Per usual, the 31st Annual Golden Raspberry Award nominees were announced the day before the Oscar nominations were, and the results were both somewhat expected and underwhelming (get to that in a moment.) Read a partial list of the unlucky nominees after the jump.For those unfamiliar, the Golden Raspberry awards — aka the Razzies — were created in 1980 by John Wilson and the Golden Raspberry Foundation to celebrate the worst in film — a kind of anti-Oscars, with nominations and awards handed out the day before the Academy Awards’ respective nomination and prize dates. (Last year, Sandra Bullock become the first person in history to accept a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend.)
Not too surprisingly, The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s abysmal live action rendering of the popular Nickolodeon anime Avatar: The Last Airbender, led the pack with nine nominations including Worst Picture, Director, Screenplay and Supporting Actors and Actress (for Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone, also nominated for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.)
Speaking of crappy emo vampire romances, the third installment in the angsty franchise that panders to whiny, naive teenage girls and misguided adult women, also scored nine nods, including Worst Picture, Director and Acting nods for its central love triangle of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.
I’m going to go out on a big ol’ limb here, and inviting a large amount of mockery on me, but I gotta say… If I had my druthers, Eclipse wouldn’t be up here. There, I said it. Commence insults, I’ll wait. Good? Done? Okay. I’m no Twilight fan, not by a longshot, but, frankly Eclipse was easily the best film in that insulting franchise; unlike the dreary, mopey New Moon shitfest, it was at least tolerable for us non-Twitards, with a lot more action and humor to leaven the unbridled melodrama and cheesy, lip-chewing teen angst. I thought director David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) did a good job making the movie at least watchable. Which can’t be said, for, I dunno, the messy, dumb, poorly edited Jonah Hex, which somehow avoided getting a Worst Picture nod.
In fact, Hex only landed two nods: Worst Actress for Megan Fox, and Worst Couple/Ensemble for, amusingly enough, Josh Brolin’s face and Fox’s slurry accent. How Hex avoided getting nods for Worst Picture, Director (in-over-his-head animator Jimmy Hayward) and Supporting Actor (for incredibly bored-looking villain John Malkovich) is beyond me. No, wait, I know…it was the knee-jerk anti-Twilight sentiment that lead to a truly terrible dud to miss getting its well-deserved head knocked off in the Razzie’s cinematic guillotine.
Also managing to get “snubbed” by the Golden Raspberry’s were the dunderheaded alien invasion flick Skyline and Tim Burton’s bad acid trip version of Alice In Wonderland, which surely deserved a Worst Actor nomination for Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter…but apparently wasn’t even in the conversation per the Raspberry’s website. Sigh. Ditto Prince of Persia, which was boring, lifeless and featured Ben Kingsley once again visibly cashing a paycheck on screen.
For me, The Golden Raspberry Awards, went the easy route this year, targeted films and actors readily-equipped with pre-made backlashes rather than genuinely nominating some of the year’s worst. After all, doesn’t Katherine Heigl deserve a spot on this list for playing her usual uptight flake once again in movies like Killers and Life as We Know It?
A complete list of nominees can be found here.