| LOS ANGELES, March 1
LOS ANGELES, March 1 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 $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 $60 million at the
U.S. 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. Eight
of the nine categories are voted by members, while the ninth for
worst screen combo was determined by more than 80,000 votes on
movie review website RottenTomatoes.com.
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
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. The film, made for more
than $200 million, failed to perform at the box office and lost
$190 million for the studio.
(Editing by Eric Kelsey and Ken Wills)