Adam Sandler gets razzed with record-breaking 11 Golden Raspberry nominations
It's not a joke. Well, it is and it isn't.
That's probably what will recipients of the 32nd annual Razzie Awards will most likely be told when their names are announced as winners (losers). That's because this year, the awards are going to be held on April Fools' Day (April 1).
Prior to the Oscars being doled out, the nominees for the Golden Raspberry Awards, which celebrate the worst achievements in film in 2011, were announced on Saturday (February 25).
As a propitious sign that his career is well on track, Adam Sandler broke Eddie Murphy's record of five nominations by racking up a stunning 11 nominations.
Nods included worst actor (for both Just Go With It and Jack and Jill), worst actress (Sandler played Jill), and worst screen couple (for both Just Go With It, with either Jennifer Aniston or Brooklyn Decker, and Jack and Jill, paired with either Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, or even himself), as well as his work (or lack thereof) in Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star.
Sandler's cross-dressing comedy Jack and Jill led the titles with 12 nominations, including worst picture, worst supporting actor (Al Pacino, playing himself) and actress (Katie Holmes).
But hey, Sandler wasn't the only guy nominated for a worst actress award. Jack and Jill costar David Spade and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 's Charmaine T. Jackson were also nominated for playing female (or cross-dressing) characters.
Sandler will face (literally) stiff competition in the worst screen couple category from Nicolas Cage, paired with anyone who co-starred with him in Drive Angry 3D, Season of the Witch, and Trespass.
And for the first time, all five worst picture nominees (which also include Bucky Larson, New Year's Eve, The Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1, also fondly referred to as Breaking Wind in the Golden Raspberry news release) are also nominated for worst director, worst screenplay, and worst screen ensemble. Yeesh.
And as proved in previous years by Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock, Oscar wins didn't prevent Pacino or Nicole Kidman (Just Go With It) from getting nominated.
Over 600 voting members, comprised of moviegoers, film professionals, and film journalists, will decide the absolute worst of worst. (Want to become a member too? Check out this webpage).
But just as the Golden Raspberries are set to razz Hollywood, the Golden Kela Awards are about to do the same to Bollywood, by bashing the Hindi-language film industry with golden bananas.
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