The Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as Razzies or Razzie Awards, is a parody of the Oscars. Unlike the Academy Awards which honour excellence in cinema, The Razzies celebrates the worst films of the year. The first Golden Raspberry Awards Ceremony was held in March 1981. The ceremony itself is modelled after the Academy Awards but is deliberately low end and tacky.
Like the Oscars with its award for ‘Best Picture’, the main focus on the Razzies is usually for the ‘Worst Film.’ Below we take a look at the contenders for The 2021 Razzies. All odds listed are with Paddy Power.
RAZZIES CONTENDERS & ODDS
Dolittle – 13/8
Dolittle, also known as The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, is a 2020 fantasy film directed by Stephen Gaghan. It is a reboot of the original 1967 Doctor Dolittle film and its modern comedy counterparts. It stars Robert Downey Jr as Dr Dolittle, Michael Sheen takes on the role of Dr Blair Müdfly.
HOW BAD IS DOLITTE?
The fell well short of people’s expectations and was heavily criticised by reviewers and members of the public. A review in The Guardian gave it 1-star review and summed up by saying “Robert Downey Jr does nothing in the pointless remake.”
Brahms: The Boy II – 5/2
A Supernatural horror film starring Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson, and Owain Yeoman. It is a stand-alone sequel to the 2016 film The Boy.
HOW BAD IS BRAHMS?
A critic on Rotten Tomatoes says: “More likely to induce boredom than quicken the pulse.”
Like A Boss – 6/1
Like A Boss follows two friends who attempt to take control of their cosmetics company back from an industry titan. What The Critics Say… The Guardian says it is “a film with promise but a confused idea of what women really want.”
Fantasy Island – 13/2
Another supernatural horror film, this one is directed by Jeff Wadlow and is a prequel and reimaging of a 1970s TV series of the same name. The film follows five people who visit the eponymous island, discovering that their dream fantasies brought to life begin to turn into a horrific living nightmare. What The Critics Say… Many reviewers have criticised the film for its lack of imagination. One says the film “serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of exhuming long-dead franchises.”
The Turning – 8/1
Another supernatural horror film, this one is directed by Jeff Wadlow and is a prequel and reimaging of a 1970s TV series of the same name. The film follows five people who visit the eponymous island, discovering that their dream fantasies brought to life begin to turn into a horrific living nightmare. What The Critics Say… Many have already taken to Twitter to voice their opinion on the film. One Twitter believes “What a mess The Turning is. It tries to be three different films at the same time and fails at them all.”
The Jesus Rolls – 8/1
The Jesus Rolls serves as a spin-off to the 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski and stars John Turturro, Bobby Cannavale and Audrey Tautou. What The Critics Say… It appears like one Twitter user chose to stop watching the film quite early on his viewing. “Not even 10 minutes into ‘The Jesus Rolls’ and I think I may have made a terrible mistake.”
Spiral: From The Book Of Saw – 10/1
Due to be released in 2021 and is the ninth instalment in the Saw film series, it stars Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. What The Critics Say… The movie has not been released yet, so people’s opinions come solely from the trailer and other promotional material.
Other Films In The Running
Another film to keep an eye on is Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The last instalment of the franchise was considered by one reviewer to be a ‘misfiring mistake’. You can decide for yourself regarding how good or bad it looks.
You can get odds of 40/1 for Birds of Prey (The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) to win the big one. This film has had mixed reviews, and there are odds of 66/1 that it will win the Oscar for Best Picture.
2020 RAZZIE WINNER
Cats picked up the award for Worst Film, with its Director Tom Hooper getting the honour of being chosen as Worst Director.
Who Decides The Razzies?
Members of the Golden Raspberry Award Organisation, comprised of filmmakers and film experts, vote to determine the recipients.
Actors Who Have Won The Most Razzies?
Sylvester Stallone is the most awarded actor ever. He has picked up 10 Razzies throughout his acting career. One of his most notable awards came in 1985 when he was voted Worst Actor for his performances in Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV.
Other Notable Winners
In 1997, Con Air (starring Nicolas Cage) won the award for Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property. Fast forward a few years to 2003, The Cat in the Hat took home the award for Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concept/No Content).
Two years later, Catwoman was a film that was highly anticipated by cinema-goers. However, many were hugely disappointed, and it took the honour for Worst Film in 2005. Also in 2005, then US President George W.Bush won the award for Worst Actor for his portrayal of himself in Fahrenheit 9/11.
Actors Who Attended & Accepted Razzies
In 2018, Baywatch was selected as The Razzie Nominee ‘So Rotten You Loved It’. The award was accepted by its star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Other Awards At The Razzies
The following awards will also bet given out at the Razzies. More markets should soon start opening for the 2021 Razzies so keep an eye out on the Paddy Power website for all the latest news and information.
- Worst Actor
- Worst Actress
- Worst Supporting Actress
- Worst Supporting Actor
- Worst Screen Combo
- Worst Screenplay
- Worst Director
- Worst Remake, Rip-Off Or Sequel
- Worst Reckless Disregard For Human Life And Public Property
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*Razzie odds correct at time of publishing