The Razzie Awards (formerly known as the Golden Raspberry Awards) seem to be increasing in significance culturally as humanity advances and Hollywood continues to devolve. Ever since these awards for abysmal cinematic efforts were founded (by publicist John Wilson) over 30 years ago, they've received perpetual write-ups in the media and even recently aired online.
Yet the Razzie ceremony has never had a TV broadcast, perhaps due to the commanding behest of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Let's hope AMPAS doesn't have that much adamant power, because a Razzie Awards on primetime television would provide a much-needed window to the public at how many bad mainstream movies are being shoved into the heads of viewers.
With myriad remakes and sequels on the horizon that might just end up ruining more careers that shouldn't be ruined, having the Razzies on TV could save many performers from lost careers. Yes, Adam Sandler may be the poster actor to get this idea going.
You can see why the Academy would be reluctant to see the Razzies air on television. In comparison, the Oscars are the equivalent of the president's State of the Union, where accomplishments of those in power are given self-serving pats on the back with a façade of everything being satisfactory. The Razzies have always been much more than just ribbing all things cinematically awful; it no doubt doubles as a call for better things in Hollywood.
Of course, that call has never been heeded due to the Razzies increasing the rewards for all the abject Hollywood madness. As another comparison, you can see these awards being the opposing political party response following the State of the Union. Considering the Razzies always take place a day before the Oscars take place, it might be reasonable to move them back to the day or week after.
But you can count on one thing: A mainstream network wouldn't carry the Razzies, even if TV networks were paid. The Razzies would have to air on Comedy Central, MTV, or perhaps the more subversive-minded Fox. It could mean moving on up to over-the-air networks if enough big stars show up to receive their awards.
Fortunately, more and more A-list stars winning Razzies are showing up to the ceremony to accept their awards in person. Imagine seeing that in a primetime hour -- and what kind of message it would send to impressionable, if still ADD, minds out there. It's all enough to imagine a collective public call for Hollywood to do better if the very public presence of the Razzies doesn't already do such a thing.
That's a potential good side of reality. Another reality may end up being what I fear more than anything: Bad movies and performances will be considered the new benchmark for good. You can already see signs of that happening to some extent, though not yet enough to warrant seeing Robert De Niro happily sauntering down the raspberry carpet at a Razzie ceremony.
Let's go ahead and make the Razzies a primetime special at the very end of award season so the spring and summer movie season can give the movie industry a long hard think.
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