Golden Raspberry Awards: 1994
The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke. Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended. Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition. In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year. But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call. We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.
The fifteenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1994. The Lion King and Forrest Gump were the highest-grossing movies that year. David Letterman introduced Oprah Winfrey to Uma Thurman at the Oscars which was a showdown between Gump and Pulp. Tom Hanks won his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar which set the tone for a Forrest Gump sweep. The Razzies introduced a couple of new categories which allowed them to spread the love around.
Worst Original Song
- “The Color of the Night” from Color of Night, music and lyrics by Jud J. Friedman, Lauren Christy and Dominic Frontiere (also nominated for a Golden Globe)
- “Marry the Mole!” from Thumbelina, music by Barry Manilow, lyrics by Jack Feldman
- “Under the Same Sun” from On Deadly Ground, written by Mark Hudson, Klaus Meine and Scott Fairbairn
Winner: “Marry the Mole!”
I don’t know a lot about music. I’ll be the first to admit it. But then again, I don’t think Razzie voters knew any more than I did. Case in point, our first nominee for Worst Original Song is “The Color of the Night” by Lauren Christy from the movie Color of Night.
Sexy video. Song seems all right to me. The Golden Globes liked it too. It was nominated for Best Original Song which it lost to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. I am going to side with the Globes on this one. The only reason this song was nominated was that it was from the Color of Night soundtrack. That movie was very deservedly nominated in several categories, but this wasn’t one of them.
Incidentally, Christy went on to be one of the co-founders of The Matrix. No, not the one with Keanu Reeves. The group that wrote and produced hit albums for Avril Lavigne, Jason Mraz, Shakira, Liz Phair, Korn, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera, Rickey Martin and Britney Spears among others.
Let’s say it’s the early 90’s and you are making an environmentally-themed action movie. You need a band to write a theme song. Who do you call? If your answer was the Scorpions, congratulations. You made the same as Steven Seagal. I suppose it’s reasonable that you would want to tap the band that had a hit with “Wind of Change”.
The winner was the song “Marry the Mole” from the Don Bluth animated feature, Thumbelina. How bad could it really be? The music was written by Barry Manilow who, love him or hate him, knows how to craft a catchy tune. Unfortunately, he seemed to be having a memory lapse when he wrote “Marry the Mole”. Worse still, the song was sung by a warbling Carol Channing.
You can see why The Lion King went on to become the highest grossing animated film of all time when this was the competition.
Posted on January 21, 2016, in Awards, Movies, Razzies and tagged bruce willis, color of night, kevin costner, razzies, sharon stone, Sylvester Stallone, the specialist, wyatt earp. Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.