Posted by Mihal Levy
If you thought giving up bread was tough (among other things during Passover - ie. parsley in saltwater - not something we normally snack on), think of the Jewish vegetarians and vegans forced to look at a hard boiled egg and shank bone on the seder plate.
Apparently there are some modern twists and alternatives on the seder plate that I have just learned about which include a flower in place of the egg to represent life and a roasted beet in place of the shankbone. A shankbone can be replaced with a beet (apparently mentioned in the Talmud). An additional “modern twist” is the inclusion of an orange on the seder plate. An urban legend says that a man stated, “A woman belongs on the bimah as much as an orange belongs on the seder plate,” so many women include the orange in protest of sexism.
Whatever you decide to include on your seder plate is up to you, (of course many will argue that it is not up to you, as in the words of Tevye -“tradition” - whose advice I have been following for years, minus the part about marrying a butcher), but whether you are a vegan or not, some recipes are definitely worth trying.
And I have included a few:
Vegan Matzoh Balls (Uses soy beans) (Taken from HeebnVegan.blogspot.com from Isa Chandra Moskowitz the queen of Jewish Vegan Cooking and Vegan Cooking in general. If you haven’t heard of her, you need to look her up. (The Post Punk Kitchen: www.ppk.com) for great information and recipes, or see a previous article I wrote, “Brunching Vegan Style” reviewing her book “Vegan Brunch.”)
1 1/2 cups matzoh meal
12 oz package firm silken tofu (like mori-nu)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup vegetable stock
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 carrot, peeled
handful fresh dill
fresh parsley for garnish
8 cups or so vegetable broth
In a mixing bowl, combine the matzoh meal with salt and pepper, set aside.
Crumble the tofu into In a blender or food processor, add the vegetable broth and puree until smooth. Add the oil and blend again.
Mix the tofu mixture with the matzoh meal. Combine well, making sure that everything moist. Grate 1/2 the carrot into the mixture and combine until it’s well distributed. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to overnight. You can’t skip this step, it’s important in making sure that the matzoh balls will not fall apart when boiled.
When you are ready to form the balls, fill a large stock pot with enough water to fit all the matzoh balls with minimal touching. Salt the water generously, cover and bring to a boil.
Have handy a cutting board to line up the formed matzoh balls, and cover it with parchment paper if you have it, to prevent sticking. Also have handy a wet rag to wipe your hands on to make for clean hands for forming matzoh balls.
Remove matzoh mixture from the fridge. Form into tightly packed, walnut sized balls. When all the balls are prepared, drop carefully into the boiling water, 1 or two at a time, with a spatula or slotted spoon. Take your time and be careful, not to plop one on top of the other. When all the balls are in the water, cover the pot and Do not lift lid for forty minutes! When the forty minutes are up you can remove the lid. The matzoh balls will have floated to the top and will drop back down when lid is lifted.
Now they are ready to serve, however, to make them even lighter, you can turn off the heat, cover the pot again, and let them sit in the water for another hour or so. This way they absorb more water and expand a bit more.
Prepare the broth by placing it in a seperate pot. Grate the other half of the carrot into the broth, along with a healthy handful or fresh dill, roughly chopped. Bring to a low boil, and when it’s just heated you’re ready to prepare the bowls.
With a slotted spoon, carefully remove matzoh balls and place 2 or 3 in a bowl. Ladle the broth over the matzoh balls, so that they’re covered only about half way. You can garnish with some more fresh dill, or parsley. Serve.
Sweet Potato Pear Tzimmes with Pecans and Raisins (From Isa Chandra Moskowitz - www.heebnvegan.blogspot.com)
2 pounds yams, peed and cut into 3/4 inch chunks
3 firm bartlett pears, cut into 3/4 inch chunks (without the seeds of course)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus spray on a little more if it needs it
2 tablespoons mirin (or any sweet cooking wine)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pecan halves
3/4 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350.
Place yams and pears on a large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with the oil and mirin and mix it all up to make sure everything is coated. I just use my hands for this. I use my hands for everything, actually. Add the maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and pecans and toss to coat.
Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the tin foil and add the raisins. Carefully toss to combine using a thin flexible spatula and being careful not to break up the sweet potatoes. But tzimmes is a forgiving dish, so if some get mushed up that’s perfectly acceptable.
