30 Actors You Won’t Believe Were Razzie Award Nominees

     February 5, 2019

In Hollywood where movie stars are given wealth, fame, and endless accolades, there is also a group of people who like to keep them humble. They are the masterminds of the Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as the Razzie Award. And you may be shocked at some of the actors who have been contenders.

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren is a much-acclaimed, beloved British film star. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the aptly titled film The Queen. Her man other accolades include three additional Oscar nominations, a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, and an Olivier Award for Best Actress.

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Helen Mirren received a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2018. She was nominated at the age of 72 for her portrayal of Sarah Winchester in Winchester. Yes, the role itself was a bit on the melodramatic side, but Mirren is a wonderful actress who rose to the occasion.

Robert De Niro

Perhaps no other actor has been praised as often as Robert De Niro. He has countless awards to his credit. He has received six BAFTA award nominations in addition to winning two Oscars and two Emmys. He also has the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

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Robert De Niro won his Academy Awards for The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull. He also appeared in such films as The Deer Hunter, Casino, Heat, Meet the Parents, and Once Upon a Time in America. De Niro was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor in 2016 for his work in Dirty Grandpa.

Sandra Bullock

Not only was Sandra Bullock nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award in 2010, but she also won it during the same weekend that she won an Academy Award. Unlike most actors who never acknowledge or accept their Razzie Award, Bullock showed her good sense of humor and grace by showing up to accept the award in person.

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Sandra Bullock shocked many when she showed up at the 30th Golden Raspberry Awards. She went up and accepted her award for Worst Actress in All About Steve. With a smile, Sandra showed up from backstage with companions who wore “Team Bullock” shirts and brought out a wagon full of All About Steve DVDs. She had previously been nominated for the Razzie in 1997 for Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Al Pacino

Al Pacino has enjoyed an illustrious career in film for five decades, and he’s still going strong. It would be hard to find an important acting award that Pacino hasn’t won. He can also count multiple Golden Raspberry Award nominations among the recognition he has received.

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Nominated for Worst Actor in 1985 for his work in Revolution, Al Pacino lost that year to Sylvester Stallone. Pacino was once again nominated for Worst Actor in 2008 for both 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill. He was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor in 2003 for Gigli, and he won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his portrayal of himself in Jack and Jill.

Michael Caine

Michael Caine is an English film icon who is still enjoying an illustrious career in cinema that has spanned over 70 years. His range is astounding. He has acted in over 130 movies, so he is doing something very right. However, of course, even he is not above recognition from the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.

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Michael Caine was nominated for the 1980 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for his roles in both The Island and Dressed to Kill in 1980. That year, he lost to Neil Diamond who won the award for his role in The Jazz Singer. Caine was later nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor in 1987 for his work in Jaws: The Revenge.

Marlon Brando

Who would dare dispute Marlon Brando’s greatness as an actor? The man won two Academy Awards and countless other awards that acknowledge many different strong performances throughout his decades-long career. He had roles in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, The Godfather, and Last Tango in Paris.

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Marlon Brando may be a critically acclaimed film star, but he was not above a few Golden Raspberry Award nominations. Before he won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor for the 1996 film The Island of Dr. Moreau, he was also nominated for his work in The Formula and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.

Emma Watson

Since she charmed the world in her iconic role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series, Emma Watson has been famous around the world. She took the art of acting seriously as she grew up in front of the camera, and she has enjoyed success in film beyond the world of Harry Potter.

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Emma Watson has received praised throughout her career. She was lauded for her role as Belle in the live action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2017 for her portrayal of Mae Holland in The Circle. However, Tyler Perry won the award that year.

Sir Laurence Olivier

With over fifty film roles to his credit, Laurence Olivier had a prolific and critically acclaimed career in cinema. The British actor also appeared in many plays and took his craft very seriously. He won four Academy Awards and had 13 Oscar nominations over the course of his career. If even this revered actor can be nominated for a Razzie, nobody’s safe from this recognition.

