'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' (Photo: Summit Entertainment)
Oh, there are going to be some angry Twi-hards out there tonight.
The 33rd Annual Razzie Awards saluting the worst Hollywood had to offer in 2012 were handed out Saturday, the night before the Oscars. And in a surprise move that's sure to raise the hackles of its legion of fans, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was given seven awards, including Worst Picture. The one blockbuster hit to be nominated, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" beat out the box-office bombs "Battleship," "That's My Boy," "A Thousand Words," and "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure."
In addition, the final chapter of the "Twilight" series took home Worst Actress for star Kristen Stewart (she was nominated both for playing Bella Swan for "Snow White & the Huntsman"), Worst Supporting Actor for Taylor Lautner, Worst Director for Bill Condon, Worst Screen Ensemble, and Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel. Lautner also shared Worst Screen Couple with Mackenzie Foy, who played the half-vampire offspring Renesmee.
Kristen Stewart wasn't in attendance to accept her award in person like previous "honorees" Halle Berry (Worst Actress winner in 2004 for "Catwoman") or Sandra Bullock, who won the Razzie for Worst Actress for "All About Steve" in 2009 the night before she won the Oscar for Best Actress for "The Blind Side." Stewart is scheduled to be a presenter at tomorrow night's Academy Awards.
A few "Twilight" stars did dodge bullets in their respective categories, though. Robert Pattinson, who "lost" the Worst Actor trophy to Adam Sandler for "That's My Boy." Sandler has taken it two years running now, receiving both Worst Actor and Worst Actress last year for "Jack & Jill." Ashley Green also avoided getting the Golden Raspberry for Worst Supporting Actress. It instead went to Rihanna for her screen debut in the big-budget board game adaptation "Battleship."
Perhaps the luckiest man of the night was Tyler Perry, who didn't win any of the six awards he was up for, including Worst Actor and Worst Actress (for "Madea's Witness Protection").
This is the first time a "Twilight" film has been given the Razzie for Worst Picture, though previous installments "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" were nominated. And the piling on "Part 2" with 7 awards does seem a little unfair. The reviews weren't that bad for this last installment, with RottenTomatoes giving it a 48% positive (just down from the original film's 49%, but a big improvement over the 24% "Part 1" received). In comparison, Eddie Murphy's "A Thousand Words" has a 0% positive rating. Perhaps the Razzies felt that since they wouldn't have another chance to sock it to the "Twilight" series, they really wanted to make it count.
Seeing as how "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" has already made $828 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing installment of the series (which has earned over $3.3 billion at the box office), it seems the fans have already made their opinion about the quality of the movie known.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" will be out on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on March 2.