‘After Earth,’ ‘Movie 43’ sweep Razzies, Sandler loses out


Mon, Mar 03, 2014 - Page 7

Big budget sci-fi flop After Earth and ensemble comedy Movie 43 led the Razzie Awards on Saturday, while annual favorite Adam Sandler went home empty-handed at the ceremony that mauled Hollywood’s worst films and performances of the year.

After Earth, starring Will Smith and his teenage son, Jaden, picked up three gold spray-painted raspberry accolades: Jaden Smith for worst actor, Will Smith for worst supporting actor and worst screen combo for the father-son stars.

The US$130 million film, co-written by Will Smith and directed by M Night Shyamalan, was a major flop for Sony Corp’s Columbia Pictures last year, grossing just US$60 million at the US and Canadian box office.

Relativity Media’s Movie 43, which features 16 off-beat comedy sketches with stars such as Halle Berry, Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman, won worst picture, worst screenplay for its 19 screenwriters, and worst director for its 13 filmmakers.

The Razzies, created in 1980 as an antidote to the backslapping of Hollywood’s awards season and now in its 34th year, is held on the evening before the glitzy Oscars ceremony, the biggest night of honors for the film industry.

The Razzie awards are selected by about 800 members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, who can purchase a membership for online voting rights in the annual panning of films. The award winners rarely attend to collect their statuettes in person, although Sandra Bullock notably attended in 2010 to collect her worst actress and worst screen couple awards for All About Steve, the night before she won the best actress Oscar for The Blind Side.

Sandler, who has earned more than 20 Razzie nominations over the course of his career, failed to win any of his seven Golden Raspberries nods this year for comedy Grown Ups 2, which was bludgeoned by critics.

The Wedding Singer star won two Razzies last year for the father-son comedy That’s My Boy, and pulled off the only “Razzie sweep” for his film Jack and Jill in 2012, winning all 10 awards handed out that year.

This year’s worst actress went to another Razzie regular, actor-director Tyler Perry in drag for the lead character of A Madea Christmas. Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian was named worst supporting actress for her role in Tyler Perry’s Temptation.

Disney’s The Lone Ranger film starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, one of last summer’s notable big-budget flops, was named worst remake-rip-off or sequel.