Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst of the First 25 Years
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.
As part of the twenty-fifth annual ceremony, the Razzies got retrospective. Despite the fact that they had just done a 20-year recap five years prior, they decided to issue another set of special awards covering the first 25 years of their rich cinematic history. They also took the chance to give an award to a frequent nominee who had never won before.
Worst “Musical” of Our First 25 Years
- Can’t Stop the Music (AFD) (1980)
- From Justin to Kelly (20th Century Fox) (2003)
- Glitter (Columbia / 20th Century Fox) (2001)
- Rhinestone (20th Century Fox) (1984)
- Spice World (Columbia) (1998)
- Xanadu (Universal) (1980)
Winner: From Justin to Kelly
The Razzies love retrospectives. It’s only been five years since the last time they looked back at their own history, but they decided to do it again anyway in honor of their first 25 years. This time, the categories are broken down a little differently. They chose to highlight the worst offerings in three different genres.
If you are limiting yourself to three genres, musicals might seem like an odd choice for inclusion. It’s not like the modern musical has dominated cinemas. The musical has been declared dead more times than I can count. But without bad musicals, there wouldn’t be a Golden Raspberry Award. As the story goes, founder John J. B. Wilson came up with the idea after sitting through a double feature of Can’t Stop the Music and Xanadu. So it makes sense that the Razzies would consider musicals an important part of their history.
It probably didn’t hurt that they had so many truly awful musicals to choose from. Apparently, the Razzies felt the musicals of the last 25 years were so awful that they nominated 6 movies in this category instead of the 5 nominees in the comedy and drama categories.
Does anybody think that any of these six musicals are not deserving? I know Spice World has its fans. And at least one reader has defended Xanadu in the comments section. Personally, I will happily listen to the soundtrack as long as I don’t have to sit through the roller disco snoozefest.
Let’s take a look at some of the musicals which had previously been nominated for Worst Picture but were not quite bad enough to be the worst of the first 25 years:
- Annie – 1982
- The Pirate Movie – 1982
- Under the Cherry Moon – 1986
- Graffiti Bridge – 1990
- Cool as Ice – 1991
- Newsies – 1992
The award went to From Justin to Kelly which was the most recent nominee and probably the freshest on their minds. It’s hard to argue with their decision. From Justin to Kelly was a cheap, quick and cynical attempt to cash in on the sudden success of American Idol. It very nearly went direct to video. It’s hard to make a decent musical built around two leads with no acting or dancing experience. Kelly Clarkson would go on to be a successful pop star, but at the time she was still an amateur singer who had won a reality TV competition.
Despite all of this, From Justin to Kelly didn’t win Worst Picture in 2003. Most years, it probably would have. But that year was so bad it spawned to winners on this list!
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