The Razzies Deserve Love Too

Yes, with the announcement of Oscar's Best Picture on Sunday night, the awards season finally came to a close. But we're not quite done with the awards reporting yet -- there's always some little prize that got lost in the pre-Oscar shuffle. And it's usually the Golden Raspberry Awards, which get handed out, virtually speaking, the day before the Academy Awards ceremony, and so tend to be overshadowed. Oh, you've heard of the Razzies, dishonoring the year's worst films, worst performances, and more. They deserve more notice, and the films they single out richly deserve more drubbing.

And the winners of the 27th annual Razzies are:

Worst Picture:
Basic Instinct 2 (aka Basically, It Stinks, Too)

Worst Actress:
Sharon Stone
Basic Instinct 2

Worst Actor:
Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans
Little Man

Worst Supporting Actress:
Carmen Electra
Date Movie and Scary Movie 4

Worst Supporting Actor:
M. Night Shyamalan
Lady in the Water

Worst Director:
M. Night Shyamalan
Lady in the Water

Worst Screen Couple:
Shawn Wayans & either Kerry Washington or Marlon Wayans
Little Man

Worst Remake Or Rip-off:
Little Man
(Rip-off of the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon "Baby Buggy Bunny")

Worst Prequel or Sequel:
Basic Instinct 2

Worst Screenplay:
Basic Instinct 2
Screenplay by Leora Barish & Henry Bean, Based on Characters Created by Joe Ezsterhas

Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment:
(New Category, Saluting the Celebs We're ALL Sick & Tired Of!)

All worthy dishonorees, though frankly, these folks aren't seeing enough bad movies if this is the worst they could come up with. Where is The Benchwarmers? Where is Phat Girlz? Where is Running Scared? Nowhere to be found, even on the list of worst-picture nominees. I'm not sure we should be taking the Razzies seriously if they can ignore a Rob Schneider movie when it slaps you in the face like Benchwarmers did [my review]. I mean, that flick not only had the temerity to cast Schneider, it also wanted us to see him as a serious dramatic actor. I still haven't recovered my equilibrium.

And as with the Oscars, it's very odd that someone as unnoteworthy as M. Night Shyamalan could receive Worst Director and yet fail to see the film for which he won, Lady in the Water, also receive Worst Picture. The inconsistency is shocking. I'm not sure what it says about these elite Hollywood types who vote on awards like this one, but it can't be anything good. Still, it's not as bad as any of these films themselves.

And what do those who've been Razzed receive?

Those few brave souls who choose to accept their RAZZIES(r) receive a gold-spray-painted, golf-ball-sized raspberry atop a mangled super 8 film reel, with an estimated street value of $4.97.

I bet those never end up on eBay.

MaryAnn Johanson
author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride
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