2013 Razzie Nominations: Adam Sandler and ‘Twilight’ Lead the Pack

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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:

Worst Picture
Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy!
A Thousand Words
Twilight Saga:Breaking Dawn Part 2

Worst Actress
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

Worst Actor
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

Worst Director
Sean Anders – That’s My Boy
Peter Berg – Battleship
Bill Condon – Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Tyler Perry – Good Deeds & Madea’s Witless Protection

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

Worst Screenplay
Atlas Shrugged: Part II
That’s My Boy!
A Thousand Words
Breaking Dawn – Part 2


Source: The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation

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  1. You would think Adam Sandler would re think his comedy by now. How many years is this in a row? I didn’t read the article, just saw the title. Ill get to it lol so sorry if you mentioned it.

    • Will Ferrell has been that way for me. At least Adam Sandler tries to do things a little differently each time, unlike Ferrell who does the same thing every movie. And it’s not even funny, I only liked him in “Elf”

      • he has been decent in a number of actual acting roles though. i dont like him when he is being ‘zany’ but he can act when he needs to. i think he is just in some s***** movies.

        • I disagree. If Ferrell was smart enough to steer away from s**t movies, he would. He’s that big of a star now. What frustrates me is that I really liked him on SNL, but that just says they had to write out his material for him in order for it to be funny for everyone watching. Recycling the same schtick isn’t funny, in fact there is a big Rule of 3 in basic theatre standards: if you do it more than 3 times, its not funny anymore.

          • i think he was better in more straight roles. The Other Guys and Stranger Than Fiction for example.

            • the other guys was the worst POS i saw in a while (at the time i saw it, on netflix about a year ago)i hated that movie. i get what it was trying to do, but i hated it.

        • I think Will Ferrell was great in Step Brothers and in Old School. I think the guy is his greatest when he is not the main actor. When he is the main guy then it gets pretty corny

          • ron burgundy was pretty good. steve carrel and paul rudd were great in it

    • What reason does Sandler have to change things up? People still see his movies and the impression I get from most of them is that he’s just having fun doing his own projects with his friends and there’s something to be said to that. I think most know what they’re waling into when they see his movies nowadays. And it’s not like the Razzies are some career defining mark and studios will blacklist him for it. Not trying to slam you, just giving a different perspective.

      • The thing is, Ferrell’s work is actually funny to me and I’ve only ever found Sandler funny in one movie when he was pretty low on the starring role list.

      • I Sandler’s stuff is defin. hit or miss. I actually prefer his RomComs. I actually thought “Thats my Boy” was pretty funny. After multiple viewings(wife didn’t see it with me) it actually got better…

  2. I feel the same way. The Razzies only ever pick on things that are popular to hate and not judging anything on a more critical level. I get it’s supposed to be satirical but I just don’t see the point when it’s not even funny or clever.

  3. If you put away your disdain for all things Kristen Stewart, Breaking Dawn 2 wasnt a terrible movie. Dont get me wrong, Im not nominating it for an Oscar but I wouldnt classify it as one of the worst either.

    • but Stewart’s performance in Snow White WAS very bad.
      I went into that film really wanting to like K.S., and came out puzzled and confused as to how such a dreadful actress could continue to get roles in movies.

      • Although I agree I will never hate on Kristen Stewart after watching Rosie in DSOM, LOL. Now that was bad LOL

      • Stewart’s performance in Snow White is very bad. Nothing can make it ever stop being so bad.

  4. It’s curious about Adam Sandler. His movies are utterly awful and he performs in the majority of them with an awareness that is almost apologetic (ignoring ‘Grown Ups’. Everyone in that was so unbearably smug it bordered on insult to the whole industry). Then I remember ‘Funny People’ and the character he was playing. Some might suggest it was merely an Apatow character, but there were parallels that Sandler must’ve recognised and encouraged (pigeonholed actor practically being forced to star in dross he regrets). So it is not as if he isn’t self aware of the level of film he is putting out (unlike, say, Rob Schneider, who seems to be convinced he should be getting Oscars).

    Notice others mentioning Will Ferrell. Problem with Will is he rarely gets reigned in. Watching ‘The Campaign’ lead to me think he was allowed to improvise ad nauseum with everyone whooping, “Yeah, man. Great. You da’ man.” regardless of whether he was funny or not. You get three Will Ferrell’s. The studio kid friendly happy family movie star (zzzzzzzz. Leave that to Brendan Fraser). The smug, over indulgent improv guy no one reigns in (unbearable). Then the smug, over indulgent improv guy who does get reigned in (can be very funny).

