Celebrating the Worst in Cinema

Hollywood has finished patting itself on the back with its annual Academy Awards, so now it's times for the anti-Oscars, the Golden Raspberry Awards, better known as the Razzies, acknowledging the worst in film.  This year's nominees have been announced and Adam Sandler's horrendous Jack and Jill is in prime position to sweep almost all of the categories.

Rather than be insulted, some celebrities have actually embraced the satirical prize, showing a good sense of humor while accepting the seemingly dubious distinction of being the worst of the worst.  Those celebrities include director Paul Verhoeven, actors Tom Green, Halle Berry, Bill Cosby, Tom Selleck, Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock, and David Eigenberg, and writers Brian Helgeland and J.D. Shapiro.

There are a lot of bad movies and bad actors out there, but it takes a certain something to be considered the ultimate worst. Here's a rundown of the top Razzies over the years, the ones that rose above the heaping pile of crap to be the crappiest of them all.

Worst Picture
1980 - Can't Stop the Music
1981 - Mommie Dearest
1982 - Inchon!
1983 - The Lonely Lady
1984 - Bolero
1985 - Rambo: First Blood Part II
1986 - (tie) Howard the Duck and Under the Cherry Moon
1987 - Leonard: Part 6
1988 - Cocktail
1989 - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
1990 - (tie) The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Ghosts Can't Do It
1991 - Hudson Hawk
1992 - Shining Through
1993 - Indecent Proposal
1994 - Color of Night
1995 - Showgirls
1996 - Striptease
1997 - The Postman
1998 - An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn!
1999 - Wild Wild West
2000 - Battlefield Earth
2001 - Freddy Got Fingered
2002 - Swept Away
2003 - Gigli
2004 - Catwoman
2005 - Dirty Love
2006 - Basic Instinct 2
2007 - I Know Who Killed Me
2008 - The Love Guru
2009 - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
2010 - The Last Airbender

Worst Actor
1980 - Neil Diamond in The Jazz Singer
1981 - Klinton Spillsbury in Legend of the Lone Ranger
1982 - Laurence Olivier in Inchon!
1983 - Christopher Atkins in A Night in Heaven
1984 - Sylvester Stallone in Rhinestone
1985 - Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV
1986 - Prince in Under the Cherry Moon
1987 - Bill Cosby in Leonard: Part 6
1988 - Sylvester Stallone in Rambo III
1989 - William Shatner in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
1990 - Andrew Dice Clay in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
1991 - Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1992 - Sylvester Stallone in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!
1993 - Burt Reynolds in Cop and a Half
1994 - Kevin Costner in Wyatt Earp
1995 - Pauly Shore in Jury Duty
1996 - (tie) Pauly Shore in Bio-Dome and Tom Arnold in Big Bully, Carpool, and The Stupids
1997 - Kevin Costner in The Postman
1998 - Bruce Willis in Armageddon, Mercury Rising, and The Siege
1999 - Adam Sandler in Big Daddy
2000 - John Travolta in Battlefield Earth and Lucky Numbers
2001 - Tom Green in Freddy Got Fingered
2002 - Roberto Benigni in Pinocchio
2003 - Ben Affleck in Daredevil, Gigli, and Payback
2004 - George W. Bush in Fahrenheit 9-11
2005 - Rob Schneider in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
2006 - (tie) Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans in Little Man
2007 - Eddie Murphy in Norbit
2008 - Mike Myers in The Love Guru
2009 - (tie) The Jonas Brothers in Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
2010 - Ashton Kutcher in Killers and Valentine's Day

Worst Actress
1980 - Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon
1981 - (tie) Bo Derek in Tarzan the Ape Man and Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest
1982 - Pia Zadora in Butterfly
1983 - Pia Zadora in The Lonely Lady
1984 - Bo Derek in Bolero
1985 - Linda Blair in Night Patrol, Savage Island, and Savage Streets
1986 - Madonna in Shanghai Surprise
1987 - Madonna in Who's That Girl?
1988 - Liza Minnelli in Arthur 2: On the Rocks and Rent-a-Cop
1989 - Heather Locklear in Return of the Swamp Thing
1990 - Bo Derek in Ghosts Can't Do It
1991 - Sean Young in A Kiss Before Dying
1992 - Melanie Griffith in Shining Through and A Stranger Among Us
1993 - Madonna in Body of Evidence
1994 - Sharon Stone in Intersection and The Specialist
1995 - Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls
1996 - Demi Moore in The Juror and Striptease
1997 - Demi Moore in G.I. Jane
1998 - (tie) The Spice Girls in Spice World
1999 - Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project
2000 - Madonna in The Next Best Thing
2001 - Mariah Carey in Glitter
2002 - (tie) Madonna in Swept Away and Britney Spears in Crossroads
2003 - Jennifer Lopez in Gigli
2004 - Halle Berry in Catwoman
2005 - Jenny McCarthy in Dirty Love
2006 - Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2
2007 - Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me
2008 - Paris Hilton in The Hottie and the Nottie
2009 - Sandra Bullock in All About Steve
2010 - (tie) Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristen Davis in Sex and the City 2

This year's Razzies will be awarded on April 1 (April Fool's Day), the perfect day for such an irreverent ceremony. I hope one day that the Golden Raspberry Awards are televised, so everyone can share in the glorious celebration of the worst that Hollywood has to offer. By recognizing the bad, the good looks even better.

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