O prêmio dos piores filmes | Nível intermediário

Esse ano, o prêmio Framboesa de Ouro completa 41 anos "celebrando" dos piores filmes do mundo.


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The worst movies award


Eddie Murphy has been busy lately with the sequel to Coming to America and the Golden Globe-nominated Dolemite Is My Name. But before this comeback, Murphy had been very absent. His previous film was Mr Church, which flopped in 2016, and the one before that was a comedy called A Thousand Words, which flopped in 2012. An actor who used to star in a film every year spent most of the last decade almost invisible. The reason? "They're giving me Razzies," Murphy explained on a podcast earlier this month.


The Razzies – or The Golden Raspberries in full – celebrated their 40th anniversary last year. In case you haven't heard of them, they are the anti-Oscars: the annual awards for the year's worst Hollywood films. If a film "wins" a Razzie, that mark of shame is sure to feature on its Wikipedia page and in every article about it. And the whole thing started at an Oscar night party in Los Angeles in 1981.


Born in Chicago, John JB Wilson studied at UCLA's film school. In 1980, after watching Can't Stop the Music, starring the Village People, and Xanadu, starring Olivia Newton-John, he decided something had to be done. He joined his friend, Mo Murphy, and they started their own zero-budget awards ceremony for worst movies. Programs were printed, ballots were filled in and counted, and they gave the awards after watching the Oscars. Satisfyingly, the Razzies' inaugural worst picture was Can't Stop the Music, and the worst director was Robert Greenwald for Xanadu.


Three years later, Wilson thought that if he moved the event to the night before the Oscars, all the showbiz reporters who were in Los Angeles would be grateful to have something to write about. And it worked: CNN asked to attend and cover it in 1984. The Razzies received an even greater publicity boost in 1988 from Bill Cosby. The comedian had produced, starred in, and plotted a disastrous spy spoof, Leonard Part 6, which won Razzies for worst picture, actor, and screenplay. Strategically, Cosby announced that if Wilson and Murphy were going to award him all those things, they should give him real awards. Back then, the trophies, which were rarely presented to anyone, were plastic raspberries stuck to the top of a film canister. Fox's The Late Show liked the joke, and paid to have three Golden Raspberries cast in actual gold and mounted on Italian marble bases. Cosby was given these on The Late Show.



Cosby set a trend: people began using the awards to prove how willing they were to laugh at themselves. Some even came to the ceremony, which moved in its early years from Wilson's house to larger and larger venues around Hollywood. Paul Verhoeven picked up the seven Razzies won by Showgirls in 1996; Halle Berry accepted her acting prize for Catwoman in 2005; and Sandra Bullock collected hers for All About Steve in 2010, the night before she won an Oscar for an even worse film, The Blind Side.



Who will be the winners this year? You can check the nominees on the Wikipedia page of this year's awards.


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VOCABULARY


Flopped, to flop (verb)

To fail completely


Ballot (noun)

A paper used for voting


Starred in, to star in a movie (verb)

To be the star of a movie


Plotted, to plot (verb)

To think of the story (plot) for a movie, book, play etc.


Spoof (noun)

A light humorous parody


Willing (adjective)

Inclined or favorably disposed to do something

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