The Razzie Award nominations arrived the day before the Oscars. Although the announcement didn't rob the Academy of its glamor, movie fans are now interested to learn who might win the prizes for the worst in film.
The Razzies are the complete opposite of the Oscars, but we love them both equally. One of the 2012 nominees is a record-breaker, making the award show more interesting. Here are some fun facts about the 2012 Razzie Award nominees.
Adam Sandler Breaks Record for Most Razzie Nominations in One Year
Adam Sandler is up for 11 Razzies. He starred, co-wrote, or produced several movies in 2012, and three of them have been on the Razzie radar since release. He's up for "Jack and Jill," "Just Go With It," and "Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star."
The previous record holder was Eddie Murphy, who earned six Razzie nods for his roles in "Norbit." If you count just a single film, Sandler still beats Murphy with his seven nominations for "Jack and Jill." Sandler also earned several nominations for Worst Actor, but he doesn't hold the record for most Worst Actor wins -- that honor goes to Sylvester Stallone, whose three Worst Actor and one Worst Supporting Actor prizes came for his roles in movies such as "Rhinestone" and "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!"
Kristen Stewart Earns Several Nominations; Record for Most Worst Actress Wins Is Still Safe
The women seem to be better at acting than the men. It is easier to think of terrible actors than terrible actresses. Movie buffs often complain about Kristen Stewart's wooden performance, but she has never won a Razzie. She is up for several awards at the 2012 Razzies, but it is unlikely she'll win.
The record for most Worst Actress wins goes to Madonna. Despite the lack of terrible female performers, she beats out Sylvester Stallone with five Worst Actress statues. Her winning movies include "The Next Best Thing" and "Who's That Girl?"
Cross-Dressing Lands the Most Nominations in the History of the Razzies
Four of the 10 people nominated for Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress are men dressed in drag. It is obvious they received nominations because they are men who have no clue how to be women. Not one can compare to Patrick Swayze as Vida Boheme in "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar."
The male nominees in female categories are Adam Sandler and David Spade from "Jack and Jill," as well as Martin Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson from "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son."
This isn't the first time men have earned Worst Actress or Supporting Actress Razzie nominations. Others include the Wayan brothers in "White Chicks" and Eddie Murphy for "Norbit." It is rare for a woman to earn a Worst Actor or Supporting Actor nomination, though. Either there aren't as many movies with women playing men or women are just better at cross-dressing. One example of a woman earning a cross-dressing Razzie nomination is Brooke Shields for her mustached role in "Sahara."
The 2012 Razzie Nominees Prove That Each Sequel Gets Worse and Worse
We all know that sequels rarely do as well as the first film. Partly it is because the filmmakers don't feel they need to make an effort with an already established franchise. The Razzies have proved this idea. Neither "Twilight" nor "Transformers" earned a Razzie nomination. In fact, "Transformers" received plenty of praise. The subsequent sequels for both franchises weren't so lucky.
Since the release of the last three "Twilight " films, the franchise has earned 21 total Razzie nominations. The second and third "Transformers" movies earned. The most recent films, "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" have both earned the highest Razzie nominations for their franchises, with eight each.
Guess we'll see how the next "Twilight" film fares at the Razzies next year.
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- Adam Sandler
- Eddie Murphy