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Could 'Twilight: Eclipse' shine at the Razzies?

July 7, 2010 |  1:14 pm

Twilight Eclipse Robert Pattinson Taylor Lautner Megan Stewart The first two films in "The Twilight Saga" didn't win with the Razzies, but what about the third? Although "Twilight: Eclipse" has earned the best reviews of the three -- scoring 58 at Metacritic -- it has not escaped the notice of these kudos dedicated to celebrating the worst in film.

As the first post on the Razzies forum about "Twilight: Eclipse" notes: "How the three mopey/dopey stars of this franchise have managed to make it to their third movie without 'winning' a single Razzie yet is a mystery for the ages. But maybe this latest twitter-pated entry, sure to send 11-15 year-old girls into further twitching spasms of pre-pubescent pleasure, will finally do the trick."

In 2008, "Twilight" rated an utterly average 56 at Meta Critic. Although several critics were quite impressed with this first installment, none were dismayed and the movie escaped the wrath of the Razzies. However, "Twilight: New Moon" found fewer fans among the critics last year, meriting a mere 44 at Meta Critic. That score was weighed down with pans from the likes of Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) who thought the sequel "takes the tepid achievement of 'Twilight' guts it, and leaves it for undead."

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Will 'The Last Airbender' rank first with the Razzies?

July 7, 2010 | 10:50 am

The_Last_Airbender_Poster While "The Last Airbender" did well at the box office, taking in almost $70 million over the July 4 weekend, it failed to impress the critics, managing an aggregate rating of just 20 at Meta Critic. That poor score is the fourth lowest of the year and ranks as the worst of all movies in current release.

M. Night Shyamalan pulled triple duty on this Paramount picture with credits for writing, directing and producing this live-action big-screen version of the animated TV series "Avatar: The Last Airbender."

While several leading critics including Scott Bowles (USA Today) and Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly) gave "The Last Airbender" a passing grade, 27 of the 32 reviewers judged it a failure. And six of those -- including Lou Lumenick (New York Post) and Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal) -- rated it an absolute zero.

Those rascals over at the Razzies have been forecasting the awards potential of "The Last Airbender" for months. The forum post devoted to this misfire is at four pages and counting with many posters touting it for worst picture and director while others extol the work of supporting player Dev Patel, who starred in the 2008 best picture champ, "Slumdog Millionaire." 

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Even with Razzies, Tom Cruise trounced by Adam Sandler

June 28, 2010 |  2:00 pm

Knight and Day Tom Cruise Cameron Diaz The Tom Cruise comeback vehicle "Knight and Day" stalled at the box office this weekend earning just $20.5 million despite generally decent reviews. Audiences proved to be relatively indifferent to Cruise and his costar Cameron Diaz, another one-time draw desperately in need of a hit. Instead, they went flocking to the critically reviled "Grown Ups" -- the latest comedy from Adam Sandler -- which took in exactly twice as much as "Knight and Day." The combination of boffo box office and boos from the critics for "Grown Ups" proved irresistible to those rascals at the Razzie Awards, who are already touting its potential. 

Even pairing up with Diaz -- a two-time worst actress nominee -- cannot get Cruise any love from the Razzies. However, he does have a pair of these trophies already. In 1994, Cruise and his "Interview With a Vampire" costar Brad Pitt tied for worst couple with Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone ("The Specialist"). And in 2005, Cruise and his intended Katie Holmes captured the tabloid target prize. Alas, he went down to defeat in both of his worst actor races at the Razzies, losing in 1988 for "Cocktail" to Stallone (Rambo III") and in 2005 for "War of the Worlds" to Rob Schneider ("Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo"), who features in "Grown Ups."

That Cruise can't even capture the attention of these kudos devoted to celebrating the best of the worst in movie-making says something about his dwindling star power. After all, there were enough scathing notices to drag the Meta Critic score for "Knight and Day" down to a middling 47, including one by Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal who thought, "the source of this movie's energy is near-perpetual desperation." And A.O. Scott of the New York Times did describe the film as "a loud, seemingly interminable, and altogether incoherent entry in the preposterous and proliferating action-comedy genre." But other top-notch critics were more impressed. Claudia Puig of USA Today thought, "It's a quintessential movie hybrid: a romantic thriller with exciting high-speed chases, brisk comedy and exotic scenery." And admitted Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, "Basically, what I wanted was more of it ... More of the stars. Because movie stars really do make a difference. I insist on it."

