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 PictureBattleshipOogieloves in the Big Balloon AdventureThat's My Boy!A Thousand WordsTwilight Saga:Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst ActressKatherine Heigl - One For The MoneyMilla Jovovich - Resident Evil: RetributionTyler Perry (In Drag) - Madea's Witness ProtectionKristen Stewart - Snow White and The Huntsman & Breaking Dawn - Part 2Barbra Streisand - Guilt Trip
Worst ActorNicolas Cage - Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance & Seeking JusticeEddie Murphy - A Thousand WordsRobert Pattinson - Breaking Dawn - Part 2Tyler Perry (Not in Drag) - Alex Cross & Tyler Perry's Good DeedsAdam Sandler - That's My Boy!
Worst Supporting ActressJessica Biel - Playing For Keeps & Total RecallBrooklyn Decker - Battleship & What To Expect When You're ExpectingAshley Greene - Breaking Dawn - Part 2Jennifer Lopez - What to Expect When You're ExpectingRihanna - Battleship
Worst Supporting ActorDavid Hasselhoff (as "Himself") - Piranha 3-DDTaylor Lautner - Breaking Dawn - Part 2Liam Neeson - Battleship & Wrath of the TitansNick Swardson - That's My BoyVanilla Ice (as "Himself") - That's My Boy
Worst Screen CoupleAny Combination of Two Cast Members from "Jersey Shore" - The Three StoogesMackenzie Foy (as "Little Renesmee") & Taylor Lautner - Breaking Dawn - Part 2Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart - Breaking Dawn - Part 2Tyler Perry & His Drag Get-Up - Tyler Perry's Madea's Witless ProtectionAdam Sandler and either Leighton Meester, Andy Samberg or Susan Sarandon - That's My Boy
Worst DirectorSean Anders - That's My BoyPeter Berg - BattleshipBill Condon - Breaking Dawn - Part 2Tyler Perry - Good Deeds & Madea's Witless ProtectionJohn Putch - ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART II
Worst Screen EnsembleThe Entire Cast of BattleshipThe Entire Cast of Oogieloves inThe Big Balloon AdventureThe Entire Cast of That's My BoyThe Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2The Entire Cast of Madea's Witless Protection
Worst ScreenplayAtlas Shrugged: Part IIBattleshipThat's My Boy!A Thousand WordsBreaking Dawn - Part 2
Source: The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation