Guy Adams: A rich crop at the Golden Raspberries

LA Notebook

Share
Related Topics

People often dismiss awards season as an exercise in famous people patting each other on the back. But it ain't necessarily so. No sooner had this week's Oscar nominations been announced than runners and riders were unveiled for another time-honoured red carpet event: the Golden Raspberries.

Each year since 1980, a local showbusiness publicist called John Wilson has staged this tongue-in-cheek shindig, which is more widely known as the Razzies, to celebrate the very worst that the film industry has produced over the previous 12 months. Held the night before the Oscars, it's a healthy antidote to the smugness of other awards dos, and in its own way has become quite famous. This year's rendition will revolve around three major showdowns.

The first sees five of 2009's most underwhelming male stars, including Will Ferrell, John Travolta, and Eddie Murphy, compete for Worst Actor. The second pitches Sandra Bullock against Megan Fox and three other starlets, for Worst Actress.

The blue-riband Golden Raspberry category, however, will be Worst Film. This year, its shortlist contains five critical flops of truly epic proportions: Transformers, All About Steve, GI Joe, Land of the Lost, and Disney's Old Dogs.

But here's a thing: although the five contenders have all been the subject of widespread ridicule, a quick glance at their box office performances reveals that they grossed a combined $1,297m (£810m), an average of $259m (£161m) each.

That's an incredibly high figure for such supposedly bad films. And it seems particularly lofty when compared with the takings from what Hollywood believes are 2009's finest pieces of film-making: the 10 titles short-listed for Best Picture Oscars. Those flicks made a combined $3.5bn. But if you remove the freakishly successful Avatar from calculations, it emerges that the remaining nine titles up for a Best Picture Oscar managed a mere $1,662m (£1,038m), or just $188m (£117m) each. All of which tends to support an old maxim often quoted with regard to the enduring ludicrousness of showbusiness: that if there's one thing likely to be more lucrative than a really good film, it's a really, really bad one.

The worst lines in Hollywood

Speaking of the Oscars, I often wonder if Hollywood should honour the creative geniuses who come up with exotic "tag lines" for new films.

This week, a trailer for the forthcoming Clash of the Titans excitedly told me that, "this Spring, Titans will Clash". I've not seen a sillier slogan since the makers of Die Hard 2, starring Bruce Willis, urged me to "Die Harder." That film went on to make $120m, a stellar amount for 1990. Once again, dreadfulness sells.

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Junior / Graduate Application Support Engineer

£26000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful international media organ...

QA Manager - North Manchester - Nuclear & MOD - £40k+

£35000 - £41000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: QA Manager -...

Property Finance Partner

Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: LONDON - BANKING / PROPERTY FINANCE - ...

Agile Tester

£28000 - £30000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: An ambitious...

Day In a Page

 

Naturism criminalised: Why not being able to bare all is a bummer

Simon Usborne
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on