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The Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles was the hub for Hollywood ridicule on Saturday night as the 36th annual Golden Raspberry Awards rounded out the pre-Oscar events for 2016. As the Sacred Fools Theater Company gave their interpretation of Fifty Shades of Grey, complete with an Adele impersonator crooning “Hello,” the mixture of press and ticket holders inhabiting the audience gave a rousing applause to the opening musical number.
While the remainder of Hollywood was prepping for a prestigious Academy Awards ceremony, the Razzie Awards were eagerly voicing their grievances with the worst entertainment that Hollywood had to offer in 2015. The night honored the nominees through parodied skits of the worst picture nominees, including a Judge Judy-style courtroom romp of “the people versus 20th Century Fox” that was doled out between awards.
“These characters have been more tainted than a Lindsay Lohan urine sample,” stated the prosecution against Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. The parodies took on more elaborate forms as seen through the Jupiter Ascending rehearsal reenactment that displayed a Channing Tatum look-a-like threatening to Magic Mike on set and strip off all clothing.
With a great deal of notable films up for Razzie recognition, only one award was accepted by a participating member of the film. A postproduction assistant on 2015’s Fantastic Four accepted the worst sequel, reboot award with open arms as he said, “I’m sorry for making this movie, but thank you for this.”
The winners that were not in attendance received the proper Razzie reception through videos by the Roving Razzie Reporter, an investigative film enthusiast that went as far as going to the perimeter of Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting’s mansion to get answers for her lack of participation in the awards show.
Two special accommodation awards were presented as part of the ceremony, including the Barry L. Bumstead award given to United Passions for its $30 million budget, $918 box office and perfect zero percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. The Razzie Redeemer award, presented by a daughter of St. Paul, Sister Rose Pacatte, symbolized the ascension of a previous Razzie nominee from rags to riches. The honor went to Sylvester Stallone for his rise from Razzie nominee for Rocky IV to Oscar contender for Creed. Despite a no-show on the actor’s part, the casual yet engaged audience at the Palace Theater delivered many “Eh, Rocky!” shouts to hopefully bring the actor around next year.
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