Worst Actress Sandra Bullock, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers 2 director Michael Bay, and Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas were the rock-bottom winners at the 2010 Razzie Awards. Billy Ray Cyrus pulled an upset victory, defeating Robert Pattinson in the Worst Supporting Actor category. (See 2010 Razzies' nominations.)
It's not that Pattinson (in the running for The Twilight Saga: New Moon) was worse than Cyrus, or even that he should have landed a Razzie nomination to begin with. But considering the popularity of the Twilight Saga star, it seemed almost inevitable that he'd have come out on top – or at the bottom, as the case may be. Cyrus won for his non-performance in Hanna Montana: The Movie, co-starring his daughter, Worst Actress nominee Miley Cyrus.
Less surprising was Sandra Bullock's victory as the year's Worst Actress. In fact, that was no surprise at all. Bullock is the odds-on favorite to win the Oscar tomorrow for The Blind Side; how could Razzie voters resist choosing her as the year's Worst Actress for All About Steve? If Bullock does indeed win tomorrow, the Razzies will forever be a part of Oscar lore and history.
See, it's all a popularity contest – and quite a bit of self-promotion. Just like the Oscars.
Also, Bullock and All About Steve co-star Bradley Cooper, one of the stars of the popular The Hangover and Valentine's Day, shared the Razzie for Worst Couple.
The braindead box office blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the #2 hit movie of 2009 after James Cameron's Avatar, was the year's Worst Movie. The Transformers sequel also earned well-deserved Razzies for director Michael Bay and screenwriters Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas won the joint Worst Actor Razzie for the box office flop Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. Sienna Miller was the Worst Supporting Actress for G.I. Joe.: The Rise of Cobra, while Will Ferrell's Land of the Lost got the Razzie for Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.
And finally, John Travolta's science-fiction Battlefield Earth was voted the Worst Movie of the Decade. Paris Hilton and Eddie Murphy had the (dis)honor of being named the decade's Worst Actress and Worst Actor, respectively.
“If you had seen the film, seen it with your eyes. It's pretty much a film about a woman stalking a man [Bradley Cooper]. That doesn't really set up the premise for a loving couple. So giving us the worst couple award is kind of duh,” explained Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Razzie Awards gala held at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood on Saturday night.
Bullock, who received enthusiastic applause upon her arrival – “I think you better all sit down. This is going to be a long night” – won the Razzie for Worst Actress of 2009 for her performance in the comedy All About Steve, her one box office disappointment in a year of sleeper blockbusters that earned her the title of biggest box office attraction in the US. Like Oscar winner Halle Berry before her, Bullock took the trouble to show up in person to accept the honor.
“I think this is an extraordinary award,” she remarked, adding that in Hollywood all you need to do is say that you'll show up and you get an award. (She had previously said she was going to attend the Razzies ceremony if she won.)
Just in case, she brought a cart filled with DVD copies of All About Steve to ensure that Razzie voters actually watch and rethink their opinion of the film.
Bullock is up for a Best Actress Academy Award on Sunday; she's the favorite to win for the drama The Blind Side. If she wins the Oscar tomorrow, she'll be making both Oscar and Razzie history – as the first performer to win the yin and yang of movie trophies the same year. The same weekend, in fact.
Photo: All About Steve (Suzanne Tenner / 20th Century Fox)
Photo: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (DreamWorks / Paramount)
March 6 early morning
The world waits with bated breath. Who will take home The Award? Will it be Sandra Bullock? Will it be Robert Pattinson?
Wait a second, Robert Pattinson isn't up for any Oscars.
Hey, no one said he was. Pattinson, along with Bullock, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Michael Bay, John Travolta, Hugh Hefner, Billy Ray Cyrus, Eddie Murphy, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Candice Bergen, Brad Silberling, Walt Becker, Oscar co-host Steve Martin, all three Jonas Brothers, the Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner interspecies triangle, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, G.I. Joe: Revenge of the Cobra, and other popular favorites and not-so-favorites are all in the running for the Razzie Awards, a glamorous celebration of the very worst in motion pictures.
Should Pattinson and Bullock have been nominated as Worst Supporting Actor for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Worst Actress for All About Steve, respectively? Whatever your take on the matter, the Razzies – like the Oscars – are at their core mere popularity contests. Just like the Oscars don't usually go to the very best achievements of the year, the Razzies don't necessarily go to the very worst ones either.
A terrible performance in some little-seen indie feature? Unfortunately, those performers have no chance at the Razzies even though they could surely use the free publicity. Having said that, I must add that in all fairness the Razzies have a much better record at being true to their mission than the Oscars. I mean, I can't think of a single Worst Picture Razzie winner that deserved an Oscar; but I can think of numerous Best Picture Oscar winners that should have taken home a Razzie instead.
The Razzie winners will be announced later this evening. If Sandra Bullock wins the Razzie (for the aforementioned All About Steve) and the Oscar (for The Blind Side), she'll be making movie history. The more cosmically inclined say she'll be keeping the universe in balance as well.
Photos: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment); All About Steve (Suzanne Tenner / 20th Century Fox); Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (DreamWorks / Paramount)