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Laurence Olivier won two Golden Raspberry Awards. The committee may not have been that sensitive in their recognition of Olivier since they gave him these nominations rather late in his life and career. He was nominated for Worst Actor for his role in Inchon in 1982, and he was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for his role in The Jazz Singer in 1980.

Christopher Walken

Having appearance in over 100 movies and TV shows, Christopher Walken is a revered actor who has also worked as a director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is also known for his unique look and persona, and he appeared in several music videos such as “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim.

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Christopher Walken received nominations for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for two years in a row. In 2002, Walken was nominated for his portrayal of Reed Temple in The Country Bears. Then, in 2003, he was nominated for his performances in both Kangaroo Jack and Gigli.

Mary Tyler Moore

Since her big break as Laurie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore received critical acclaim for her acting talent and stellar comedic timing. She transitioned between working in television and film easily at a time when few could pull that off. She won seven Emmys, and she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Ordinary People.

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Mary Tyler Moore was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her portrayal of Charlotte Dreyfus in Six Weeks. She starred opposite Dudley Moore in the movie that is a tearjerker. Moore played the mother of a 12-year-old girl who is dying from leukemia. Aside from the Razzie, the movie received mixed reviews.

Peter O’Toole

With his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and his early work as a Shakespearean actor, Peter O’Toole has commanded respect throughout his career. He received his first Academy Award nomination for his role as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. He also appeared in such films as The Ruling Class and The Lion in Winter.

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Peter O’Toole was the recipient of Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his exceptional career as an actor. He also has received recognition from the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. He was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his role Club Paradise in 1986, and he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor in Supergirl in 1984.

Sean Penn

Sean Penn started his acting career with a small part in an episode of Little House on the Prairie back in 1974, and he received a lot of attention in the 1980’s for his relationship and then marriage to Madonna. Through it all Sean Penn has taken the art of acting very seriously, and he is the recipient of two Academy Awards.

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In addition to his Academy Award wins and nominations, Sean Penn was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004. Before that, Penn was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor in a film he co-starred in with Madonna. It was for his role in Shanghai Surprise.

Winona Ryder

Having enjoyed great success as both an actress and a film producer, Winona Ryder has received many accolades throughout her impressive career. She first appeared on screen in the 1986 film Lucas and soon followed that up with a role in Beetlejuice. This film made her a household name and jump-started her acting career.

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Winona Ryder has received two Academy Award nominations and won multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards during her acting career. In 2002, Ryder was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her portrayal of Babe Bennett in Mr. Deeds. The film was a comedy that she starred in opposite Adam Sandler.

Woody Harrelson

Since he got his start as the lovable bartender Woody on Cheers, Woody Harrelson catapulted to movie stardom while he was still acting on the beloved sitcom. He nevertheless stayed on the show throughout its successful run, and he has gone on to enjoy a very successful film career which still thrives.

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Woody Harrelson has won many awards, and he has a Golden Raspberry Award among them. In 1993, he won the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor for his role as David Murphy in Indecent Proposal. However, the film is still well-remembered and discussed for the moral dilemma posed by the film that got everyone talking.

Halle Berry

As the only African-American woman who has won the Academy Award for Best Actress, Halle Berry has paved the way for other actresses throughout her dynamic career. Berry won the Oscar for her portrayal of Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball. Along with the positive acclaim in her career, she has been nominated for Razzies more than once.

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Halle Berry received her first Golden Raspberry Award nomination in 2004, and she went on to win the Razzie that year for her performance as Patience Phillips AKA Catwoman in Catwoman. She was later nominated for two different performances in 2013. She was nominated for Worst Actress for her roles in The Call and Movie 43.

Richard Dreyfuss

Since he appeared on screen in American Graffiti, Richard Dreyfuss has enjoyed an acting career where he is often praised and given awards for his work. He has played such roles as Matt Hooper in Jaws and Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He also starred in the television show The Education of Max Bickford.

