10 People Who Accepted Their Razzie Awards

Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors the very best in film achievements and cinema. But the night before the Academy names its winners, another ceremony takes place, one that awards the worst that cinema has offered that year: the Golden Raspberry Awards. Although most people wouldn’t be happy to be considered the worst at something, there are a few actors, writers, and directors who have a sense of humor about themselves—and will show up to accept their awards.

1. Halle Berry for Catwoman

Halle Berry accepted the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her work in Catwoman at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, California. While giving her speech during the 25th Golden Raspberry Awards, Berry held the Razzie Award in one hand and her Academy Award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance in the film Monster’s Ball in the other. Berry thanked the film’s director and her manager in a parody of her Oscar acceptance speech a few years earlier.

2. J. David Shapiro for Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

In 2001, screenwriter J. David Shapiro received a Golden Raspberry for Worst Screenplay for the science fiction film Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000. Wilson delivered the Razzie on radio personality Mark Ebner’s show in Los Angeles. While Shapiro was more than happy to receive the Razzie, he later recalled the film’s star John Travolta’s comments after reading the film’s script. Apparently, Travolta called Battlefield Earth "the Schindler's List of science fiction."

Ten years later, during the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards in 2010, J. David Shapiro also accepted the Razzie Award for Worst Picture of the Decade for Battlefield Earth.

3. Paul Verhoeven for Showgirls

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Director Paul Verhoeven is mostly known for making sleazy, yet thoughtful, pulpy genre movies, including RoboCop, Total Recall, and Basic Instinct. While many of his films are critically acclaimed, his 1995 film Showgirls was definitely not. To no one’s surprise, Showgirls received six Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Actress for Elizabeth Berkley, Worst Screenplay for screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, and Worst Picture and Worst Director for Paul Verhoeven, who was the first person in Razzie history to attend the ceremony and accept the awards. “I got seven awards for being the worst, and it was more fun than reading the reviews (for Showgirls) in September,” said the Dutch-born director.

4. Brian Helgeland for The Postman

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Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was awarded the Worst Screenplay Golden Raspberry in 1998 for The Postman, directed by and starring Kevin Costner. Helgeland received the Razzie from John Wilson at the writer’s office on the Warner Bros lot in Los Angeles and even prepared a speech for the occasion, owning up to his part in making one of the worst films of the year. A few days later, Helgeland was awarded an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for L.A. Confidential. He currently keeps his Razzie and Oscar together side-by-side as a way to remember “the quixotic nature of Hollywood."

5. Tom Green for Freddy Got Fingered

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During the 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards in 2002, Tom Green received five Razzie Awards—including Worst Actor, Worst Director, Worst Picture, Worst Screen Couple (with any animal Green abused in the film), and Worst Screenplay—for the film Freddy Got Fingered. Tom Green attended the ceremony at the Abracadabra Theater at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, California, where he was dragged off stage while accepting one of his awards because he wouldn’t stop obnoxiously playing the harmonica.

6. Tom Selleck for Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

In 1993, actor Tom Selleck received the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his performance as King Ferdinand of Spain in the film Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. Selleck gladly accepted the award while he was making a guest appearance on the short-lived Chevy Chase Show on Fox.

7. Michael Ferris for Catwoman

Halle Berry wasn't the only one who won a Razzie for Catwoman: Michael Ferris, who penned the script, accepted the Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay for the film. During his acceptance speech, Ferris thanked the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation for increasing the film's DVD sales.

8. David Eigenberg for Sex and the City 2

In 2011, actor David Eigenberg accepted the Golden Raspberry for Worst Screen Couple/Screen Ensemble on behalf of the entire cast of Sex in the City 2. He worked with Razzie founder John Wilson on creating an acceptance video that was later posted on the organization’s official YouTube channel.

9. Bill Cosby for Leonard Part 6

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The embattled Bill Cosby wrote and starred in one of the worst films of 1988. Leonard Part 6 featured Cosby as a former CIA agent forced out of retirement to hunt down an evil vegetarian hell bent on taking over the world.

