Razzie Predictions for 2015
I know some of my readers might be wondering why the hell am I doing a prediction hub for the "Razzie Awards." Well, there's a few reasons behind that. One, I thought it would be something new and interesting to do considering that I've been so far behind on my reviews lately, so I wanted to make it up to my readers by doing something special that I've never done before.
Secondly, the idea behind the Razzies has always intrigued me, so I was probably going to write a hub about it sooner or later. Granted, the original idea that I had was to write a historical piece about it, but this'll do just fine.
Plus, it doesn't seem like many film critics write Razzie prediction articles online, so it might be worth a shot.
Will this become an annual thing like the Oscar prediction hubs that I do? Eh, it really depends to be honest. If I get a lot of comments and traffic for this hub, then I'll definitely consider it for next year. If not, then this'll probably end up being a one time event for me.
Again, I'm not ruling out any possibility, but I will say that it's up in the air at this point. For those of you unfamiliar with the Razzie Awards, it's basically the exact opposite of what the Academy Awards is supposed to be.
Every year, the Razzie Awards honors some of worst movies of the previous year by giving them awards like "Worst Picture", "Worst Screenplay" and etc. It's all in good fun from what I can tell, and it doesn't seem to take itself too seriously.
To be honest, I've never followed the Razzies before, so please take these predictions with a grain of salt. However, I did put in a lot of research into this hub, and I will try to review every movie that's mentioned in this hub as well at some point. Although ironically, it looks like I have considering the only ones that I have yet to see are "Pompeii" and "Saving Christmas."
Wow, I'm not sure if I should be relieved that I won't have to go out of my way to see so many bad films, or that I've even seen most of the movies mentioned here period.... Moving on.
After doing a bit of research into how the Razzie Awards work, it seems to operate fairly similar to how the "People's Choice Awards" operates; with the notable exception that you have to pay them a fee to vote on their ballot.
Granted, there are other perks, as the official site does mention that you can have exclusive access to their online chat rooms, and you instantly have a chance to enter all sorts of contests if you become a member.
It seems like a fair deal, as the price to become a voter on their panel ranges from forty to five hundred dollars; depending on the type of membership you want to sign up for. I'll leave a link below for those that might want to join, or simply check it out for themselves, as it was a fascinating read.
Like the Oscar prediction hubs, I'm only going to do predictions for the major categories, as I don't have time to go over all the minor technical ones. Plus, some of the categories seem kind of stupid if you want me to be honest.
One category that the Razzies have is called "Worst Screen Combo." What the hell does that even mean? I looked at the nominees for that category, and most of them were nonsensical nominations that seem to be more of a joke than anything else. For example, one of the nominees for "Worst Screen Combo" is "Kellan Lutz and Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes." How the hell is that even a nomination? I'm sorry, but are the Razzie voters really trying to say that part of the problem with "Legend of Hercules" was Kellan's body? Is that what they're saying?
I'm sorry, but isn't Hercules supposed to be buff? Why the hell would any sane person vote for him win that category considering he's supposed to be buff for that role?
It makes no sense if you ask me. In fact, the only conclusion I can come up with is that some of the categories for the Razzies aren't supposed to be taken seriously, so I'm just going to stick to the major categories for now, while ignoring minor ones like "Worst Screen Combo."
For those of you that are familiar with how I usually do my Oscar prediction hubs, I usually name who I think will win. Then I tell you who I think the possible upset contenders are, and I tell you who all the long shot nominees are that have no chance to win. Well, this hub will be written the same way, but the "winner" will be renamed "loser" simply because...who seriously wants to be recognized as the worst of anything, right?
As for the "long shots", I renamed it to being called "safe" because those are nominees that are safe from receiving the dishonor of winning a Razzie this year. As for the "possible upset contender" thing, I couldn't think of another name, so I didn't bother changing it.
Anyway, I guess it's time to get this show on the on the road.
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Worst Screenplay Prediction
Transformers: Age of Extinction- Considering how much hate this film has been getting from millions of Michael Bay haters, and critics, it wouldn't be all that surprising if this film was voted to win "Worst Screenplay" this year. Although I personally didn't think it was anywhere near as awful as the previous three, but it seems I'm in the vast minority on this issue considering quite a few people argue that this is the worst of the franchise.
Wow, it's worst than "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?" Eh, I guess I can see everyone's point, as i certainly wouldn't argue with anyone that this was a great film by any means. However, this was the first movie that actually made you care about why the Autobots fought the Decepticons. Whereas in the previous ones, you never gave a damn about why they were fighting; outside of the fact that you're supposed to...
And with the way the Razzie awards is set up to where it seems like almost ANYONE can become a voting member, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if this film dominated this year's Razzie awards.
Possible Upset Contenders:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Another possible loser for this category could be Michael Bay's other blockbuster, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Not only did the film receive mixed reviews last year, but fans weren't too shy at voicing their hatred towards it. With a whopping rating of fifty four percent on rotten tomatoes, it seems like "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" could be in danger of winning "Worst Screenplay" this year at the Razzies.
Sex Tape- Although the marketing campaign behind this film was great, the reality is that "Sex Tape" was a mess. The film itself wasn't funny in the slightest, and it was probably one of the most cliché and predictable comedies that I've ever seen. Heck, it's even getting lower ratings on rotten tomatoes than both of Michael Bay's infamous franchise films of last year, and that's kind of sad.
Plus, it probably doesn't help that the film was often accused of being a product placement whore for Sony to market their products on.
Left Behind- As I mentioned in my introduction, I'm not entirely familiar with how the Razzie's handle their nominations and voting, but to my general understanding, it seems to work fairly similar to how the "People's Choice" awards work, where people can vote and nominate whoever they want.
However, in order to become a voting member, you have to be willing to pay a fee for it. And assuming majority of the people that vote on the Razzie's are anything like the voters on "People's Choice Awards", then it's safe to assume that not all the voters probably saw all the movies nominated in each category.
Therefore, I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Nicolas Cage's "Left Behind" film is probably safe considering that not too many people saw it last year.
Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas- As I mentioned about "Left Behind", this one is probably safe considering that not all the voting members of the Razzie probably saw this flick. Heck, I couldn't even find a theater anywhere in the USA that was even showing the damn thing, so I'm fairly sure it's not going to be in any real danger of winning this award.
Although I do plan to review this movie the instant it's available in my area, but it might be a while considering i don't even know when that'll be.
Worst Screenplay Poll
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Worst Supporting Actress Prediction
Cameron Diaz (Annie)- While technically not the worst remake that I've ever seen, it was still a bland mediocre musical for what it was going for. Sony and Will Gluck tried to add a more modern urbanized spin on the original story of "Annie", but it never needed an update. The original story was perfect for it's time period, and the attempt to even modernize it's themes undermines the emotional value of the original story.
Sadly, it seems this film was not only panned by most critics, but it also got mixed reactions from audiences as well. Granted, I wouldn't say that Cameron was the worst part about the movie, but that hasn't stopped her from receiving quite a bit of heat for this role, so I wouldn't be surprised if she wins the Razzie this year.
Possible Upset Contenders:
Susan Sarandon (Tammy)- If you ask me, I personally wouldn't say that "Tammy" was the worst comedy of last year, as it's more along the lines of being between mediocre and just OKAY. However, it seems I'm in the minority on this issue because the film has gotten bashed by a lot of movie critics, and it's not exactly popular among most audiences as well. The audience rating on rotten tomatoes is way lower than most of the films on this list.
And unlike Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas", "Tammy" actually got a world wide release, so I'm fairly certain almost all the voters for the Razzies saw this film, so don't be surprised if Susan Sarandon ends up with a Razzie this year.
Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)- Maybe I'm going senile in my old age, but wasn't Megan Fox technically the LEAD actress in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?" I mean the film did focus on her character, and she got the most screen time out of all actors in the damn movie. Therefore, shouldn't she be nominated for "Worst Actress" instead of "Worst Supporting Actress?"
Oh well. If the Oscars can get away with giving Marlon Brando an Academy Award for "Best Actor" in "The Godfather", even though the film clearly focused more on Al Pacino's character, then I guess we can give the Razzie's a pass here.
However, the reason why I honestly don't believe Megan will get a Razzie is because she's never gotten one. Seriously, as piss poor as her acting can be in various Michael Bay films, she's never gotten a Razzie. Not once. Sure, she's been nominated for various Razzies before, but she's never gotten the dishonor of winning one.
This leads me to believe that she never will. Let's face it. Sex sells in Hollywood. And whether we like it or not, Megan Fox is arguably one of the most attractive women in Hollywood, so I doubt seriously any voter on the Razzie panel is going to vote for her to win this award. Does she deserve it? Hell yeah. I'd vote for her to win this category in a heartbeat, but I doubt any of the Razzie voters will agree with me.
Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction)- Like Megan Fox, she too didn't exactly wow a lot of people with her performance last year. However, if you look at all of Michael Bay's past "Transformers" films, then you'll notice that not one actress working for him has ever won a Razzie. Sure, Megan was nominated a couple of times, but she never won the award. This leads me to believe this goes back to sex appeal. Because of how attractive Nicola is, I doubt seriously any of the Razzie voters will elect her to win this year.
Brigitte Ridenour (Saving Christmas)- Never saw the film, but I heard it was terrible. However, the film got a severely limited release in theaters, so it's doubtful that "Saving Christmas" will take home most of these awards.
Worst Supporting Actress Poll
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Worst Supporting Actor Prediction
Mel Gibson (Expendables 3)- Considering Mel Gibson was probably the one of the few actors in "Expendables 3" that actually gave a great performance, it's surprising to me that he was even nominated on this list. Hell, I would've put either Wesley Snipes or Jet Li up for a Razzie over him. However, it seems Razzie voters disagreed with me on this one, as they nominated Mel for this award.
And even though I can't prove this, I have a suspicion that part of the reason "Expendables 3" bombed last year might've been partially Mel's fault. Granted, it was mostly the marketing campaign that sucked, but I'm fairly sure Mel's presence played a part in it. Why do I say that? Well, it's no secret that in recent years that Mel Gibson has been infamously known for saying controversially racist crap in the past. In fact, it's gotten to the point that we rarely ever talk about how great of a filmmaker he is anymore; let alone even talk about some of his past acting performances. Nope. These days when people think of Mel Gibson, most people tend to think of the racist idiot celebrity that has a big mouth.
Sure, he can apologize all he wants, but the reality is that people aren't going to forget. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised if Mel Gibson wins this award simply because you'll probably have a lot of hostile people out there that want him to win a Razzie just to spite him.
Possible Upset Contenders:
Kelsey Grammer ("Transformers 4", "Think Like a Man Too", "Expendables 3" and "Legends of Oz")- Well considering he's nominated for this category because of four damn films that he starred in, then it's a fairly safe bet that he probably has a strong chance of winning a Razzie this year. Although personally, I don't think he was really that bad in either of these films, but what do I know? I'm just here to make my predictions based on my own research and observations.
Kiefer Sutherland (Pompeii)- Although I have yet to see this film myself, it's been widely said by audiences and critics that "Pompeii" was arguably one of the worst period pieces of all time. And given the fact that it was given a wide enough release for a lot of people to see it, I think it's safe to say that Kiefer Sutherland could end up winning this award.
Shaquille O'Neal (Blended)- If "Steel" wasn't bad enough for Razzie voters to pick Shaq to win an acting award, then I doubt seriously "Blended" will be all that much different. Like "Jack and Jill", Shaq only had a small part in "Blended", so it's doubtful that it'll be any different this time around.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Expendables 3)- While Schwarzenegger has never been known to be an Oscar caliber actor, he's certainly never been downright terrible either. Although if you look at his profile on imdb, you'll notice he's been nominated for quite a few Razzie awards, but he's rarely ever won one; with the exception of "Worst Razzie Loser of Our First 25 Years" because of his astounding eight nominations, he generally doesn't win any "worst acting" categories. Plus, it's not like he was the worst actor in "Expendables 3." After all, we're talking about a franchise that's infamously known for having crappy acting to begin with. Hence, I'm fairly sure he's probably going to be safe this year.
Worst Supporting Actor Poll
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Worst Actress Prediction
Charlize Theron (A Million Ways to Die in the West)- Unlike most film critics, I actually found "A Million Ways to Die in the West" to be very funny, and quite amusing. If your familiar with Seth's MacFarlane's style of comedy, then you might get a few cheap laughs out of it. Granted, it's not a great western parody in ilk of something like "Blazing Saddles", but it's pretty funny for what it is.
However, it seems I'm in the minority on that issue because it seems like almost everyone hated it. Getting mixed reviews by both audiences and critics, as many argue that it's possibly one of the worst movies of last year.
Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised if Charlize takes the Razzie this year.
Possible Upset Contenders:
Cameron Diaz ("The Other Woman" and "Sex Tape")- Cameron Diaz really had a bad year in 2014. Not only were most of her films in 2014 box office bombs, but they were also slammed by various film critics. And ironically, they all earned her a nomination for various acting categories at this year's Razzies.
While I personally think she wasn't that bad in either of these films, I will say that I'm not too surprised she was nominated here. We have to keep in mind that both "The Other Woman" and "Sex Tape" were criticized heavily last year by a lot of people, so it's natural that it would find it's way to being nominated for a Razzie or two.
