With only four nominations “The Emoji Movie” wasn’t the biggest contender at the 2018 Razzie Awards, but sometimes bad things come in small packages. Not only did it win Worst Picture, it swept all four of its categories. It also claimed Worst Director (Anthony Leondis), Worst Screenplay (Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White) and Worst Screen Combo (any two obnoxious emojis). This film, rated as the worst of the year on MetaCritic with a score of 12 out of 100, is the first animated movie to win the top prize. But the Razzies spread the wealth — or disdain — to several films in other categories.
The next biggest winner with two awards was “Fifty Shades Darker.” While its predecessor, “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015), swept the awards with five victories two years ago including Worst Picture, “Darker” got off easier by only claiming Worst Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger, with her first win after seven nominations) and Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel. That brings the franchise to a total of seven Razzies, with potentially more to come next year as the final film in the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Freed,” was released in February to similarly negative reviews. If it wins Worst Picture again in 2019 it would become the first film franchise in Razzie history to win that category multiple times.
“The Mummy” won one of its seven nominations, Worst Actor for Tom Cruise. This is Cruise’s first award in that category after past nominations for “Cocktail” (1988) and “War of the Worlds” (2005). But he did win Worst Screen Couple with Brad Pitt for “Interview with the Vampire” (1994) and Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets with Katie Holmes in 2006.
Meanwhile, Tyler Perry broke a glass ceiling of sorts — or perhaps the bottom of the glass barrel — by winning Worst Actress for “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.” This is his second victory in this category for playing Madea, following “A Madea Christmas” (2013). That makes Perry the first man to win Worst Actress twice. Adam Sandler previously won Worst Actress for “Jack and Jill” (2011), for which he also won Worst Actor.
Mel Gibson‘s career rehabilitation didn’t last long, at least not according to Razzie voters. One year after winning the Razzie Redeemer Award for directing the Oscar winning film “Hacksaw Ridge” he claimed Worst Supporting Actor for co-starring in “Daddy’s Home 2” as Mark Wahlberg‘s father.
So with Gibson, Cruise and Basinger all taking home awards, that means all but one of the acting prizes went to past Oscar nominees or winners. That’s not actually a new phenomenon, though. Consider Halle Berry, who won Worst Actress for “Catwoman” (2004) three years after winning the Best Actress Oscar for “Monster’s Ball.” Sandra Bullock actually won Worst Actress (“All About Steve”) and Best Actress (“The Blind Side”) on the very same weekend: both films had opened in 2009. And Eddie Redmayne won Worst Supporting Actor for “Jupiter Ascending” (2015) the year after winning Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything” and the same year he got a second consecutive Best Actor nomination for “The Danish Girl.”
The Razzie winners almost went four-for-four with Oscar contenders. “Silver Linings Playbook” Best Actress champ Jennifer Lawrence had been considered the Worst Actress front-runner for “Mother!” but the film was spared in all three of its categories. Also spared, in a way, was “Baywatch,” which didn’t win any of its nominations but received a special Rotten Tomatoes award for “Razzie Nominee So Bad You Loved It” — a bit of a backhanded compliment, but better than most Razzie contenders get.
What do you think of the Razzie winners? Check out the complete list of winners by film below.
“THE EMOJI MOVIE”
Worst Director — Anthony Leondis
Worst Screen Combo — Any Two Obnoxious Emojis
“FIFTY SHADES DARKER”
Worst Supporting Actress — Kim Basinger
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
Rotten Tomatoes Award: Razzie Nominee So Bad You Loved It!
“BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN”
Worst Actress — Tyler Perry
“DADDY’S HOME 2”
Worst Supporting Actor — Mel Gibson
Worst Actor — Tom Cruise