Return to the oven uncovered and bake for a 1/2 hour more, tossing every now and again. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Mushroom Walnut Pate (this uses beans too) (From Isa Chandra Moskowitz - www.heebnvegan.blogspot.com)
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 cup chopped onions
3 cloves garlic - minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 pound crimini or portobello mushrooms - chopped and any hard stems removed
3/4 teaspoon salt
few shakes of fresh ground pepper
1 cup toasted walnuts
3/4 cup cannelini beans - drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
up to 1/4 cup vegetable broth
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 3-5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic, thyme, tarragon, salt and pepper and cook for another minute. Next add mushrooms, and cook for 7-10 minutes until mushrooms are very soft, lowering heat if necessary.
While mushrooms are cooking add walnuts to food processor and process until fine.
Once mushrooms have cooked add the mushroom/onion mixture to the walnuts along with balsamic vinegar, cannelini beans and remaining tablespoon of olive oil and process until very smooth adding vegetable broth as needed. Texture should resemble a thick paste.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Vegan Sweet Potato Kugel (www.about.com)
6 small sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
3 apples, peeled and grated
1 cup raisins
1 cup matzo meal
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup water
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Use a food processor to grate the sweet potatoes and apples. Combine all ingredients together.
Gently press into a baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until lightly crisp on top.
And lastly…dessert! (Jew Mama’s Recipe) A Passover favorite in my home:
Large marshmallows or mini vegan marshmallows (I got them at whole foods last year)
Break Matzoh into quarters (1 square makes 2 S’mores)
Place a 1 marshmallow or a few vegan mini-marshmallows and 2 squares of pareve/vegan chocolate between two matzohs
Place Matzoh ‘sandwiches’ on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until marshmallows and chocolate begin to melt
Remove from oven and immediately press each ‘sandwich’ so that they stick
Melt remaining chocolate squares in microwave or on the stove and drizzle over tops of Matzoh sandwiches
Let cool (or as in my home - eat right away)
Enjoy your vegan Passover, the orange on your seder plate or at least some of the vegan recipes. And let me know what you thought of my S’mores.
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March 19, 2010 | 5:20 pm
Posted by Mihal Levy
Just like Sesame Street, this week has been brought to me by the letter “F”. “F” has been the recurrent theme for this week and a long week it has been…both good and bad. I learned a lot however about family, falafel, food poisoning and friendships (not necessarily in that order).
First “F” of the week - food poisoning. Food poisoning is not fun, even if you thought it was a great choice while you were eating it, even falafel (another “f”). I learned that just because a restaurant has been around for years, does not necessarily mean that it is sanitary. The changing health grades from “C” to “B” to “A” should have been another dead giveaway. Apparently the higher grade did not mean anything either, since they are most likely running with a “C” mentality only disguising it better before the L.A. County health inspection or bribing the inspector. Either way, it did not make for a fun two days for me.
Next up for the “F” week was family fun. Unlike food poisoning, this was a good part of my week. Good meaning the quality time I spent with my immediate family outdoors enjoying the simple pleasures. Much like food poisoning, however, there are always certain extended family members to balance out the calm and serene simple pleasures and add just the right amount of drama. (Like Yin and Yang - must have both to balance things out.) A good friend of mine apparently had the F- Family part in her stars this week as well without an invitation to a cousin’s holiday dinner. And to her I say, “Gina (name has been changed to hide her identity from her evil cousin), would you even want to be invited in the first place?” But it made for a great topic of conversation over Focaccia and Fettucine (Ok, Tartalle…just tried to stretch the f theme a little bit more) when we dined together. (No food poisoning involved, thankfully.)
Which brings me to my final “f”- friendships. Although we can’t choose our family, we can choose our friends…I am thankful for the ones that I have chosen and for the ones who offer to bring soup after a food poisoning hangover. So the moral of this F week is - 1) avoid deep fried delicacies from unsanitary establishments 2) embrace your immediate family and forgive your extended ones and lastly 3) blood is thicker than water, but what does that have to do with the price of tea…or falafel.
March 9, 2010 | 11:38 am
Posted by Mihal Levy
Mayim Bialik, best known for her role as Blossom in the 90’s sitcom of the same name, has since graduated from UCLA with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, is the mother of two toddler boys and the celebrity spokesperson for Holistic Moms Network. Mayim talks about her recent return to acting, holistic parenting, and Judaism, and even shares her recipes for homemade baby wipes and shampoo.
Jew Mama: You are a Jew Mama as well, and outspoken about your traditional Jewish observance as well as your holistic beliefs and practices. Have you found that these two worlds clash, or do they compliment each other?
