There are some pretty amazing actors out there who have made millions in film revenue and won bucket loads of awards, and there are some that are synonymous with great films but that doesn't mean they don't make a bad one every once in a while or don't give their whole heart to a project on occasion.
The Razzies (or Golden Raspberries) are awards held at around the same time as the Oscars, to commemorate the worst films that year. Here we look at just some of the amazing actors who have been nominated for one of these unwanted prizes.
15. Robert De Niro
Oscar winner Robert De Niro, the legend who has countless iconic roles to his name and is usually only ever mentioned when in conversation about the greatest actors of all time. Yes, that Robert De Niro has a Razzie nomination to his name.
It was for 2016's Dirty Grandpa where he played an old man who had recently lost his wife and was now on spring break with his grandson. To be fair to De Niro, he does give the role his all, but it was such a bad film that it was no surprise he got a nomination.
14. Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken won an Oscar for his turn in Deer Hunter, and his distinctive speech pattern and emphasis he puts on words has been utilized to perfection in classics such as Pulp Fiction and True Romance so it may come as a surprise that he has been nominated for a Razzie multiple times.
That said, Walken's back catalog spans a lot of films because the man likes to be working, as such, some of these are terrible and include Country Bears, Kangaroo Jack, and Gigli. However, his nominations seem harsh because, although undoubtedly awful films, Walken is the only thing in them that elevates them at all.
13. Julianne Moore
Often referred to as an 'indie darling' but also in many great mainstream projects, her powers were at their zenith for her Oscar-winning work in the Alzheimer’s drama Still Alice, but that doesn't mean she could escape the wrath of the Razzies.
The misguided film Seventh Son had potential but didn't live up to it, and unfortunately, Moore was targeted for it. She gives a decent turn in a bad film, and that's all you can really ask.
12. Laurence Oliver
Such a prodigious and highly lauded actor was Laurence Olivier, he even has his own awards ceremony named after him (The Olivier's are the British equivalent of the American Tony Awards) and he himself was nominated for an incredible 10 Oscars throughout his career winning the Best Actor Oscar in 1948 for playing the title role in a screen adaptation of Hamlet.
He also won (should that be lost?) two Razzies with the first coming in 1980 for The Jazz Singer in the Razzie's inaugural year. The second came just two years later for his work playing Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the war movie Inchon.
11. Michael Caine
Michael Caine is a legend of the movie business, has been knighted by the Queen and has won two Oscars. Having been in cinema for over 60 years, he's always been a consummate professional, but he's been in a few stinkers down the years.
One of these rare blips is the shark horror sequel Jaws: The Revenge about which the actor famously quipped “I have never seen it, but by all accounts, it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.”
10. Barbara Streisand
The iconic singer-come-actor has become a legend of stage and screen and even has a song dedicated to her in Duck Sauce's Barabra Streisand, but she has repeatedly been nominated for Razzies over the years such as Worst Supporting Actress for Little Fockers, Worst Actress for The Guilt Trip, and 1981’s All Night Long.
Perhaps one of the most unfair nominations was for her passion project Yentl, which she also directed. In the film, a Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy so that she can enroll in a religious school that’s off-limits to females and so the Razzies cruelly nominated Streisand for the worst actor gong.
9. Sean Penn
Sean Penn has won Oscars for his work in Mystic River and Milk, but before he adopted the name of Sean Penn, he went by Jeff Spicoli and was more noted for his marriage to pop superstar, Madonna.
Wanting to launch an acting career, she starred in a project alongside him called Shanghai Surprise that was so bad that both were nominated for Razzies but only she received the actual award. Awkward.
8. Halle Berry
Halle Berry is an often underappreciated actress, and her detractors often seize upon the many sub-par films she has done but, when utilized correctly her skills are award winning. Just take her Oscar-winning turn in Monster's Ball or her Emmy-winning performance in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
In 2005 though, the train wreck that was Catwoman won her the worst actress award and to her credit, Berry turned up to accept it and gave a tongue in cheek speech where she said of her manager, “He loves me so much that he convinces me to do projects even when he knows that it is [garbage].”
7. Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole never won an Oscar but was nominated for a staggering amount in The Lion in Winter, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, My Favorite Year, and, of course, Lawrence of Arabia. He was a legend of the craft and will go down in history as a giant of the screen.
However, he got noticed by the Razzies on two separate occasions in Supergirl and Club.
6. Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson has given some strange performances down the years as well as appearing in some film flops, but he has never given a bad performance, so it seems odd he would be nominated for a Razzie twice in the same year.
Man Trouble was a dud, but Nicholson was alright, and Hoffa had mixed reviews but just wasn't commercially successful so to be nominated for either one seems harsh.
5. Kirk Douglas
Saturn 3 is a 1980 science-fiction movie about two scientists who are terrorized by an 8-foot robot on a Saturn research base. If that isn't enough to tell you how absurd this film is then nothing is but Douglas does his best with a clunky and limited script and is perhaps guilty of scene-chewing in an attempt to liven at something he could obviously see was bad.
As such, he was unfairly punished for being in a bad film. Viewed nowadays, though, it is possibly one for the 'so bad, it's good' category.
4. Sandra Bullock
Mostly known for starring in half decent romcoms before a bit of a renaissance to go on to win an Oscar in The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock was nominated for a Razzie in a comedy about stalking, All About Steve. It's hard to make stalking funny, and this film found that out.
Bullock accepted the award in person where she handed out DVD copies of the film. The very next night she won her Oscar.
3. Al Pacino
Nominated for eight Academy Awards, with one win, for Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino is considered one of the finest actors of his generation but even he is in a bad film once in a while including the god-awful Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill, for which he won Worst Supporting Actor.
It was so bad that it swept the Razzies that year winning Worst Picture, Worst Actor (for Sandler), Worst Actress (also for Sandler), Worst Supporting Actress (for David Spade), Worst Screen Couple, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Ensemble, and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel.
2. Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton has an Oscar for Annie Hall and became an icon because of that film as well as three more Oscar nominations to her name. Even in her worst film, Because I Said So, she gives a sterling performance of what the script asks of her.
Unfortunately, the script asked her to be a meddling mother in an outdated slapstick comedy and so she played the role so well, it made her look bad (because of horrendous writing) and as such she got a Razzie nod.
1. Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is a screen icon because of the way he literally changed acting. He would approach roles in new and inventive ways to bring life to them and sometimes these were a great success with intense, deeply authentic performances, However, other times they would manifest themselves as bizarre and indicative of boredom.
Brando received Razzie nominations for The Formula and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, but he eventually was awarded the worst actor award for his role in The Island of Dr. Moreau where he wore thick white makeup in his scenes and did not learn his lines but rather had them fed to him via a radio transmitter.