‘Airbender,’ a box office hit but a critical miss, took the Golden Raspberry for worst movie, worst director, worst screenplay and worst supporting actor, as well as the useful new category of Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D.
Director M. Night Shyamalan, described as a ‘repeat offender’ at the annual spoof eve-of-Oscars awards, could take some comfort as he failed to win Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel, for which he was also nominated.
The movie tells the story of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations.
Shyamalan “re-imagined the faux-anime TV series ‘The Last Airbender’ into a jumbled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than critics did (if that’s even possible!” said Razzie organizers.
Someone must have liked it though, as the summer 2010 movie has so far taken nearly $320 million at the box office around the world, according to the Box Office Mojo movie tracking Web site.
‘Sex and the City 2’ – which has earned $290 million – meanwhile earned worst ensemble Razzie, as well as the worst actress award, jointly bestowed on the stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon.
Worst actor meanwhile went to Ashton Kutcher, for his performance in not one but two films last year: ‘Killers’ and ‘Valentine’s Day.’
The Razzies winners were announced on the eve of the Academy Awards, the climax of Hollywood’s annual awards season.
British historical drama ‘The King’s Speech’ is the frontrunner, although others vying for Oscars glory include Facebook movie ‘The Social Network,’ ballet thriller ‘Black Swan,’ and classic Western remake ‘True Grit.’
Nominees for the Razzies rarely turn up at the spoof pre-Oscars awards event, although Sanda Bullock gamely appeared last year, handing out DVD copies of her offending performance in box office flop ‘All About Steve.’