Mayim Bialik: I was raised in a reform community, but the concept of tikkun olam (“repairing the world”) is one of the concepts I remember most strongly. I was really raised with this inherent concept that we are responsible for the planet and being kind to other people. Once I became more interested in holistic and green living as an adult, it sort of felt like a natural extension of my upbringing and my conscious decision to live a more observant Jewish lifestyle.
JM: Are there times when your holistic and Jewish views clash?
MB: Circumcision is the hotspot of my universe as a holistic green parent. On the West Coast, circumcision is really not done for the most part in a lot of holistic and green circles. It is aggressively and angrily debated and it’s something very difficult. Both of my boys received traditional circumcisions, however, as men in our tribe have for many of years. I think that is the number one thing that is in theoretical conflict with what most people in our community our doing. That is not to say that it is a philosophical conflict. And that is the thing about both my choice to live holistically as part of my global community and also my decision to appreciate the traditions of Judaism that say that when you think you are right, you are wrong.
JM: You mentioned you became holistic in your adult life.
MB: Fully holistic. I was always one of those teenagers who was an environmentalist. I started recycling when people thought I was crazy. I loved animals and stopped eating them. But did I ever think that I would make my own baby wipes solution, shampoo and granola? No. That was not what I pictured for myself.
JM: Did the process of becoming more observant as a Jew and more holistic happen simultaneously for you?
MB: My husband and I became more observant during our courtship. We dated for five years and have been married for almost seven. So, it is the last ten to twelve years of both of our lives that we started examining this aspect of both our observance and our lifestyle.
JM: You’ve recently returned to acting again. Has it been more difficult this time as an adult, a mother and an observant Jew?
MB: (Jokingly) My lifestyle is impossible. I think for any mother, no matter what kind of mother she is, to work - is hard. I’m still new in getting back to work. I’ve chosen as a Jewish woman not to wear pants for about two and a half years now. It hasn’t been a problem so far. I have not had to work on Shabbat, but I can’t say that I will never be asked to work on Shabbat. I did an independent film last year and there was work scheduled on Yom Kippur. I was extremely grateful that I was not scheduled to work that day. At this point, I think it has been more of a lucky coincidence that there hasn’t been conflict.
JM: From a holistic standpoint, has working in Hollywood gotten easier or more difficult?
MB: Holistically, it has gotten much easier, especially in L.A. I worked on Secret Life and I went to the catering truck. As a vegan, I pretty much can’t eat anything that’s out on the buffet, but they also make custom breakfasts. The guy in the truck knows that I want a vegan burrito and that is not a problem at all. It is also very common for everyone to recycle on set and there is really that kind of consciousness. There is still a lot of waste in Hollywood and a tremendous amount of materialism and consumerism, which is one of my biggest pet peeves about our culture.
JM: You are also a celebrity spokesperson for Holistic Moms Network. Can you talk about some of the beliefs and parenting styles and how you got involved with HMN?
MB: I joined Holistic Moms Network when my first son was born about four years ago. It’s a non-profit organization; like a support group, with over one hundred chapters. I joined because the kind of parenting that I was doing was not talked about at the local moms groups I tried to go to. In HMN the general scope of our parenting style was the same and we believed in a traditional style of parenting: keeping your child close to you, natural births and breastfeeding when possible and preferred, and doing research and talking about all the things that individuals may choose to do. I met an encyclopedia of people who were into gentle discipline and attachment parenting. We say you find your tribe in HMN and I really did. I have really only been the celebrity spokesperson in the last year or so.
JM: One of the practices in attachment parenting is bed sharing, otherwise known as a family bed. Since it is not the norm in our country, what do you have to say about all the negative attention it receives and the belief that it is dangerous for the child?
MB: Obviously there are restrictions and rules, and Dr. Sears (attachment parenting authority) has highlighted them specifically in all of his parenting and baby books. For those of us who bed share, as people have for all of human history, except for the last two hundred years, we know: a baby’s body temperature is regulated when you sleep next to it, there is no crib death when your baby is not in a crib and when your baby is next to you and you hear every breath and you know when something’s wrong. We have mattresses on the floor. We gave up on the idea of a big fancy high bed and have made changes to our life and our relationship by making this commitment.
JM: Most people who don’t bed share are probably wondering how you get to have ‘Mommy and Daddy time’ when you share a bed with your children?
