Cross-dressing Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill has claimed an unprecedented ten gongs at the annual Golden Raspberry Awards – Razzies for short – including both the worst actor and actress awards for Sandler himself.
Sandler won the two awards for his performances as the eponymous brother and sister, Jack and Jill, also claiming worst screen couple for the pair.
“He didn’t play triplets, but he couldn’t have won more awards if he had,” said Razzies founder John Wilson.
In the worst actor category, Sandler’s performance in Just Go with It was also taken into account, while Dennis Dugan, who directed both movies, won worst director.
Jack and Jill took all ten prizes on offer, including the prestigious worst picture award, worst screenplay, worst re-make, rip-off or sequel, worst supporting actor for Al Pacino, starring as himself, and worst supporting actress for Sandler’s cross-dressing colleague, David Spade, who played Monica in the movie.
It’s the first time in the awards’ 32-year history that a film has triumphed in every category and Wilson had some opinions on how Jack and Jill had managed to clinch the record.
“Adam Sandler has a pretty much basic attitude of, ‘No matter how dumb I make it, my fans are going to pay to see it,’” Wilson said. “I guess it’s more about the complete lack of any genuine effort or concern or pride – an attitude of ‘this is good enough’ – but when you consider what they’re charging for movie tickets today, it wasn’t good enough.
“It was good enough to get our attention,” he added. “If you work with the attitude that you’re just going to be good enough, then you’re probably good enough for the Razzies.”
This year’s April Fools’-night ceremony marked the first year in which the Razzies had not been held during the main awards season, with winners usually being announced the night before the Oscars. But having canvassed the opinions of Razzies voters, Wilson said it could be a one-off.
“I think our members prefer the faux glamour of having it be Oscar eve,” he said.