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Richard Dreyfuss was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor his portrayal of Paul Dietrich in The Competition at the first award ceremony. To his credit, he has received no other Worst Actor nominations since then, and he has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, among others.

John Travolta

John Travolta is an iconic movie star if ever there was one. He was nominated for two Academy Awards at different points in his career, receiving great critical acclaim along with nominations for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. He has also been nominated for dozens of other awards, including Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. Yet he has also won multiple Golden Raspberry Awards.

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Since John Travolta was first nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards in the same year for Staying Alive and Two of a Kind, he has been nominated for a total of twelve Razzies. (Side note: Two of a Kind is an underrated film, and it’s worth watching for the wonderful soundtrack alone.)

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini is the daughter of screen legend Ingrid Bergman and Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini. She has the beauty and talent of her mother, and Isabella Rossellini has appeared in such films as Blue Velvet, Zelly and Me, and Death Becomes Her. Along with traditional accolades, Rossellini was nominated for a Razzie.

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Most actors are not nominated twice in the same year, but Isabella Rossellini received a dual nomination at the 8th Golden Raspberry Awards. Isabella Rossellini was nominated for Worst Supporting Actress for her role as Madeleine in Tough Guys Don’t Dance and her role as Marie in Siesta. However, that year, the award went to Daryl Hannah for Wall Street.

Jon Voight

Nominated for four Academy Awards and the winner of one, Jon Voight has been much-praised for his acting talents since he first appeared on the silver screen in the 1960’s. He has acted in such films as Midnight Cowboy, The Rainmaker, and Surviving the Wild. He has two upcoming, highly anticipated films: Reagan and Roe v. Wade.

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Jon Voight is the father of fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, and he recently had a role on the show Ray Donovan. In 1997, Jon Voight was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards. He was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for his roles in Most Wanted and U Turn. That same year, he was nominated for Worst Actor for his work in Anaconda.

Angelina Jolie

Like her dad Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie has received recognition from both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the paying members of the Golden Raspberry Award Association. Angelina made headlines with her acceptance speech for her Academy Award for her role as Lisa in Girl, Interrupted, and she was later nominated for her work in The Changeling.

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Angelina Jolie has received four nominations for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Her first nomination came shortly after her Oscar win. She was first nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award in 2001 for her work in both Original Sin and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. She was nominated the next year for Life or Something Like It and again for two roles in 2003. In 2004, she got a dual nomination again for her work in Alexander and Taking Lives.

Robert Redford

Robert Redford had an extremely successful for career for many decades until he chose to retire from acting after making the 2018 film The Old Man & the Gun. He also enjoyed success as a director and producer. He is best known for his work in such iconic films as Inside Daisy Clover and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Robert Redford received high honors such as the National Medal of Arts in 1996 and an Honorary Award for his lifetime achievements in film in 2002. Redford was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor in 1993 for his portrayal of John Gage in Indecent Proposal.

Jennifer Garner

Whether appearing on film or television, Jennifer Garner has received a great deal of critical acclaim throughout her career. The talented actress made her television debut in the miniseries Zoya, and she has appeared in such feature films as Deconstructing Harry, 13 Going on 30, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and Dallas Buyers Club.

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Jennifer Garner received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her performance of Sydney Bristow in the television show Alias. The role also earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. Garner was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her portrayal of Riley North in Peppermint.

Diane Lane

The lovely and talented Diane Lane has had an incredible and varied career since she first appeared on film in A Little Romance in 1979. Her 40-year career has included the starring role in Unfaithful. She was nominated for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Constance Sumner in Unfaithful.

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It’s good that Diane Lane wasn’t discouraged by her nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress in 1984. She was only five years int other film acting career then, and she was nominated for her work in two films: The Cotton Club and Streets of Fire. The award ultimately went to Lynn-Holly Johnson for Where the Boys Are ’84.