Leonard Part 6 received three Golden Raspberry Awards—or Razzies—for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Actor. When Cosby found out about the "honor," he contacted John J.B. Wilson, the founder of the Razzies, and demanded that the organization give him an actual trophy. Displeased with the makeshift $1.97 statue he received, Cosby told his publicist “I want my Golden Raspberry and if it isn’t golden, I’m going to the press.” His publicist explained that Wilson was a one-man outfit operating out of his living room, but Cosby was adamant. “That’s a cop-out. If you’re going to take a big name and declare it ‘the worst’, you have to perform." Fox’s Late Show stepped in and paid for marble and gold trophies (at a cost of $30,000) and hosted a mini-Razzies presentation ceremony on the show.

10. Sandra Bullock for All About Steve

In 2010, Sandra Bullock received the Golden Raspberry Award for her performance in the movie All About Steve. While Bullock was happy enough to appear at the ceremony itself, she was not pleased to receive the award for Worst Actress. Sandra Bullock gave everyone attending the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards a DVD copy of All About Steve. She also brought a copy of the film’s final shooting script and playfully threatened the audience with a line reading of the entire movie. The day after the awards ceremony, Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance in the film The Blind Side.

BONUS: Ben Affleck for Paycheck, Daredevil, and Gigli

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Ben Affleck received a Golden Raspberry for his leading performances in the films Paycheck, Daredevil, and Gigli, which all hit theaters in 2004. While Affleck didn’t attend the ceremony to receive the award, he was presented with the Golden Raspberry during his appearance on Larry King Live, where he proceeded to call the trophy cheap, began to pull it apart, and ultimately refused the award.

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation later put the award up for bid on eBay; it sold for $1375. The money earned from the sale was used in part to rent the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, California for the 25th Golden Raspberry Awards the following year.

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You Can Cook (Food) With Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in the Original Breaking Bad RV
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Ben Leuner, AMC

A new contest is giving Breaking Bad fans the chance to cook a meal with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. A new charity fundraising campaign is sending one lucky fan and a friend out to Los Angeles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Breaking Bad’s premiere with the stars themselves—Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and that beat-up RV.

“That’s right, the real Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will join you in The Krystal Ship to whip up some delicious food, take tons of pictures, and bond over the most addicting show ever made,” the contest’s page on the charity fundraising site Omaze trumpets.

All you have to do to throw your (porkpie) hat in the ring is break out your wallet and donate to a good cause. Every dollar you donate to the contest through Omaze is basically a raffle ticket. And the more you donate, the better your odds are of winning. Each dollar donated equals 10 entries, so if you donate $10, you have 100 chances, if you donate $25, 250 chances, etc. At higher donation levels, you’ll also get guaranteed swag, including T-shirts, signed set photos by Cranston and Paul, props and scripts from the show, and more.

Technically, you can enter without donating, but don’t be a jerk—it’s for the kids. The proceeds from the contest will go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying charity.

The contest winner will be announced around September 12, and the big event will take place on September 15.

Donate to win here. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on August 30.

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60 Years Later, a Lost Stanley Kubrick Script Has Been Found
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A “lost” screenplay co-written by famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has been found after 60 years, Vulture reports.

The screenplay is an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella Burning Secret, which Vulture describes as a reverse Lolita (plot summary for those who forgot high school English class: a man enters a relationship with a woman because of his obsession with her 12-year-old daughter). In Burning Secret, a man befriends an adolescent boy in order to seduce his mother. Zweig’s other works have inspired films like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (which the director claims he "stole" from Zweig's novels Beware of Pity and The Post-Office Girl).

Kubrick’s screenplay adaptation is co-written by novelist Calder Willingham and dated October 24, 1956. Although the screenplay bears a stamp from MGM’s screenwriting department, Nathan Abrams—the Bangor University professor who discovered the script—thinks it’s likely the studio found it too risqué for mass audiences.

“The child acts as an unwitting go-between for his mother and her would-be lover, making for a disturbing story with sexuality and child abuse churning beneath its surface,” Abrams told The Guardian. It's worth noting, however, that Kubrick directed an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita in 1962, which MGM distributed, and it was also met with a fair share of controversy.

Abrams said the screenplay for Burning Secret is complete enough that it could be created by filmmakers today. He noted that the discovery is particularly exciting because it confirms speculations Kubrick scholars have had for decades.

“Kubrick aficionados knew he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed,” Abrams told The Guardian.

The Guardian reports that Abrams found the screenplay while researching his book Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film. The screenplay is owned by the family of one of Kubrick’s colleagues.

[h/t Vulture]


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