Grown Ups Adam Sandler Ebert was dismissive of "Grown Ups," calling it "a pleasant, genial, good-hearted, sometimes icky comedy that’s like spending a weekend with well-meaning people you don’t want to see again any time real soon." And that was one of the best reviews. Most were more along the lines of Stephen Holden, who wrote in the New York Times, "It doesn’t get worse than 'Grown Ups,' Adam Sandler’s sloppy entry into this year’s man-child-comedy sweepstakes. Lazy, mean-spirited, incoherent, infantile and, above all, witless." Ouch! Such pans produced a Meta Critic score for "Grown Ups" of just 30, placing it along side "Marmaduke" and below even the box office bomb "Jonah Hex."

While Cruise's track record at the Razzies is embarrassing enough, it seems downright respectable next to Sandler's list of dubious achievements. He has amassed six worst actor bids and won for "Big Daddy" in 1999. Sandler has also racked up two worst screenplay noms as well as a worst couple mention. And, as the Razzie post notes, the pedigree of those associated with "Grown Ups" -- Kevin James, Sandler, Schneider as well as helmer Dennis Dugan -- combine for a "staggering career total of 19 Razzie nominations."

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Oops! Sandra Bullock, please return your Razzie (you can keep the Oscar)

April 20, 2010 | 10:09 am

When Sandra Bullock accepted the Razzie as worst actress of the year for "All About Steve," she left the ceremony with the wrong award.

Instead of a regular statuette, she took the original — the trophy upon which all other Razzies have been designed for 30 years.

"It was my fault,"admits Razzie chief John Wilson. "I handed her the wrong one by mistake."

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Wilson would like the original back, but he hoped to accomplish the switch quietly, without a fuss. Normally, at most award shows, winners return the generic statuettes they accept at the podium so they can receive a real one, engraved with their name, later. The Monday after Bullock won the Razzie, Wilson emailed her PR rep to ask Bullock to ship the Razzie statuette back. He didn't specify that she had the historic first Razzie by mistake, just that he'd like it returned so he could send her a new one, properly engraved. But the e-mail apparently got lost in the deluge of other e-mails storming the rep one day after the Oscars, first congratulating Bullock on her Academy Award victory, then inquiring about the news of her marital troubles that broke immediately afterward.

When Wilson didn't hear back from the rep, he decided to wait and deal with the issue later. "We thought we might address this in six months or so, after things calm down," he says.

But then a British tabloid, the Daily Telegraph of London, broke the news that Bullock had the wrong Razzie — "worth thousands as a rare collectors' item" — in an article full of quotes that Wilson claims he didn't say — and facts that he disputes. The article's contents got picked up by other media across the Web.

What happens now? Wilson tells Gold Derby that he plans to send the correct, engraved award to the rep and request that the original be returned — at Bullock's convenience. No rush.

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Glee' in vogue with viewers | 'South Park' celebrates 200 episodes | Rachel Weisz as 'Jackie'

April 14, 2010 |  3:49 pm

Jane Lynch Glee Madonna • The Golden Globe and SAG winner "Glee" returned to the Fox lineup Tuesday night and made good use of lead-in "American Idol," nearly doubling its audience from last fall. The tuneful series, which had been off the air since December, drew 13.7 million viewers, compared with an average of 7.7 million for its first 13 episodes. Capping off the telecast was a sneak peek from next week's episode -- the video "Vogue" -- with sure-to-be Emmy nominee Jane Lynch re-creating Madonna's iconic 1990 hit, down to every last hand gesture and pose.

• HBO is certainly confident in the prospects for "Treme," which it renewed for a second season just two days after the premiere episode aired to an audience of 1.4 million on Sunday night. This critically acclaimed series about life in post-Katrina New Orleans may help the paycaster become a major player again in the Emmy race for best drama series. Since "The Sopranos" won the trophy in 2007 for its final season, HBO has nabbed only one nomination in the category, with "Big Love" losing to AMC's "Mad Men" last year.

