1st Golden Raspberry Awards

The 1st Golden Raspberry Awards were held on March 31, 1981, at John Wilson's living room alcove to recognize the worst the film industry had to offer in 1980. Each category included as many as ten nominees; the maximum was lowered to five the following year to mirror the Oscars. The recipients are denoted in bold:

1st Golden Raspberry Awards
DateMarch 31, 1981
SiteJohn Wilson's living room alcove
Hosted byJohn J. B. Wilson
Worst PictureCan't Stop the Music
Most awardsCan't Stop the Music and The Jazz Singer (2)
Most nominationsCan't Stop the Music (7)

Awards and nominations


Neil Diamond, Worst Actor winner.

Brooke Shields 2011 (Cropped)

Brooke Shields, Worst Actress winner.

Laurence Olivier (1972)

Laurence Olivier, Worst Supporting Actor co-winner.

Amy Irving cropped

Amy Irving, Worst Supporting Actress winner.

Allan Carr at 1989 Academy Awards

Allan Carr, Worst Screenplay co-winner.

Category Recipient
Worst Picture Can't Stop the Music (AFD)
Cruising (Lorimar/United Artists)
The Formula (MGM/United Artists)
Friday the 13th (Paramount)
The Jazz Singer (AFD)
The Nude Bomb (Universal)
Raise the Titanic (AFD)
Saturn 3 (AFD)
Windows (United Artists)
Xanadu (Universal)
Worst Actor Neil Diamond in The Jazz Singer as Yussel Rabinovitch/Jess Robin
Michael Beck in Xanadu as Sonny Malone
Robert Blake in Coast to Coast as Charles Callahan
Michael Caine in Dressed to Kill and The Island as Dr. Robert Elliott/Bobbi and Blair Maynard (respectively)
Kirk Douglas in Saturn 3 as Adam
Richard Dreyfuss in The Competition as Paul Dietrich
Anthony Hopkins in A Change of Seasons as Adam Evans
Bruce Jenner[a] in Can't Stop the Music as Ron White
Sam J. Jones in Flash Gordon as Flash Gordon
Worst Actress Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon as Emmeline
Nancy Allen in Dressed to Kill as Liz Blake
Faye Dunaway in The First Deadly Sin as Barbara Delaney
Shelley Duvall in The Shining as Wendy Torrance
Farrah Fawcett in Saturn 3 as Alex
Sondra Locke in Bronco Billy as Antoinette Lily
Olivia Newton-John in Xanadu as Kira
Valerie Perrine in Can't Stop the Music as Samantha Simpson
Deborah Raffin in Touched by Love as Lena Canada
Talia Shire in Windows as Emily Hollander
Worst Supporting Actor John Adames in Gloria as Phil Dawn (tie)
Laurence Olivier in The Jazz Singer as Cantor Rabinovitch (tie)
Marlon Brando in The Formula as Adam Stieffel
Charles Grodin in Seems Like Old Times as Ira Parks
David Selby in Raise the Titanic as Dr. Gene Seagram
Worst Supporting Actress Amy Irving in Honeysuckle Rose as Lily Ramsey
Elizabeth Ashley in Windows as Andrea Glassen
Georg Stanford Brown (in drag) in Stir Crazy as Rory Schutlebrand
Betsy Palmer in Friday the 13th as Mrs. Pamela Voorhees
Marilyn Sokol in Can't Stop the Music as Lulu Brecht
Worst Director Robert Greenwald for Xanadu
John G. Avildsen for The Formula
Brian De Palma for Dressed to Kill
William Friedkin for Cruising
Sidney J. Furie and Richard Fleischer for The Jazz Singer
Stanley Kubrick for The Shining
Michael Ritchie for The Island
John Trent for Middle Age Crazy
Nancy Walker for Can't Stop the Music
Gordon Willis for Windows
Worst Screenplay Can't Stop the Music, written by Bronte Woodard and Allan Carr
A Change of Seasons, screenplay by Erich Segal and Ronni Kern and Fred Segal
Cruising, written by William Friedkin
The Formula, written by Steve Shagan
It's My Turn, written by Eleanor Bergstein
Middle Age Crazy, written by Carl Kleinschmidt
Raise the Titanic, screenplay by Adam Kennedy and Eric Hughes, from the novel by Clive Cussler
Touched by Love, written by Hesper Anderson
Windows, written by Barry Siegel
Xanadu, written by Richard C. Danus and Marc R. Rubel
Worst Original Song "The Man with Bogart's Face" from The Man with Bogart's Face, music by George Duning, lyrics by Andrew Fenady
"(You) Can't Stop the Music" from Can't Stop the Music, music and lyrics by Jacques Morali
"Suspended in Time" from Xanadu, music and lyrics by John Farrar
"Where Do You Catch the Bus for Tomorrow?" from A Change of Seasons, music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
"You, Baby, Baby!" from The Jazz Singer, music and lyrics by Neil Diamond
  1. ^ Jenner is now known as Caitlyn due to gender transition in 2015.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Buzz Bissinger (June 1, 2015). "Introducing Caitlyn Jenner". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 1, 2015.

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38th Golden Globe Awards

The 38th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 1980, were held on January 31, 1981.

53rd Academy Awards

The 53rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1980, were presented March 31, 1981, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies, which were presided over by Johnny Carson, were originally scheduled for the previous day but were postponed due to the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

David Lynch's The Elephant Man and Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, with eight nominations each, had the most nominations of this year's films. Their nominations included Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Michael Apted's Coal Miner's Daughter received seven nominations while Ordinary People and Tess received six.

