6 Actors Who Have Both an Oscar and a Razzie
The Film Review
The day before the Academy Awards are given out, there’s another awards ceremony to hand out a not-so-prestigious statue: the Golden Raspberry, given out to the worst stuff Hollywood has thrown our way in the previous year. Occasionally, the Razzie and Oscar worlds collide when some of the best thespians in the world star in very bad movies. In the case of Sandra Bullock, those worlds collided on the very same weekend. The other actors received the awards years or even decades apart from one another. Here’s the small list of double “winners.”
1. Laurence Olivier
Olivier is widely considered to be one of the best actors of the 20th century. He won a Best Actor Oscar for Hamlet in 1948, and had roles in Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Othello, Rebecca, Henry V, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and Spartacus. He also has a Supporting Actor Razzie for 1980's The Jazz Singer. I guess you can’t win ‘em all.
2. Liza Minnelli
“It might have been cute in 1981, but alcoholism isn't so funny anymore. For that matter, neither is Dudley Moore,” said the Washington Post of Liza Minelli's turn in Arthur 2. If that wasn’t bad enough, Liza also partnered with Burt Reynolds in 1987 for an equally atrocious movie called Rent-a-Cop. That movie made under $300,000 at the box office. Her Razzie honored the back-to-back bombs.
3. Kevin Costner
Costner is one of the all-time Razzie greats with three wins and seven nominations. He took home awards for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Postman, and Wyatt Earp. The latter two were huge box office flops, but Robin Hood was a huge box office success. Although Costner has never won a Best Actor Oscar, he did win Best Director in 1990 for Dances with Wolves.
4. Roberto Benigni
Benigni famously made headlines for his Life Is Beautiful Best Actor win in 1999. His excitement is just as charming today as it was 14 years ago, by the way. Not as charming? The 2002 movie Pinocchio. The Benigni-starring take on the fairy tale classic earned a zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and I’m sure I can’t sum up the travesty of this movie better than they do:
“It's altogether likely that there have been more sudden, precipitous falls from grace in cinema than the one Roberto Benigni suffered between Life is Beautiful and Pinocchio, but none spring to mind. In any event, this film undoubtedly marks the first (and last) time an Academy award-winning actor chose to follow the greatest triumph of his career by dressing up in pink pajamas and playing a boy carved from a log.”
5. Halle Berry
Just two years after winning her Oscar for Monster’s Ball in 2002, Berry received a Razzie for playing the title role in Catwoman. Berry accepted her award in person, saying, “It was just what my career needed. I was at the top and now I’m at the bottom.” She later said she attended the ceremony because her mother always taught her that if you can’t be a good loser, you can’t be a good winner.
6. Sandra Bullock
Upon hearing that she was nominated for a Worst Actress Razzie for All About Steve in 2010, Bullock promised to accept in person if she was unlucky enough to win. She won, of course, and actually left a charity event she was at to go pick up her award, even providing the DVD for everyone in the audience. The sting of Sandra’s Golden Raspberry win was pretty fleeting, though—less than 24 hours later, she accepted a Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side. Check out her incredibly good-natured Razzie acceptance speech below.