MB: We find ‘Mommy and Daddy time’ not in the bedroom. That is the most general answer and the truth. We bought a really large television when our first son was born, because we had a feeling we wouldn’t be going out much and we were right. We have dates in the TV room, watching movies and shows that we like. That is ok with us because we decided to make it ok. I do not expect to have the same relationship with my husband after kids as I did before.
JM: For the most part, do you and your husband see eye to eye on your parenting choices?
MB: We did not always. He only recently stopped eating meat of his own accord, but he agreed that we could raise our children vegan, even when he was eating meat and dairy. There have been a lot of compromises.
JM: Is there some practice or belief that you wanted to implement where your husband just looked at you like you are weird?
MB: (jokingly) I thought he was going to divorce me when I told him I wanted to do the diaper-free “elimination communication” (toilet training practice) with my older son. He thought I was insane, which I may have been. But when our first son stopped pooping and peeing in his diaper before he was a year old, my husband became a believer.
JM: What are some of the misconceptions of holistic/attachment parenting?
MB: I think that people assume that people who practice attachment parenting are either wealthy, white, middle or upper class, sort of elitists, can afford a lot of help to be holistic, and get a lot of help or financial support from parents or their trust funds. People also assume on the other spectrum that we are really out of touch with reality and want to live off the grid. We think there should be total anarchy and that our kids can do whatever they want whenever they want. There are no boundaries. We create spoiled, manipulative, clingy, dependent children who will not be productive members of society. And those of us who choose to homeschool are creating menaces who won’t be able to be part of whatever comes next in our culture. The final assumption is that we are martyrs and like getting up on this soapbox and judging other people. Obviously, this is not true.
JM: You spend most of your time with your children. What do you enjoy doing most as an individual?
MB: There are a lot of things I enjoy doing. I enjoy hiking, exercising, cooking. I like a lot of old fashioned traditional things like cleaning the house. My husband and I watch Heroes and Lost. I really love reading and Jewish study. I’m teaching our older son piano. That’s been really enjoyable. We are a homeschooling family, so that is mainly what my days are like. I teach two home school classes in the week: a neuroscience class and a Hebrew school class for kids. Simple pleasures.
JM: Do you get a lot of “me” time?
MB: I don’t have enough me time. I am exhausted. I don’t always get to shower. I hopefully brush my teeth twice a day. I don’t always remember to take my vitamins. I don’t eat perfectly. But, I believe as a feminist that part of my power as a woman is to raise these children that have been entrusted to me. And there is much more to me than being a mom, but right now I only have this job - I can only do it right once and I am going to do my best.
JM: Passover is around the corner. Are you getting ready? What does it look like in your home: a vegan Passover?
MB: We make our own Haggadah in our family. So my husband and I are putting the finishing touches on our own Haggadah for Passover this year. It is difficult. There is nothing more difficult than being an observant vegan Ashkenazi (Jew of European decent). Pesach for a vegan looks like a lot of unhealthy food basically, meaning a lot of sweets, which is something we usually do not do. I make my own almond milk for Pesach that only lasts a couple days because it will spoil. So depending when yontif (a Jewish holiday or festival) falls, it sometimes is an almond milk-less couple days. I think the Torah was specifically leaving out quinoa for vegans. Quinoa with anything, really. It’s hard for vegans who don’t eat kitniot (“small things” - grains and legumes). Thank goodness for fruits and vegetables. I don’t know what we are going to do with the Seder plate. In past years I have had a little bit of shank bone and egg. I think we may borrow my mom’s or something.
JM: What do you say to moms with older children that say, “enjoy it, it goes by so fast?”
MB: I say, “you know what? It doesn’t feel like it is going fast. I am on duty twelve hours a day and half duty all night. I am really getting the most out of every day, I promise.”
Mayim shares her recipes for homemade baby shampoo and wipes (taken from different sources):
Ingredients available at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s or natural food store
Baby and Kid’s Shampoo
(It’s concentrated so that you only need a couple of sprays on a wet head.)
2 tsp any carrier oil (olive, almond, jojoba, avocado are the easiest to find)
3/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap (or any liquid castile soap), unscented
10 drops essential oils (I like lavender and tea tree, but use orange or bergamot or whatever you like in whatever combo smells nice)
1 cup water (add more if it is too soapy)
Put water in a spray bottle.
Add soap and oils and mix well.
This is concentrated, so a little goes a long way.
(I use 4-5 sprays on shoulder length hair. this is NOT tear-free so keep it out of delicate eyes!)
Baby Wipes Solution:
Combine 1 cup water with 3 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of tea tree oil.
