Every year, the “Golden Raspberry” award nominations are announced to take a bit of the wind from the sails of Hollywood’s Oscars-obsessed day. Here’s what made the “Razzie” list for the worst in film.
The Razzies are a fun counter-balance to the Oscar nominations. While Hollywood trumpets its best in show today, the Razzies remind us how many misfires were also greenlit—often big-budgeted, going-down-in-flames misfires.
Fittingly, the Razzies aren’t afraid to get cheeky, as in their “Worst Screen Combo” category, with nominees like “Johnny Depp & His Fast-Fading Film Career (He’s doing voices for cartoons, fer kripesakes!) / Sherlock Gnomes” and an entire category called “Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.”
It looks like Gotti, a film I did not know existed, took a lot of Razzie heat, along with The Happytime Murders, Holmes & Watson, Sherlock Gnomes (maybe we just want to give the Sherlock Holmes adaptations a rest for a while), Robin Hood, and Winchester.
The Happytime Murders
Holmes & Watson
Jennifer Garner / Peppermint
Amber Heard / London Fields
Melissa McCarthy / The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Helen Mirren / Winchester
Amanda Seyfried / The Clapper
Johnny Depp (Voice Only) / Sherlock Gnomes
Will Ferrell / Holmes & Watson
John Travolta / Gotti
Donald J. Trump (As Himself) / Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9
Bruce Willis / Death Wish
Worst Supporting Actor
Jamie Foxx / Robin Hood
Ludacris (Voice Only) / Show Dogs
Joel McHale / The Happytime Murders
John C. Reilly / Holmes & Watson
Justice Smith / Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Worst Supporting Actress
Kellyanne Conway (As Herself) / Fahrenheit 11/9
Marcia Gay Harden / Fifty Shades Freed
Kelly Preston / Gotti
Jaz Sinclair / Slender Man
Melania Trump (As Herself) / Fahrenheit 11/9
Worst Screen Combo
Any Two Actors or Puppets (Especially in Those Creepy Sex Scenes) / The Happytime Murders
Johnny Depp & His Fast-Fading Film Career (He’s doing voices for cartoons, fer kripesakes!) / Sherlock Gnomes
Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly (Trashing Two of Literature’s Most Beloved Characters) / Holmes & Watson
Kelly Preston & John Travolta (Getting BATTLEFIELD EARTH type Reviews!) / Gotti
Donald J. Trump & His Self Perpetuating Pettiness / Death of a Nation & Fahrenheit 11/9
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
Death of a Nation (remake of Hillary’s America…)
Holmes & Watson
The Meg (rip-off of Jaws)
Etan Cohen / Holmes & Watson
Kevin Connolly / Gotti
James Foley / Fifty Shades Freed
Brian Henson / The Happytime Murders
The Spierig Brothers (Michael and Peter) / Winchester
Death of a Nation, Written by Dinesh D’Souza & Bruce Schooley
Fifty Shades Freed, Screenplay by Niall Leonard, from the Novel by E.L. James
Gotti, Screenplay by Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs
The Happytime Murders, Screenplay by Todd Berger, Story by Berger and Dee Austin Robinson
Winchester, Written by Tom Vaughan and The Spierig Brothers
As Comicbookmovie points out, there’s a refreshing lack of superhero movies nominated in 2019, “despite Deadpool 2, Venom, and Aquaman arguably featuring performances or moments which could have easily landed them on this list.”
To be fair, while those movies did have some laughably bad moments, I don’t think they ever reach a Fifty Shades Freed or Holmes & Watson level. I enjoyed all three movies and was entertained, even if there were elements that could be improved. We had a strong showing for superhero films overall—in a year that brought us the likes of Black Panther and Into the Spider-Verse, it’s nice to see that the genre is being taken seriously and capable of excellence.
“Was Winchester really that bad?” I queried our Mary Sue staff. “It was that bad,” Vivian Kane confirmed. What a squandering of an incredible story.
Did you see any of 2019’s Razzie nominees? Were they really that bad? Is there anything or anyone you’d nominate that didn’t make the list?
The Razzies’ ceremony takes place the day before the Oscars, so keep an eye out for it on February 23, 2019.
(via Comicbookmovie, image: Columbia Pictures)
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