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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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Joel Embiid: Trust The Process?

Originally planning on becoming a professional volleyball player, Joel Embiid started playing basketball when he was 15 years old. The next year, he moved from Africa to the United States to fully commit to his new goal – playing professional basketball.

Off to a good start, he attended the University of Kansas, where there is a rich history of successful college basketball. After only playing one year, the seven-footer declared that he’d be submitting his name into the 2014 NBA Draft pool.

High Prospects, Major Setbacks

Just six days before the draft, he had the broken navicular bone in his right foot surgically repaired, putting him on the shelf for an estimated four to six months. Still, the Philadelphia 76ers selected him third overall, accomplishing his goal of becoming an NBA player.

Unfortunately, that original estimation turned out to be inaccurate. Four to six months soon became a year. A CT scan discovered his foot wasn’t healing properly, and one year became two years after undergoing a second surgery. In all, Embiid missed two entire seasons.

He played in his first NBA game in 2016. Embiid started at center for Philadelphia’s first preseason game, recording six points, four rebounds, and two blocks in 13 minutes of playing time.

On Oct. 26, 2016, he finally made his long-anticipated regular season debut. He scored 20 points, snagged seven boards, and blocked two shots, playing 25 minutes. His success continued as the NBA named him the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October, November, December, and January.

Things were finally looking up for Joel and the 76ers until it was revealed in early February that he tore his left meniscus. He was eventually ruled out for the rest of the season.

Trust The Process

Playing in only 31 games over three seasons, he’s averaging 20.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. The talent and skill are clearly there. His potential is through the roof. But obviously the question remains, can he stay healthy?

After tanking to secure better draft picks, the phrase “Trust the Process” became incredibly popular among fans and journalists, so Embiid nicknamed himself – “The Process.” It seems as though trusting the actual process paid off, as they now have a wealth of young talent in their organization – including Jahlil Okafor, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Markelle Fultz. But can Philadelphia trust “The Process?” He wants to stay healthy and bring basketball trophies to PA for many years to come, but his track record says that might not be likely. Only time will tell.

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