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2009 Razzie nominations

Razzie.jpgThe 2008 Razzie nominations have been announced and are right here for your discussion, there are some good ones, and some ones that really don't deserve to be here. I'll give you my opinion and you can argue yours.

As always there are plenty of multiple nominations for single films, and a few old favourites appear in the list, it's well worth a look this year.

The winners are announced on February the 21st, but in the meantime let's dive into the nominations and see what you think.

Reading the introduction on the Razzie site I was surprised to find that this year see's the first double nomination for Worst Picture, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans, both from the same writer and direector duo and much the same cast, both carrying on a series that died a long time ago and is being flogged just to make some hard cash.

Here's the complete list, and I'll wade in afterwards.

Worst Picture
Disaster Movie
The Happening
The Hottie And The Nottie
In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
The Love Guru
Meet The Spartans

Worst Actor
Larry the Cable Guy - Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy - Meet Dave
Mike Myers - The Love Guru
Al Pacino - 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
Mark Wahlberg - The Happening and Max Payne

Worst Actress
Jessica Alba - The Eye and The Love Guru
Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Meg Ryan - The cast of The Women
Cameron Diaz - What Happens in Vegas
Paris Hilton - The Hottie And The Nottie
Kate Hudson - Fools Gold and My Best Friend's Wedding

Worst Supporting Actor
Uwe Boll (as Himself) - Postal
Pierce Brosnan - Pierce Brosnan
Ben Kingsley - The Love Guru, War Inc. and The Wackness
Burt Reynolds - Deal and In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Verne Troyer - The Love Guru and Postal

Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra - Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Paris Hilton - Repo: The Genetic Opera
Kim Kardashian - Disaster Movie
Jenny McCarthy - The Witless Protection
Leelee Sobieski - 88 Minutes and In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Worst Screen Couple
Uwe Boll and ANY Actor, Camera or Screenplay
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher - What Happens in Vegas
Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore - Hottie and the Nottie
Larry the Cable Guy & Jenny McCarthy - Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy IN Eddie Murphy - Meet Dave

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull
Speed Racer
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Worst Director
Uwe Boll - 1968: Tunnel Rats, In The Name Of The King and Postal
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer - Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam - The Hottie and the Nottie
Marco Schnabel - The Love Guru
M. Night Shyamalan - The Happening

Worst Screenplay
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans - Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
The Happening - M. Night Shyamalan
The Hottie And The Nottie - Heidi Ferrer
In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale - Doug Taylor
The Love Guru - Mike Myers and Graham Gordy

Worst Career Acheivement
Uwe Boll

I do think that the introduction is a bit harsh on M. Night Shyamalan:

"The latest 'mystery with a twist' from that self-important twit"

Well the film doesn't have a twist, that was made very clear from the outset, and I've argued this point before, a lot of Shyamalan's fall can be placed firmly at the feet of the media going on and on about The Sixth Sense and every film since comparing them and going on and on about the twists and forgetting the rest of the films. Okay, that stupid comment aside.

The first real issue I have with the list is The Happening (Filmstalker review), I really don't think it is deserving of the worst script, and I wonder if people voting for it in that category were fully understanding of the differences between a script and a final film, or I wonder if they even read the script.

The problems with The Happening aren't particularly script based, indeed it has some great ideas that are pulled together in some tense sequences, but there are plenty of moments which don't quite work, but it's far from a bad script.

The film though is another matter, and I am an M. Night Shyamalan fan, but this is the first film he made that I really thought was bad. I'll also argue about Shyamalan being nominated for worst director. So the end result isn't a great film, but the worst? There are some superb scenes in there, and looking at his competition can you honestly say that for The Happening he's as bad as Uwe Boll or any of the other directors? No.

The same argument applies to Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull (Filmstalker review) in the category of Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel. Yes I thought the film was poor in the Indy series, but once again comparing it to the films around it and it stands up proud.

It's interesting to see that Al Pacino is sitting with two nominations for the Worst Actor for 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill, along with Mark Wahlberg for The Happening and Max Payne. We're even seeing Sir Ben Kingsley in there, and quite rightly so too, in fact quite right for them all. Wahlberg was painful at times in The Happening, that opening scene as the questioning teacher had me almost shouting at the screen.

What do you think of the Razzies this year?



Poor old Uwe Boll, he does get it in the neck a lot doesn't he.

Worst Career Acheivement
Uwe Boll

- That made me laugh.

That made me applaud.


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