Sandra Bullock has recently given interviews proclaiming her enthusiasm for being nominated twice this year, for both an Oscar and a Razzie: for Best Actress in The Blind Side and for Worst Actress in All About Steve. She called the situation "brilliant" and added that it's "a great leveler." She has even hinted that she plans to attend both ceremonies (though she's not sure what to wear to the Razzies).
Certainly many, many actors and actresses have been nominated for both Oscars and Razzies. Eddie Murphy has been nominated for 13 Razzies, but not in 2006 when he received his Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls. John Travolta and Kevin Costner are also Oscar nominees with multiple Razzie nominations. Faye Dunaway has been nominated -- and has won -- many times on both sides. Kim Basinger is an Oscar winner and a frequent Razzie nominee.
I have combed through the acting nominees for both awards, and have come up with a few other examples to keep Bullock company: In 1992, Jack Nicholson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for A Few Good Men, and Worst Actor for Hoffa. In 1994, Uma Thurman was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Pulp Fiction and Worst Actress for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. In 2002, Christopher Walken was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for The Country Bears and Best Supporting Actor for Catch Me If You Can. In 2003, Alec Baldwin was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor for The Cat in the Hat and Best Supporting Actor for The Cooler. Oddly, there is not one winner (or loser) for any of these nominations. Do they cancel each other out?
Some actors have been nominated for both awards for playing the same characters. Sylvester Stallone received an Oscar nomination for Rocky, and Razzie nominations for Rocky IV and Rocky V. (The same goes for his co-stars Talia Shire and Burt Young.) Likewise, Pat Morita was nominated for an Oscar for The Karate Kid and for a Razzie for The Karate Kid Part III. But here's the oddest one of all. James Coco was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Worst Supporting Actor for the same movie. It was Only When I Laugh (1981), an adaptation of a Neil Simon play that would probably be forgotten today if not for this bit of trivia.
In other trivia, Daryl Hannah won Worst Supporting Actress for Wall Street the same year that Michael Douglas won a Best Actor Oscar for the same film. Very often actors have received Oscar and Razzie nominations in consecutive years, showing just how fast a career can shift: Dan Aykroyd (Caddyshack II, Driving Miss Daisy), Bette Midler (Stella, For the Boys), Whoopi Goldberg (The Telephone, Ghost), Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Hook), Marisa Tomei (Oscar, My Cousin Vinny) and Burt Reynolds (Striptease, Boogie Nights).
What does it all mean? It can explain, to some extent, why actors are so high-strung and worried about their careers all the time, or why their lives are so insane. They get "You're great" on one side, and "You suck" on the other. I think Sandra deserves some congratulations for handling it all so well. What do you think, dear readers?