The 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards were awarded on Saturday night. Also known as the Razzies, the awards are given out annually to dishonor the worst performances and movies of the year. The ceremony is typically held the day prior to the Academy Awards presentation, and this year the top ‘honorees’ included Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron.
Actress Diaz was named the year’s worst actress of the year. She earned the title for her performances in the movie The Other Woman, a comedy in which a man’s wife and his two mistresses join forces to ruin his life, and Sex Tape, about a couple who films themselves having sex only to accidentally publish the footage online. Joining Diaz in the race for the Golden Raspberry Award for worst actress were Drew Barrymore in Blended, Charlize Theron in A Million Ways to Die in the West, Melissa McCarthy in Tammy and Gaia Weiss in The Legend of Hercules.
The remake of Annie, in which Diaz starred as Miss Hannigan, was named the year’s worst remake, rip-off or sequel. The modern day retelling of the classic orphan tale also starred Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie and Jamie Foxx as Daddy Warbucks.
The Golden Raspberry award for the year’s worst actor was given to Kirk Cameron. The former Growing Pains actor earned the award for his performance in the widely-panned movie, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas. The faith-based comedy revolves around Kirk, who attends his sister’s annual Christmas party only to realize that his brother-in-law is not in the holiday spirit. He steps in to show his glum family member that Christ is still present in the midst of all of the hoopla. Other worst actor nominees included Kellan Lutz in The Legend of Hercules, Adam Sandler in Blended, Nicholas Cage in Left Behind and Seth MacFarlane in A Million Ways to Die in the West.
The Cameron film also picked up the Golden Raspberry Award for worst screenplay and worst picture. Cameron, along with his ego, was also honored for worst screen combo during the ceremony. The independent movie made only $2 million in the U.S. and garnered a zero percent rating on rottentomatoes.com. The other films dishonored in this category were Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Legend of Hercules, Left Behind and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Multiple Golden Raspberry Award-winner Michael Bay, director of Transformers: Age of Extinction, was named the year’s worst director for the movie, which was dubbed Age of Ex-STINK-tion by the Razzies. Stinkfest or not, the movie pulled in more than $1 billion globally.
Transformers: Age of Extinction actor Kelsey Grammer was awarded the Golden Raspberry for worst supporting actor. Not only was he given the Razzie for that movie, but also for his other roles during the year, including spots in Think Like a Man Too, Legends of Oz and Expendables 3.
Another Bay film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was produced by the director of Transformers: Age of Extinction, provided a vehicle for Megan Fox to win her own Golden Raspberry. The actress was named the year’s worst supporting actress for her role as April in the film.
Not all who win Golden Raspberry Awards are forever shamed, however. Ben Affleck, who was given a Razzie for the 2003 film Gigli, in which he starred with then-fiancée Jennifer Lopez, was awarded the first-ever Razzie Redeemer prize for his more recent work in the Oscar-winning movie Argo and his role in Gone Girl.
By Jennifer Pfalz
San Francisco Gate