Among this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards nominees are Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky, up in Worst Actress and Worst Director respectively for the polarizing psychological thriller “mother!” The film, which earned mixed-to-positive reviews from critics but a damning ‘F’ grade from CinemaScore, is hardly the first picture to, despite many glowing notices, earn Razzie recognition. Not only have the Razzies honored outstanding work, they’ve even bestowed love upon Oscar-nominated performances. (Check out the complete list of Razzie Awards nominations here.)
Brian De Palma received a trio of Worst Director Razzie nominations for “Dressed to Kill” (1980); “Scarface” (1983); and “Body Double” (1984), all of which garnered mixed reviews at the time but now are widely seen as among the filmmaker’s best work. He would go on to, more deservedly, earn Worst Director nominations for the panned “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1990) and “Mission to Mars” (2000).
Today, “The Shining” (1980) is often cited as one of the all-time great horror films. Upon its theatrical release, however, not all critics were enamored with the picture and even the Razzies went after it, awarding director Stanley Kubrick and leading lady Shelley Duvall with nominations. In hindsight, these might be the most egregious of all Razzie nominations.
Earning a puzzling Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actress was the scene-stealing Betsy Palmer, a terrifying delight as the iconic Mrs. Voorhees in “Friday the 13th” (1980). Most horror fans would agree “Friday the 13th” would not be half as fun without Palmer’s entry in the final act of the picture.
Despite recognition from the Golden Globes and Writers’ Guild of America Awards, Blake Edwards was a double Razzie nominee for his scathing and hilarious Hollywood satire “S.O.B.” (1981). If anything, the film deserved an Oscar nomination for Robert Preston‘s brilliant supporting turn!
Also in 1981, there was Faye Dunaway, a mesmerizing powerhouse as Hollywood legend Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest.” Dunaway’s turn earned raves from critics Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael and she finished runner-up in Best Actress at the National Society of Film Critics Awards and New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Despite these accolades, the Razzies went head over heels for “Mommie Dearest,” as the film nearly swept that year’s ceremony, including a win for Dunaway.
James Coco‘s wonderful work as the supportive best friend of a recovering alcoholic (Marsha Mason) in “Only When I Laugh” (1981) somehow achieved the feat of being the first performance to earn both Oscar and Razzie nominations. (He would not triumph at either ceremony.) Coco was followed two years later by Amy Irving, scoring Oscar and Razzie nominations for Barbra Streisand‘s marvelous “Yentl” (1983).
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Ennio Morricone may be among the most celebrated of film composers but even he could not avoid Razzie attention. His stirring composition to “The Thing” (1982) was inexplicably a nominee in Worst Musical Score. The following year, another marvelous score – Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman‘s work on “Yentl” (1983) – surfaced in this category.
While the Razzies arguably improved by the mid-1980s in avoiding recognition of exceptional work, there has been the occasional eyebrow-raiser.
Take, for instance, Danny DeVito, chilling, revolting and yet empathetic as the Penguin in “Batman Returns” (1992). He earned a Razzie nomination in Worst Supporting Actor, as did Robin Williams, in buoyant form in DeVito’s pitch black comedy “Death to Smoochy” (2002).
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