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Feb 27, 2011, 4:06 PM
Adapted from the Nicktoons Productions animated series "Avatar: The Last Airbender," filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender received five Razzie awards -- including Worst Picture -- on Saturday night, the now-traditional Night Before the Oscars.
"The Last Airbender" named "winner" of 5 Razzies
The 31st Annual Razzies were announced in satirical ceremonies held at Hollywood's Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.
The Last Airbender was based on the TV show about a young hero who can reunite feuding nations of people who can control air, water, fire and earth.
Not quite sweeping the ceremony, but still handily leading the pack among this year's Razzie choices, was Razzie repeat offender Shyamalan's "reimagining" of the faux-anime TV series into a jumbled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than critics did (if that's even possible!).
In addition to Worst Director and Worst Picture, Airbender also "won" Worst Screenplay, Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D (a brand-new Razzie category for 2010), and Worst Supporting Actor Jackson Rathbone (who had the misfortune to appear in both Airbender and 2010's other most-Razzie-nominated title, Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
In the category of Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel (a combined category for 2010), the adaptation "lost" to Sex & The City #2. Nominated for Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble (the entire cast), The Last Airbender lost to the entire cast of Sex & The City #2.
Dev Patel had also been nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for her role in The Last Airbender. Nicola Peltz was up for Worst Supporting Actress for her work in the movie. However, Peltz was defeated by Jessica Alba (The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and Valentine's Day), finally "winning" a Razzie with her fifth nomination.
The bling-obsessed superslick chick flick Sex & The City #2 took gold-spray-painted statuettes for Worst Actress (presented jointly to Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis).
Rounding out the field of this year's sorriest cinematic losers was King of the Twittering Twits Ashton Kutcher as Worst Actor for both Killers and Valentine's Day. Links to all of the “winners” are on right side of this page.
The Razzies were created in 1980 as a logical antidote to Tinseltown's annual glut of self-congratulatory awards by John Wilson, author of The Official Razzie Movie Guide and Everything I Know I Learned at the Movies. "Winners" were determined by mailing ballots to 637 voters in 46 American states and 17 foreign countries.
(This post was edited by Dave Koch on Feb 28, 2011, 10:17 AM)