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.
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.
As we head into the second round of the Best Worst Picture game, we’re time warping back to the early days of the Golden Raspberry Awards when Faye Dunaway and Pia Zadora were regular nominees for Worst Actress. We’re kicking off round two with Mommie Dearest vs. The Lonely Lady.
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 tenth annual ceremony, the Razzies served up four special awards to honor what they considered to be the worst offerings of the decade. Over the first ten years of the Razzies, there were certain names that kept popping up on a regular basis. If you have been reading along so far, you can expect to see a lot of familiar faces here.
The first Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony started as a joke. Founder and publicist, John J.B. Wilson was able to parlay his potluck dinner party into a few local headlines. The following year, he held another potluck dinner following the Oscars and attendance doubled. The list of nominees was also trimmed down to five each to mimic the format of the Academy Awards.
Let’s review the nominees and “winners” of 1981.