• Mexico's version of the Oscars, the Ariels, also honored a female director for the first time, as "Five Days Without Nora" from Mariana Chenillo won seven awards Tuesday night, including best picture, original screenplay, actor (Fernando Lujan) and supporting actress (Angelina Palaez). While Chenillo won the award for best first work, veteran helmer Carlos Carrera took home best director for "Backyard," which also won best actress for Asur Zagada. Another first film, "Meet the Head of Juan Perez" by Emilio Portes, won supporting actor (Jose Sefami) and three technical awards. THR

South Park Episode 200 • "South Park" airs its 200th episode Wednesday and will once more mock all of the celebrities it has skewered over the years. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have a lot to celebrate besides reaching this production milestone. They have done quite well with the Emmys over the years, winning three of their eight bids for animated program of less than one hour (2005, 2007, 2009) as well as another in 2008 for an extended version of the show. Now they are teaming up with Tony-winning composer Robert Lopez ("Avenue Q") for the new Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," which is slated to open next March. Jason Moore -- a Tony nominee for directing "Avenue Q," which won the 2004 best musical Tony Award -- will helm this production in conjunction with Parker, who, by the by, was a 1999 Oscar nominee along with composer Marc Shaiman for a ditty they composed for the "South Park" movie.

• New tuner "The Addams Family" may have hit a false note with the critics last week, but as Patrick Healy reports, the cash registers have been ringing ever since. "The show sold $851,000 in tickets last weekend on top of a $15 million sales advance, huge figures for a new Broadway run, and all but guaranteeing that it will be hard to snag a pair of good orchestra seats until fall. After five months of well-publicized creative difficulties for the show, this seeming paradox amounts to a theater world version of the golden fleece: the critic-proof smash." Whether it will win over Tony voters as well will be revealed on May 4, when nominations for the 64th annual awards are announced. NEW YORK TIMES

• Two Tony Awards winners -- Anika Noni Rose ("Caroline or Change") and Michael Cerveris ("Assassins") -- are to co-host the 55th annual edition of the Village Voice Obie awards on May 17 at Manhattan's Webster Hall. These kudos, founded in 1955, are unique among the Gotham theater kudos in that they celebrate both off- and off-off-Broadway productions.

Rachel Weisz Jackie Oscars • Oscar champ Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") has proved she will tackle any part, no matter the challenge. She just swept the West End theater awards for her acclaimed performance as  Blanche DuBois in a revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now comes word, via Nicole Sperling, that she is to play Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie," a biopic helmed by her fiancee, Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler"), from a script by Noah Oppenheim. Seven of the last 10 women to prevail in the lead actress race at the Oscars did so by playing real-life roles. This film will chronicle the four days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963. No doubt Weisz wishes the just-announced September 2011 release of an oral history by the former first lady was available now. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• The International Emmys bestowed prizes for digital content on Monday at MIP. As with the program awards, Britain dominated here too, winning both the fiction prize for "Primeval Evolved," an online companion to the now-canceled ITV series, and the nonfiction award for the Open University Web documentary "Virtual Revolution." New Zealand took home its first international Emmy for the interactive online children's mystery series "Reservoir Hill."

• The Razzies have not only announced the date for their awardsfest next year -- Feb. 26 -- but also the news that the ceremony may finally be shown on TV. Razzie chief John Wilson issued this statement: "With Sandra Bullock having just followed in the footsteps of Halle Berry, Bill Cosby and Ben Affleck to good-naturedly accept a Razzie statuette, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation is exploring the possibility of a first-ever television broadcast of their award ceremonies next spring as well as developing other Razzie-branded entertainment properties." Eric Ortner will produce the award show for potential TV airing.

