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The Golden Raspberry Awards: 2017

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-eighth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2017.   Disney dominated at the box office with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast as the year’s top earners Guillermo del Toro won Best Director for his bizarre fish fantasy, The Shape of Water which also took home Best Picture.  And Gary Oldman finally won an Oscar for his performance in Darkest Hour.  At the Razzies, things got animated as The Emoji Movie dominated and voters settled some old scores with targets that almost got away.

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The Golden Raspberry Awards: 2017 Winners

The “winners” of the Golden Raspberry Awards (or “Razzies”) have been announced.  Next week, I will run the full article with comments on all the nominees and historical context.  But for now, here is a look at who took home the not-so-coveted awards.  It was a big year for the animated turd, The Emoji Movie.  Sound off in the comments or save your thoughts for the full article coming soon.

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The Golden Raspberry Awards: 2016

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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.

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The Golden Raspberry Award 2016 Nominees

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Today is the official kick off of Oscar season.  Which I guess is fine if you’re into prestige dramas and that sort of thing.  But if you’re like me, it’s more fun to see who is going to get skewered by the Golden Raspberry Awards.  We’ll have the Oscar nominations for you as they are announced.  But first, let’s review the movies that were chosen as the worst of 2016.
Lots of DC super heroes this year.  The Razzies piled on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with 8 nominations.  The Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander 2 also landed eight noms.  Four movies racked up five nominations each; Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Independence Day: Resurgence.  Adding to the super hero count, Suicide Squad scored a couple nominations as well.
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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game Winner

 
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Most of our bracket games run for a couple of weeks, but this one is a little different in that it ties into the completion of a series that ran for nine months.  As such, crowning the winner feels like we have come to the end of a lengthy journey.  As you can see from the picture above, the title of Best Worst Picture has been awarded to John Travolta’s ultimate vanity project, Battlefield Earth.
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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Mommie Dearest Vs. Battlefield Earth

Mommie Dearest Vs. Battlefield Earth
That wasn’t really close.  Battlefield Earth annihilated I Know Who Killed Me with over 80% of the votes.  That means you’re looking at our two finalists right here.  It’s Mommie Dearest vs. Battlefield Earth for the title of Best Worst Picture.
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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Battlefield Earth Vs. I Know Who Killed Me

Battlefield Earth Vs. I Know Who Killed Me
If you’re still coping with the fact that the weekly Golden Raspberry articles have caught up to current day, never fear.  We’re going to ease you off your Razzie addiction with a few more days of the Best Worst Picture Bracket Game.  Today’s match-up is between a torture porn movie and a movie that is just plain torture.
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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2015

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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-sixth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2015.   Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World were the top movies of the year. Spotlight was named Best Picture and Alejandro G. Iñárritu won his second consecutive Best Director prize for The Revenant.  That movie’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, finally won Best Actor and Brie Larson was named Best Actress.  The Razzies got all hot and bothered over bondage and less-than-fantastic super hero teams.
Also, the Razzies sort of apologized to their biggest target.
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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Mommie Dearest Vs. Showgirls

Mommie Dearest vs. Showgirls
We’re down to our final four contenders for the crown of Best Worst Picture.  If you interpret that to mean “movies so bad that they are good”, today’s match has you covered.  Both Mommie Dearest and Showgirls were initially billed as dramatic movies.  As dramas, they both failed.  But audiences embraced both movies as campy comedies.  The degree to which that was intentional is both debatable and irrelevant.
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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: I Know Who Killed Me Vs. Fifty Shades of Grey

I Know Who Killed Me Vs. 50 Shades
Is it getting a little hot in here?  I don’t know if the competition is heating up or if its the contented looks on Lindsay Lohan’s and Dakota Johnson’s faces.  Today’s showdown is between two movies you don’t want to watch with your parents.  That is, unless mom’s into torture porn and S&M, in which case, knock yourselves out.
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