( I used to make about 4 cups at a time and store it in a cleaned-out glass bottle that they sell fancy lemonade in at Trader Joe’s etc. Or keep it in a spray bottle or peribottle (which they give you to rinse off your nether regions when you leave the hospital!) and spray onto cloths, washcloths, or (heaven forbid!!!) paper towels. You can also soak cloths in the solution and keep them in a sealed Tupperware container.
March 8, 2010 | 12:00 pm
Posted by Mihal Levy
The Oscars came and went yesterday. We all know that it was all about the fashion (and a first-time female win for best director), but have we paid enough attention to the men’s fashion?
The recurrent trend this year for women was bright lips, open backs, one-shouldered dresses, open necklines and trains. Clearly - “My Big Fat Greek Oscars” for the most part (because of the one shoulder dresses not larger actors, but maybe larger hosts). Since every year so much of the focus is on the women’s fashions, why not focus on the men?
The recurrent theme was definitely over-gelled hair (welcome back 1980’s) and facial scruff (grunge look at the Oscars). It may be simple to critique facial hair and over-gelled dos to cover thinning hairlines (okay, Zach Efron probably does not have a thinning hairline, but the gelled faux hawk two inches taller thing was a little overdone and well…stiff), but how does one critique suits. Form-fitting/tailored, loose? Black, light black, smokey black, smokey gray black? Big bowtie, shorter bow tie, navy bow tie, skinny ties, not-so-skinny ties? Well, there were a few that stood out.
Neil Patrick Harris, for one. Harris wore a sassy sequined suit jacket with shiny tafetta (perhaps) pants for his opening number. That has to be the ‘suit’ that took the night. Probably also multi-useful to wear every day – to special events, of course. That suit would work perfectly at, say, a Bris? Bar Mitzvah? Why not?
Lenny Kravitz, a fellow Jew (half), looked elegant with his tight classic tux. Maybe a little too tight, but who minded, really? The sunglasses were a nice touch. He, too, had facial hair. Carrying along the facial hair trend was Jake Gyllenhaal as well, and Keeanu Reeves (whoa!), looking a little Rabbi-esque (minus the kippah, tzitzis and a conversion), but lovely. Antonio Banderas’s and Jeff Bridges’s facial hair leave room for debate about whether clean-shaven is often a much better look, or at least dying a graying multi-colored beard. (Is that possible?)
Perhaps the reason that more attention is not paid to menswear is the likeliness of black suits and tuxes regardless of the size or color of the bowtie or skinny tie…I tried.
March 7, 2010 | 4:00 am
Posted by Mihal Levy
“When I said I will show up, I miraculously won,” said Sandra Bullock, accepting her award for worst actress at the 30th annual Razzie Awards, which
dishonors Hollywood’s worst on the eve of the Oscars, March 6 at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Bullock is the first actress ever to be nominated for both a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend.
Bullock was welcomed with a standing ovation at the award ceremony as she both surprised and delighted the audience by making an appearance. She came equipped with a shooting script from “All About Steve,” the film in question. She told the audience, “I’m willing to go through page by page, read the line the way I did it in the film and, if anyone wants to give me a line read of how I could’ve done it better.” She also brought in a wagon filled with DVDs of her film to give to the audience members and asked that everyone actually watch the film and rethink their decision. “I’ll show up again next year if you promise to watch the movie and really consider if it was the worst performance of the year and if it isn’t, I’ll give back the Razzie,” said Bullock.
Bullock picked up a second Razzie as well for her and costar Bradley Cooper for worst screen couple.
Bullock left a fundraising event with Jeffrey Katzenberg to attend the Awards and added, “Now I’ve got to get back to that event, because you know, it’s Jeffrey Katzenberg and he can basically prevent me from ever working again.”
Along with Bullock, the big winner of the evening was “Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen” which won in three categories for worst picture, worst screenplay and Michael Bay for worst director.
Other winners included “Battlefield Earth,” which is based on an L. Ron Hubbard novel, won worst picture of the decade. Eddie Murphy was honored as worst actor of the decade and hailed “the Energizer bunny of bad movies.”
Paris Hilton won for worst actress of the decade for her unknown roles in “The Hottie and The Nottie,” “House of Whacks,” and “Repo: The Genetic Opera.”
Disney’s Jonas Brothers (all three of them) won for worst actor(s) for “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience.”
