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Golden Raspberry Award

John Wilson at the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards.
Awarded forWorst in film
CountryUnited States
Presented byGolden Raspberry Award Foundation
First awardedMarch 31, 1981
A Golden Raspberry Award, or Razzie for short, is an award presented in recognition of the worst in film. Founded by American copywriter and publicist John J. B. Wilson in 1980, the annual Razzie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles precedes the corresponding Academy Awards ceremony by one day. The term raspberry in the name is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry". The awards themselves typically cost $4.97 each, in the form of a "golfball-sized raspberry" which sits atop a Super 8 mm film reel, the whole of which is spray-painted gold.
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.[1]



[edit] History

[edit] Foundation

The Golden Raspberry Award statuette.
American copywriter and publicist John J. B. Wilson traditionally held potluck dinner parties at his house in Los Angeles on the night of the Academy Awards.[2] In 1981, after the 53rd Academy Awards had completed for the evening, Wilson invited friends to give random award presentations in his living room.[2][3] Wilson decided to formalize the event, after watching a double feature of Can't Stop the Music and Xanadu.[4] He gave them ballots to vote on worst in film.[4] 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.[4][5] 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".[2][3][5]
Approximately three dozen people came to the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards.[5] The 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards had double the attendance as the first and the 3rd awards ceremony had double this number.[5] By the 4th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, CNN and two major wire services covered the event.[2] 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.[2]

[edit] Name

The term raspberry is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry".[6] 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."[6] Wilson is referred to as "Ye Olde Head Razzberry".[7]

[edit] Format

[edit] Awarding process

Paid members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation vote to determine the winners;[8] individuals may become members of the foundation by visiting the organization's website at[9] 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.[8][10] Voters hailed from 45 states in the United States and 19 other countries.[11]

[edit] Ceremony

The ceremony, typically held one day before the Academy Awards, is modelled after the latter but "deliberately low-end and tacky".[2]
Most winners do not attend the ceremony.[12]

[edit] Categories

Current Awards

[edit] Special categories

Special categories have also been introduced for specific years. Such special awards include:
1996Worst Screenplay Grossing Over $100 MillionTwisterMichael Crichton & Anne-Marie MartinThe Hunchback of Notre Dame — Tab Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker & Noni White
Independence DayDean Devlin & Roland Emmerich
Mission: ImpossibleDavid Koepp and Robert Towne
A Time to KillAkiva Goldsman
1997Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public PropertyCon AirBatman & Robin
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
1998Worst Movie Trends of the Year58-year-old leading men wooing 28-year-old leading ladiesTrailers that give away the film's entire plot
Longer movies, shorter plots
THX Deafening Audio
Mega-zillion-dollar cross-promotional overkill: Armageddon, Godzilla, etc.
2002Most Flatulent Teen-Targeted MovieJackass: The MovieEight Crazy Nights
2003Worst Excuse for an Actual MovieThe Cat in the Hat2 Fast 2 Furious
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
From Justin to Kelly
The Real Cancun
2005Most Tiresome Tabloid TargetsTom Cruise, his baby, Katie Holmes, Oprah Winfrey's couch and the Eiffel TowerTom Cruise and his anti-psychiatry rant
Paris Hilton and... "who EVER!"
Mr. and Mrs. Britney, their baby (Sean Preston Federline) and their camcorder
The Simpsons: Ashlee, Jessica and Nick
2006Worst Excuse for Family EntertainmentRVDeck the Halls
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
The Shaggy Dog
2007Worst Excuse for a Horror MovieI Know Who Killed MeAliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Hannibal Rising
Hostel: Part II
2010Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3DThe Last Airbender[13][14]Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Clash of the Titans
The Nutcracker in 3D
Saw 3D

[edit] Anniversary Awards

Every 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 ActorSylvester StalloneChristopher Atkins
Ryan O'Neal
John Travolta
Worst ActressBo DerekFaye Dunaway
Brooke Shields
Pia Zadora
Worst Picture of the DecadeMommie Dearest (1981

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