  5. Razzies, What are you guys doing? Sure Battleship & That’s My Boy (thankfully) got nominated, But ignoring The Devil Inside & The Apparition for a Twilight film? I know I’m not a Twilight fan but come on, there were far worse movies than Breaking Dawn: Part 2!

    • +1. Amen. I am Onboard. Great Comment.

      Love the Razzies, but the “Twilight” nominations just feels like they are throwing it out there to get attention.

  6. I’m shocked Alex Cross was not up here for worst picture

  7. I feel bad for Ashley Greene.

  8. I’ll agree with a lot of what you guys are saying here. I’m not a big Adam sandler fan at all. I think a lot of his movies aren’t worth ticket prices cause he hasn’t been that funny since maybe the longest yard. Will Farrell’s almost about the same. Like him in a few flicks and that’s about it. Now where the hell’s the nomination for green lantern at? The visuals weren’t bad the acting not that good (Ryan Reynolds I’m talking to you here). Was just aweful. I made myself stay through to the end I was so bored with it just to see a very disappointing conclusion. Worth 30 bucks spent ever.

    • Green Lantern? You need to go back a couple of years.

  9. All the hate for Adam Sandler and his movies is BS. All his movies are FUNNY. Thats my boy was funny. HE is very aware of the kind of movies he makes and how theyre perceived, and thats why they’re funny. He gives a big FU to all the critics everytime he releases a new film. And to say he cant act is also BS. It’s not easy to play those gross out characters in a convincing manner, which he does very well. its like saying Marlon Wayans, or rob schneider are on the same level as Sandler which is laughable.

    I laugh out loud with every single Sandler movie. Thats my boy was better than Hangover part 2.

    • Sandler is right about critics towards Comedy. Seems like any Comedy that is released gets an instant negative review, which I feel is stupid due to the fact that they act like they’re supposed to be Oscar-winning dramas. If you go in analyzing a Comedy, you have some serious issues.

      It’s 1st time flops unnecessary sequels that bug me more than anything. If the material can no longer be reasonably stretched of it’s humor and isn’t going to satisfy the general audience, greed is the only reason it’s made.

      Comedy is not a good place to stay permanently as an actor. Some amazing material comes once every now and then, but it’s a dangerous gamble. If you’re a rookie and your first movie comes, it’s a Comedy, and it flops, you’re probably out of the business for good because they feel you are just too great of a gamble to work with.

      • I consider Melissa McCarthy a better comedian than Sandler. Although she plays to the same comedic routines it’s still new based on the characters she plays. I mean the role she played on Bridesmaids, although limited somewhat, was just awesome and spot on. The trouble with Sandler is that every movie of his seems to be the same thing with the exception of Spanglish, Funny People, Grown ups. I loved Billy Madison but after that it was just more of the same character. If he would have changed it up with new material it wouldn’t have been as bad. My brother who is a huge Sandler fan is even tired of his same character.

    • agreed, I watched “thats my boy” multiple times, and it got better.

  10. “the organization’s approach makes it a fitting anthesis to the Academy (intentional or not), which is criticized for overlooking indie darlings”

    The Academy overlooks indie darlings? I wondered about that comment since Danny Boyle and Kathryn Bigelow both won Best Director and Best Picture despite much better directors/movies being in the same categories and only winning (in my opinion) because of the subject matter rather than actually great moviemaking.

    Just how it’s fairly boring and predictable that Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty have been nominated for BAFTAs and most likely will get the same nominations for the Oscars too.

    I was going to watch the ceremony because Seth MacFarlane was hosting but now I might just wait until youtube has a “Best Of Seth At The Oscars” compilation to avoid the anger I felt when Slumdog Millionaire and The Hurt Locker won their awards several years ago.

    • Well, I seem to remember there were a lot of rumors about Avatar backlash when Hurt Locker was nominated and that (supposedly) contributed to its somewhat-surprising win. Similarly, Slumdog Millionaire was already on its way to bigger box office success through word of mouth before Oscar nods were announced.