And with this many nominations, it seems like Cameron Diaz is bound to win one of them. I just hope this doesn't turn into a pattern for her because I actually like her as an actress. However, I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Melissa McCarthy (Tammy)- As I said before, "Tammy" wasn't exactly the best comedy of last year, but it's certainly better than the criticism it gets. However, I know a lot of people don't agree with me, which is why you'll notice that it's gotten fairly low scores on rotten tomatoes. Hence, I wouldn't bet against Melissa McCarthy getting the dishonor of winning a Razzie this year.
Drew Barrymore (Blended)- Maybe I'm being a damn fool by saying she's safe from winning this award, but I don't think any of the Razzie voters will pick her this year. The main reason is because "Blended" was arguably the best Adam Sandler comedy that we've seen in a while. Granted, that obviously doesn't mean much considering that most of his recent films were crap like "That's My Boy" and "Jack and Jill." And, it's not like "Blended" was anything all that special either.
If anything, it was basically nothing more than one of those generic middle of the road comedies that most people didn't care about last year. Sure, critics hated it, but most audiences didn't despise it the same way they did with "That's My Boy" and etc.
Gaia Weiss (The Legend of Hercules)- If I had my way, I think she should win this award. Not only was her acting performance terrible in this feature, but this girl easily makes Megan Fox look like an Oscar caliber actress by comparison. However, "The Legend of Hercules" was a flop, as it seems very few people even saw the damn thing. Lucky them. However, based on my current understanding on how the Razzie's work, I have to assume that Gaia is probably safe from winning this award.
Worst Actress Poll
Who do you think deserves to be named "Worst Actress" at the Razzies?See results without voting
Worst Actor Prediction
Kirk Cameron (Saving Christmas)- At the risk of sounding like a huge hypocrite, I think Kirk Cameron might have a serious chance to win this award. Granted, the film got a limited theatrical release, so it's doubtful that most of the Razzie voting members may have saw it. However, the film did spark a lot of controversy last year with it's religious views that I can easily see Kirk Cameron winning this award. Maybe I'll be dead wrong, but I just have a feeling.
Possible Upset Contenders:
Seth MacFarlane (A Million Ways to Die in the West)- As I stated before, many people didn't like this movie, as even most of Seth's hardcore fans hated this flick. Therefore, i wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this movie somehow earns Seth a Razzie this year for his acting. Although I personally didn't think he was that bad in the film, but it seems like majority of moviegoers disagree with me, so what can you do?
Maybe this is a sign that Seth might be better off doing voice work, and working behind the camera, instead of being a lead actor.
Adam Sandler (Blended)- Let's face it. Adam Sandler has essentially become the neighborhood punching bag for film critics these days that it's easy to forget about some of his earlier movies like "Punch Drunk Love" and "Wedding Singer." And even though "Blended" wasn't anywhere near the disaster that "Jack and Jill" was, it was still a mediocre film that didn't wow most movie critics. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised if Adam Sandler somehow wins this award. Take in mind, there's a reason why this guy currently holds the record for most acting nominations at the Razzies.
Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules)- As I said before about Gaia Weiss, Kellan is probably going to be safe from winning this award considering hardly anyone saw "Legend of Hercules" last year.
Nicolas Cage (Left Behind)- The film was a box office disaster last year. And even though the film was universally slammed by both audiences and critics, the reality is that it hasn't been talked about much since. Sure, it's a bad film, but it's not universally despised the same way any of Michael Bay's films were last year. Therefore, I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that Nicolas Cage is probably safe from winning this award.
Worst Actor Poll
Which one of these guys deserves the award for "Worst Actor?"See results without voting
Worst Director Prediction
Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction)- Out of all the "Transformer" films, this seems to be the one that most fans are arguing is the worst of the franchise. It's even gotten to the point that Michael Bay supporters are starting to complain about this movie.
Heck, it's already starting to receive more criticism from fans than "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" ever did, and that movie earned him a Razzie for "Worst Director." Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised if "Transformers: Age of Extinction" wins Michael Bay his second one.
Possible Upset Contenders:
Seth MacFarlane (A Million Ways to Die in the West)- As I mentioned earlier, this film was hated by almost everyone that saw it last year. Not only was the movie a financial bomb at the box office, but some have argued it's probably one of the worst comedies of all time.
And in spite of it's obvious style of humor being similar to the controversial animated sitcom, "Family Guy", that hasn't stopped even his own fans from condemning him for this film. Hence, you can bet that Seth could be in grave danger of winning a Razzie for this category.
Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)- Like "Transformers: Age of Extinction", Michael Bay's produced "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" has been getting a lot of heat lately from fans and critics out there about this flick.
Granted, most of that hatred seems to be directed at Hollywood's other punching bag in Michael Bay, but that still doesn't excuse Jonathan Liebesman involvement in this project. He still had a heavy hand in the creative process, so don't be surprised if Jonathan's name is called on Razzie night for "Worst Director" this year.
Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules)- As I said in my review of this film last year, this was arguably one of the worst fantasy movies of all time.
Sure, it had a great premise and concept, but it failed miserably on execution. Everything from the annoying slow motion cinematography to the piss poor character writing was just awful.
Not to mention nobody in this movie could act for crap. Hell, you could easily find elementary school plays that have better acting than what you'll find in "The Legend of Hercules."
However, the film did come out fairly early last year, and it seems like majority of the movies nominated for Razzies aren't from the early part of 2014. In fact, why the hell wasn't "300: Rise of an Empire" nominated? That movie was a piece of s*** too, yet I don't see that movie being nominated for anything. What gives?
Oh well. "Dumb and Dumber To" wasn't nominated either, and that came out during the latter part of 2014, so I guess I probably shouldn't be complaining. However, as abysmal as this film was, it's really not as universally despised the same way "Jack and Jill" was. Granted, it was still a piece of crap, but it hasn't gotten the same amount of heat that "Transformers 4" has gotten, so I"m assuming that it's safe for now.
Darren Doane (Saving Christmas)- From what I've heard about this film, it seems everyone that's seen it has grown to despise it. Although there's very few film reviews on "Saving Christmas", but the ones that I have managed to find don't speak too highly about it.
And since it's so hard to find, I'm guessing that Darren won't have to worry about winning this award. Maybe I'll be dead wrong, but this is just a hunch.
Worst Director Poll
Who do you think should win "Worst Director?"See results without voting
Worst Picture Prediction
Transformers: Age of Extinction- As I mentioned various times throughout this hub article, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" has been getting slammed by almost everyone lately.
Not only are film critics hating on it, but fanboys that actually supported the previous three films are outright pissed about it.
In fact, some have argued that it's worse than "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." To be honest, I'll be the first to admit this was not a great movie by any means.
However, I didn't think it was anywhere near as awful as most people make it out to be. In fact, I can probably name four or five films, from last year, that were arguably worse than this one, but they were snubbed out of a Razzie nomination for whatever reason.
However, that's another story. Since it seems like almost anyone with money can become a voter on the Razzies, I'm going to guess that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is going to probably win this award based purely on the fact that it seems to be universally despised thus far.
Possible Upset Contender:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Knock knock...your about to get shell shocked. I honestly don't care what anyone says, but this was probably the worst theatrically released "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film that I've ever seen. The story was awful. The characters were poorly developed.
The plot made no f**king sense whatsoever. Megan Fox still can't act, yet she was the main focus of the entire story, which made "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" almost unbearable to watch.
And even though the film did make a lot of money at the box office, that hasn't stopped a lot of angry fans from voicing their opinions about it. Therefore, if any film could possibly save "Transformers: Age of Extinction" the dishonor of winning "Worst Picture" this year, then it could be this one.
Left Behind- "Left Behind" is arguably worse than the previous movies that were mentioned, but the film was a flop at the box office. Hardly anyone saw it, and it seems to be have been forgotten by most people. Hence, I doubt this movie will "Worst Picture."
The Legend of Hercules- If I had my way, then "The Legend of Hercules" would probably win almost every single category on this award show because it was probably one of the worst movies that I've ever seen.
However, the movie was a massive flop to where most people probably didn't see it. Plus, it came out way back in the early part of 2014.
Granted, I will admit that I'm not entirely familiar with the Razzie awards, but if it's anything close to how the Academy voters operate, then chances are most films that come out early in the year probably get forgotten about the following year.
And even if they end up getting nominated, their chances of winning are usually pretty slim.
Therefore, I'm going to go out on a limb, and say that "The Legend of Hercules" is probably safe from winning this award.
Saving Christmas- If this film had gotten a world wide release the same way "Jack and Jill" did, then I'm fairly sure this movie might've dominated the Razzies this year. However, that's not the case here. Since the Razzie voting seems to operate in a similar manner to the "People's Choice Awards" (with the minor exception of you having to pay a fee), then it's kind of safe to assume that not all the voters on the Razzie's voting channel saw this movie considering it got such a limited theatrical release.
Worst Picture Poll
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