• Add Oscar-winning helmer Martin Scorsese ("The Departed") to the growing list of converts to the 3-D process for making movies. Tatiana Siegel reports that the veteran filmmaker will use the technology for his next project, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." This adaptation of Brian Selznick's bestselling children's book -- set to begin production in June with a script by John Logan ("The Aviator") -- is slated for a Christmas 2011 release. VARIETY

Top photo: Jane Lynch in "Glee." Credit: Fox

Middle photo: "South Park" production still. Credit: Comedy Central

Bottom photo: Rachel Weisz at the 2005 Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS

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Poll: Does Miley Cyrus deserve a Razzie for 'The Last Song'?

April 1, 2010 |  2:27 pm

"Please, give the girl some time to grow!" fumed one of Gold Derby's readers when we dished the possibility of Miley Cyrus winning a Razzie Award as worst actress for The Last Song Miley Cyrus news "The Last Song." The poster identified as "Ashley" saw the film and claims "Miley Cyrus portrayed the role of an angsty teenager very well.… People are too harsh on her because she's 'Disney.'"

Do you agree? Pipe in at our poll below.

Over at Metacritc, the movie's score keeps tumbling lower – now it's only 35. The site's readers give it a score of 4.7.

Over at Salon.com, Stephanie Zacharek roars, "It's time to admit she cannot act …. This is a performance with all the elegance of a bitten fingernail." The New York Times says that acting "seems almost entirely beyond her."

However, over at Entertainment Weekly, Lisa Schwarzbaum calls the young star "a revelation," adding, "Miley Cyrus is a really interesting movie star in the making, with an intriguing echo-of-foghorn speaking voice, and a scuffed-up tomboyish physicality (in the Kristen Stewart mode) that sets her apart from daintier girls in her celebrity class."

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Hey, Miley Cyrus: Get your Razzie acceptance speech ready for 'The Last Song'

March 31, 2010 | 11:17 am

Well, at least Miley Cyrus will surely be nominated for a Razzie for her critically bashed "performance" in "The Last Song." We probably shouldn't get her hopes up too high about "winning," though. We haven't seen Lindsay Lohan 's "Machette" yet – or "Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

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Razzie voters adore rewarding pop tarts who attempt to act. Some of its biggest past champs include Madonna, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. We know that Miley Cyrus is on voters' radar. She was just nominated for worst actress for "Hannah Montana: The Movie," but lost to Sandra Bullock ("All About Steve").

Film critics certainly think that Miley deserves to be pelted with raspberries for appearing in "The Last Song," which only scores 39 at Metacritic. The New York Times asserts that acting "seems almost entirely beyond her," adding, "In 'The Last Song,' she pouts, slouches, storms in and out of rooms and occasionally cracks a snaggle-toothed smile, but most of the time she seems to be mugging for the camera, play-acting rather than exploring the motives and feelings of her character."

Lou Lumenick of the New York Post says that Miley displays "approximately 1 1/2 expressions" on screen, adding, "It's the worst of both worlds as Disney cash cow Miley Cyrus makes the most dubious 'dramatic' debut of any singer since Britney Spears."

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Sandra Bullock razzes the Razzies right back

March 7, 2010 | 12:27 am

"Something tells me you all didn't watch the film," Sandra Bullock said as she accepted the Razzie Award as worst actress of 2009 for "All About Steve" at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood on Saturday night. "I thought no one went to see this film, but I know that there are more than 700 members here. That means that the majority of the 700 cast their vote, so that means 352 …?"

As she arrived on stage, she pulled a wagon filled with DVDs, noting, "We brought everybody in the audience a DVD of 'All About Steve.' " She asked the audience members to watch it, rethink their decision and if they agree that she really wasn't that bad, "I will come back next year. I will give back the Razzie."

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Showing good humor, Bullock accused members of voting for her just because she promised to attend.

"I said I would show up and then I miraculously won!" she said, adding that her victory is further proof in Hollywood that "all you have to do is show up and you get an award."

"I brought the shooting script," she added. "I'm willing to go through page by page, read the line the way I did it in the film and, if anyone wants to give me a line read of how I could've done it better…. We can do this till about 4 o'clock in the morning. Or you guys can just watch the movie and rethink your decision, and I'll show up next year and we can go out for a drink afterward." The audience cheered and applauded.

Bullock also took issue with her second Razzie win, which she shared with "All About Steve" costar Bradley Cooper as worst screen couple.

