Cameron Diaz, ‘Saving Christmas’ Win Big at Razzies
A night before Hollywood celebrates the best in film at the Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards dole out their own anti-Oscars to the year’s worst movies and acting performances. Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas were the big winners at the 35th annual Razzies, held last night at Los Angeles’ Ricardo Montalban Theater, picking up the evening’s most unwanted awards.
Former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron’s overtly religious movie about putting the “Christ” back in “Christmas” was the Sam Smith of the Razzies; like Smith at the Grammys, Cameron and Saving Christmas took home awards in four of the six categories the film was nominated in, including wins for the prestigious Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay Golden Raspberries. Cameron was also awarded Worst Actor and Worst Screen Combo for him and his ego.
In addition to its four Razzies, Saving Christmas also owns the distinction of being the Worst Film Ever according to IMDb as well as a member of an elite club of movies that scored a perfect 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Saving Christmas beat out Left Behind, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, The Legend of Hercules and Transformers: Age of Extinction for the Worst Picture honor.
Cameron Diaz was nominated in three categories but was only victorious in the Worst Actress category for a pair of critically maligned 2014 comedies she starred in, Sex Tape and The Other Woman. Diaz lost her other two nominations for Worst Screen Combo and Worst Supporting Actress, where Diaz’s Annie role was topped by Megan Fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Annie did beat out the Leonardo, Donatello and co. in the Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel category.
Peter Travers’ own pick for the Worst Film of 2014 – Transformers: Age of Extinction, or Age of Ex-Stink-tion as the Razzies dubbed it – didn’t go home empty-handed as Michael Bay was named Worst Director and Kelsey Grammer was given Worst Supporting Actor. Things could’ve been much worse for the fourth installment of the Transformers series: The blockbuster led the field with seven Razzie nods but only won two. The franchise will look to improve on their Razzie luck when Transformers 5 arrives next year.
Ben Affleck was given the Razzie’s Redeemer Award for turning a 2004 Golden Raspberry for Gigli into a Best Director Oscar win for Argo. Like most esteemed award shows, the Razzies also paid tribute to those actors and actresses that passed in the past year with an In Memoriam video, except with their own spin: In the case of Robin Williams, the Razzies spotlighted films that were previously nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards, like Jakub the Liar and Bicentennial Man, USA Today reports.