The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its nominations for the 85th Academy Awards ceremony tomorrow morning. That means it’s time for the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation to announce its nominees for this year’s 33rd Annual Razzie awards “satirizing the Worst Achievements in Film for 2012″ (in theory, anyway).
Predictably, the “leaders” in this years Razzies race include Adam Sandler for his raunch-com That’s My Boy and the (probably not) last installment in The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Meanwhile, people like Tyler Perry and Kristen Stewart are once again punching bags for their multiple performances from 2012.
Honestly, the Razzies feels like the Saturday Night Live of movie industry satire nowadays: your have to shift through lazy selections and pandering material just to find some diamonds in the rough. It’s one thing, recognizing Nicolas Cage and Eddie Murphy for clumsily recycling their screen performance quirks in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and A Thousand Words (respectively), but nominating Rihanna for Battleship and Liam Neeson from both Battleship and Wrath of the Titans feels like an appeal to mindless hate based on “principle” (not anything real). And how did Ashley Greene land recognition for her Breaking Dawn role (which even the SR Underground Podcast crew admit is kind of charming), but she and Sebastian Stan avoided making the cut for their painful absence of screen chemistry in The Apparition?
Point being: the organization’s approach makes it a fitting anthesis to the Academy (intentional or not), which is criticized for overlooking indie darlings and innovative niche entertainment (see: The Raid: Redemption) in favor of safer choices. In a year that saw far worse movies lacking three-act structures and fail passing Film School 101, recognizing slackster (but technically-coherent) yuckfests like That’s My Boy and A Thousand Words – not to mention, Battleship and Breaking Dawn – as the biggest cinematic colossal failures feels cheap, rather than daring. End rant.
Do you agree/disagree with the choices? Check out the full list of 33rd Annual Razzie Award nominations and find out:
Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy!
A Thousand Words
Twilight Saga:Breaking Dawn Part 2
Katherine Heigl – One For The Money
Milla Jovovich – Resident Evil: Retribution
Tyler Perry (In Drag) – Madea’s Witness Protection
Kristen Stewart – Snow White and The Huntsman & Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Barbra Streisand – Guilt Trip
Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance & Seeking Justice
Eddie Murphy – A Thousand Words
Robert Pattinson – Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry (Not in Drag) – Alex Cross & Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
Adam Sandler – That’s My Boy!
Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel – Playing For Keeps & Total Recall
Brooklyn Decker – Battleship & What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Ashley Greene – Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Jennifer Lopez – What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Rihanna – Battleship
Worst Supporting Actor
David Hasselhoff (as “Himself”) – Piranha 3-DD
Taylor Lautner – Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Liam Neeson – Battleship & Wrath of the Titans
Nick Swardson – That’s My Boy
Vanilla Ice (as “Himself”) – That’s My Boy
Worst Screen Couple
Any Combination of Two Cast Members from “Jersey Shore” – The Three Stooges
Mackenzie Foy (as “Little Renesmee”) & Taylor Lautner – Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry & His Drag Get-Up – Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witless Protection
Adam Sandler and either Leighton Meester, Andy Samberg or Susan Sarandon – That’s My Boy
Sean Anders – That’s My Boy
Peter Berg – Battleship
Bill Condon – Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry – Good Deeds & Madea’s Witless Protection
John Putch – ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART II
Worst Screen Ensemble
The Entire Cast of Battleship
The Entire Cast of Oogieloves inThe Big Balloon Adventure
The Entire Cast of That’s My Boy
The Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
The Entire Cast of Madea’s Witless Protection
Atlas Shrugged: Part II
That’s My Boy!
A Thousand Words
Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Source: The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation