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Razzie Awards To Once Again Honor Hollywood's Worst


The artists behind "Black Panther" hope for big wins at the Oscars. Before that ceremony on Sunday, though, the entertainers must survive Saturday.


That is the day of the Golden Raspberry Awards or the Razzies for short. They highlight the worst that cinema has to offer. John Wilson is one of the co-founders of the Razzies.

JOHN WILSON: It's very easy to understand the concept. It is the Oscars turned on its head. Instead of a huzzah, it's a (blows raspberry).

GREENE: OK. Since the ceremony started in Wilson's living room, the Razzies have grown famous, and winners receive golden, raspberry-shaped trophies. Wilson says nominees are chosen by over 1,000 Razzie members.

WILSON: We like to think of it as a comment from the peanut gallery. This is the folks who pay the money to see the movie, saying, you blew it on that one.

GREENE: All right. In the worst actress category, Melissa McCarthy was nominated for both "Life Of The Party" and "The Happytime Murders," a raunchy comedy featuring puppets.


BILL BARRETTA: (As Phil) This wasn't a robbery. This was a hit.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) What the...

BARRETTA: (As Phil) Someone out there is killing puppets.

GREENE: Now, McCarthy is also up for an Oscar this weekend for best actress for her performance in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

INSKEEP: So she could join those who have won both Oscars and Razzies. They include Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock. Mo Murphy, the other co-founder of the Razzies, says that's part of the fun.

MO MURPHY: Our job, so to speak, is to recognize great talent. And when they fall a little short of it or kind of lose their way a little bit, we kind of call them on it.


OUTASIGHT: (Rapping) Get ready for the wild life. Yeah, been a long time coming. Old-school Chevy...

GREENE: The 39th annual Razzie Awards will be announced officially on Saturday.


OUTASIGHT: (Rapping) loud, yeah. Damn, it feels so good rolling through my old hood. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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