The Worst Actors Award (Golden Raspberry Award)
The Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as The Razzie Awards are basically the opposite of the Oscars in the fact that they celebrate the worst in American film. It is therefore not that surprising that many winners of these dubious awards never actually accept them. The idea originated after American copywriter, John J.B. Wilson sat through a double feature of 'Xanadu' and 'Can't Stop the Music' which became the winner of the first official Razzie in 1982. Now known as 'Head Razzberry', Wilson decided to award the worst of the film world with a golden raspberry – each award costs $4.79 each and is made from a "golf ball-sized raspberry" on the top of a Super 8mm film reel. The whole ensemble is spray painted in gold. The Golden Raspberry Awards soon gained a following. The first year saw about 36 people attend, the next year attendance was up 100% again the audience doubled in the third year and by 1984, CNN and two major wire services started to cover the event. Bill Cosby was the first actor to actually accept a Golden Raspberry in 1988 for his role in 'Leonard Part 6' although the rules changed somewhat as the Fox Network presented Cosby with an award made from 24ct gold and marble costing an estimated $30,000. Others to accept the award have been Tom Selleck in 1992 and Paul Verhoeven for directing 'Showgirls' in 1995. The 24th Awards gave a Raspberry to Ben Affleck for 'Gigli', 'Daredevil' and 'Paycheck' and he actually complained when he didn't receive his trophy. In 2010, Sandra Bullock famously accepted hers for 'All About Steve' and then promptly went on the accept an Oscar the very next night for Best Actress in 'The Blind Side'.