HOLLYWOOD — Seems like the "Twilight" folks saved the worst for last.
"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," the last of five films adapting author Stephenie Meyer's best-selling tales of vampires, werewolves and teen lust, was lauded as the worst picture of 2012 at Saturday night's 33rd annual Razzie Awards.
Although the preceding four "Twilight" films had frequently been nominated for Razzies, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, arbiters of cinematic bad taste since 1980, had largely left the incredulously successful film series alone. That ended this year, however; not only was "Breaking Dawn Part 2" dis-honored as the worst film of the year, but it earned six additional Razzies as well, including Worst Actress for Kristen Stewart (who was also feted for her work in "Snow White and the Huntsman") and Worst Supporting Actor for thespian werewolf Taylor Lautner.
Is "Twilight" really that bad? Millions of teen girls would disagree, but Razzie founder John Wilson opined the "honor" was richly deserved.
"If you're not part of that 13-year-old teenage female demographic," he said following a press conference at the Holiday Inn Express Hollywood Walk of Fame hotel, "they are kind of ridiculous movies."
"Breaking Dawn Part 2" also earned Razzies for Worst Sreen Couple (Mackenzie Foy and Lautner), Worst Director (Bill Condon), Worst Screen Ensemble and Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel. The movie entered the evening nominated for 11 Razzies in the awards' 10 categories.
Unlike last year, however, when Adam Sandler's "Jack and Jill" ran the table, winning every single Razzie that was handed out, "Breaking Dawn Part 2" had to share the evening with other paragons of bad cinema. Sandler successfully defended his title as Worst Actor, winning for "That's My Boy" (which also was handed the Worst Screenplay prize). And singer Rihanna, in her first major film role, made herself a hard act to follow, claiming Worst Supporting Actress for "Battleship."
As usual, none of the Razzie honorees showed up to accept their spray-painted statuettes, depicting a large raspberry perched atop a film can. A cardboard stand-up of Stewart, however, did show up to accept her award, and defended the actress' performance.
"Vampires are supposed to suck," it said.