-century American repression can stretch.

  • dizzylucy

    I love that Tyler Perry got nominated for both Worst Actor AND Worst Actress.

  • DanEBoy

    Vanilla Ice for Worst Supporting Actor in "That's My Boy"?
    Not right! Terrible movie, I'm ashamed of the fact that I sat through the entire thing. But the only redeeming factor was Mr. Ice Ice Baby. He stole every scene he was in. I would happily watch an entire film of Vanilla Ice making fun of himself. Made me like the guy enough to dig through my box of old cassettes to find "To the Extreme" and play it on the way to work the next day.

  • trixie

    Ok, I just watched Total Recall and kinda liked it. I may be biased though. My love for dirty Irishmen knows no bounds.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I'm so with you. I don't get the Total Recall hate. Cinematic masterpiece? No. Shiny go boom? Yes. I found Prometheus to be a far greater disappointment.

  • PDamian

    Well, as long as we're harshing on Twilight actors, I'd have to say that The Apparition, starring Ashley Greene, was simply the worst thing I've seen in a very long time. But there's little joy in snarking on a movie that hardly anyone saw, so Breaking Wind it is. And given the above nominations, I'd say that it's going to sweep the "awards." Oh, well.

  • Halle Berry broke the Razzies. By turning up to collect her award, what had been a mildly amusing little side project suddenly got a sprinkle of Hollywood glamour. It went to their heads. Now the Razzies go for the cheapest of cheap shots because they seem to think they're hilarious and it's easier to get them publicity. I'm not saying these movies aren't necessarily bad, but there have been far more horrible, but less famous films which are ignored because they won't get headlines.

    Case in point: The Three Stooges only gets nominated so they can have a pop at Jersey Shore. IT WAS A THREE STOOGES FILM STARRING HIM OUT OF WILL AND GRACE. That's a terrible, terrible film even before it hit cinemas, but because it flopped they're not interested in poking at it.

  • I agree about it going to their head. It feels like they're phoning it in. "Hey, guys. Isn't Twilight just awful?!?!?!?!?! Look how many times we nominated them in these categories!"

  • $2786243

    I thought that was Sandra Bullock who showed up?

  • Nat

    They both did.

  • e jerry powell

    At least Perry was appropriately recognized for his risible performances.

    There, fixed that for you.

  • Quatermain

    Piranha 3-DD deserves a Razzie just for the scene where a piranha swims up the one girl's cooter and then bites off a guy's dick while they're having sex.

    "But I can say that nominating The Hoff, for playing The Hoff, in a movie
    that would cast The Hoff to play The Hoff, is, well, kinda dickish." Agreed. He was the best thing about that movie.

  • poopnado

    If that actually happened, then Piranha 3-DD deserves EVERY award.

  • OMGLookPanda
  • Ley

    Oh they did not just nominate Liam Neeson.

  • Maguita NYC

    It's ok. He's a big man, apparently, and can handle it.

    *Evian big! http://www.digitalspy.ca/celeb...

  • So this is just a list of people and movies they hated. Check. We all know there was WAY worse out there.

    I thought Heigl did okay with what she was given in One For The Money. It's a piece of fluff book (and series), optioned fifteen years ago (not kidding), and I don't know that they did much to update the script. It was not horrible to watch, and in some cases, it was Heigl who made scenes work. No, I can't believe I'm defending her either, but there it is.

  • dizzylucy

    A few friends convinced me to read the series so we could all go see the movie - which I despised. It felt cheap and dated to me. But I will agree, I don't think Heigl's acting was the problem. It wasn't great, but I'm guessing there were far worse out there.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I enjoyed the movie for the brainless fun it was. And I don't get the Heigl hate, she's a decent actress and very pretty to look at. So she made some arrogant comments,... she'll never live that down at Pajiba, apparently.

  • Bog

    I know right? I don't even think her comments were that bad. She gets way to much criticism for a few comments she made. She probably takes these movie roles because that's all she can get due to her comments. People in Hollywood are asshats. I liked her in one for the money. It was an okay film. Definitely not the worst this year.

  • Maguita NYC

    Have to agree with Dustin on Katherine Heigl.

    Even though she apparently is not that pleasant to people and does not get along with her co-stars, at the time Grey's Anatomy was mildly palatable only when Heigl was on; all in all, she really is not such a bad actress. Quite decent actually, but unfortunately had opted for the Rom-Com niche, which had been horrendously exhausted by one Jennifer Aniston. I believe in order to be taken seriously, ALL actresses should stay away from that genre for the next two years. We the viewers are exhausted as well!

    The problem with Hollywood is still the machismo it shows even when voting for the worst. Case in point, GERARD BUTLER: Why isn't Scottish-Spittle on the list? I believe for the past year he holds hands down the title for consistent bad acting in a string of equally bad movies. Is it because he drinks with everyone and is a manwhore that he deserves a break from the list?

  • John G.

    Twilight Breaking Dawn, Part I WAS the worst film of whatever year it came out. It was the most obvious money grab ever (worse than the 37th re-lease of Star Wars on BluRay). Even die-hard twi-hards should have demanded their money back from a cynical studio that released a teaser movie that contained no story or plot or anything except a tacky wedding and a chess match all as build up to the next movie. It was like charging full movie price for a theatrical length preview of a coming attraction.

    And since this infinitely superior second half of that terrible movie is technically still the same movie, I'll allow Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II in the Razzies as dearly needed comeuppance against the assholes who pulled that shit.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Infinitely superior? Don't tell me you actually watched both parts.

  • John G.

    I watched both parts, but only because How Did This Get Made covered both, with the guest being Doug Benson both times. It would be infinitely superior just by having a story at all, but it's actually better than that, since it has a coherent story and only like 30 or so plot holes, unlike the other one.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I salute your bravery. The only way I can watch any of these movies is with Rifftrax and a lot of booze.

  • Groundloop

    I've only seen one of the movies listed here (Oh. Hey Milla. S'up?), so I can't say with any authority which of these movies, actors, actresses and screenplays etc. is the worst, or if I saw anything that could replace anything here. But I can say that nominating The Hoff, for playing The Hoff, in a movie that would cast The Hoff to play The Hoff, is, well, kinda dickish.

    However, if Liam Neesons gets the nod, I hope he shows up to accept the award with broken airline liquor bottles taped to his hand.

    "Come at me ya mangy FOOKERS!!"

  • emmelemm

    Yeah, I'm a little peeved about Milla being on there. Leave Milla allloooooonnne! (That is also the only movie I saw of all the movies up there.)

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