Golden Raspberry Award
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|Golden Raspberry Award|
John Wilson at the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards.
|Awarded for||Worst in film|
|Presented by||Golden Raspberry Award Foundation|
|First awarded||March 31, 1981|
The first Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony was held on March 31, 1981, at John J. B. Wilson's living room alcove in Los Angeles to honour the worst in film of the 1980 film season. The 33rd ceremony was held on February 23, 2013. The nominations were announced on January 8, 2013.
 Foundationcopywriter and publicist John J. B. Wilson traditionally held potluck dinner parties at his house in Los Angeles on the night of the Academy Awards. In 1981, after the 53rd Academy Awards had completed for the evening, Wilson invited friends to give random award presentations in his living room. Wilson decided to formalize the event, after watching a double feature of Can't Stop the Music and Xanadu. He gave them ballots to vote on worst in film. Wilson stood at a podium made of cardboard in a tacky tuxedo, with a foam ball attached to a broomstick as a fake microphone, and announced Can't Stop the Music as the first Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture. The impromptu ceremony was a success and the following week a press release about his event released by Wilson was picked up by a few local newspapers, including a mention in the Los Angeles Daily News with the headline: "Take These Envelopes, Please".
Approximately three dozen people came to the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards. The 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards had double the attendance as the first and the 3rd awards ceremony had double this number. By the 4th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, CNN and two major wire services covered the event. Wilson realized that by scheduling the Golden Raspberry Awards prior to the Academy Awards, the ceremony would get more press coverage: "We finally figured out you couldn't compete with the Oscars on Oscar night, but if you went the night before, when the press from all over the world are here and they are looking for something to do, it could well catch on," he said to BBC News.
 NameThe term raspberry is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry". Wilson commented to the author of Blame It on the Dog: "When I registered the term with the Library of Congress in 1980, they asked me, 'Why raspberry? What's the significance of that?' But since then, razz has pretty much permeated the culture. We couldn't have done it without Hollywood's help." Wilson is referred to as "Ye Olde Head Razzberry".
 Awarding processPaid members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation vote to determine the winners; individuals may become members of the foundation by visiting the organization's website at www.razzies.com. For the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards in 2009, award results were based on votes from approximately 650 journalists, cinema fans and professionals from the film industry. Voters hailed from 45 states in the United States and 19 other countries.
Most winners do not attend the ceremony.
 CategoriesCurrent Awards
- Worst Actor: 1980 to present
- Worst Actress: 1980 to present
- Worst Supporting Actor: 1980 to present
- Worst Supporting Actress: 1980 to present
- Worst Screen Couple/Worst Screen Ensemble: 1994 to present
- Worst Screenplay: 1980 to present
- Worst Director: 1980 to present
- Worst Picture: 1980 to present
- Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel: 1994 to present
- Worst Original Song: 1980 to 1999, 2002
- Worst New Star: 1981 to 1988, 1990 to 1998
- Worst Musical Score: 1981 to 1985
- Worst Visual Effects: 1986 to 1987
 Special categoriesSpecial categories have also been introduced for specific years. Such special awards include:
 Anniversary AwardsEvery decade-closing ceremony includes an award for the worst actors and movies of the decade - though the 2000 ceremony put the actors as worst of the 20th century instead. Special prizes for the 25th anniversary of the Razzies awards were also given out in 2006.
|1980s (10th)||Worst Actor||Sylvester Stallone||Christopher Atkins|
|Worst Actress||Bo Derek||Faye Dunaway|
|Worst Picture of the Decade||Mommie Dearest (1981|