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‘The Emoji Movie’ Makes Historical Wins at the Razzies

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The Emoji Movie has made motion picture history, but probably for something Sony wouldn’t be very proud of. What is deemed as one of the most-despised animated features in history has come out as the big winner at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, which took place on March 3, 2018.

The Sony Pictures Animation film broke new records at the annual ceremony dedicated to the worst in cinema, winning all four of its main nominations. Writers Tony Leondis, Eric Siegel, and Mike White were awarded Worst Screenplay, Leondis earned an additional win for Worst Director, and the Worst Screen Combo award was given to “any two obnoxious emojis.” Finally, the notorious movie itself won the grand prize of Worst Picture, beating out other nominees like Baywatch, Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy, and Transformers: The Last Knight.

This is indeed a historical achievement in the field of animation. Not only does it make The Emoji Movie the first animated feature to win those four awards, but it is also the most Razzies an animated feature has won. To add insult to injury, this was able to win Worst Picture, and yet not a single animated film has won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Prior to The Emoji Movie, only two animated features in history have won a Golden Raspberry Award. The first ever dates back to 1994’s Thumbelina, in which it won Worst Original Song for “Marry the Mole”. Twenty years later, Kelsey Grammer won Worst Supporting Actor for his voice work on Tin Man in Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, alongside several other films he starred in during 2014.

It’s also worth noting that this was not the first time that Sony Pictures Animation was involved in the Razzies. Their 2013 live-action/CGI feature The Smurfs 2 was nominated for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel but lost to Disney’s The Lone Ranger.

The Emoji Movie was also nominated a special Razzie titled “The Razzie Nominee So Rotten You Loved It”, in which it was nominated alongside the other four Worst Picture nominees. However, it was Baywatch that ended up winning that award.

A full list of winners and nominees at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards can be viewed via Variety.

How do you feel about The Emoji Movie dominating the Razzies? Tell us your thoughts in the comments! 💩

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).
  • This movie deserved all the awards it got at the Razzies. I
    wonder how Sony feels about this or if they even care?

  • It’s kinda sad though that this still made a decent amount
    of money, more money than it ever should have made.

  • Kenny Coman

    I don’t despise The Emoji Movie nearly as much as everyone else, only what it represents.

    • Renard N. Bansale

      The fact that it was bland, derivative, and obnoxious at best only exacerbates the collective anger towards what it represents.

  • Joanne Furstman

    Wow! I’m glad it got the what this stupid film deserves.

  • Animation Addict confession: I still hum the words from “Mary the Mole” around the house. I wonder what it was like to work on “The Emoji Movie”; that it pays the bills even if you suspected this was going to be a bad film?

  • Chelsea Warner

    It totally deserved it.