Golden Raspberry Awards: 1998
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 nineteenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1998. Saving Private Ryan and Armageddon were the highest-grossing movies that year. Shakespeare in Love was a controversial Best Picture winner while Steven Spielberg took home Best Director for the odds-on favorite, Saving Private Ryan. Roberto Benigni wore out his welcome almost immediately when he won Best Actor for Life is Beautiful and Judi Dench won Best Supporting Actress for her cameo appearance in Shakespeare. Hollywood cried foul over Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar campaigning and its surprising effectiveness, but the Razzies were comparatively scandal free as no one was taking out full-page ads in Variety to get the Spice Girls nominated.
Worst Original Song
- “Barney, the Song” from Barney’s Great Adventure: The Movie, written by Jerry Herman
- “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from Armageddon, written by Diane Warren
- “I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz!” from An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, written by Joe Eszterhas and Gary G-Wiz
- “Storm” from The Avengers, written by Bruce Woolley, Chris Elliott, Marius deVries, Betsy Cook, and Andy Caine
- “Too Much” from Spice World, written by the Spice Girls, Andy Watkins, and Paul Wilson
Winner: “I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz!”
I want you guys to know how dedicated I am to my readers. The only clip I could find for “Barney, the Song” included the first fifteen minutes of the movie. Nobody should have to sit through that. The best use of Barney’s Great Adventure: The Movie is as a babysitter. So unless you are putting it on so you can leave the room and do chores, there is no reason you should by subjected to that nonsense.
So here’s what I did. I edited that clip down to just the song as performed by Bernadette Peters so readers can listen to the legendary performer extol the virtues of a purple dinosaur while some kids complain about being dropped off at their grandparents’ house. Enjoy the clip. Or more importantly, be glad this is all you’re getting.
This next song, you are probably more familiar with. It was Aerosmith’s first #1 hit song after 28 years in the music industry. Here it is in case you aren’t still sick of hearing it from 1998:
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was written by Diane Warren who also wrote the slow-jam from Con Air, “How Do I Live”. That hit song was nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie last year. Warren repeated that feat with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”. The song was also nominated for Best Original Song which it lost to “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt.
Our next song comes from the 1998 movie, The Avengers. This is the one that doesn’t have Hulk or Captain America in it. In other words, the one that sucks. The movie was an adaptation of the 1960’s spy show The Avengers. The TV show actually predates the first James Bond movie starring Sean Connery, but its popularity was definitely tied into the Bond phenomenon. Which is why the movie’s title song, sung by former Bond villain Grace Jones, sounds like a discarded Bond theme song.
In 1997, the Spice Girls took America by storm. They were already popular in the UK, but American pop fans quickly fell in love with the girl group and their catchy ditty, “Spice Up Your Life”. A year later, most Americans were ready to ship the girls back to Britain. This didn’t bode well for the Spice Girls movie, Spice World, which relied heavily on the band’s popularity.
This song, the aptly titled “Too Much”, proved to be the Spice Girls’ fourth and final top ten single in the US. We’ll talk more about the Spice Girls later. This isn’t their only nomination this year.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a clip for the winning song. “I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz!” was written by Joe Eszterhas and Gary G-Wiz. But we’re just getting started with Eszterhas’ showbiz satire, Burn Hollywood Burn.
Next: Worst New Star
Posted on February 18, 2016, in Awards, Movies, Razzies and tagged An Alan Smithee Film, Burn Hollywood Burn, godzilla, Joe Eszterhas, The Avengers, The Spice Girls. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.