The Nutcracker in 3D - a record-breaking $90 million fantasy from director Andrey Konchalovsky has not received the anti-Oscar of the cinema world – the Golden Raspberry Award.
The “acknowledgment” of the most questionable films of the year took place in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The Nutcracker in 3D, an ambitious adaptation of ETA Hoffmann's tale, despite huge investments and high expectations, turned out to be a failure in American DVD hire terms. It was nominated in the newly-introduced category Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D, which also included the Clash of the Titans remake; Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore; Saw 3-D and The Last Airbender.
The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan was recognized as the sorriest loser of the year. It scored awards in five dubious categories at once – Worst Director and Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, the brand-new Razzie for Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D, and Worst Supporting Actor for Jackson Rathbone.
The other big “winner” was Sex & The City 2, which took gold-painted statuettes for Worst Sequel, Worst Screen Ensemble for its entire cast and Worst Actress for the film’s four principles, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis.
Ashton Kutcher was named the Worst Actor for both Killers and Valentine's Day and Jessica Alba scored Worst Supporting Actress for her performances in The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and Valentine's Day.
The “rewarding” ceremony traditionally takes place on the eve of Oscar night. And unlike the latter, the Razzie Awards ceremony is not generally attended by the nominees. A notable exception was Sandra Bullock last year, who accepted the Worst Actress Razzie for All About Steve and went on to win the Best Actress Oscar the following night for The Blind Side.
The Golden Raspberry awards Foundation was initiated by American John Wilson. This year’s Razzies found its “winners” for the 31st time. The plastic raspberry covered in golden paint on a small pedestal topped with film, is awarded by the international jury of 650 journalists writing about film from 20 countries. It is rather symbolic that the value of the shiny prize is in fact less than $5.