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Razzie Awards To Mark Hollywood's (Unintentionally) Hilarious Horrors

March 28, 2012

Andy Goldberg

Oscar and Golden Globes glories have already been won. But Hollywood still has one major award to hand out this season.

The difference is that on Sunday night the stars of the silver screen will be hoping they don't win a Razzie, the booby prize that recognizes Hollywood's worst films of the year.

That goal may be particularly elusive for Adam Sandler, with a record 11 Razzie nominations, courtesy of his work as a writer, producer and actor in three of the worst movies of 2011, Jack and Jill, in which he played both the title characters, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, and Just Go With It.

Jack and Jill is favourite for the worst film Razzie, earning a total of 12 nods including worst actor -- and actress -- for Sandler, worst supporting actress for Katie Holmes and worst supporting actor for Al Pacino.

The other worst film nominees are "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, New Year's Eve, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1.

Sandler's competition for the worst actress award includes sirens Kristen Stewart (Breaking Dawn, Part 1) and Sarah Jessica Parker (I Don't Know How She Does It) as well as another actor in drag, Martin Lawrence in Big Mommas. But according to awards site Goldderby.com, Sandler's strongest challenger is Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee turned reality TV star, who delivered a cringeworthy performance in a documentary about herself called The Undefeated.

The award ceremony will take place this year on April 1, shifting for the first time from its traditional Oscar eve spot in order to claim its own place in the spotlight. Scheduling the ignominious awards on April Fool's Day underscores the Razzie's reverse cachet.

But film history expert Lance Duerfahrd, an assistant professor at Purdue University, believes that this year's stable of contenders will fall short of such classic film failures as Plan 9 from Outer Space or The Little Shop of Horrors, which were so bad they became cult favourites.

"Recent bad films are failures of mediocrity," Duerfahrd says. "Bad films that become classics do so because they are truly ambitious, only they fall short and produce unintended humour. It will be interesting over time to see whether the recent spate of bad films such as Bucky Larson and Jack and Jill will be considered classics in a way that Plan 9 from Outer Space or The Little Shop of Horrors are celebrated."

"Some films are just popular because they are so terrible," says Duerfahrd. "The great thing about cinema is there is a complex relationship between popularity and quality, as well as production budget and profit, that generates success. A film can break box office records, but still be deemed poor quality."

"It is interesting to see which actors or directors are perennial favorites for the Razzie awards," he says. "Director Michael Bay's movies keep receiving nominations but also are considered blockbusters when in the theater."



Source: (c) 2012 Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (Hamburg, Germany)


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