The year's winner of acting categories also marked as the closest span ever between the four winners, all of whom were under 40 when they won the award. Robert De Niro was 37 when awarded Best Actor, Sissy Spacek was 31 when awarded Best Actress, Timothy Hutton was 20 when awarded Best Supporting Actor, and Mary Steenburgen was 28 when awarded Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Hutton was the youngest ever Best Supporting Actor winner. His award was one of four that Ordinary People won, more than any other movie; the movie also won Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Redford and Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for Alvin Sargent.

The lack of recognition for Christopher Tucker's make-up work on The Elephant Man prompted the creation of the Academy Award for Best Makeup the following year.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Eva Le Gallienne was born in 1899, which made her the last acting nominee to be born in the nineteenth century. As of 2017, this is the earliest Oscars for which all five directing nominees are still living.

A Change of Seasons (film)

A Change of Seasons is a 1980 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Lang. It stars Anthony Hopkins, Shirley MacLaine and Bo Derek. The film was a critical and commercial failure, grossing $7.2 million against its $6 million budget and received three nominations at the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards, including; Worst Actor (Hopkins), Worst Screenplay.

Can't Stop the Music

Can't Stop the Music is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by Nancy Walker. Written by Allan Carr and Bronté Woodard, the film is a pseudo-biography of disco's Village People that bears only a vague resemblance to the actual story of the group's formation. It was produced by Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment (formerly EMI Films), and distributed by independent distributor Associated Film Distribution (AFD).

Can't Stop the Music is notorious for being the first winner of the Worst Picture Golden Raspberry Award, for it was a double feature of this and Xanadu that inspired John J. B. Wilson to start the Razzies.

Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture

The Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture is an award given out at the annual Golden Raspberry Awards to the worst film of the past year. Over the 38 ceremonies that have taken place, there have been 197 films nominated for Worst Picture and 41 winners including three ties.

Following is a list of nominees and recipients of that award, including each film's distribution company and producer(s).

Golden Raspberry Awards

The Golden Raspberry Awards (also known in short terms as Razzies and Razzie Awards) is a parody booby prize award in recognition of the worst in film. Co-founded by UCLA film graduates and film industry veterans John J. B. Wilson and Mo Murphy, the annual Razzie Awards ceremony in Los Angeles precedes the corresponding Academy Awards ceremony by one day. The term raspberry in the name is used in its irreverent sense, as in "blowing a raspberry". The awards themselves are in the form of a "golf ball-sized raspberry" atop a Super 8 mm film reel, all spray painted gold.

The first Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony was held on March 31, 1981, at John J. B. Wilson's living-room alcove in Los Angeles, to honor the worst in film of the 1980 film season. The 39th ceremony was held on February 23, 2019.

John J. B. Wilson

John J. B. Wilson (born May 24, 1954) is an American copywriter and publicist. He majored in film and television at University of California, Los Angeles, and after graduation worked on film marketing campaigns.

Wilson is the co-founder of the Golden Raspberry Awards (also known as the Razzies) along with Mo Murphy, an annual ceremony dedicated to "honoring" the worst in film. In 1981, while hosting a potluck dinner at his house on the night of the Academy Awards, Wilson invited his friends to give impromptu award presentations in his living room. The following year, Los Angeles Daily News covered the event, the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards, and from behind a cardboard podium Wilson announced Can't Stop the Music as the first Razzie Award for Worst Picture. Attendance doubled at Razzie award ceremonies in the following years, and by the 4th Golden Raspberry Awards the event received coverage from CNN and two major news wires. Wilson has retained an active role in the awards, and is referred to as the "Head Razzberry". His book The Official Razzie Movie Guide was published in 2005 for the 25th anniversary of the Razzie Awards.

Nancy Allen (actress)

Nancy Anne Allen (born June 24, 1950) is an American actress and anti-cancer activist best known for her roles in the films Carrie (1976), RoboCop (1987), and Dressed to Kill (1980), the last of which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Allen began an acting and modeling career as a child, and from the mid-1970s appeared in small film roles, most notably the anchor of Robert Zemeckis' ensemble comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) and in Steven Spielberg's 1979 comedy 1941. A pivotal supporting role in Carrie (1976) brought her recognition, and after marrying the director Brian De Palma, she appeared in several of his films, including Dressed to Kill (1980) and Blow Out (1981). Her subsequent films include Strange Invaders (1983), The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Poltergeist III (1988), Limit Up (1990), the RoboCop trilogy (1987–1993) and Out of Sight (1998).

The Jazz Singer (soundtrack)

The Jazz Singer is an album by Neil Diamond from 1980, which served as the soundtrack album to the 1980 remake of the film The Jazz Singer. The soundtrack was released in November 1980 originally on Capitol Records, instead of his then-usual Columbia Records, because the film was produced by EMI Films, owned by the parent company of the label for which the soundtrack was released. The soundtrack was re-released in February 1996 on Columbia Records in the United States and Sony elsewhere. After Diamond signed with Capitol Records, this album was reissued by Capitol globally in 2014.The film's reviews were negative, earning Diamond the first Razzie for Worst Actor at the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards, but made a modest profit at the box office, grossing almost double its budget. However, its soundtrack was a huge success and became Neil Diamond's biggest selling album in the United States, selling over 5 million copies there and reaching #3 on the pop albums chart. This would mark the second time a Neil Diamond soundtrack outperformed the movie it came from (after Jonathan Livingston Seagull). Three of the songs from the album became Top 10 pop singles, with "Love on the Rocks", "Hello Again" and "America" reaching #2, #6, and #8 respectively.

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