29th Golden Raspberry Awards

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29th Golden Raspberry Awards
John Wilson at 29th Razzie Awards.jpg
John Wilson at 29th Golden Raspberry Awards
Date February 21, 2009
Site Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Hollywood, California
Highlights
Worst Picture The Love Guru
Most awards The Love Guru (3)
Most nominations The Love Guru (7)

The 29th Golden Raspberry Awards (Razzies) ceremony was held by the Golden Raspberry Awards Foundation to "honor" the worst films of 2008 on February 21, 2009, at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA.[1] Nominations were announced on January 21, 2009. The Love Guru was the most nominated film of 2008, with seven. Award results were based on votes from approximately 650 journalists, cinema fans and film professionals from 20 countries. Awards were presented by John Wilson, the ceremony's founder. The Love Guru received the most awards, winning Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Screenplay. Paris Hilton received three awards, including Worst Actress for her work in The Hottie & the Nottie and Worst Supporting Actress for Repo! The Genetic Opera. Hilton matched the record number of awards received by an actor in a single year, set by Eddie Murphy the previous year at the 28th Golden Raspberry Awards for his roles in Norbit.

Pierce Brosnan received Worst Supporting Actor for his role in Mamma Mia! The Movie, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull received the award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel. Uwe Boll received the Worst Director award for the films 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King and Postal, and also received a special award for Worst Career Achievement.

Nominations and voting[edit]

Nominations were announced on January 21, 2009,[2] one day before the 81st Academy Award nominations,[3] and according to Razzies tradition the ceremony itself also preceded the corresponding Academy Award function by one day.[4][5] The most nominated film of 2008 was the box-office bomb The Love Guru, with seven nominations.[1][6] Paid members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation voted to determine the winners;[7] individuals may become members of the foundation by visiting the organization's website at www.razzies.com.[8] Award results were based on votes from approximately 650 journalists, cinema fans and professionals from the film industry.[1][7] Voters were from 45 states in the United States and 19 other countries.[9]

Awards ceremony[edit]

The ceremony opened with a musical number which parodied the song "Dancing Queen" from Mamma Mia! The Movie.[10] Awards were presented by John Wilson, the ceremony's founder.[1] Awardees received a gold spray-painted raspberry worth $4.97.[5] The Love Guru received three awards: Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay.[11] Worst Picture was the last award given out at the ceremony.[10] John Wilson did not agree with the voters' determination on The Love Guru, and after viewing the film again in preparation for the ceremony said to the Associated Press: "A couple of things he did got me to laugh, and these days, two laughs in a comedy is a high ratio."[12] "The main thing wrong with it is no one said to Myers that it wasn't funny. He managed to offend the entire Indian population and his investors," said Wilson in a statement in The Guardian.[13] Wilson shredded a copy of The Love Guru at the awards ceremony.[10][14]

Presentation of Worst Director at 29th Golden Raspberry Awards

Paris Hilton's acting roles brought her three awards: Worst Actress and as part of Worst Screen Couple (with either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore) for her performance in The Hottie & the Nottie, and Worst Supporting Actress for her work in Repo! The Genetic Opera.[1] Hilton matched the record number of awards received by an actor in a single year, set by Eddie Murphy the previous year at the 28th Golden Raspberry Awards; he received three awards from different categories for the multiple characters he played in Norbit.[15] "She is the 21st century Zsa Zsa Gabor. She is famous for who she hangs out with. She's not famous for any talent she has yet exhibited. She may end up working with Uwe Boll. She could be the head vampire in 'BloodRayne 3'," said Wilson of Hilton's performances.[12] Pierce Brosnan received Worst Supporting Actor for his role in Mamma Mia! The Movie.[16] Award hosts Chip Dornell and Kelie McIver described Brosnan as "an actor who could not sing, should not sing and arguably did not sing, in a role he should not have accepted."[10] The Steven Spielberg film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull received the award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel.[5]

Uwe Boll received the Worst Director award for films 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King and Postal.[4] He also received a special award for Worst Career Achievement.[2] Boll was dubbed by award organizers as "Germany's answer to Ed Wood",[2] a reference to Plan 9 from Outer Space film director Ed Wood[1] Boll sent a humorous videotaped speech from a mock set of Darfur, Sudan, stating he would not return because the Razzie awards had "ruined his life".[10] Wilson commented to Agence France-Presse: "Uwe Boll is the world-class movie director – anything he does is awful. He was the overwhelming choice to receive our career achievement award."[6]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winner*
Category Image Recipient[17][18]
Worst Picture Mike Myers, producer of The Love Guru The Love Guru* (Paramount)
Disaster Movie (Lionsgate) and Meet the Spartans (20th Century Fox) (jointly)
The Happening (20th Century Fox)
The Hottie & the Nottie (Regent/Summit)
In the Name of the King (Boll KG/Brightlight Pictures)
Worst Actor Mike Myers Mike Myers* in The Love Guru
Larry the Cable Guy in Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy in Meet Dave
Al Pacino in 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
Mark Wahlberg in The Happening and Max Payne
Worst Actress Paris Hilton Paris Hilton* in The Hottie & the Nottie
Jessica Alba in The Eye and The Love Guru