"Again, if you had seen the film, seen it with your eyes, it's pretty much a film about a woman stalking a man," she said. "That doesn't really set up the premise for a loving couple. So giving us the worst couple award is kind of duh."

Bullock almost didn't show up because she had agreed to attend before she knew what date the ceremony was held. It turned out that she was busy Saturday night hosting "The Night Before," a charity event to benefit the Motion Picture Television Fund Foundation. However, she broke away to fulfill her Razzie promise.

See the full list of winners here.

Photos: Sandra Bullock in "All About Steve" (20th Century Fox) / Razzies

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Sandra Bullock wins TWO Razzie Awards; 'Transformers 2' nabs THREE

March 6, 2010 |  7:30 pm
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On the eve of the Oscars, Sandra Bullock demonstrated her awards prowess at the Razzies by claiming two awards: worst actress ("All About Steve") and screen couple (with costar Bradley Cooper). As promised, she attended the ceremony in person to accept. Read her acceptance speech here.

The Razzie Awards finally caught up with blow-'em-up director Michael Bay. Although nominated twice in the past for worst director ("Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor"), he finally won the prize as part of a sweep for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which also won worst picture and screenplay.

Since this is the Razzies' 30th anniversary year, special awards were given for worst picture of the decade ("Battlefield Earth"), worst actor (Eddie Murphy) and worst actress (Paris Hilton).

THIS YEAR'S WINNERS:

WORST PICTURE: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

WORST ACTORS: All three Jonas Brothers, "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience"

WORST ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock, "All About Steve"

WORST SCREEN COUPLE: Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper, "All About Steve"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Billy Ray Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie"

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Sienna Miller, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL (Combined Category for 2009): "Land of the Lost"

WORST DIRECTOR: Michael Bay, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

WORST SCREENPLAY: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures

SPECIAL 30TH RAZZIE-VERSARY AWARDS

WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE: "Battlefield Earth" (previous winner of eight Razzies, including worst drama of our first 25 years)

WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE: Eddie Murphy, "Adventures of Pluto Nash," "I Spy," "Imagine That," "Meet Dave," "Norbit," "Showtime"

WORST ACTRESS OF THE DECADE: Paris Hilton, "The Hottie and the Nottie," "House of Wax," "Repo: The Genetic Opera"

Photos: Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper in "All About Steve" (20th Century Fox), Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (Paramount)

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Prediction: Sandra Bullock will beat Megan Fox for the Razzie

March 2, 2010 | 10:36 am
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Under normal circumstances, Sandra Bullock ("All About Steve") would probably lose the Razzie battle over the worst-actress trophy to Megan Fox ("Transformers 2") or Beyonce ("Obsessed"), but she's announced that she'll attend the Razzies ceremony on Saturday if she wins.

On Feb. 10, the Razzies sent out an e-mail blast to voters to inform them of Bullock's plans, thus giving them a gentle nudge. That probably did it. Being a Razzie voter myself, I took the hint. So did many others, as evidenced by the tattle in our forums. Check out more here in this thread devoted to our posters' predix. Looks like they believe  "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is the front-runner to "win" worst picture.

Photos: Megan Fox in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (Paramount), Sandra Bullock in "All About Steve" (20th Century Fox)

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Poll: Will Megan Fox, Beyonce or Miley Cyrus 'win' Razzie for worst actress?

February 2, 2010 |  5:15 am
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Poor Sarah Jessica Parker. She probably doesn't have a prayer of beating such formidable foes as Beyonce, Miley Cyrus AND Megan Fox to claim the highly coveted, gold paint-sprayed Razzie Award as worst actress of 2009.

All of the latter three divas are good examples of women who've "won" in the past. Fox has serious hope of prevailing because Razzie voters adore brassy sexpots like past champs Paris Hilton ("The Hottie and the Nottie") and Sharon Stone ("Basic Instinct 2," "Intersection," "The Specialist"). Beyonce and Miley Cyrus might need to get an acceptance speech ready because voters also love songbirds like past victors Madonna ("Swept Away," "The Next Best Thing," "Body of Evidence," "Who's That Girl?" "Shangai Surprise"), Britney Spears ("Crossroads") and Mariah Carey ("Glitter," of course).

