Golden Raspberry Awards: 1982
The third annual Golden Raspberry Awards were still a relatively low-profile affair. Attendance reportedly doubled from the first year to the second and doubled again from the second year to the third, but the ceremony was still a potluck dinner party at publicist John J. B. Wilson’s house following the Oscar telecast. The 1982 awards were the last before the awards starting receiving coverage from mainstream media channels.
Let’s dig in to the Razzies of 1982.
This year brought with it a new category:
Worst Career Achievement Award
Winner: Irwin Allen
Irwin Allen was awarded the first Career Achievement award. I have to think this was meant affectionately despite the implication that Allen’s career is somehow the worst of anything. Allen was a TV and movie producer whose nickname was “the master of disaster”. In the 60’s, Allen produced cheesy TV shows like Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Land of the Giants.
In 1972, Allen produced the hit disaster movie, The Poseidon Adventure. For those who may not know, The Poseidon Adventure is kind of the gold standard of the disaster movie genre. Gene Hackman stars as a priest (naturally having an existential crisis as all movie priests were in the 70’s) who leads a group of survivors to safety when their ship overturns. I consider it the Die Hard of disaster movies in that it more or less defined the genre going forward.
In fact, Allen’s movies inspired the novel that Die Hard was based on. Allen followed up The Poseidon Adventure with the star-studded disaster pick, The Towering Inferno. Author Roderick Thorp saw The Towering Inferno and used it as an inspiration for his novel, Nothing Lasts Forever which was adapted into the first Die Hard movie many years later. So in a way, Allen is also responsible for the “Die Hard on a…” genre of action movies.
Allen went on to produce The Swarm and the Poseidon Adventure sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. He also produced a TV show based on The Swiss Family Robinson which starred a young Helen Hunt. Allen was responsible for a string of TV movies with exclamation points in their title like Flood!, Fire! and Cave In!
By the time he was recognized by the Razzies, Allen was slowing down due to declining health . He died eight years later of a heart attack. I’m not sure that Allen’s career qualifies as the “Worst” of anything. Perhaps this award should carry a different name. Lifetime Achievement in Genre Entertainment perhaps? I don’t know. But I’m going to choose to view this as a compliment to an entertainer who brought a lot of smiles to a lot of faces.
Next: The musical categories