The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. Current awards are voted upon by the membership of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.
Traditionally, "nominations" are announced one day before the Motion Picture Academy announces its Oscar nominations, and the "awards" are presented one day before the Oscar ceremony.
The term "raspberry" is used in its irreverent sense, as in "Bronx cheer."
Many quite distinguished actors, directors and producers have received the recognition of a Golden Raspberry.
Due to the nature of the "award," the award is typically not picked up by its recipients. In fact, this has only happened 3 times in the history of the awards. The first was when Paul Verhoeven accepted Worst Director for Showgirls in 1996, The second was when Tom Green accepted all four of his Razzie Awards including Best Pictures for Freddy Got Fingered in 2002.
Most recently, Halle Berry surprised Hollywood when in 2003, clutching her Academy Award in one hand and her Razzie in the other, she gave a mock breathless acceptance speech at the 2004 awards. Berry had won the "award" for worst actress for her performance in Catwoman which also won in 3 other categories. Shortly after this incident John Wilson released a statement to the press praising Halle Berry's other performances and stating that he looks forward to Berry giving another Oscar worth performance.