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John is seen as an Australia icon, though both the United Kingdom and the United States have their claims on her, too. She was born in England, and she lived in Malibu for much of her adulthood. Olivia starred as Sandy in Grease, the most successful movie musical of all time. It made her a beloved film star, and she still performs songs from the movie in concert.

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Xanadu was Olivia’s follow-up film to her starring role in Grease. Although the music in Xanadu was critically acclaimed, the movie itself was not. Olivia was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for her portrayal of muse Kira in Xanadu. However, the gracious singer-turned-actress did not let it get her down, and she has since even joked about this turn of events. Olivia would go on to win rave reviews for other acting roles, including her roles in Sordid Lives and Disney’s A Mom for Christmas.

Christopher Reeve

After he became a household name for his starring role in Superman in 1978, Christopher Reeve sought to showcase his talents as a serious actor. He had been trained at Julliard where Robin Williams was his roommate, and he received much praise for his work in films such as Somewhere in Time.

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Christopher Reeve was both an actor and an activist. Even before the tragic accident in 1995 that left him paralyzed from the neck down, it would have been hard to find anyone with an unkind word to say about Reeve. However, he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Blaine Bingham in Switching Channels.

Tim Curry

To say that Tim Curry has had a colorful career is an understatement. Curry has portrayed iconic characters such as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Grand Wizard in The Worst Witch, and Pennywise the clown in the It miniseries of the 1990’s. He also showcased his comedic talents in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

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Tim Curry went decades of his career before he was acknowledged by the Golden Raspberry Award Association. It was Curry’s role as Herkermer Homolka in Congo that garnered him a nomination for the Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor in 1995. The award ultimately went to Dennis Hopper for his performance in Waterworld.

Robert Urich

Not only was Robert Urich an outstanding star of film and television, but he was also known to be an altruistic-minded person. He was very devoted to his wife Heather Menzies, who was best known for her portrayal of Louisa in The Sound of Music, and their three children. Sadly, Urich died from cancer when he was only 55 years old.

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Robert Urich received many accolades, but he kept a sense of humor about his star power. He even made a guest appearance in Cheers in a part that poked a bit of fun at himself. Given his attitude about his life and career, he probably wasn’t too upset to find out that he’d been nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his work in Turk 182 in 1985.

Jamie Dornan

As an actor, musician, and model, Jamie Dornan has worn many hats in his career. He portrayed such a wide range of characters as a sheriff in Once Upon a Time and a serial killer in The Fall. His work has been praised by critics, and he received an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor for his role in The Fall.

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It was Jamie Dornan’s portrayal of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey that gave him worldwide fame and attention. The film series was a blockbuster success, yet it is also the series that gave Dornan his two nominations for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor. He won the award in 2015 for Fifty Shades of Grey and was nominated again in 2017 for the same role in the second film in the series Fifty Shades Darker.

George C. Scott

Perhaps best known for his roles as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1984 adaptation of A Christmas Carol and George S. Patton in Patton, George C. Scott is one of the most revered actors of all time. He made headlines when he refused his Academy Award for Best Actor (which he won for Patton).

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If George C. Scott objected to his Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor as much as he did his Academy Award for Best Actor, it was never noticed. Scott was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award in 1990 for his portrayal of Lt. William Kinderman in The Exorcist III.

Amy Irving

Amy Irving had the rare distinction of being nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Raspberry Award for the same performance in a film. It was Irving’s portrayal of Hadass in the 1983 film Yentl that earned her the nominations. People clearly had differing opinions of her performance, but Irving did not win either award.

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Before Amy Irving was nominated for a Razzie for her work in Yentl, she was nominated for the Worst Supporting Actress award for her performance in Honeysuckle Rose. That drama is also sometimes called On the Road Again. Amy appeared alongside Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon in the film, and Willie Nelson was nominated for an Academy Award for his song “On the Road Again”.

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