Actor Adam Sandler and his movie Jack and Jill swept the annual Razzies on Sunday, winning a record-breaking 10 awards for the worst film and performances of 2011.
The Golden Raspberry Foundation said the comedy, in which Sandler played both the male and female lead parts, was the first film in the 32-year history of the Razzies to sweep all 10 dishonourable categories. The previous record holder was 2007’s I Know Who Killed Me, starring Lindsay Lohan. It took home eight Razzies, including two for Lohan.
Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino also was declared a winner in the contest that was created as an antidote to the love-fest that engulfs Hollywood around awards season that ends with the Oscars in late February. This year, the awards were handed out on April Fool’s Day in a change of tradition that for years saw the Razzies announced on the eve of the Oscars.
Pacino, who made a cameo appearance in Jack and Jill, was named worst supporting actor, and he also received a mention in the worst on-screen couple category along with co-star Katie Holmes.
Sandler, on the other hand, was voted as the worst actor and worst actress, and shared the award for worst on-screen ensemble. Additionally, Jack and Jill, which he also co-wrote, was voted worst picture, worst remake, worst director and worst screenplay.
The winners were determined by some 650 members of the Golden Raspberry Foundation and more than 35,000 ballots on movie review website Rotten Tomatoes.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2012.
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