The first actor to accept a Golden Raspberry in person was Bill Cosby. He made Fox televise his speech!
The Golden Raspberry Awards are known as the Razzies. It’s an award ceremony that recognizes the worst in American film. They always have the Razzies the day before the Academy Awards, which recognizes the best in American film. Very few winners ever actually attend the Razzies ceremony.
In 1988, Bill Cosby was the first actor to ever accept a Razzie award in person. He received it on behalf of his work on the film Leonard Part 6. His awards were Worst Pictures, Worst Actor, and Worst Screenplay. It was the 8th annual Razzies and his trophy was worth a whopping $1.97.
When Cosby got word of the award, he had his publicist tell them that his trophy better be golden and if it wasn’t that he would go to the press. He upset the people running the Razzies, because they had never been taken seriously and worked out of a small room.
They quickly made a cheap trophy to hand to Cosby. He received the award on a late night show on Fox. Fox actually had a gold and marble trophy made for Cosby that cost about $30,000.