The Oscars are upon us tonight! But in the meantime, we have the Razzies, which last night awarded M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3-D and even Worst Supporting Actor in Jackson Rathbone, who was dual-nominated for Twilight: Eclipse.
Surprisingly, that’s the only ‘award’ for any of the Twilight crew – and all the other genre offerings. Sex and the City 2 was the runner-up with three Razzies, including Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel and Worst Actress for Sarah Jessica Parker. The remaining acting awards went to Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba.
True confession: The Razzies are my favorite movie awards, particularly in years that gave them plenty of crap to sift through. We’ve been so blessed this year: Genre nominations for worst picture include The Last Airbender and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, as well as the Matt Lanter-led spoof Vampires Suck.
Lanter was spared an lead acting nom, though nods went to Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart as well as Jonah Hex’s Megan Fox. In the supporting categories, Airbender’s Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel and Jackson Rathbone (also for Eclipse) all got nods. And not to leave anyone out, both Eclipse and Airbender are up for Worst Screen Ensemble.
Both films, plus Vampires Suck, also hold court in Worst Director, Worst Screenplay (if Shyamalan isn’t a lock for that, I’ll eat my ATLA DVDs) and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel.
In the brand-new Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D category, the nominations are Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore, Clash of the Titans, The Last Airbender, Nutcracker 3-D and Saw VII.
Basically, you know it’s a good/bad year when a dud like Clash of the Titans can’t muster up more than two nominations.
Winter is actually coming. HBO must have liked the pilot for A Game of Thrones, because they ordered nine more episodes: By cable standards, that’s pretty much an entire season. Filming starts in June, and we can expect the series to debut next spring.
Shocker!Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen took the Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. As for actual entertainment value, Sandra Bullock showed up in person to accept Worst Actress for All About Steve: If she gets an Academy Award tonight (for The Blind Side) she’ll become the first actress to win both a Razzie and an Oscar in the same year.
Both Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Clone Wars have been honored with Razzie nominations for Worst Prequel, Sequel, Remake or Rip-Off. I doubt either will take it – Meet the Spartans is also up. But you never know!
2007 must have been good for sci-fi, because the only genre films to get Razzie nods were known crudfests Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage, Worst Actor,) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Jessica Alba, Worst Actress, Worst Screen Couple with three of her co-stars, including Hayden Christiansen for Awake and F4’s Ioan Gruffudd.) and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (Worst Prequel or Sequel, Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie.) And let’s not forget poor Orlando Bloom (Worst Supporting Actor) in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Cinematical has the full list.
Ahh. It’s that time of year! Love ’em or hate ’em, awards are handed out for the high’s and lows’. And scanning through the awards lists, genre films have scored some award nominations. We’re sure there are other films nominated, but do we really care?
The Oscars Best Original Screenplay – Pan’s Labyrinth Best Adapted Screenplay – Children of Men Best Foreign Language Film – Pan’s Labyrinth Best Art Direction – Pan’s Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, The Prestige Best Cinematography – Children of Men, The Illusionist, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Prestige Best Film Editing – Children of Men Best Makeup – Pan’s Labyrinth Best Original Score – Pan’s Labyrinth (Editor’s Note: No John Williams?!) Best Sound Editing – Pirates of the Caribbean 2 Best Sound Mixing – Pirates of the Caribbean 2 Best Visual Effects – Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Poseiden, Superman Returns
The Razzies Worst Picture – BloodRayne, Lady in the Water, Wicker Man Worst Actor – Nicholas Cage, Wicker Man Worst Actress – Kristanna Loken, BloodRayne Worst Supporting Actor – Ben Kingsley, BloodRayne; M. Night Shyamalan, Lady in the Water; David Thewliss, The Omen Worst Supporting Actress – Kate Bosworth, Superman Returns; Michelle Rodriguez, BloodRayne Worst Screen Couple – Nicolas Cage & His Bear Suit, Wicker Man Worst Remake – Wicker Man Worst Director – BloodRayne, Lady in the Water Worst Screenplay – BloodRayne, Lady in the Water