Lest you feel that the concluding installment of the Twilight series was unfairly ignored by the Academy, rest assured that it did garner the attention it truly deserves from another influential, if slightly less prestigious source.
The Razzies … the anti-Oscars … the awards that famously celebrate the worst movies and performances of the year. Twilight crushed at the 33rd annual Razzies, sailing home with seven of the ten total awards. Congrats, guys.
What makes Twilight’s win so exhilarating is that each of its seemingly endless succession of movies has received Razzie nominations over the course of their Hollywood reign, but the franchise never managed to snag any of the principal awards. But, as we all know, every dog has his day.
Twilight (properly The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part II, but hereafter referred to as Twilight and you’ll understand what I mean) had some stiff competition, including Battleship and three other movies that no one has ever heard of, but it won! And not just for Worst Film. It also took home the award for the Worst Ensemble, Worst Director, as well as the coveted Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel.
Twilight’s heroine, the lovely Kristen Stewart, was the object of much sympathy on Sunday at the Oscars as she limped her way across the stage to present an award with Daniel Radcliffe. Some of the viewing audience may not have realized that it wasn’t just Kristen’s foot that was injured, but her pride as well, having just the day before beat out Barbra Streisand and Tyler Perry in drag to capture the Razzie for Worst Actress for both Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Razzies founder, John Wilson, is not shy about sharing his opinion of Kristen’s acting.
“Acting should involve having an expression on your face, and [Kristen] is blank, other than the morose kind of half-Goth thing her character does. … [She] is so expressionless she might as well be a brick wall.”
Twilight’s Taylor Lautner and his abs nabbed not just the Worst Supporting Actor trophy, but also Worst Screen Couple along with the little girl who played Bella and Edward’s daughter. Very creepy.
Twilight did not sweep the awards though. Adam Sandler keep his momentum going, being named Worst Actor for the second year in a row. Last year, Adam’s horrific bomb, Jack and Jill, really shook things up, winning all ten Razzies. This year, he won for That’s My Boy, which also won the Worst Screenplay. In an interesting twist, just last month Adam Sandler won Favorite Comedic Movie Actor at the People’s Choice Awards, so apparently not everyone loathes him as much as he deserves to be loathed.
Last but not least, congratulations to Rihanna for her win as Worst Supporting Actress for her impressive turn in Battleship.