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Alternate awards ceremony honors the worst side of Hollywood

Andrew Dotta

Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: Focus
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Since the publication of my article last week, the 81st Oscar nominations have now been officially announced. Critics already began speculating about which films will make history with this year's Oscar honors. Many of the films I mentioned last week ultimately did not receive best picture or leading actor/actress nominations: the films now up for best picture are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire. Arguably, the Academy has made a few misguided choices. I still encourage viewings of many of the films that were nominated for the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, including Gran Torino, Revolutionary Road, and Let the Right One In, which remains forgotten. It'll be interesting to see if success for the "underdog Millionaire" will mirror that of the film's lead character.

There are more than two weeks left to wait for the Academy Awards' ceremony on Feb. 22, with not too many noteworthy film releases to keep you occupied in the meantime. How can you survive the wait? Make sure to see The Wrestler of course, but also take time to familiarize yourself with the true memorable films of the last year: the worst ones. The Golden Raspberry Awards (the "Razzies") was started in 1980 to honor the absolute worst films of the year. These are the films your mother warned you about, many films that even managed to score in the lower 25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic's aggregate scores.

According to Time magazine, the Razzies was started by John Wilson, a UCLA film student who improvised the first awards ceremony for guests who stayed after his personal Oscars party. Living in the Pacific Time Zone meant more time to party after the ceremony, and Can't Stop the Music was awarded worst picture in 1981. The rest is history. Newspapers picked up on Wilson's irreverent humor, and now the Razzies is officially scheduled for the night before the Oscars, Feb. 21. Many celebrities fail to acknowledge their induction, but Showgirls director Paul Verhoeven and Cleveland's own Halle Berry (Catwoman) made appearances in 1995 and 2005, respectively.
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