How can one actress be so popular yet so loathed at the same time? Kristen Stewart took home the Worst Actress prize at Saturday’s Razzies and her movie, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 took home a majority of the awards at the event, which honors the worst in film each year. Maybe starring in a Twilight movie is the trick, as we overheard one Razzies-goer suggest.
The fifth installment in the lucrative teen vampire series grossed over $800 million worldwide at the box office. But that didn’t stop the Razzies from awarding Twilight with seven wins for Worst Picture, Worst Sequel, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Screen Couple, Worst Director, and Worst Screen Ensemble. That, plus KStew’s Worst Actress win makes a lot of worsts.
Razzies founder John Wilson explained his love/hate relationship with the franchise. “The people who take it seriously, take it so seriously that our making fun of it is kind of the cinematic equivalent of making fun of the Oscars…” Wilson, who started the event in his living room on Oscar night in 1981, said he didn’t believe the Twilight movies had made as much money as reported. “I have a theory,” he said, “that the reason they make so much money isn’t that 40 million different girls bought tickets, but that four million girls bought 10 tickets each.”
Was Wilson disappointed that Stewart didn’t show up in person to accept her bad actress award? Hardly. He used a life-size cardboard cut out replacement Stewart to accept the award. “The cardboard Kristen Stewart…” he said, “was at least as lively as the real one, so I’m not sure we lost out by much.”
None of the winners showed to pick up their awards this year, which made the ceremony less than glamorous. Buzz of Sandra Bullock’s acceptance for her Worst Actress award in 2010 for All About Steve (which she won the night before nabbing the Oscar for Best Actress for The Blind Side) and Halle Berry’s acceptance for Catwoman in 2004 were the talk of the room.
It would have been nice to see Stewart, whose Razzie counted for two films from 2012 – her dark fantasy action film, Snow White and the Huntsmanand The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 – show up and have a laugh about the criticism that’s been heaped on her performances. “She makes the same face in two movies,” quoted presenter Kelly McIver from an online review of the film.
Alongside Stewart, another popular target for razzing was Adam Sandler. Last year, his movie Jack and Jill swept all 10 Razzie categories. This year, Sandler won for Worst Actor in That’s My Boy.
A blow came to Rihanna when her screen debut in the big budget action flick Battleship received the Worst Supporting Actress Razzie. Wilson said Rihanna’s performance was reduced to the bare minimum. “She was almost like a ‘Rambette’ – a female Rambo,” he said. “She spends a lot of time behind a machine gun yelling and spraying aliens.” Wilson said he thought Rihanna’s performance could have been even worse had the filmmakers written a song for her to sing in the movie.
From the continental breakfast room on the fourth floor of the Holiday Inn Express in Hollywood where we could see the lights and street closing signs for Sunday night’s glitzy Oscar preparation, the Razzies triumphed by giving Hollywood a run for its least favorites for the 33rd year in a row.
Next year’s predictions –- as given by the Razzies cast -– already include A Good Day to Die Hard, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and many others. And it’s only February.