The Golden Raspberry Awards: 2016
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 thirty-seventh annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2016. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Finding Dory were the top movies of the year. La La Land was announced as Best Picture at the Academy Awards in error. The prize actually went to Moonlight. Casey Affleck and Emma Stone took home the top acting honors. At the Razzies, voters were still recovering from an exhausting presidential election and a joyless super hero slugfest.
The Razzie Redeemer Award
Winner: Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
I’m not one for making predictions, but with regards to this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards, I was confident enough to prognosticate twice. One, I figured post-election Hillary’s America was sure to rack up some nominations and probably a win or two. And two, I thought the Razzies would skip a year on the Redeemer Award. Well, I was half right.My thinking was that there really hadn’t been a massive comeback story like those of past winners Ban Affleck and Sylvester Stallone. Those two actors were previous Razzie targets who had fought their way back to be Oscar nominees. Affleck, the inaugural winner of the Redeemer Award and a Razzie winner this year in a different category, actually took home an Oscar for Argo despite not being nominate for Best Director that year. Stallone, who has gotten more attention from Razzie voters than he has from the Academy, lost his Oscar bid but managed to take home a Golden Globe.
Unlike previous honorees, Mel Gibson doesn’t have a long history with the Razzies. His only nomination came in 2014 in the supporting actor category for playing the villain in The Expendables 3. That was an early comeback effort that came up short and the Razzies decided to tweak Gibson as a result. He lost to costar Kelsey Grammer who committed the cardinal sin of appearing in an Expendables movie and a Transformers sequel in the same year.
You probably already know this, but once upon a time, Gibson was Hollywood royalty. Younger readers may not remember this, but there was a time when Gibson was beloved. He was up there with Tom Hanks as a national treasure. The Lethal Weapon franchise formed the springboard of Gibson’s career and its success allowed him the opportunity to dabble in directing. In 1995, Gibson starred in and directed the Oscar-winning historical epic, Braveheart.
What most people didn’t know was that behind the good looks and winning smile, there was a guy with a lot of serious issues. Gibson has admitted to being a manic-depressive with a decades-long drinking problem. In 1984, he was banned from driving in Ontario after a drunk driving accident. But that incident was largely swept under the rug. Back then, a famous movie star like Gibson could make a mistake like that in Canada and it wouldn’t come back to haunt him.
In 2006, Gibson was arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles. Under the influence, Gibson let loose with some racial slurs that made headlines. That incident alone didn’t sink Gibson’s career but a lot of people stopped returning his phone calls. On a personal level, his marriage of over 30 years came to an end. Despite the controversy, Gibson continued working sporadically. But in 2010, audio recordings leaked of Gibson berating his then-girlfriend, Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson’s personal demons were laid bare for all to see.
It turns out the guy everyone assumed was a well-meaning rogue and merry prankster had a serious dark side. Making matters worse, the actor didn’t feel the need to make amends with the public. Gibson never really offered up much of an apology for his actions beyond making the case that no one should be judged based on their lowest point. Over the years, he kept testing the waters to see if the time was right to step back into the spotlight.
Apparently 2016 was the year in which Gibson was allowed to return from exile to direct the WWII drama, Hacksaw Ridge. While not a runaway hit, Hacksaw Ridge got mostly positive reviews and performed respectfully at the box office. It was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Gibson’s first Best Director nomination since he won for Braveheart.
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