Tis the season to honor the very best in cinema, or if you’re the Razzies, the worst. Since 1980, the Golden Raspberry Awards have honored the years biggest stinkers, turkeys so bad you wouldn’t want them anywhere near your Thanksgiving buffet. Yet if there’s one thing you can say in their favor, they make for one hell of a good time. You may not know it, but the Razzies could rival the Oscars in terms of sheer entertainment value, and this year was no different.
The ceremony took place at the Downtown Palace Theater. It’s an impressive venue, a relic of a bygone era in Los Angeles theaters, with giant paintings and red velvet covering the massive space. In short, it offers the scope and grandeur needed for rewarding shlock.
The curtain rose on an opening musical number set to the tune of Adele’s “Hello,” with members of the Sacred Fools Theater Company bidding farewell to the illustrious slate of nominees, including “Pixels,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” and the evening’s big winners (if you can call them that), “50 Shades of Grey” and “Fantastic Four.” (Click here for our complete report on the Razzie winners.)
While the Oscars offer clips showcasing their nominees, the Razzies perform sketches ridiculing theirs. Highlights included a Judge Judy sendup where audiences sued 20th Century Fox for “Fantastic Four;” George Lucas offering his help to the Wachowskis on “Jupiter Ascending;” a reenactment of “Pixels” that was likely more entertaining than the movie itself; and two rednecks defending the merits of their favorite contender, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” Oh, and let’s not forget the aptly titled “50 Shades of Going Grey,” which imagined the kinky couple in their old age, proving that true BDSM love never dies.
Then there were the awards themselves. Unsurprisingly, no one showed up to accept. Well, one person did, claiming to be the Post Production Assistant on “Fantastic Four.” He accepted the Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel prize on the filmmakers behalf, proclaiming himself to be the one person who’ll still admit to being associated with the Marvel dud. He thanked the Razzies and promised to be back in a few years when they rebooted the franchise yet again.
Speaking of winners, when it came time to present the award for Best Actress, who better to get than a Donald Trump impersonator? After insulting the looks of the nominees as only he could, Trump reminded audiences that he once won a Worst Supporting Actor prize for the Bo Derek bomb “Ghosts Can’t Do It” (1990), meaning he could be the first US President since Ronald Reagan to be honored by this illustrious group.
Perhaps the biggest winner of the night was Sylvester Stallone, who took home the Redeemer Award for his Oscar-nominated turn in “Creed.” It’s one more trophy he can add to a mantle full of Razzies, including one for Worst Actor of the Decade. Although he couldn’t be there to accept, something tells me he would’ve been proud.
And just like that, another Razzie ceremony was over. Now onto that other awards show that takes place at the end of February.
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