Saturday was a rough night for the Camerons in Hollywood.
Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron were both publicly shamed (with golden, fruit-shaped trophies) for their lackluster contributions to the big screen at the 2015 Razzie Awards. The annual ceremony of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation is an Oscars Eve tradition in which the past year’s “worst achievements” in film are “honored.”
“Hollywood was not happy with box office returns for 2014, their lowest-grossing year in recent history,” the Razzies announcement said. “Despite a handful of high-grossing hits, there were way more major misses — movies based on recycled premises and re-worked concepts that were already tired a decade or more ago, the cinematic equivalent of re-treaded tires.”
This mocking of film atrociousness has been taking place for 35 years; the first time was in publicist John Wilson’s living room. Now hailed as the authority on awfulness, the Razzies are meant to be all in good fun (some winners such as Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock have showed up to receive their awards). But this year, a few celebrities took multiple hits to the ego:
Kirk Cameron won Worst Picture and Worst Actor for “Saving Christmas.”
Kirk Cameron and his ego won Worst Screen Combo for the same movie. We would tell you about this film, but it literally has a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so let’s just not.
Cameron Diaz won “Worst Actress” for her performances in “Sex Tape” and “The Other Woman.” Her movie “Annie” won Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel. She was also nominated for Worst Supporting Actress in that role but lost to Megan Fox (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”)
Other “winners” included Kelsey Grammer for Worst Supporting Actor and Michael Bay for Worst Director.
Just when it was getting a little mean, the Razzies brought out its newest honor: the “Redeemer Award.” Actors who have been previously on the list of Razzie winners were nominated for proving with new performances that they actually do have talent. To present the award, the Razzies chose Sister Rose Pacatte, a Roman Catholic nun who reviews movies for the National Catholic Reporter. (Here’s her take on “50 Shades of Grey.”) Although most of the winners are determined by voting from Golden Raspberry Award Foundation members, the Razzies let the public choose this award via a poll on the Rotten Tomatoes Web site.
Jennifer Aniston, Mike Myers, Keanu Reeves and Kristen Stewart also were nominated, but it was Ben Affleck who brought home the Redeemer Award. He once won a Razzie for his role in “Gigli” with Jennifer Lopez, but his powerful performances in “Argo” and “Gone Girl” have apparently won back the fans.
To see the full list of Razzie winners, go here. On second thought, just focus your energy on movies that are actually good: