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The Razzie Awards: 2011's most hated films, actors

By Sarah-Rose Marcus
On March 5, 2012


Now that the serious and reputable awards have all been given to the most talented, beautiful and overpaid actors in Hollywood, its time to have some fun. The Razzie awards are coming up, and their nomination list has just been presented. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is an award show that celebrates the worst movies and acting of the year, giving credit where credit is due. Here is the list of actors who have been "recognized" for their work. 

It seems that Adam Sandler is having quite a memorable year. He has broken a top record and it isn't for having the most annoying gibberish voices. This year, he has a whopping 14 nominations, which is more nominations than actual categories.

The first failure was for his film "Jack and Jill," in which he plays an advertisement executive who is irritated by the visit of his twin sister (also played by Sandler, in drag). However, Sandler's performance was so annoying that it caused audiences to despise him as an actor. (I offered to watch it for the journalistic purpose of writing this article but the rest of the entertainment team refused to let me). 

Sandler co-wrote "Jack and Jill" along with the movie "Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star." Both movies are in the running for Worst Picture.  Other nominees for this category include the star studded disaster "New Years Eve," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" and "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon."

If Sandler doesn't win this category, there's hope he could win Worst Actor.  In addition to "Jack and Jill" and "Bucky Larson," he is nominated for his romantic comedy "Just Go with It." Also nominated is Nicolas Cage ("Drive Angry," Season of the Witch," "Trespass") who has recently made equally terrible movie choices as he has financial choices.  Other nominees are Taylor Lautner ("Abduction," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn"), Russell Brand ("Arthur") and Nick Swardson ("Bucky Larson").

The Razzies hate Sandler so much this year that they even found a way to include him in the category of Worst Actress for his role as Jill in "Jack and Jill."  Another man who is nominated for the category is Martin Lawrence for his role as Big Momma ("Big Momma: Like Father Like Son"), which shows that dressing in drag may be getting pretty old at this point.  Actresses in the running include Sarah Jessica Parker ("I Don't Know How She Does It"), Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn") and Sarah Palin for playing herself in the documentary "The Undefeated."

The nomination list for Worst Supporting Actor is actually composed of some highly esteemed Hollywood men such as Al Pacino ("Jack and Jill"), James Franco ("Your Highness") and Patrick Dempsey ("Transformers").  There is also comedian Nick Swardson ("Jack and Jill," "Just Go With It") and Ken Jeong, a.k.a the feisty Mr. Chow ("The Hangover Part II," "Big Momma," "Transformers,"  "Zookeeper").

Up for Worst Supporting Actress are Katie Holmes ("Jack and Jill"), Brandon T. Jackson ("Big Momma"), and Nicole Kidman ("Just Go With It"). In addition to them is model beauty Rosie Huntington Whitely ("Transformers"), who should probably just stick to Victoria's Secret commercials.

For Worst Ensemble, movies such as "New Years Eve" showed us that paying every big name in the business for five minutes of screen time does not create a good film. Other movies nominated are "Breaking Dawn," "Transformers," "Bucky Larson" and "Jack and Jill."  These same movies were nominated for Worst Screenplay as well. 

In the Worst On-Screen Couple section, Sandler's chemistry with any of his female costars scored him two nominations, along with Cage and basically anyone who shared the screen with him this year. People also seemed to dislike watching Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson's brooding romance ("Breaking Dawn"), and had trouble believing that Rosie Huntington-Whitely would actually go for Shia Labeouf ("Transformers"). 

If you were seriously bothered by these terrible cinematic portrayals or are simply in a bad mood, you can actually contribute to the voting process on the Razzie's website (  The "winners" will be announced on April 1, so stay tuned to find out who and what were named the biggest disasters of 2011.

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