The Golden Broom Awards, China’s equivalent of the Razzie Awards, held its seventh annual ceremony on Sunday in Beijing. A few blockbusters and A-list stars were given awards, yet none of the celebrities were in attendance.
"It copies Stephen Chow’s films from beginning to the end, but is fractured at its core. A plot without conflict, characters trying too hard to be funny, unconvincing relationships… and boring jokes, this is what should be the inscription on this film’s tombstone."
With this comment, comedy Devil and Angel was awarded "most disappointing film" for 2015.
Devil and Angel marked the most recent cooperation between scriptwriter Yu Baimei and actor Deng Chao after their 2014 film The Breakup Guru.
The film tied for the award with two other comedies Oh My God (directed by Wei Nan and Wei Min) and Forever Young (directed by He Jiong).
Taking home three awards, including "most disappointing scriptwriter" and "most disappointing actor," Devil and Angel was the biggest "winner" at the Golden Broom Awards. Meanwhile, popular actress Yang Mi was given the "most disappointing actress" award for her third year straight.
Founded by film critic Cheng Qingsong and his Youth Film Handbook magazine, the Golden Broom is the only film award aimed at bad Chinese films. Nominees are first chosen through netizen voting, while a group of professional film critics, journalists, scriptwriters and scholars decide on the final winners.
In the history of the awards, only one recipient has accepted the award. During the fourth Golden Broom Awards in 2013, an anonymous woman representing Hong Kong director Joe Ma attended the ceremony and read Ma’s acceptance speech: "I am spurred on by the award. I feel panic and blame myself. At the same time, I cheer on the spirit behind the award."