Famous Awards: The Golden Raspberry

The Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars, are world-renowned for honoring excellence in film every year. Clint Eastwood, Kathryn Bigelow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington and Cate Blanchett are just a few of the many incredible talents that have been awarded Oscars for their cinematic achievements.

On the other end of the spectrum are The Golden Raspberry Awards, commonly referred to as The Razzies. These awards are not as honorable. Each year, they recognize the worst that the film industry has to offer.

They named it after a raspberry to reference “blowing a raspberry.” The actual award consists of a golf ball-sized raspberry, placed upon a Super 8mm film reel. The entire statue is even spray-painted the color gold.

It Happens To The Best Of Us

In the 37-year history of the Golden Raspberries, some of those who have been “awarded” Razzies have also earned Academy Awards. Even the most talented filmmakers make bad choices or take part in not-so-great movies. Believe it or not, Al Pacino, Kevin Costner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Marlon Brando, and Will Smith have all managed to win awards for both excellence and disappointment.

While most of the “winners” won’t actually accept the award, there are some with a sense of humor that do.

In March of 2004, Ben Affleck jokingly complained that he was stiffed for not receiving his Worst Actor trophy, which he won for Gigli, Daredevil, and Paycheck collectively. Not long after, Affleck appeared on Larry King Live where he was given his trophy. “It’s a little cheap,” he said while pulling the trophy apart on live television. You can be sure that if you need trophies or awards in NJ, PA or beyond, it will be of higher quality than a Razzie.

The next year, Halle Berry attended the ceremony to accept her award for Worst Actress for the critically-panned Catwoman. She brought with her the Oscar she won for her excellent work in Monster’s Ball. Berry held it in one hand while she held the Golden Raspberry Award in the other exclaiming, “Thank you so much. I never in my life thought I would be up here,” poking fun at the speech she gave when she won the Academy Award.

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