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2011 Razzie Contenders Unveiled

2010 was a year when those obnoxious “surcharges” for 3-D glasses boosted movie studios’ bottom lines, while actual attendance dropped once again. It was a year when most of what Hollywood released was either a remake, a “reboot” a “re-imagining” … or an outright rip-off. In other words, it was a banner year for one of Tinsel Town’s best-known award shows … the one that dis-honors Worst Achievements in Film.

Voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have sifted through the cinematic rubble of last year and selected nominees for The 31st Annual RAZZIE® Awards, with “winners” set to be announced in ceremonies at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30 p.m. PST on Feb. 26 – the now traditional Night Before the Oscars.

Leading the pack among this year’s RAZZIE® contenders are the third installment of an enormously successful franchise (with a berry opinionated fan-base) and one of 2010’s biggest critical disasters, with 9 nods each. RAZZIE® Repeat Offender M. Night Shyamalan “re-imagined” the faux-anime TV series The Last Airbender into a jumbled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than critics did (if that’s even possible!). In addition to Worst Director and Worst Picture, the film is up for Worst Remake, Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble (the entire cast) and a brand-new RAZZIE® category for 2010, Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D. Neck-and-neck with Airbender in the RAZZIE® race (while taking a decidedly bigger bite it at the box office) is last year’s 4th biggest money-maker, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, also with 9 shots at taking home spray-painted gold. All three of the principal characters of Eclipse are individually nominated for their acting, and the entire cast is also up for Worst Screen Ensemble. Rounding out the Worst Picture list are the aptly titled Twilight “parody” Vampires Suck, the bling-obsessed superslick chick flick Sex & The City #2 and the decidedly un-romantic rom-com/revenge fantasy The Bounty Hunter.

Other notable nominees include a trio of long established divas, Cher, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand all vying to be named Worst Supporting Actress, ’tween bong enthusiast Miley Cyrus nominated for Worst Actress, and Jack Black, Gerard Butler and Ashton Kutcher up against Twilight’s Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson for Worst Actor. Links to a complete list of nominees are on the right.

The RAZZIES® were created in 1980 as a logical antidote to Tinsel Town’s annual glut of self-congratulatory awards by John Wilson, author of The Official Razzie Movie Guide and Everything I Know I Learned at the Movies. Nominees were determined by mailing ballots to 637 voters in 46 U.S. states and 17 foreign countries. Electronic voting and certification of this year’s Final RAZZIE® Ballots will be handled by Vote-Now.com. The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The nominees are:

Worst Picture:
The Bounty Hunter
The Last Airbender
Sex & The City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck


Worst Actor:

Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels)
Gerard Butler (The Bounty Hunter)
Ashton Kutcher (Killers, Valentine’s Day)
Taylor Lautner (Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Valentine’s Day)
Robert Pattinson (Remember Me, Twilight Saga: Eclipse)


Worst Actress:

Jennifer Aniston (The Bounty Hunter, The Switch)
Miley Cyrus (The Last Song)
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon (Sex And The City 2)
Megan Fox (Jonah Hex)
Kristen Stewart (Twilight Saga: Eclipse)


Worst Supporting Actress:

Jessica Alba (The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Valentine’s Day)
Cher (Burlesque)
Liza Minnelli (Sex And The City 2)
Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender)
Barbra Streisand (Little Fockers)


Worst Supporting Actor:

Billy Ray Cyrus (The Spy Next Door)
George Lopez (Marmaduke, The Spy Next Door, Valentine’s Day)
Dev Patel (The Last Airbender)
Jackson Rathbone (The Last Airbender, Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Rob Schneider (Grown Ups)


Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D (Special Category for 2010):

Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge Of Kitty Galore
Clash Of The Titans
The Last Airbender
Nutcracker 3D
Saw 3D


Worst Screen Couple/Worst Screen Ensemble:

Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler (The Bounty Hunter)
Josh Brolin’s Face & Megan Fox’s Accent (Jonah Hex)
The Entire Cast of The Last Airbender
The Entire Cast of Sex & The City 2
The Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Eclipse


Worst Director:

Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer (Vampires Suck)
Michael Patrick King (Sex And The City 2)
M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender)
David Slade (Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables)


Worst Screenplay:

The Last Airbender (written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko)
Little Fockers (written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on characters created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke)
Sex And The City 2 (written by Michael Patrick King, based on the TV series created by Darren Star)
Twilight Saga: Eclipse (screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer
Vampires Suck (written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer)


Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel (Combined Category for 2010):

Clash Of The Titans
The Last Airbender
Sex And The City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck

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