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10 Worst Pictures According to The Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE) Voters
Sure we've all watched bad movies. Sometimes they're so bad they go straight to DVD without a theatrical release and for those "big budgeted" films that make it to the big screen there's a chance it could end up as a Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE) Award nominee.
Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, the Razzie's were founded by John Wilson after he went to a musical double bill of Xanadu and Can't Stop the Music in the summer of 1980. Since he didn't get his 99 cents back he started formulating a plan on how to point out bad movies.
On March 31, 1981, during his Oscar potluck party, ballots were handed out and the "winners" were announced. Once the first Razzie party was over, the insincere host took it one step further and contacted media outlets. A few days later an item appeared in a local Los Angeles paper and the rest is "awards" history.
During its infancy, Wilson found it difficult to get the word out since his "ceremony" was always overshadowed by the 800-pound gorilla that is the Academy Awards. Eventually he started to announce the "winners" the day before the official Oscar ceremony. Nominations are announced the day before Oscar's official announcement.
One of Wilson's criteria for stinky cinema requires having you laugh right off the bat. It can't go 10 minutes without a laugh. And it helps if it wasn't meant to be funny. "The bulk of what we end up nominating is just bad, not necessarily fun bad."
Anyone can become a member of the Razzie's and receive all of the "perks" that go along with being a member.
These are the top 10 Worst Pictures based on the number of nominations received. While some received fewer original nominations, over the years they earned more nominations in newer categories.
When compiling the results those that received the number of "wins" put it on the list if there was a tie.
10) An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)
Having been originally nominated for nine Razzie's (in 2000 it was nominated for Worst Picture of the Decade which added a tenth nomination) the film "won" five Razzie's (including Worst Picture) and four for Joe Eszterhas (Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Screenplay, Worst New Star and Worst Original Song).
9) Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
Originally nominated for eight Razzie's (in 2005 it received a nomination for Worst "Comedy" of Our First 25 Years and in 2010 received a nomination as Worst Picture of the Decade) multiple Razzie "winner" Tom Green graciously accepted his awards by showing up at the ceremony.
The film also received the honor of being named the Worst film by the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards in 2002.
8) Butterfly (1982)
Pia Zadora won a Golden Globe as New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture and would go on to receive "win" two Razzie's for this movie in 1983. The film received 10 nominations in total including a "win" for Ed McMahon as Worst Supporting Actor, beating out fellow (and Oscar winner) Orson Welles.
7) Swept Away (2002)
Razzie Golden Girl Madonna and then husband Guy Ritchie made it a family affair by winning Worst Actress (she shares this honor that year with Britney Spears) Worst Screen Couple (with Adriano Giannini) and Worst Director for hubby Guy.
Originally garnering seven nominations, Razzie voters also gave it a nomination in 2005 as Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years and in 2010 as Worst Picture of the Decade and Worst Actress of the Decade.
6) Mommie Dearest (1981)
Faye Dunaway's transformation into Joan Crawford couldn't save this campy film from Razzie's wrath. As "winner" of Worst Picture (and ultimately Worst Picture of the Decade in 1990) the film originally earned nine Razzie nominations in 1982 and was again nominated as Worst "Drama" in Our First 25 Years in 2005.
Ironically, the movie was nominated in 1982 by Young Artist Awards as Best Motion Picture-Family Enjoyment. Did they really see this movie?
5) I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
Receiving nine original nominations in 2008 (and "winning" eight awards including Worst Picture) this Lindsay Lohan starrer has been popping up on local broadcast channels recently. It stuck in the minds of the Razzie "Academy" and it received two additional nominations for Worst Picture of the Decade and Worst Actress of the Decade.
4) battlefield Earth (2000)
Picking up eight Razzie nominations in 2001, this would go on to pick up three more nominations for Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years (2005) along with Worst Actor of the Decade and Worst Picture of the Decade in 2010.
3) The Lonely Lady (1983)
An impressive 11 nominations brought this to the Razzie forefront for thia Pia Zadora starrer. Not only did it "win" Worst Picture, but a third Razzie to Zadora for two consecutive years! In 1990, the film was nominated as Worst Picture of the Decade and again in 2005 as Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years.
2) Gigli (2003)
Even before it came time to cast their votes, everyone was talking about how bad this movie was starring the then famous "Bennifer."
Originally with nine nominations, the Worst Picture "winner" also took dishonors in the Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Screen Couple, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay categories.
It again "won" Worst "Comedy" of our First 25 Years in 2005 and was nominated in 2010 for Worst Picture of the Decade, Worst Actor of the Decade (Ben Affleck) and Worst Actress of the Decade (Jennifer Lopez).
1) Showgirls (1995)
Earning the most nominations in Razzie history with a total of 13 in 1996, this is the ultimate Worst Picture as defined by the voters.
It didn't stop there since it managed to "win" Worst Picture of the Decade in 2000 and was nominated again in 2005 as Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years. The movie was also voted Worst Film in 1996 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.
For those that don't know, there is a sequel Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven written by Rena Riffel who reprises her role of Penny. Riffel wrote and directed the sequel.