The happy days of Razzies' razzmatazz may be coming to an end

November 20, 1992|By Los Angeles Daily News

For 12 years, Golden Raspberry Award Foundation founder John Wilson has been subsidizing an annual chorus of Bronx cheers to the movies. Now, however, he's got a house to pay for, and the parties may be over.

"We will still poll the members and we will still release the results, but we will not be able to afford a news conference or ceremony," Mr. Wilson said.

The awards, dubbed the Razzies, have become a tradition of the Oscar season, with winners of such dubious honors as worst actor, actress, director and film announced the day before the Academy Awards.

Mr. Wilson, a film ad copywriter by profession, also holds screenings of Razzie-worthy films and sends out a Razzie Reporter newsletter that features an Eye on Sly column devoted to multiple Razzie winner Sylvester Stallone.

But the cost of the news conference and the accompanying reception "have been running about several thousand dollars a year on average," Mr. Wilson said. Income from membership dues and scattered donations only pay for the newsletter and half the show.

In the past, Mr. Wilson has made up the difference out of his own pocket.

"I still very much want to do this event. I think it's a very fun event and I'm trying to figure out how," Mr. Wilson said. "One of the suggestions was that perhaps Bandini Fertilizer would be an appropriate sponsor.

"It's not very much money -- it's never been prohibitively expensive unless you're trying to pay a mortgage."

For Golden Raspberry Award Foundation information, write P.O. Box 56931, Sherman Oaks, Calif. 91413-6931.

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