The movie awards season always sets out to reward the excellence in the film world every year (culminating with the Oscars, whose nominations will be released on Tuesday morning, January 25), but considering most of the movies that come out over the course of a year are middling-to-terrible, there should also be awards that recognize failure as well. That’s where the Razzies come in. For 31 years, the Razzies (or rather, the “Golden Raspberries”) have been recognizing the worst in cinema every year. Past winners of Worst Picture include notorious busts like “Howard the Duck,” “Hudson Hawk,” “The Postman” and “Showgirls,” and this year’s nominees include problematic releases like “The Bounty Hunter,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Sex and the City 2,” “The Last Airbender” and “Vampires Suck.” There are also awards for Worst Actor and Actress, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director (in addition to the new-this-year Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3-D, which features entries like “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” and “Clash of the Titans”).
But strangely, there’s no award for Worst Score or Worst Original Song. It wasn’t always this way, as the award was given out from 1980 until 1999 (and then came back in 2002 — apparently just to take down Britney Spears’ “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”). Past “winners” of that award include Frank Stallone’s problematic “Peace in Our Life” (from “Rambo: First Blood Part II”), MC Hammer’s “Addams Groove” (from “The Addams Family”) and Tag Team’s “Addams Family Whoomp!” (from “Addams Family Values”).
While 2010 was a great year for music in movies (lead by Trent Reznor’s score for “The Social Network,” which won the Nine Inch Nails founder a Golden Globe and will likely score him an Oscar), but there were plenty of messes over the course of the year. Here are what the nominees should be for Worst Original Song (each of which are taken from the shortlist for the Academy Awards).
Landon Pigg, “Darling I Do” (from “Shrek Forever After”)
The “Shrek” series has a history of terrible music (including extending the careers of both Smash Mouth and Counting Crows), but “Darling I Do” is all sugar and no melody.
Alanis Morissette, “I Remain” (from “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”)
Instantly forgettable tune from an overdone mess of a movie.
Dido, “If I Rise” (from “127 Hours”)
Another too-ethereal entry that actually ends up distracting from the slow-burning drama on screen.
Most anything from “Burlesque”
No argument needed.
What would you nominate for Worst Original Song? Let us know in the comments!