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15 movies you won't believe were nominated for Oscars AND Razzies

5. The Godfather 3 (1990)

The Oscars: It may be no one’s favourite Godfather movie, but that didn’t stop the Academy from falling over themselves to dish out nominations for the closing chapter in Francis Ford Coppola’s crime trilogy. This has a staggering seven nominations - including the prestigious Best Picture and Best Director - although it eventually left the ceremony empty handed.

The Razzies: A last-minute replacement for Winona Ryder, Sofia Coppola found it tough to get to grips with the challenging role of Mary Corleone - so much so, in fact, that she’s the winner of Godfather 3’s two Razzies for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst New Star. It was a brief setback, though, because Coppola has now reinvented herself as one of the best directors in the business.

4. Basic Instinct (1992)

The Oscars: The super-charged erotic thriller has nominations for Best Editing and Best Original Score (for screen legend Jerry Goldsmith) on its honours list, although scandalously there’s no love for Sharon Stone’s star-making turn as psycho killer Catherine Tramell. Ice pick murders are clearly too much for Academy voters!

The Razzies: Okay, three nominations for Basic Instinct - for Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and, ahem, Stone’s ‘New Star tribute to Theodore Cleaver’ - is pretty bad, but at least the film fares better than its belated sequel. Basic Instinct 2 has a hefty four Razzie wins and a further three nominations to show for its efforts.

3. Batman Begins (2005)

The Oscars: It’s rare to see superhero movies pick up Oscar nominations outside of the visual effects category, but Christopher Nolan’s classy Dark Knight reboot has a Best Cinematography nod thanks to Wally Pfister’s moody approach to filming Gotham City. Memoirs of a Geisha beat him to the Oscar, although Pfister eventually bagged a statue thanks to his work on Nolan’s Inception.

The Razzies: Spare a thought for poor Katie Holmes. Not only was she nominated for the Worst Actress Razzie, she also dropped out of sequel The Dark Knight in favour of appearing in comedy flop Mad Money. The ex-Dawson’s Creek star has two career Razzies, courtesy of a Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets prize she shares with Tom Cruise from 2006 and the Worst Screen Couple award she received with Adam Sandler for Jack & Jill.

2. The Lone Ranger (2013)


The Oscars: It’s not often that producer Jerry Bruckheimer experiences box office failure, but his take on The Lone Ranger fell some way short of expectations in 2013. At least it boasts some high-octane action scenes and authentic cowboy style as it bagged Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects and Makeup and Hairstyling.

The Razzies: Winning the Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel Razzie marks the low point for The Lone Ranger, but the film was also in contention for four other Razzies - Worst Picture, Worst Actor for Johnny Depp, Worst Director for Gore Verbinski, and Worst Screenplay thanks to the scribblings of Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and Justin Haythe.

1. Wall Street (1987)

The Oscars: Michael Douglas gives a career-best performance as Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s "greed is good" '80s classic. Gekko’s financial swindling bagged Douglas the Best Actor trophy, and the sole Oscar win for Wall Street. However, another cast member wasn’t quite so lucky when it came to awards season…

The Razzies: Daryl Hannah’s back catalogue reads like a list of modern greats - Blade Runner, Splash, and Kill Bill to name just three. When it comes to Wall Street, though, she was awarded the Worst Actress prize for her role as Charlie Sheen’s love interest. Unlike the rest of the movies on this list, this makes Wall Street the only film to win both an Oscar and a Razzie.

Simon Reynolds
Simon is a film and entertainment writer with a love for The Simpsons, Bruce Springsteen, and a long-standing delusion that he’ll one day play for Nottingham Forest.