Los Angeles, CA – As awards season kicks off, so does the anticipation for the annual Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as The Razzies. The Razzies is notorious for honoring the least successful films of the year, and this year marks its 44th edition with the announcement of its nominations.
Leading the pack with seven nominations is “Expend4bles,” the fourth installment in the action-packed “The Expendables” franchise, which has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Tied for second place with five nominations are “The Exorcist: Believer,” a revival of the classic horror series, and “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey,” a darker take on the beloved bear’s adventures.
Big-budget superhero movies “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” have also gathered attention with four nominations each. The Razzies is known for its tongue-in-cheek approach to highlighting the shortcomings of Hollywood, and these nominations are no exception.
Last year, the Razzies faced criticism for nominating an 11-year-old actor in the category of worst actress, leading to a public apology from the organization. The Razzies founder, John Wilson, issued the apology and emphasized the organization’s commitment to owning up to its mistakes. Additionally, the organization named a special award for Bruce Willis, a regular nominee, in light of his disclosure about his struggles with aphasia.
The Razzies, founded in 1981, allows anyone to become a voting member by paying an annual fee, but despite the dues rolling in, the organization’s website appears outdated. However, this hasn’t stopped the Razzies from continuing its tradition of satirizing the film industry and providing a space for critics and fans to engage in lighthearted discussions about the year’s most disappointing films.
With the full list of this year’s nominations released, the Razzies will soon have the opportunity to “honor” the winners as the awards season unfolds.