The first annual Razzie awards were held on March 31, 1981. They’ve always been a satirical, tongue-in-cheek ceremony that celebrates not the best but the worst in the world of film.
Even the best actors have heard their names called to receive these awards. They may have taken a film purely for the paycheck or given an uncharacteristically poor performance, and they now have a statue to remember it forever.
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Tom Cruise is an action and comedy staple. His work in films such as Top Gun in 1986 and Jerry Macguire in 1996 made him a massive star. He’s had several hit films in a row, but he’s also earned plenty of Razzies.
Tom was nominated for Worst Actor for Cocktail in 1988 and War of the Worlds in 200. He won in 2017 for The Mummy. He also shared the Worst Screen Couple Award with Brad Pitt for Interview with a Vampire in 1995.
Liza Minelli was almost famous before she was born as the daughter of Judy Garland. She’s also one of only a few EGOTs in the world, with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
Most of Liza’s work is beloved, and She earned an Academy Award for Best Actress for Cabaret in 1972. She had another successful film with Arthur in 1981, but its sequel Arthur 2: On the Rocks won her a Razzie for Worst Actress. She also got the same award the previous year for Rent-a-Cop.
John Travolta could do no wrong in his early career. The 70s and 80s saw him appear in hits like Grease and Saturday Night Fever, and he went on to star in Pulp Fiction in 1994. He was on a roll until he acted in Battlefield Earth in 2000.
The movie was based on L. Ron Hubbards 1982 novel. It’s now considered one of the worst films of all time and got the Worst Film of the Decade award in 2010. It also won John a Worst Actor award. It was so hated that he even shared the Worst Screen Couple award with “anyone sharing the screen with him.”
This famous SNL alum became a major comedy star after leaving the show. He’s got a knack for playing multiple characters in the same movie. He’s also starred in successful projects like 1988’s Coming to America, Trading Places in 1983, The Nutty Professor in 1996, and Shrek in 2001.
Not all of these comedies hit the same way, and many were flops. Eddie has the dubious honor of being the only actor to have Razzie Awards for Worst Actor, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress. They’re all from his most hated project, Norbit. His other dubious honor was winning the Worst Actor of the Decade Razzie in 2010.
Mike Meyers is another SNL alum with a complex, up-and-down career. His hits include Waynes World and the Austin Powers franchise. He’s even proven to be an effective writer, earning a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 1989.
His first Razzie award nomination came when he appeared in The Cat in the Hat in 2003. He didn’t win the Worst Actor Award until 2008 when he played Guru Pitka in The Love Guru.
Adam Sandler’s films are a mixed bag and include everything from serious dramas such as Punch Drunk Love to silly comedies.
His first Razzie nominations came in 1997 for Worst Actor in Bulletproof and Happy Gilmore. His first win was in 2000 for Big Daddy. hated films like Jack and Jill. The latter won 12 Razzie nominations for Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Actress.
Sandra Bullock has plenty of genuine awards, including an Academy Award and Golden Globe. Many of her films were also critical successes, including Demolition Man in 1993, Speed in 1994, and Miss Congeniality in 2000.
She managed to bypass a Razzie award until her role as Mary in All About Steve in 2009. That got her Worst Actress and Worst On-Screen Couple. She showed up with a wheelbarrow full of DVDs asking people to watch them and try to read her lines better than she did. It didn’t harm her career because she won the Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side the Same Year.
Halle Berry is the only black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress. She’s starred in plenty of successful projects including Jungle Fever, Boomerang, X-Men, and Monster’s Ball.
Halle won Worst Actress in 2004 for Catwoman, one of the worst superhero flops of all time. She wasn’t embarrassed by the fake honor and parodied her sentimental speech from the Oscars 3 years earlier while accepting it.
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Even one of the most acclaimed British actors in the world can’t avoid a flop. He’s one of the most famous actors who tragically won Razzie Awards for bad movies.
