‘The Emoji Movie’ Takes Home Top “Honors” at 2018 Razzie Awards

I’ll be blunt about this: the Razzie awards suck. Now in its 38th year, the Razzies give out honors to the worst films, performers, screenplays, and even screen combos of the year, and that’s all well and good. If the people behind the awards weren’t so lazy and safe, this would be a rousing opportunity for ample humor and possibly an open discussion about what makes a movie “bad” to the public. Unfortunately, the main goal of the Razzies over the years has been little more than to poke very gentle fun at movies that audiences have largely soundly rejected or have been publicly skewered to no end over the past calendar year. There are exceptions, such as Darren Aronofsky‘s furious and vibrant mother! this year, but even in these cases, the Razzies nominate movies that will either ensure no major debate over quality or only echo the same debates that were rehashed when these movies were released. And what’s worse, there’s no sense that the people behind the Razzies have any interest in highlighting how their awards – like most major awards – are only useful in terms of marketing, whether for the movie itself or the people behind it.

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So, seeing that The Emoji Movie walked off with the most awards at last night’s Razzie awards is neither that surprising nor that consequential, despite the movie essentially working as low-key propaganda to keep kids obsessed with smartphones and a brazen advertisement for numerous apps. The Emoji Movie was named Worst Film, while also walking off with worst director and worst screen combo, while Fifty Shades Darker took home trophies for Kim Basinger‘s admittedly thin performance and Worst Sequel. (Dis)honors for acting also went to Tom Cruise for The Mummy, Mel Gibson for Daddy’s Home 2, and Tyler Perry for Boo! 2, while Baywatch and Transformers: The Last Knight also scored numerous nominations. For whatever you might think of these movies, they’re all easy marks, chosen specifically to avoid controversy and fly under the radar of the big studios, most of whom have already given up on these titles. Like so much of modern pop filmmaking, the end result is something that will displease very few while also offering nothing genuinely satisfying or insightful. You can find a full list of “winners” below.

Here’s the full list of Razzie winners:



The Emoji Movie – WINNER

Fifty Shades Darker

The Mummy

Transformers: The Last Knight


Katherine Heigl / Unforgettable

Dakota Johnson / Fifty Shades Darker

Jennifer Lawrence / mother!

Tyler Perry / Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween – WINNER

Emma Watson / The Circle


Tom Cruise / The Mummy – WINNER

Johnny Depp / Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Jamie Dornan / Fifty Shades Darker

Zac Efron / Baywatch

Mark Wahlberg / Daddy’s Home 2 & Transformers: The Last Knight


Javier Bardem / mother! & Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Russell Crowe / The Mummy

Josh Duhamel / Transformers: The Last Knight

Mel Gibson / Daddy’s Home 2 – WINNER

Anthony Hopkins / Collide & Transformers: The Last Knight


Kim Basinger / Fifty Shades Darker – WINNER

Sofia Boutella / The Mummy

Laura Haddock / Transformers: The Last Knight

Goldie Hawn / Snatched

Susan Sarandon / A Bad Moms Christmas


Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions / Fifty Shades Darker

Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots or Two Explosions / Transformers: The Last Knight

Any Two Obnoxious Emojis / The Emoji Movie – WINNER

Johnny Depp & His Worn Out Drunk Routine / Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Tyler Perry & Either The Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig / Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween



Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween

Fifty Shades Darker – WINNER

The Mummy

Transformers: The Last Knight


Darren Aronofsky / mother!

Michael Bay / Transformers: The Last Knight

James Foley / Fifty Shades Darker

Alex Kurtzman / The Mummy

Anthony (Tony) Leonidis / The Emoji Movie – WINNER



The Emoji Movie – WINNER

Fifty Shades Darker

The Mummy

Transformers: The Last Knight

Barry L. Bumstead Award Winner


Rotten Tomatoes Poll Winner For So Rotten You Loved It


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