Wednesday, March 05, 2014

And the dishonour goes to...

awards fever

While the award season celebrates some of the best achievements in filmmaking, there is also room to acknowledge some of the worst, and that's exactly what the Golden Raspberry Awards aim to do, handing out statues for the least impressive movies and acting jobs of the year.

The 34th edition of the Razzies was held one day before the Oscars. The night's big winners? Movie 43 and After Earth!

The star-studded sketch comedy anthology Movie 43, which has been labelled as one of the worst films ever made, was deemed the Worst Picture of 2013, beating nominees Grown Ups 2, The Lone Ranger, A Madea Christmas, and After Earth to claim the title. Populated by an ensemble cast that includes the likes to Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Banks, Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, and Gerard Butler, Movie 43 plays as a sequence of different skits, featuring unrelated, tasteless scenarios. The 13 people who directed the film together won the Worst Director award, while its entire roster of 19 writers shared the Worst Screenplay prize.

The acting categories were dominated by the Smith family for their critically panned vanity project After Earth, often viewed as Will Smith's attempt to boost his son Jaden's movie career. The sci-fi action adventure was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and follows the story of a father and son trying to survive after crash landing on a ravaged Earth. The film won the Smiths three Razzies: Worst Actor for Jaden Smith, Worst Supporting Actor for Will Smith, and Worst Screen Combo for the collective duo.

Tyler Perry was named the Worst Actress for donning the persona of Madea in A Madea Christmas, while socialite Kim Kardashian was declared the Worst Supporting Actress for her role in Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. And Worst Picture nominee The Lone Ranger finished first in the Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off, or Sequel category.

Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 had led the nominations with a total of nine appearance in eight of the nine categories, but failed to take home any of the gold spray-painted trophies.

- By Sameen Amer

Instep Today, The News - 5th March, 2014 *

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