Cameron Diaz in What Happens in Vegas

Kate Hudson in Fool's Gold and My Best Friend's Girl
Cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Meg Ryan)
Worst Supporting Actor Pierce Brosnan Pierce Brosnan* in Mamma Mia! The Movie
Uwe Boll (as himself) in Postal
Ben Kingsley in The Love Guru, The Wackness and War, Inc.
Burt Reynolds in Deal and In the Name of the King
Verne Troyer in The Love Guru and Postal
Worst Supporting Actress Paris Hilton Paris Hilton* in Repo! The Genetic Opera
Carmen Electra in Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Kim Kardashian in Disaster Movie
Jenny McCarthy in Witless Protection
Leelee Sobieski in 88 Minutes and In the Name of the King
Worst Screen Couple Paris Hilton Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore in The Hottie & the Nottie*
Uwe Boll and "any actor, camera, or screenplay"
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher in What Happens in Vegas
Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy in Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy in Meet Dave (alongside himself)
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel Steven Spielberg, director of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull*
The Day the Earth Stood Still (remake of the 1951 film)
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans (jointly)
Speed Racer
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Worst Director Uwe Boll Uwe Boll* for 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King, and Postal
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer for Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam for The Hottie & the Nottie
Marco Schnabel for The Love Guru
M. Night Shyamalan for The Happening
Worst Screenplay Mike Myers The Love Guru (written by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy)*
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans (jointly) (written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer)
The Happening (written by M. Night Shyamalan)
The Hottie & the Nottie (written by Heidi Ferrer)
In the Name of the King (screenplay by Doug Taylor)
Worst Career Achievement Uwe Boll Uwe Boll* ("Germany's answer to Ed Wood"[2])

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Margulies, Lee (February 21, 2009). "Film Industry Razzes 'Love Guru,' Paris Hilton". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ a b c d The Guardian (January 21, 2009). "The Love Guru leads Razzie nominations". The Guardian (Guardian Newspapers Ltd). 
  3. ^ Snyder, S. James (January 21, 2009). "A Brief History of The Razzies". Time (www.time.com). Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Myers' Love Guru Sweeps Razzies". World Entertainment News Network. February 22, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "'Love Guru', Paris Hilton are top of the flops". Agence France-Presse. February 22, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Mike Myers top of the flops in annual Oscars spoof". Agence France-Presse. January 21, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Marrs, John (February 25, 2009). "'They have no excuse to be as bad as they are' -The Golden Raspberry awards aren't just a refreshing antidote to the Oscars, they can help sell films too. John Marrs talks to the Razzies' founder, John Wilson". The Guardian. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  8. ^ Kaltenbach, Chris (March 21, 2002). "Russell and Denzel Don't Have a Chance Here". Sun-Sentinel (Sun-Sentinel Company). p. 3E. 
  9. ^ "Hilton, Myers top Razzies". Telegraph Herald. February 22, 2009. p. A2. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Wilson, Jacque (February 22, 2009). "Mike Myers, Paris Hilton big 'winners' at Razzies". CNN. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Myers' Guru not so lovely". The Advertiser. February 23, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Germain, David (Associated Press) (February 23, 2009). "Mike Myers, Paris Hilton Top Razzies Honorees". The Wichita Eagle. p. 4B. 
  13. ^ "Mike Myers's Love Guru triumphs at Razzies". The Guardian (Guardian Newspapers Ltd). February 23, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  14. ^ Walsh, Jim (February 23, 2009). "Flop stars". Chicago Tribune RedEye Edition (Chicago Tribune). p. 38. 
  15. ^ Reuters (February 23, 2009). "Razzie laughs for Love Guru". The Toronto Star (Toronto Star Newspapers Limited). p. L05. 
  16. ^ "Mickey Rourke dedicates Wrestler award to dead Chihuahua Loki". The Guardian (Guardian Newspapers Ltd). February 22, 2009. 
  17. ^ Wilson, John (2009). "29th Annual Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Award "Winners"". Home of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2009. 
  18. ^ Wilson, John (2009). "Stats on Razzie Worst Picture Nominees for 2008". Home of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2009. 

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