His first trip to the ceremony was in 1981. He won a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie for the critically panned remake of The Jazz Singer. Laurence later won a Worst Actor Award for Inchon in 1983. He admitted that he only did it for the money. He said, “I’m like a vintage wine. You have to drink me before I turn sour.”
Neither of these awards hurt his career. They can sit next to the Oscar he won for Hamlet in 1948, his 4 Academy Awards, his Lifetime Achievement Award from 1979, and plenty of other accolades.
Charlton Heston is another film legend who most fans will be surprised to see on a list of famous actors who tragically won Razzie awards for bad movies. He’s starred in massive epics such as The Ten Commandments in 1956 and Ben Hur in 1959. He continued to succeed in other projects such as The Planet of the Apes and Soylent Green.
The silly 2001 comedy Cats and Dogs failed to impress. He won a Razzie for providing the voice of the Mastiff.
Faye Dunaway has won almost every kind of award, including Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and Baftas. She never had to worry about the Razzies until she starred in the most divisive film of her career: Mommy Dearest.
The world wasn’t ready for her to portray another film icon, Joan Crawford, as an abusive mother. The Razzies called her acting overdone and gave her the Worst Actress award. Unlike many other actors on this list, it did damage her reputation. She also won Worst Supporting Actress for The Temp in 1993.
Marlon Brando is one of the most acclaimed actors of all time. The American Film Institute even put him on their list of the best actors who began their career before 1950. His memorable films included A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and The Godfather, 2 of which earned him an Academy Award.
He seemed to be bulletproof until 1996. That was the year that he won a Razzie award for Worst Supporting Actor for playing the title character in The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Nicole Kidman has had a solid career with films such as Dead Calm, Eyes Wide Shut, and Moulin Rouge. Most of her awards are genuine, including an Academy Award in 2002 for playing Virginia Wolfe in The Hours.
The 2005 film reboot of the TV sitcom Bewitched is one of her only poor films. She was nominated for Worst Actress and shared Worst Onscreen Combo with Will Ferrell.
Cameron Diaz made her debut in the 1994 film The Mask. It made her a staple in films such as There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels, The Holiday, and Bad Teacher.
2014 was one of her worst-performing years. She won 2 Worst Actress Razzies that year for The Other Woman and Sex Tape.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been a success since he was a child actor. He starred in TV series such as Growing Pain and films such as A Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. His breakout role in Titanic lead to other hits such as The Departed, The Great Gatsby, and The Aviator.
He was known for being passed up for Academy Awards until 2015’s The Revenant. He also avoided The Razzies until The Man in the Iron Mask in 1998.
Sharon Stone is one of the most famous models turned actresses in the world of film. She’s been in Total Recall in 1990, Basic Instinct in 1992, and other hits. She’s earned Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominations for her work.
Despite her success, she’s also earned 9 Razzie Award nominations over 30 years. They include Worst Actress for Interstcion and The Specialist in 1995 and Basic Instinct 2 in 2006.
Tyler Perry almost always tops lists of highest-paid entertainers in the world. He began as a writer and producer on projects such as Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.
One of his most popular characters is the lovably feisty Madea. She rarely failed to please until A Madea Christmas in 2013, a failure that netted Tyler a Razzie award.
Will Smith avoided the Razzies for 14 years. He starred in hits such as Ali, The Pursuit of Happiness, and I Am Legend.
He won Worst Screen Couple for the terrible Wild Wild West in 1999, a film that also won Worst Picture. The nominations kept coming after that. His other Razzie wins include one for him and his son in The Pursuit of Happiness and After Earth.
Sylvester Stalone has over 20 Razzie nominations, setting the record for the most for any actor. He even earned some for portraying his most famous characters, Rocky Balboa and John Rambo.
Most of his other nominations are for much worse films. They include Worst Original Song and Worst Actor for Rhinestone in 1985. He even won Worst Actor of the Century in 2000.
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