Then there is Sandra Bullock, who is having a banner awards year because she's a front-runner to nab a golden boy on academy night. One night earlier, could she be lucky enough to add a golden raspberry to her treasure trove?


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Photo: Megan Fox in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Credit: Paramount

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Razzie Award nominations: Can Sandra Bullock win worst AND best actress?

February 1, 2010 |  5:30 am
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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Land of the Lost" are tied for the most Razzie Award nominations, scoring seven chances each to take gold paint-sprayed statuettes hailing the worst films of 2009.

Also noteworthy: two of this year's Oscar players could also end up as Razzie stars when trophies are doled out one night before the Academy Awards gala. Oscar ceremony co-host Steve Martin is nominated for worst actor in "Pink Panther 2." No other actor has ever been up for a Razzie the same year he or she emceed the Academy Awards, although Martin's co-host on March 7, Alec Baldwin, was nominated for a Razzie in 2003 (worst supporting actor, "Cat in the Hat").

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Sandra Bullock is considered an Oscar best actress front-runner for "The Blind Side," but she's also nominated for 2009's worst actress for "All About Steve." If Bullock claims both trophies, she'll be the first star ever to pull off the dual win in the same year. Others have done so in nonacting categories. In 1992, Alan Menken won two Oscars for composing the music in "Aladdin" and a Razzie for a tune in "Newsies." In 1997, Brian Helgeland reaped an Oscar for writing "L.A. Confidential" screenplay and a Razzie for penning "The Postman."

Two stars have been nominated for an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year for the same role, but they lost: James Coco ("Only When I Laugh") and Amy Irving ("Yentl"). Halle Berry famously bagged a Razzie soon after her Oscar, but three years separated her wins for "Catwoman" (2004) and "Monster's Ball" (2001).

John Wilson, Razzie president and founder, tells Gold Derby that "Transformers 2" creator Michael Bay is overdue for Razzie glory after a past worst-picture loss for "Armageddon" (1998) and two defeats for worst director: "Armageddon" and "Pearl Harbor" (2001). "Bay is totally talent-free and untouched by the muse," Wilson says with a sigh.

Wilson says that 2009 was such a banner year for bad movies that the Razzies considered expanding their worst-picture list to 10 nominees like the Oscars' best-picture list, "but then I realized that our membership is only one-tenth of the academy, and it would have no meaning. It would be just like the Golden Globes where a movie can win with only 17 votes."

If the Razzies had expanded its top category, "Twilight: New Moon" would've been nominated for worst picture since it came in sixth place in the voting, so alas, it got snubbed.

" 'Twilight: New Moon' just wasn't bad enough," Wilson adds, noting that its star Taylor Lautner also barely missed out receiving a nomination for worst supporting actor. Nonetheless, he was cited along with "Twilight" costars in the category for worst screen couple as "Kristin Stewart and either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang." Pattinson is nominated for worst supporting actor, and "New Moon" is listed in the race for worst screenplay.

Wilson is surprised at a few omissions from the performance lists. "Gerard Butler had a banner bad year with 'Gamer,' 'The Ugly Truth' and 'Law Abiding Citizen,' and Nicolas Cage was terrible in 'Knowing,'" he says. "In any other year they would've been nominated."

It's the Razzies' 30th anniversary year, so it's time to bestow prizes for worst filmmaking of the decade. They'll be doled out with 2009's trophies at Hollywood's Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30 p.m. March 6.


WORST PICTURE OF 2009
"All About Steve"
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
"Land of the Lost"
"Old Dogs""
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (a.k.a. "Trannies, Too")
 
WORST ACTOR OF 2009
All Three Jonas Brothers, "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience" 
Will Ferrell, "Land of the Lost" 
Steve Martin, "Pink Panther 2"
Eddie Murphy, "Imagine That"
John Travolta, "Old Dogs"

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Beyonce, "Obsessed"
Sandra Bullock, "All About Steve"
Myley Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie"
Megan Fox, "Jennifer’s Body" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Sarah Jessica Parker, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"

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