      That’s just to say, I consider them exceptions to the general rule that indie darlings (as in, critically-acclaimed indie films that never achieve mainstream box office success) often aren’t given their proper due. Admittedly, though, that’s mostly my impression.

  11. Adam Sandler needs to just stop making films. He’s spearheading a long list of Hack Comedians who’ve lost their relevance when they allowed the money and success to disconnect them from reality.
    Following Sandler: (in no particular order)
    -Cedric the Entertainer
    -Jim Carrey
    -Eddie Murphy
    -Rob Snyder
    -David Spayd (i don’t feel it’s necessary to look up the correct spelling)
    -The Waynes Brothers
    -Steve Carell
    -Steve Martin
    -Martin Lawrence
    -Will Farrell (is getting there)
    -Howard Stern (i know he doesn’t belong on this list but if you listen to his show You Know)

    • How has sandler lost any relevance??? hes one of the most enduring careers for a comedian ive EVER SEEN. Billy Madison was way back in what 1995????! hes been doing movies for 20 years now and I’m pretty sure “Just go with it” was financially sucessfull, as was “funny people” Seriously you cant tell me that you dont enjoy a Sandler movie that you havent seen when it’s on TV or HBO etc. He has stood the test of time because he makes fun movies with a certain type of humor that seems to work since he keeps coming out with movies!!!! so when you say he needs to stop making movies you obviously dont know what youre talking about.. Youre probably one of those guys that thinks he knows more about movies and is smarter than everyone else. Go watch your indie movies like fassbenders “shame” I’m sure youl enjoy the sight of his cock.

      • Settle down, Ed. Some people don’t like Sandler movies. Boo hoo.

        • lol

  12. I cant’ believe there is no nominations for The Avengers… MARVEL FANS TRY TO KILL ME IN 3…2…1 XD

    • HULK SMASH!!!! :-D

    • I already have a team of snipers aiming through your bedroom window. Goodbye, M. Stone.

    • to be honest i didnt think the avengers was that great. new batman was much better. IMO of course.

  13. anybody else think that those people were a little obnoxious?

  14. Where “Ghost Rider:The spirit of Vengeance” is nominated, it needs to win.

    I saw “Battleship” on DVD, and enjoyed it. Pure brain dead movie. Then I see and hear everyone else, and accept it is bad.

    But, come on…. if everyone is honest- isn’t there a monstrously bad movie- that you KNOW is bad- that you enjoyed anyways? I’ll take my crap for “Battleship” so long as I am not in crap alone….

    • i thought battleship was an ok flick. i liked how they tied the game to the movie. rhianan was the worst part of that movie. she cant sing OR act. SWATH was decent, but theron was waaay over the top with the constant screaming. KS was ok until her speech at the end…eye-rolling bad! i also thought green lantern was ok. the cgi suit was a bit over the top, but i liked it. i thought immortals was ok, just couldnt stand mikey rourke’s performance. worst fading out accent since costner in robin hood (which i also liked) i’m sure there are other hated films i’ve thought were ok

    • If ghost rider doesnt win that is just said that was the worst movie i have ever seen and i liked the first one so that says alot. The coolest part of battleship was when they came out from the island and made that turn and fired the main guns!

  15. “How did Ashley Greene land recognition for her Breaking Dawn role, but she and Sebastian Stan avoided making the cut for their painful absence of screen chemistry in The Apparition?”

    I have an answer for you, Sandy. Because nobody saw The Apparition.

    You’re right. The razzies don’t really nominate the worst movies. They nominate the worst popular movies. It’s more of the opposite of the People’s Choice Awards, rather than The Oscars. Yet somehow Twilight wins for both…

  16. I was just surfing the site and noticed the comments. I had no idea people over analyze every piece of s*** movie they see. They are movies who cares.

    • People who are into film and pay/invest time to see them, perhaps?

  17. battleship wasnt that bad.give rihanna a break,it was her first time.green lantern should be here(just ask sheldon cooper),ghost rider and cage should win in their categories though,its the first time i’ve seen someone act worse than dolph lundgren

  18. I enjoyed the Three Stooges and thought it was funny when Moe got put on Jersey Shore and started slapping all the cast members around. The Jersey Shore cast members didn’t do a bad job, they seemed to be making fun of themselves. But you knew they would be nominated for a Razzie, just because they were who they were, and dared to actually appear in a movie as themselves.