31st Annual RAZZIE Nominations

The nominations have finally been announced! No, not the Oscar nominations (that’s coming up next) but even more exciting — the 31st annual RAZZIE awards!

For a cynical moviegoer like me, this is exciting stuff.

If you’re not in the know, the Razzies are “prizes” awarded by The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation for really bad movies and performances. The awards show, which traditionally is held the day before the Oscars, “dis-honors Worst Achievements in Filmdis-honors Worst Achievements in Film” according to their website.

I’m including the complete list of nominations below, but first, I’ve got to spoil the surprise and rant about a few of the nominees. Here goes:

  • The Last Airbender absolutely deserves to be on this list, and I’m not the least bit surprised that it received the highest number of Razzie nominations this year. It was absolutely terrible — so much so that I had to write a horrified review of it, and actually struggled to put into words how painfully bad it was.
  • Twilight Saga: Eclipse wasn’t a great movie, but it wasn’t terrible either. I actually watched it a couple of days ago on DVD, and while the acting wasn’t especially GOOD, I don’t think it deserved all of the Razzie nominations that it received. And Taylor Lautner was actually halfway decent in the film — and not just because of his abs.
  • I think both Killers and Valentine’s Day got a raw deal this year. Neither was necessarily a masterful piece of film, but I enjoyed them both. I’d happily watch each of them again, and I’ve already seen Valentine’s Day twice. By choice. And their lead, Ashton Kutcher, I think is unfairly judged because of his That 70s Show and Punk’d antics. He’s really becoming a pretty decent actor, in my opinion.
  • The new category “Worst eye-gouging mis-use of 3-D” cracked me up. Three cheers for putting The Last Airbender on here, because the 3-D was pitiful. But Clash of the Titans? Really? I mean, the 3-D wasn’t bad, and the film itself was enjoyable, as long as you discarded your memory of the original (or of historical Greek mythology.)
  • Is it any surprise that the five movies nominated for “Worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel” are among the common nominees for other categories, too? It’s dangerous stuff, trying to exploit a successful movie by doing a related film (or re-done version of the original.)
  • Wasn’t the point of Vampires Suck! that it was SUPPOSED to be a bad movie?

And now, from CNN.com (which helpfully saved me the trouble of compiling the list myself) here are the 31st Annual RAZZIE Nominations:

Worst picture
“The Bounty Hunter”
“The Last Airbender”
“Sex & the City 2”
“Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
“Vampires Suck!”

Worst actor
Jack Black, “Gulliver’s Travels”
Gerard Butler, “The Bounty Hunter”
Ashton Kutcher, “Killers” and “Valentine’s Day”
Taylor Lautner, “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “Valentine’s Day”
Robert Pattinson, “Remember Me” and “Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Worst actress
Jennifer Aniston, “The Bounty Hunter” and “The Switch”
Miley Cyrus, “The Last Song”
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon, “Sex & the City 2”
Megan Fox, “Jonah Hex”
Kristen Stewart, “Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Worst supporting actress
Jessica Alba, “The Killer Inside Me,” “Little Fockers,” “Machete” and “Valentine’s Day”
Cher, “Burlesque”
Liza Minnelli, “Sex & the City 2”
Nicola Peltz, “The Last Airbender”
Barbra Streisand, “Little Fockers”

Worst supporting actor
Billy Ray Cyrus, “The Spy Next Door”
George Lopez, “Marmaduke,” “The Spy Next Door” and “Valentine’s Day”
Dev Patel, “The Last Airbender”
Jackson Rathbone, “The Last Airbender” and “Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Rob Schneider, “Grown Ups”

Worst eye-gouging mis-use of 3-D (Special category for 2010!)
“Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore”
“Clash of the Titans”
“The Last Airbender”
“Nutcracker 3-D”
“Saw 3-D” (aka “Saw VII”)

Worst screen couple/ Worst screen ensemble
Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler, “The Bounty Hunter”
Josh Brolin’s face & Megan Fox’s accent, “Jonah Hex”
The entire cast of “The Last Airbender”
The entire cast of “Sex & the City 2”
The entire cast of “Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Worst director
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer, “Vampires Suck!”
Michael Patrick King, “Sex & the City 2”
M. Night Shyamalan, “The Last Airbender”
David Slade, “Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Sylvester Stallone, “The Expendables”

Worst screenplay
“The Last Airbender,” written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko
“Little Fockers,” written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on characters created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke
“Sex & the City 2,” written by Michael Patrick King, based on the TV series created by Darren Star
“Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
“Vampires Suck!” written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer

Worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel (Combined category for 2010)
“Clash of the Titans”
“The Last Airbender”
“Sex & the City 2”
“Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
“Vampires Suck!”

So c’mon, readers! Chime in on your own favorite BAD movies or performances from 2010. Reply below!

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