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And the Loser Is…

February 24, 2013

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same/Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.” – Rudyard Kipling

What do Halle Berry, Al Pacino, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, and Ben Affleck have in common? They’re all tremendously talented actors? They’ve all been in legendary films? They are all A-list celebrities? Wait a minute–oh yeah, today’s the 24th! That’s right, they’re all Oscar winning actors! Well, you’re partially correct: they are all esteemed Oscar winners, yes, but they are also chagrined “winners” of the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor or Actress in a Motion Picture.

The Golden Raspberry Awards, started in 1981 by publicist John Wilson, has become an internationally recognized event honoring the worst in film. Held the day before the Academy Awards, the Razzie has become Oscar’s evil doppelganger. This year Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two would have made a clean sweep at the Razzies had it not been for multiple-Razzie winner, Adam Sandler in That’s My Boy, and Rihanna’s calamitous turn in the alien epic, Battleship. Parenthetically, Sandler is “honored” in Razzie history as Raspberry’s most decorated award winner thanks to his portrayal of feuding siblings in last year’s Jack and Jill. Mind you, Adam is one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood history.

Filmmaking is a very complex art form; there are many pitfalls on the road from script to screen. And a promising project can become a stinker with a few unfortunate rewrites or a few unfavorable cuts. You, as an actor, have little control over a film’s finished product. And that’s a scary thought! None of the above actors or actresses signed on to any of these projects hoping they would procure a dreaded Razzie for their efforts. But it happened. So, in the course of your career, you may not (God willing) stand at the podium and hold the gold spray-painted golf ball-sized Raspberry in your hands; but, who knows, you may. Just remember, while that scenario would probably not be the highlight of your career, on a positive note, you’d certainly be in good company!