The Golden Raspberries don’t always get it right.
There’s no doubt about it – ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ deserves a Razzie. It’s one of the most divisive blockbusters of 2016, and it has plenty of critics… for good reason. And now the superhero blockbusters has found itself shortlisted eight times across six whole categories.
But in the award’s long history, it hasn’t always been on the ball.
In fact, they’ve made some pretty mystifying choices in the past.
Worst Actor: Sylvester Stallone
Rambo: First Blood Part II& Rocky IV (1985)
Okay, so ‘First Blood Part II’ and ‘Rocky IV’ aren’t the most cerebral of movies… but does Sylvester Stallone really deserve the Worst Actor gong for his role in either? I know, I know, he’s not the most verbose actor in Hollywood. But just look at the nominations – ‘Rocky IV’ and ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ earned a staggering 15 nominations between them in 1985.
And it seems the Razzies have it in for poor Sly…
Back in 1990, he was awarded the Worst Actor of The Decade. And throughout the nineties, he found himself up for more and more Razzies. In fact, it’s become a bit of a running joke to find Stallone on the list. Does he always deserve it? Definitely not… but ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ definitely deserved a nomination.
Worst Actor: Kevin Costner
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991)
If you grew up in the nineties, this one has got to hurt. ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ exploded onto our screens with a tonne of hype and a song by Bryan Adams that simply wouldn’t get out of your head. With Alan Rickman as the Sherriff of Nottingham, it was everyone’s favourite Robin Hood movie.
But time hasn’t been kind to ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’.
Looking back, Kevin Costner’s accent was all over the place. It’s mostly American but with an occasional tinge of British, and it didn’t exactly work, with his character supposedly being an English nobleman.
But let’s remember – ‘Prince of Thieves’ was the second most-popular movie of 1991… and many of us have fond memories of watching Kevin Costner suit up as the iconic vagabond to make quick work of the Sherriff of Nottingham.
Worst Actress: Heather Donahue
The Blair Witch Project (2000)
It’s one of the most iconic horror movies of its time… but ‘The Blair Witch Project’ earned itself a Razzie for Heather Donahue’s performance. And if you ask me, that seems a bit cruel.
Before the film debuted in 1999, she had acted in a grand total of zero feature films. But after spotting the ‘Blair Witch’ audition in 1997, she decided she wanted to be a part of this. And it may have seemed like a wise decision, considering the huge hype which followed.
But there was also a significant backlash.
Despite the film’s overall positive reception, Donahue’s performance was met with mixed reviews. After the film’s release, she claims to have had trouble finding employment due to her association with the film… and the Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress couldn’t have helped.
Was it deserved? Definitely not. Her woodland antics captivated a generation of cinema goers… and she definitely wasn’t as bad as Catherine Zeta Jones in ‘Entrapment’.
Worst Supporting Actor: Ahmed Best
Star Wars: Episode I (1999)
It’s no secret that the ‘Star Wars’ prequels are hated.
And let’s face it – the focus of all the hate when it comes to ‘Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ is the CGI monstrosity, Jar Jar Binks. But was motion capture actor Ahmed Best really to blame?
In a word – no.
The CGI creation was an absolute abomination and had no place in what could have been a brilliant first instalment in the ‘Star Wars’ prequel saga. But Ahmed Best did the best with what he was given. And as far as annoying, goofy sea-creatures go, he has to be one of the best.
Clearly, the Razzies were seeking to punish the character rather than the actor himself.
Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D
The Last Airbender (2010)
Okay, so ‘The Last Airbender’ might just be one of the worst films ever made, and director M. Night Shyamalan should be ashamed of himself. But did ‘The Last Airbender’ deserve the award for Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D?
We can’t argue – ‘The Last Airbender’ is a terrible movie.
Without a doubt, it deserved the numerous other Razzie nomination it landed in 2010. But there’s one big problem with this win – it was in the same year as ‘Clash of the Titans’. And surely no film has worse 3D than that?
The abysmal, rushed, post-production 3D seen in ‘Clash of the Titans’ was a landmark in just how terrible 3D can be. And it seems unfair to consider ‘The Last Airbender’ as worse than that.
Worst Picture: Fantastic Four (2015)
Okay, so this one is going to be a little more divisive…
I’ll preface this by coming clean – I actually like Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four’. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why some folks weren’t impressed, especially when it comes to the final act. And we’ve all heard the stories about the on set drama.
But I can’t help it – I just don’t think it deserves all the flak.
The big problem, it seems, is that this comic book adaptation doesn’t fit the idea that comic book fans have about how a ‘Fantastic Four’ movie should be. But the fact that it takes a far more serious tone than its predecessors gives the superhero group a touch of gravitas. And despite the character’s odd new name, Doctor Doom was simply great.
Sure, there were things which could have been done better. But it was nowhere near as bad as everyone likes to think. And it was nowhere near as bad as ‘Jupiter Ascending’.