In the supporting actor category, Billy Ray Cyrus won for “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” while Sienna Miller won for best supporting actress for her role in “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”
No less than thirty two films were considered for the category of ‘worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel,’ where the winner was “Land of The Lost.”
Perhaps tonight at the Oscars, Bullock can continue her winning streak and be
honored this time.
Nominees and Winners for the 30th Annual Razzie Awards
WORST PICTURE OF 2009
“All About Steve”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (a.k.a. “Trannies, Too”)
WORST ACTOR OF 2009
All Three Jonas Brothers, “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience”
Will Ferrell, “Land of the Lost”
Steve Martin, “Pink Panther 2”
Eddie Murphy, “Imagine That”
John Travolta, “Old Dogs”
WORST ACTRESS Of 2009
Sandra Bullock, “All About Steve”
Myley Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Megan Fox, “Jennifer’s Body” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Sarah Jessica Parker, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
WORST SCREEN COUPLE OF 2009
Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, “The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience”
Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, “All About Steve”
Will Ferrell and any co-star, Creature or “Comic Riff,” “Land of the Lost”
Shia Lebouf & Either Megan Fox or Any Transformer, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Kristin Stewart and either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF 2009
Candice Bergen, “Bride Wars”
Ali Larter, “Obsessed”
Sienna Miller, “G.I. Joe”
Kelly Preston,“Old Dogs”
Julie White (as Mom), “Trannies, Too”
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR OF 2009
Billy Ray Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Hugh Hefner (as himself), “Miss March”
Robert Pattinson, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka), “Land of the Lost” Marlon Wayans, “G.I. Joe”
WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL (COMBINED CATEGORY FOR 2009)
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Pink Panther 2” (A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake)
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
WORST DIRECTOR OF 2009
Michael Bay, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Walt Becker, “Old Dogs”
Brad Silberling, “Land of the Lost”
Stephen Sommers, “G.I. Joe”
Phil Traill, “All About Steve”
WORST SCREENPLAY OF 2009
“All About Steve,” screenplay by Kim Barker
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett, based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe Characters.
“Land of the Lost,” written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas, based on Sid & Marty Krofft’s TV series
“Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen,” written By Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures
“Twilight Saga: New Moon,” screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE (3 SPECIAL 30TH RAZZIE-VERSARY AWARDZ)
“Battlefield Earth” (2000)—Nominated for 10 Razzies, “winner” of 8 (including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years)
“Freddy Got Fingered” (2001)—Nominated for nine Razzies, “winner” of five
“Gigli” (2003)—Nominated for 10 Razzies, winner of seven (including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Years)
“I Know Who Killed Me” (2007)—Nominated for nine Razzies, “winner” of eight
“Swept Away” (2002)—Nominated for nine Razzies, “winner” of five
WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE
Ben Affleck —(Nominated for nine “achievements,“winner” of two Razzies) “Daredevil,” “Gigli,” “Jersey Girl,” “Paycheck,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Surviving Christmas”
Eddie Murphy—(Nominated for 12 “achievements,” “winner” of three Razzies) “Adventures of Pluto Nash,” “I Spy,” “Imagine That,” “Meet Dave,” “Norbit,” “Showtime”
Mike Myers—(Nominated for four “achievements,” “winner” of two Razzies), “Cat in the Hat,” “The Love Guru”
Rob Schneider—(Nominated for six “achievements,” “winner” of one Razzie) “The Animal,” “Benchwarmers,” “Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo,” “Grandma’s Boy,” “The Hot Chick,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” “Little Man,” “Little Nicky”
John Travolta—(Nominated for six “achievements,” “winner” of the Razzies) “Battlefield Earth,” “Domestic Disturbance,” “Lucky Numbers,” “Old Dogs,” “Swordfish”
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Mariah Carey – (The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade: 70+% Of ALL Votes For Worst Actress Of 2001), “Glitter”
Paris Hilton (Nominated for five “Achievements,” “Winner” of four Razzies) “The Hottie & The Nottie,” “House of Whacks,” “Repo: The Genetic Opera” Lindsay Lohan—(Nominated for five “achievements,” “winner” of three Razzies) “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “I Know Who Killed Me,” “Just My Luck”
Jennifer Lopez—(Nominated for nine “achievements,” “winner” of two Razzies) “Angel Eyes,” “Enough,” “Gigli,” “Jersey Girl,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Monster-in-Law,” “The Wedding Planner”
Madonna—(Nominated for six “achievements,” “winner” of four Razzies) “Die Another Day,” “The Next Best Thing,” “Swept Away”